Coat Rack for My Foyer

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Uncategorized | 15 comments

There is great danger to buying and selling painted furniture and home accessories.  You have GREAT potential of keeping way too many things for your own home.

I love a warm, layered, cozy feel.  Not an “I can’t move for all of this clutter” feel.

I am realizing that I have to give myself some serious guidelines for keeping any item:

1.  I MUST have the PERFECT spot for it.  (Nothing can be forced!  None of this, “I bet I could find a place for that.”)

2.  It has to be something that I have been looking for.  Or, it has to fill a space that has been in need of something.  (Not just, “Oh, I like that!”)

3.  It has to be true to MY style.  (There are plenty of things that I love, but that does not mean that they all work in my house.)

4.  The new item cannot force an old item into storage.  I MUST get rid of whatever it is replacing.  Which means that I have to love the new item more than what I already have.  (My daughter thinks that I am a borderline hoarder as it is.)

With all of that said, I just brought home something that made the cut.

I really had no intentions of keeping it when I bought it.  I could see it painted up in Old White, distressed heavily and ready to sell.

Instead, I have a great new addition to my foyer!  I did break rule #2, but some rules need to be broken for the sake of decorating.

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I had fully intended on painting it when I thought I was going to sell it.

Once I got it into my foyer, I decided to keep it just as it is.

Anyone have any thoughts?

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I did have a huge chalkboard in this space.  But, my whole family agrees that we are going to like having the mirror here instead.  (Great for giving yourself one last “check” before you leave the house – noses, teeth, hair and such. . . )

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This is a recent thrift store find.  Love the title and color of this old book.

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The moss orb adds a little life and color.  I want to add some succulents to my house and this might be the perfect spot for some.

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The birch wreath is actually one of my Christmas decorations, but I have decided that I can use it year round.  Especially with this precious bird perched on it!

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So there you have it.  The latest addition to my foyer.  I think I can now let this space rest for a while!

I hope that you are enjoying some sunshine in your neck of the woods.  I am sure loving ours today!  May you be inspired to create a little warmth in your own home today!

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  1. It’s gorgeous! 🙂

  2. Looks wonderful and is a perfect fit! Great job, Melissa!

  3. That’s a great piece, Melissa! I was able to use a hall tree from our old house in our new entry. This worked out good because the entry in our new place is so small that the hall tree provides multiple functions ~ between the coat hooks, the mirror, the small tabletop, and the bottom shelf. I don’t think you should paint it if you are loving it as it is.

  4. Looks great Melissa!!

  5. That is a keeper! Maybe after you live with it and enjoy it as is for a while, then you could decide if you might want to paint it and have the best of both worlds.

  6. I know what you mean, painting or not is always a torturing question for me. Sometimes natural wood adds warms to a room.

  7. perfect for an entry hall. Love it!! Love the natural look!

  8. I think it looks pretty cool the way it is, but would also look lovely painted. I’ve debated with myself many times over pieces and if you really want to paint it, go for it!

  9. I love it! Wonderful addition. And “I bet I can find a place for it” is pretty much the story of my life… 😉 I think I need to print out your list of rules and carry them around with me!

  10. This looks fabulous! It is definitely a keeper and perfect for this spot in your foyer! Love the accessories too!

  11. It fits just perfectly! Having it near the door is just the right way to go.
    Paint is one of those things that you can always do, but you can’t take back. I have many piece that I love as is, and this one is gorgeous!

  12. So pretty.

    – The Tablescaper

  13. Perfect for that area! Love how you decorated it!! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  14. Great shopping guidelines. I think the mirror is a good choice for an entryway too and it looks nice in the natural wood color if you don’t decide to paint it. Very nice vignette. You are so lucky at Goodwill! Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  15. Lovely. What a great find and perfect for the space! Stopping by from Monday Funday link up.

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