Monday, January 31, 2011

Table Swapping

I've been changing things up a bit around the house, this morning.  Fun,fun,fun!  Don't you just love a new look without spending a dime or doing any hard labor.  I sure do!  Let me show you what I've been up to.

Let's start with a brief peek into my husbands office.  Do you remember this cabinet?

Well, it was my foyer table.  I have been wanting a lighter and brighter look in my foyer and really, really want to paint this cabinet.  But you know how men are, they just don't like painting furniture.  Especially when the piece is furniture inherited from his family.  Pooh!  So, I moved this unpaintable piece of furniture in his office here by the door.  I like the way it looks here now.

Do you recognize my new foyer table?  Yep, it's the one from the kitchen.  I would love a larger more solid piece in here but I am very limited on space.  So for now, I am really loving this switch.  Maybe I can find a newer longer more decorative mirror to help it work in here even better.

It has all the right colors to lighten up this space sooo much!

Then I played around with the tabletop vignettes some too.

I put this silver tray out for now but would love some sort of lightly carved stone piece or picture or something that welcomes guests.  I'll have to do a little shopping to finish this look up a bit more and maybe find some greenery for the carriage below the table also.

But for now I am loving this!

Lighter and brighter!  Yes?

Now I suppose you might be wondering what I did in the kitchen where my new foyer table used to be, aren't cha ya?  Let's take a look, I think your going to like this one.

Do you recognize this table?   It's the black desk I had on the other side of the kitchen, in the kitchen foyer area.  I put the bench back over there which really works better due to the coat rack being right there too.  Now my desk is a server and storage area for some of my small decorative salad plates.

Of course my rooster kept his rightful spot over here.

And I added this new iron piece I got a few weeks ago, needs some greenery too I think.

Then one of my willow candle baskets became a serving utensil caddy.  Love it! 

Speaking of loving it, I am really loving this.  Now I can see all my pretty new salad dish collections.

I am so excited I thought of stacking these like this!  Do you like it?  Please tell me you do, okay!

Then I moved this little country duck basket back over here to hold my multi colored linen coasters and a few new small dishes I haven't showed you yet.  I love this look but may have to find something else to hold these because I was using this basket recently to hold all the remotes in the den and we really liked that set up.  Any who, I guess I'll find either a small dish holder or new remote holder.  I am feeling a Ross trip coming in my very near future.  LOL!   

Did I tell you how much I love this new switch up everywhere?  Well, I do!!!  I can't wait for the Mr. to get home.  I'm not going to say a word and see what he has to say now. LOL!  Men! 

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  1. Hi Mary, I agree I am loving it too. I love that painted table so you can put it anywhere and I would love it! We had a great weekend weather wise huh? Now today a bit dreary:( Have a great week!

  2. Mary, I really like what you did, and it's amazing how thinking outside the box can end up with a good result! I love how you are using your desk to store the extra plates. Very cute, and I like the new piece in the hall which gives you the lighter look you wanted. And I understand about husband's and paint. If I dared touch any of the maghagony-ness that haunts our house I would be in deep trouble. I also would be in trouble with my parents (though they are in the great beyond) because I inherited a lot of this dark furniture from them. I have to settle on pieces I buy to satisfy that craving. LOL!

    Glad you got these good results and didn't even have to spend a dime. You go, girl!


    Sheila :-)

  3. Good moring Mary,

    I really love the new look..Now that carriage cage is to die 4 girl..I want that and need it..I just got a book box from Ross and put my remotes in it works realy great..I'll have up my post for Marty TT and you'll see it then ha ha!!Thanks for coming by your the best Mary..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  4. I am loving your table switches! Everything looks so pretty. I love moving stuff around to get a new look without spending a penny. Thats my favorite! :)

  5. I love it, Mary! Your tables look great wherever you put them! I love how you used the desk!

  6. I do like both tables in their new homes. And they both are decorted wonderfully!

  7. Love the changes. That table in the foyer is so light and bright! Really looks great~I also love the other table in the kitchen and those plates on the shelves...cute!!

  8. Hi Mary! I did some table swapping too this weekend! Gotta love that kind of free decorating. :-) I absolutely love how the black desk looks in your nook now and think it was genius of you to tuck those plates in like that. Everything is just beautiful!

  9. Mary, I love your changes. That table you put in the foyer is perfect there. Love the change in the kitchen, too. Thank goodness my husband knows I am going to paint whatever in this house. He said for me just not to paint him.

  10. Oh, I love it. . You did a great job. The foyer table is beautiful. Love the vignette. You are a talented lady. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Mary, those changes look great! I love the table in the foyer, but I adore the piece in the kitchen! The plates look gorgeous stacked in there like that! You have easy access and can see everything. So pretty!

  12. yeaaaaaaaaaa I am number 100~!!
    The foyer table is stunning.. I am so glad I found you..


  13. Everything is just LOVELY!! You have so many great accessories and those tables are all wonderful! Lovin' it! XOXO ~Liz

  14. Lovin' the desk in the kitchen Mary, looks great! The plate storage on/in it is cute too! And I'm sorry, were you saying something about the foyer??? I was to distracted by the truffles on that pretty table:@)
    Thanks for putting the Gadget Party on your sidebar, should be fun!

  15. The changes look great. I really like the painted table you place on the foyer and the arrangement on top. Blessings, Kim

  16. I'm really loving the piece you now have in your foyer, it did lighten it up and the carriage underneath is so pretty! I can't wait to get this hutch done so I can play a little, everything seems like it is on hold until it is:)

  17. Hi Mary, I just love the new look on your foyer table. Having a lighter table makes such a big difference. Really makes all your wonderful items displayed on top really stand out! ~Susie

  18. Hi Mary! Oh, I do like your table switcharoo! I like your foyer table in your hubby's office. Looks perfect. I love your pretty painted table you placed in the foyer and your vignette is lovely. Now the desk in the kitchen is my favorite! Look how you've dressed it! I love it and I spy a Rooster! :)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. Hi Mary, it is so nice to meet you. I love your darling blog. Your table switch is wonderful. What a huge difference moving things around make. The use of the table in the kitchen as a server is genuis....Thank you for swinging in to see the mantel vignette. I look forward to meeting up again.. hugs ~lynne~

  20. I love the switch too! I think sometimes just moving something around can give your spirit a big boost. Love that painted table too!! Too pretty. Thanks for stopping by last week! I am beyond slow getting around to visit this week. Take care!!

  21. Love the switch, Mary. The foyer is definitely brighter and prettier too. And I want one of those Lindt truffles, lol. And I like how you stored plates in that other table, so functional and very creative of you...Christine

  22. Oh how pretty. Love all of your changes and the vignettes you've created on all of them. The entry table is stunning and the birdcage is gorgeous. Love the desk being used as the server also. So pretty to see all of your dishes. Everything looks fabulous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. Just as pretty as can be!! Love the detail on that table! The desk looks great there, too! Just beautiful!

  24. Well, YOU'VE been one busy lady, I see! I love all of your changes! Isn't it fun to go shopping in your own home ... can't find better sales anywhere else, can we? :) The light and cheery table looks great in your foyer, and I love all of the elements you used. Your rooster is too cute. And, I'm sorry that your hubs hasn't learned one of the golden rules of decorating, which is "don't ask" ... just let us "do". lol. Have a great night ... it all looks wonderful. Becca

  25. Oh my, looks great! I love everything you've done!


  26. Your blog is just so darned cute! I had to follow. Love the change over.

  27. I love all the changes! Isn't it fun to use what we already have and create a whole new look? This is a STUPENDOUS post that teaches us we don't have to buy new, to have a whole "new" look. Love it!


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