It occurred to me a little while ago that I had never shown you our updated entry hallway. We definitely talked it out when it comes to what you see when you walk into the entryway. But as far as you guys know, this is still what it looks like when you turn and look down our hallway.
As much as I love all the warm colors going on in there, it was all just a bit too crowded and dark, so when I found a small piano perfectly sized for the space for a steal on Craigslist, I booted the buffet to another room, scooted the piano in, and here is what we have at the moment.
So, what changed besides the piano/buffet swap? Well, we changed the wall color from Benjamin Moore’s Quietude to Sherwin William’s Dover White.
I love how much the white opens up the narrow space.
I also stole the Anthro rug from the breakfast nook. It’s a much better fit in terms of size and shape here.
Plus I replaced the wall art.
Kim Parker is one of my favorite artists, and it’s possible to score reasonably priced reproductions of her work at places like Ross and Marshall’s. I have a couple of small prints, but I’d been on the hunt for something bigger for, literally, years when I stumbled across these two huge ziclee prints of her Garden Fantasie piece at Garden Ridge for a great price. You better believe I did a great big ol’ happy dance, complete with squealing (on the inside, of course) and proceeded to do my best to shove both of them in the tiny basket while casting furtive glances around for any competition.
If you look closely, you’ll see that they’re actually the exact same painting, just hung in opposite directions. Works for me!
In case you’re wondering, both the lamp bases and shades are from Target, but I repainted the bases with white and gold (they were black).
Also, in case you’re wondering, sunflowers are pretty much an instant pick-me-up.
Of course, the biggest change is that cute little parlor piano that I scored, bench and all, for $60 on Craigslist. My boys have been taking piano since the fall, and they both really enjoy it . So, the piano’s staying.
I’m not as thrilled about the wood finish (pretty worn) or color (a bit too cherry for my tastes) or the stained and dated bench seat fabric.
Which is why I plan to change both.
Which is where YOU GUYS come in!
I have less than zero interest in attempting to restore the piano’s finish to its original stained glory. That would involve stripping and sanding and all other manner of unpleasant sounding “s” words. (HA! I just realized how that sounded, but I was not thinking that).
Nope. I’m definitely leaning toward slapping a coat of paint on this little girl and then recovering the bench in something cheerful.
So, the question is what color should I paint Annabelle? (Yup, just decided that right this second).
I have a few options in mind, starting with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Florence.
Mandy painted a mirror in this shade, and nobody around here should be surprised to know that I love the deep teal-y turquoiseness of it.
Another fave is French Pale Gold by Behr.
The Pleated Poppy used it on a dresser in her entryway, and I really like the mustard tones in it.
With all the color options in the paintings, I also think a really true emerald would be pretty great.
Something like this milk paint in Tavern Green, perhaps?
If that color doesn’t look too emerald to you (me either), here’s a gorgeous dresser in the shade from Natty by Design.
OBVIOUSLY, these are not my only color choices, but they are three I love.
What I would also love is to hear what color YOU think I should paint ol’ Annabelle.
So, would you choose:
B) French Pale Gold by Behr
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