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Bringing Modern to Mid Century: Side Table in Annie Sloan's Old White

Mid Century furniture is at the heart of interior design right now. Its clean lines and classic form allows this style to transcend time.  Whenever I see a mid century piece that needs rescuing, I rescue it. Simple as that.  

When I ran across this side table, it was a no brainer. I quickly checked the structure of it [it was perfectly sound], examined the travertine top [perfect condition] and knew it was a keeper.

Painting this piece wasn't too challenging. Removing the travertine top [it wasn't glued in, typically the heavy weight of the stone allows it to simply sit within the grooves of the table top] made painting it a breeze.

I went with Annie Sloan's Old White, which has just a faint bit of cream in it, allowing it to balance nicely with the warmth of the travertine. It took about three thin coats of paint to get complete coverage.

I painted the ends of the tapered legs as well as the center of the drawer pull in Graphite to help this piece feel a bit more modern and add some contrast.

It seemed like a natural choice, and that hit of graphite has quickly become my favorite part about this piece.

Side tables like these naturally feel light and airy, and the clean white makes it the perfect blank slate to style up anyway you see fit.

For this vignette, I opted to keep things neutral, incorporating gold objects, a simple wood framed map of the United States [I do love me a map!] and my most robust houseplant [it just keeps growing and living despite my attempts to kill it!]. I stacked a couple large books beneath it to give it just the height I was looking for.

This photoshoot makes me want to bring more whites and neutral styling into my home! It feels so minimal, clean and calming. I'm placing this pretty baby up for sale in my shop soon, along with a couple others I've finished up this week, so keep checking back for more in stock items for your home!