This little coral table has some miles on it. It has also morphed from a dignified black to a flamboyant coral.
We bought this table almost nine years ago from a furniture store that was going out of business. The store delivered it to our second home, in Galena, Illinois which was about ninety miles away.
The house in Galena was a rustic rural getaway and the decor featured a lot of blacks and camels, with splashes of red and bright green thrown in. The table, back then, was black.
It worked well within the space even if that black finish always, always, ALWAYS, needed to be dusted.
Our Galena home had been a great second home when our kids were growing up. It was only about an hour and a half away from our primary home. Because it was close we felt free to go up just for the day, an overnight, or a long weekend or holiday. As the kids got older, though, our trips to Galena became less frequent and we began rethinking our investment.
In 2014 we put the Galena home on the market and made the decision to purchase a home in Florida. Because Galena was a second home, and because a lot of the furniture wasn't what we wanted in a coastal designed home, we sold it completely furnished. Right before we listed it, though, we took out some of the artwork, a few of my favorite accessories, and a couple smaller pieces of furniture that I thought I might be able to recycle to work in Florida. This table was one of those pieces.
We brought it back to Iowa where I repainted it with Behr's Youthful Coral.
I used the paint with the built in primer since I was covering black. I also used a sponge roller to get an extra smooth furniture grade finish. Even with the better paint, it still took three coats to completely cover.
The home we purchased in Florida has a bonus room. It could be used as a den or extra bedroom. This is how the room looked when the previous owners had the house.
I had never been a blue person but I somehow was drawn to this pretty space. I liked the idea of a blue room with a contrast of corals and navy. We did freshen up the room with a coat of Benjamin Moore Opal Essence. This blue has just a hint of green in it that feels more current.
We were starting from scratch and trying to furnish an entire house which was daunting and expensive. I did find a Lexington sofa on clearance that seemed to be made for this room but other than that, the room was looking pretty sparse.
I had the perfect end table for this room but it was seven states aways. I had been spoiled by the Galena house. Before, because of the close proximity of our two homes, we could drive things back and forth between the houses fairly easily. Now, because we would typically fly instead of drive to Florida, we weren't able to bring much with us.
In the beginning, we had shipped some things like bedding and kitchen items from up north and we had filled in with an absurd number of purchases from Amazon Prime. They had to lose money on us that year with all of that free shipping. But we still had some bulkier items that weren't cost effective to ship.
Eventually, though, we brought an SUV down to Florida and we filled it with heavier items like books and tools and a couple smaller pieces of furniture, including the now coral table.
Finally, it was in our coastal inspired blue room.
With the back and forth to Illinois and finally Florida, I figured this table has traveled a total of 1644 miles to get here,
The room is evolving and still feels rather naked, but at least when I find another lamp for this room, I will have a table to set it on.
I guess it was worth it.
Sharing my colorful coastal piece here: