Slim Console Tables

By Kate Riley March 14, 2019

Last month, I bought an inexpensive black metal console table for my studio – I needed something slim in my tiny entry as a spot for dropping my keys and phone in the morning when I come to work. Underneath this skinny table I toss my shoes and backpack, I love having all my stuff in one place and easy to grab when I leave.

All of us come home with our keys and phone and packages in hand and need a drop zone for setting them down. It can be tricky to find a table for a small entry or foyer that serves that purpose, but I found a few more for you!

 

slim black console table

Standard depth console tables jut out into a space and can eat up more of a room than you wish them to. Slim console tables also serve another purpose: they are perfect for areas where you don’t need seating but instead seek to fill the lower half of wall space. Above them you can hang art or photography or a flat screen TV and below use the console for a minimalist display of decorative objects.

 

bronze & wood console

metal & faux marble

 

urban metal console

metal & maple veneer

Here are a few more consoles in slimmer profiles (15” or less) that will help anyone create a drop zone in a narrow foyer, or fill a blank wall without taking up too much space!

 

metalwork console / gold & faux marble

rustic a frame / curved console

metal & faux marble / hudson console

white and glass / acacia mid century

gold & walnut / white mid century

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DIY: Stone Texture Spring Vases

By Kate Riley March 11, 2019

With spring just a few short weeks away I wanted to create some little vases to hold fresh flowers or sprigs in bloom. I mixed two finishes to achieve this look, stone texture and matte paint in spring hues.

 

This is such an easy DIY project, all you need are some glass vases or containers or bottles, stone texture spray paint, acrylic craft paint, and painter’s tape. I used Krylon’s stone texture spray paint in the taupe pebble color. I sprayed my three little glass vases with two thin coats of spray paint (allow to dry between coats) then let them cure for a full 24 hours.

 

 

The next day use the painter’s tape (or frog tape) to create the line where you want the edge of the paint.

 

 

Using acrylic craft paint in your color of choice, apply a thick coat and use your fingers (not a brush) to spread it on the bottom half of the vase, but not so thick that it drips.

 

 

Don’t worry that the paint looks uneven when wet, it will level out. Here’s the trick, you need to peel off the painter’s tape slowly when the paint is wet to preserve the crisp line. Don’t leave the painter’s tape on the vase, this helps prevent the painter’s tape from peeling off the stone texture spray paint.

Allow the first coat to completely dry then repeat the process again: attach the painter’s tape along the paint line, apply yet another thick coat of acrylic craft paint, smooth it with your fingers, slowly peel off the tape, and allow to dry.

If for any reason you end up with an uneven line or if the stone texture peels off, do this: spray the stone texture spray paint into the cap that came with the can and touch up the stone spray paint with a small paintbrush. Worked for me!

 

The stone texture is a really nice contrast to the matte paint colors, I’m so pleased with how they turned out!

 

These containers can also be used to hold pencils, paintbrushes, matchbooks, candies, whatever! I brought them to my studio to brighten my space!

 

 

 

If you try it out for yourself, let me know how it goes!

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