Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Foyer Chest

I have been in a dilemma ever since I bought this gorgeous mirror.

Large Foyer Mirror

I love the mirror

The whole family loves the mirror

The mirror is staying!  

So what’s my problem? 

So glad you asked!   I hung the large mirror above the foyer table (made by my Dad) but something just did not look right.  I worried that the mirror was either too large for the wall and maybe too large for over the table.   It bugged me and I just could not put my finger on it.

I needed a new perspective. So I called in a favor from my blog friend, Becca (Adventures in Decorating), to have a look at this photo below.


(excuse the mess, this table was being prepared to be restained.)

Miss Becca spotted the problem quickly!  The foyer table is too dainty compared to the mirror.  (smmack.  The sound of my palm hitting my forehead.)  Yes, I am so glad Becca has better eyes than me.  For the life of me, I could not figure it out!


Off to town I go in look for a chunkier table/chest.  I straight to the local flea market, where I spotted not one but two chest that I thought could work (from different sellers) .  I went back and forth between the two sellers and brought home the chest with the best price tag. 

What?  That’s not how you make decorating decisions?  hum.

I’m not sure if it’s an antique or not?!?  It seems well built and very sturdy…. and  CHUNCKY!


Now doesn’t that work better in the space?

I shared with my Facebook buddies this photo above a few weeks back.  I asked for some suggestions on how I should refinish it.  And boy, let me tell you….. I was given some wonderful advise. 

Some suggested cleaning and polishing with Old English.  Which is a great suggestion if the piece didn’t have so many chips in it and the top is in very poor condition, in fact, I will be cutting a new top for the dresser.  Good thing I got the chest for a great price! 

Many suggested chalk paint!  Which I haven’t had the honor of trying yet, but find myself drooling over the wonderful things that you ladies are doing with the paint.


Just to show you one chip on the face of the lower drawer that needed fixing.   You can see that I am clamping several scrap pieces of wood and will fill the corner with a self leveling adhesive.

facebook comment

I think Barbara said it best in her Facebook comment.  I really think a pop of color would be exciting to add to the piece and a fun way to greet guest into the home.


Playing around in Photoshop, I came up with a few different color combinations.  I really don’t like the green, but there is two color options that are definitely speaking to me!  Once I get the new top cut, I will have some finished photos to share. 



  1. I do agree chunkier is better. I really like the natural finish it already has:)

  2. Love the piece and your photo-shopping pics are such fun!

  3. That chest balances the mirror perfectly. I think the yellow and turquoise colors are my will be fun to see what you picked!

  4. Like I mentioned before, I LOVE the chest! And, fun to add a pop of color there, too! My fave (not that it matters) would be the blue ... maybe distressed a bit and even hints of dark wax thrown here and there. I say this because I know that you plan on replacing your floors eventually, and the blue would be a lovely compliment to the hardwood. Whatever you do though, friend, will be fabulous!

  5. Love your new piece...very nice, and it looks great! I think what you did with photoshop is super cool! Can't wait to see what you decide to do :)

    Have a great day!

  6. Gorgeous, Carrie! I love the blue and red...the red makes the mirror pop, but I also like where Becca is going in regards to distressing it. Whatever you do, there is no doubt in my mind that is will be stunning. =) XO ~Liz

  7. Oh Fun! I can't wait to see what you decide!

  8. The table your dad made is lovely! But Becca was right...fades away with the attention of the mirror. Love the new addition! It looks great in its original finish...but I'm liking the turquoise as well. Red's my second favorite. Yellow is fun, I'm just not sure I like it with the wall color...maybe ask Becca?! :D

  9. Love the new piece and a pop of color would be lots of fun! Can't wait to see what you decide!

  10. I know, I know, I know what you should! Check out this blog post.....I think you are going to love the idea. It is going tie in with your mirror beautifully.
    Let me know whatcha think!

  11. What an awesome piece, Carrie! Yes, that one works much better in that space with that fabulous mirror. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Loving the red and yellow! =o I'm certain it will look great when you're done with it.
    have a beautiful day~ Lu

  12. I love it ! I love the red! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Awesome Carrie! Becca rocks, she has such a great eye. That is going to be great with pop of color too. You will love Annie Sloan paint if you use it on her!

  14. Love the new chest! Chunkier is definitely better and as an added bonus, it totally camoflages your return air vent. Can't wait to see what color you paint it! Thanks for sharing.

  15. I agree that the chunkier piece looks better there, but... I don't think any of those painted colours match with your entranceway. Isn't your door still a darkish wood, as well as your stair railing? I would leave the stained wood on the chest and keep everything classic looking in that way.


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