After I posted my progress photos Monday, I had several emails asking about my new coffee table.¬† Today, I wanted to share the story behind it and show a couple close ups.
Last week, at Homegoods (I am so happy to have a Homegoods close by again!)¬† I found two large wire frame baskets, immediately I knew I had to have one.¬† As I stood there mentally moving it around my apartment,¬† room to room it dawned on me…why not use it as a coffee table?¬† I need a coffee table, it must be small in scale, I already have a piece of glass about the right size.¬† I was not sure the basket would be sturdy enough, but it was worth a try.
I loaded it up dragged it inside, added a piece of glass and fell in love…The only problem, it was a little wobbly.¬† One wrong move by one of my dogs and the glass would tumble to the floor.¬† Adding weight to the bottom would add support to the table and I thought it would add interest to the piece to fill the inside.
Originally, I planned of filling it with white pumpkins for fall, but instead decided to use Blue Hubbard gourds from the Farmer’s Market.¬† Their unique color and shape was just what I was looking for to add a touch of the unexpected.¬† My little coffee table is now as sturdy as can be.¬† When it gets closer to winter, I will remove the gourds and add logs.¬† I am still trying to decide how to fill it in the spring and summer, but I love the idea that I have options to change it with the seasons, keeping it unique.
From a design perspective the coffee table works well in the space because:
1) it is small scale for my small living room
2) it is wireframe/glass so you can see through it.¬† Using see through furniture in small space is a great idea.¬† Visually it does not take up as much space as solid piece of furniture will, making the room appear larger.
Have you re-purposed anything recently?
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