Merry Entry Table

Greetings, friends! If you can believe it, we are officially at the halfway mark in our 12 Days of Christmas Series.


Since it’s the weekend and my holiday to-do list is growing by the minute, I’m going to keep the next couple posts short and sweet, but hopefully still just as inspiring!

A few weeks ago I shared a couple updates from my office. Namely, a new rug and the handles for my sliding barn doors. Directly in front of those doors are my entry areas. I’ve always struggled with those spaces because of their size and layout. Although I was making progress, something still seemed off, so I asked for your help.

Updates in the Office | Inspired by Charm

I love having a little table in this entryway, but as you can see it doesn’t really work. A few of you suggested painting the table, and I think one of you even told me I should paint it black.

Well, that’s just what I did.

Here’s what happened. I was doing some Christmas shopping and came across some gorgeous side tables at Crate and Barrel. They were black. I thought they would be perfect for the entry, but after measuring them, I realized they were way too short. Then it hit me. “Why don’t I just paint MY table black. … Wait a minute, that’s what folks told me to do. They are genius.” Do you ever have one of those moments where you suddenly see a solution that was right in front of your face all along?

Well, the next morning I ran out to Sherwin Williams and got a quart of their all surface enamel paint in black satin, sanded my table, and gave it two coats of paint.

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

And let me tell you what, it has made a huge difference. It’s perfect! (Please pardon my photos. Not only is this area of my house hard to decorate, it’s impossible to photograph, especially on a day so dreary and gray that it feels like sunset at 1pm.)

As I was painting the table black, I had another a-ha moment. I could paint the top with chalkboard paint! Now, I know what you’re thinking. Chalkboard paint is sooooo 2012. Well, not around here. I wanted it, so that’s what I did. I had just enough paint to apply two coats.

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

Once the paint was dry. I had a brand new entry table that works so much better for the space. And it only cost about $20.

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, the space just really came together around the black table. I also hung festive wreaths and a piece of artwork. It feels so much more homier.

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm
Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

I’ve been playing with a few different messages to see which one I like best. I think “Merry and Bright” will stay for now.

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

My office is a bit of a mess at the moment, so I’ll show you a photo from that angle on Monday. I also need to tweak my greens a bit. I think I went overboard. (I told you my holiday to-do list just keeps growing!)

Merry Entry Table | Inspired by Charm

What do you think? Better?

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  • Dee Turk Cottage Comforts at

    I love it! Also, you have beautiful penmanship, which makes it extra special!

  • Eowyn West at

    Hello, your table looks great! Please kindly share what brand & form (spray or canned) of chalkboard paint you used. It would be most helpful for DIYers as many brands of chalkboard paint are not the same in terms of ease of use, or quality from what I’ve read on other blogs & websites. Thanks!

  • JoeyfromSC at

    So clever. .. it looks amazing!

  • lady jane at

    Black is brilliant. No doubt! It exudes elegance and has found just the right niche in your amazing entryway space!

  • cindy jones at

    The little black table is so much better. Yes, I agree, too many greens. but a I do love the top with “have yourself a merry little Christmas” better. You feel a part of it from every direction.

  • Cynthia at

    Just perfect and I love the sentiments of the holidays!
    One day at a time 🙂

  • Lori at

    I love it. The photo with the wreaths on your closet doors makes the photo look like a man with a mustache and ears, etc. Hahaha I tend to see faces in the weirdest of places.

  • Debra White at

    Love the table so much better painted black. Matches the door hardware and the rug. Good idea about the chalkboard paint. Leaving messages on it. I would also like to know where you got the rug. Loving it.

  • Linda Rubin at

    The black paint did the trick. I looks so much more pulled together seeing how there is black in the rug and black hardware on the barn sliding doors. Excellent job!

  • Nancy Carr at

    The table is perfect in black. Genius!

  • Teri at

    THE RUG!!!! Gotta have it. Where did you get it?

  • Tanya at

    Gorgeous update Michael, and SO perfect with the rug, love it!!

    xoxo, Tanya

  • COLLEEN at

    i really love what you did to the table and entry ; but I REALLY AM LOVING THAT RUG !!! Can I ask where you got it?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Colleen! It’s from West Elm. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Beth at

    Love the little black table!!!!

  • Belinda at

    Love it!

  • Jess Lundgren at

    I love it!! Makes me want to go paint something! lol.

  • Diana at

    I really like the use of the chalkboard paint. Just think of the delicious messages you can leave. It is genius! Would you like to come do my house? LOL

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Oh I LOVE it in black! Teamed with that area rug… WOW! Looking mighty festive indeed!

    Now on to today’s math quiz so I can post this… haha (thinking hurts today)

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