For both practical and asthenic reasons Pat and I needed something unique to adorn our freshly refinished foyer. All of the vents in our home are on the walls below knee level, making furniture placement a challenge if we don’t want to block the vents. That often leaves us with very limited, and disappointing, style choices that have open bottoms or odd sizes, so we knew we would need something custom for our entryway.
An option I drooled over for some time were reclaimed metal entry tables like the ones shown here from Pinterest and Houzz, or in online antique stores.
My mom and I love to shop the salvage stores in my home town of Tampa, FL. We often came across those beautiful reclaimed, rusted metal pieces salvaged from Victorian era houses. Unfortunately, they were all way out of my budget, but on a trip to Schiller’s I was delighted to find these beautiful 1960s rose pattern railings (below) that were a lot less expensive. While these were not exactly the Victorian salvage I was originally hunting for, and they are cast iron (significantly heavier), they are an undeniably lovely substitute that were available at the right price!
Note: Turns out this is a fairly popular motif that I’ve now seen a lot on craigslist and other shopping sites. You can probably find a deal if you do a bit of snooping around on the internet.
In true art-nerd fashion, the hubby and I used Photoshop to mock up a concept (below) of what we wanted the entryway table to look like, complete with accessories: candlestick, rug, and a painting… hey, why not? This helped us really get a feel for how much space we wanted it to take up, how tall it would be, etc.
From our fancy pants Photoshop collage, Pat drafted a technical drawing in Adobe Illustrator (did I mention we were graphic artists?). We wanted it to be pretty particular dimensions to fit in our foyer, with plenty of space for framed photos and nicknacks on the tabletop.
My mom found a metalsmith who was able to remove the old white paint and weld it together for us, and we found a vendor at the Scott’s Antique Market to put on the most gorgeous table top made of reclaimed barn wood from an old Georgia barn. The wood is so beautiful! He finishes his wood pieces with surfboard wax, which gives them a lush matte finish. He touted how very durable this finish is, resisting scratches and water rings from glasses. This was a bit of a splurge, but the final result was exactly what we wanted and we haven’t regretted it for a moment.