When friends of my husband’s family were getting rid of their console table, I knew that I needed to snag it to refinish and use in our front entryway. The console was a yellow oak finish that needed some updating and modernizing to fit into our decor. I won’t go into how I refinished it (honestly, I probably would barely get a passing grade for following the directions the man at JC Licht gave me when I bought the materials), but I hope to share some insight on how I transition this piece many times a year.
I wanted to create a space in the entryway to our house that was functional, but also festive. I also wanted to make sure that I wasn’t making a trip to Michaels or Target on the first of every month to buy new seasonal pieces…. because let’s be honest, that was bound to happen!
I started getting the console table set up with a few staple pieces that would work for each season. These were pieces that I accumulated from browsing stores, online garage sale groups, Goodwill, estate sales, and also shopping from within our own house. My mom passed along the wire candleholder/vases to me, and I’m so grateful to have snagged the geometric gold piece and giant vintage key from an estate sale. You’ll see all of these pieces on the console table year-round, along with our gorgeous Waterford frame (a wedding gift from my in-laws).
Whenever I shop at Michaels, I always browse their clearance section, especially seasonal. The wine rack and wire basket holding the blanket were on super sale with the end-of-season clearance, despite not being particularly seasonal at all. Both the “BOO” light-up sign and hanging sign were snagged at Kohl’s one December, and stored for the fall. I love nothing more than shopping for next year’s holiday decor right after this year’s holiday has ended.
I try to be intentional when I’m traveling and buy pieces that will have a purpose at home, and not just take up space. I snagged the poetry stick along the bottom from Sugarboo and Co. on a work trip to Atlanta, thinking it might work well on a gallery wall. It ended up being the perfect addition to the bottom part of the console table!
I switch out the candles in the candleholders to match the colors, and that seems to go a long way in tying things together. For the record, I don’t usually light these for fear of melting everything. The boxwood ‘K’ was a sale item from spring at Joann, although a poinsettia easily makes it Christmas-y.
I snagged the framed art from Goodwill and painted chalk board paint over the original piece- mercifully, under the chalk paint lives a particularly hideous picture of an old ship.
My Mardi Gras console table is probably my favorite vignette that I’ve done so far; I swapped Christmas for Mardi Gras in the same day, which really helped cure the post-Christmas blues. I worked in all the green, gold, and purple that I could get my hands on, including many beads caught at Mardi Gras the last time my family went to New Orleans for the holiday. I used a few glass jars from Dollar Tree to layer beads in, and cardboard cones from Hobby Lobby to hot glue beads onto.
The beads as decor make this a really affordable holiday vignette, since if you’ve ever been to Mardi Gras, people are throwing things at you to take home. We shipped two boxes of fancy beads and throws back, and have had plenty of supplies to make themed decor over the last two years.
I’m in the process of trying to shop entirely from my own house for our spring console table, to be as budget-friendly as possible. What do you think I need to make sure is included in the spring vignette? Let me know in the comments below!