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What Your Coffee Table Is Saying About You

What Your Coffee Table Is Saying About You

Posted on: December 12, 2019

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There's something that sits in your house that says a lot about who you are.

You walk past it every day. You probably use it for something every single day.

Yet you most likely haven't given it a second thought about it since you bought it.

What little, seemingly insignificant piece of furniture am I talking about?

What's sitting right in the middle of your house that can paint me a picture of who you are?

Your coffee table.

Your coffee table serves so many purposes yet rarely gets the praise it deserves.

Your friends gather around it when they visit.

It holds your popcorn and sodas while you binge Netflix.

It can even double as a dinner table if you're taking part in the tiny house craze. 

And yes, it occasionally actually holds your coffee.

The way you keep your coffee table when it's not being used, though, says a lot about you as a person.

There are usually particular ways people keep their coffee table.

Below we'll talk about the ways people keep their coffee tables, and what it says about them.

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What's Your Coffee Table Style? 

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The Reader

If you're The Reader, your coffee table is covered in books and magazines.

You spend most of your time reading, and you enjoy talking about the books you've read.

You enjoy the latest best-sellers as much as you enjoy the books you've read countless times.

You can also get lost in the new edition of your favorite magazine as easy as you get lost in a new novel.

By keeping all your books and magazines on your coffee table, you always have conversation starters ready to go.

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The Zen Master

The Zen Master keeps everything around them cozy and fresh. Their coffee table will typically sport some candles or potted plants.

Your goal is to have your home be a calming sanctuary for you and your guests, and your coffee table reflects that.

It's tidy but welcoming, covered in naturally scented candles and house plants that freshen the air.

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The Hustler

You know you've entered the house of The Hustler when all you can see on their coffee table is weeks old mail stacked on top of each other.

They have too many other things to worry about that doesn't involve sorting mail.

So, it sits in a stack on their coffee table until they finally have time to get to it.

Their work schedule is packed to the brim, and their social calendar is just as full, so they'll get around to their mail eventually.

For now, it'll sit on their coffee table.

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The Collector

If you're The Collector, you have a big, multi-faceted personality, and collecting is in your nature.

Your coffee table is filled with specially selected, very personal trinkets and knick-knacks.

You show off your personality with your home very well, and the coffee table serves as the centerpiece.

Everything you've chosen to put on your coffee table represents a part of you that you want to show off to the world.

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The Minimalist

As The Minimalist, you also tend to be a perfectionist, and you believe that everything in your home serves a purpose and has its proper place.

Your coffee table is flawless, tidy and organized, and it helps tie the entire room together.

Because you keep your table so clean, you're always ready for company, even if it's unexpected.

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The Creative

You know you're The Creative if your table is always messy.

You get too caught up in your projects and going on new adventures.

At the end of the day, you don't have time to clean your coffee table, and honestly, you don't care if it's messy.

Your focus is on having fun in life, not the crumbs on your coffee table.

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The Mullet

Yes, because of your coffee table, you might be The Mullet. Bear with me here.

The Mullet has a clean tabletop, but the storage underneath is hardly organized.

You want your home to feel cozy and lived-in.

It needs to be organized, but just enough that you know where everything is.

Like The Minimalist, your table is always company ready, but it's never completely tidy or perfect.

And that's just how you like it.

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The Planner

The coffee table of The Planner is always lined with coasters.

The Planner is always thinking of the future and thinking of what might happen.

That's why their coffee table is lined with coasters because you never know when someone might need to set a drink down.

They take great pride in taking care of their things, and they consider everything an investment.

There's no way The Planner would risk a water ring on their coffee table because someone set their drink on their table without a coaster.

The Planner is responsible, and they'd rather save themselves the trouble.

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The Carpe Diem

The Carpe Diem is the opposite of The Planner.

They never have coasters ready to go. They probably don't even own coasters.

It's not because they don't care; they're just more of a spontaneous risk-taker than The Planner is.

They deal with problems as they arise instead of worrying about preventing them from happening now.

They live in the moment, and their home and coffee table reflects that.

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What Coffee Table Style Are You?

Did you fall into one of the categories above?

Are you The Planner wondering where your next set of coasters will come from.

Or are you The Minimalist worrying if you have too much on your coffee table, cluttering it up.

No matter who you are, what you do for a living, or where you live, your coffee table tells a great story about who you are as a person.

So, who are you?

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Ready for a new coffee table? Check out our showroom or our online selection Coffee Tables! 

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How To Get Your Living Room Ready For The Big Game

How To Get Your Living Room Ready For The Big Game

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

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Football season is in full swing.

That means you've spent hours, either joyous or heartbreaking, in front of your TV watching your favorite team compete every Sunday, Monday, or Thursday.

Whether you are a die-hard fan that can name every person on the 53-man roster, or you are just there for the food and social aspect, football season offers the perfect opportunity to be with your friends and family.

Every fan will prepare for and watch the game a little differently, but there are a few essentials every fan will need around their living room to show their allegiance and keep them going until the game is over.

If you haven't done so already this season, before you make your Sunday plans (or Monday or Thursday), you need to assess your family room.

There will be adjustments that will have to be made so you can accommodate your guests for the big game and give them a memorable experience.

In the article below, we will discuss a few of those adjustments.

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Frame The Good Stuff

The longer you've been a fan of your team, the more stuff you've been able to accumulate.

Most of the stuff you accumulate will be better off in a basement or garage and not in your living room, but there will be things here and there that will warrant a spot in your living room.

For the die-hard fans, it is not unusual to frame a jersey, signed memorabilia, or the tickets to the first game they attended.

Newspaper clippings are also very popular to hang in the living room for everyone to see.

Use these unique pieces of memorabilia you've collected over the years to hang on your walls, turning your living room into a museum of your favorite team during the season.

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Repurpose Athletic Antiques

Although you want to decorate to show off your team pride, there's a fine line between tasteful and too much.

You don't want to make the mistake of decorating too much with your team's colors or covering every available inch of your living room walls with team memorabilia.

A unique way to decorate your living room without going overboard is to incorporate athletic antiques. Things like old trophies, athletic equipment, or repurposed seats can add a vintage feel to your room.

Combine those items with your typical decorations to create an authentic feel in your living room that will also complement the more prominent pieces of memorabilia.

Make Sure There Is A Flow

If your home is to go-to spot among your friends on game day, you will likely have a lot of guests coming and going throughout the fame.

To make sure your living room doesn't feel cramped, you should arrange your furniture in a way that allows for a steady flow of foot traffic.

You shouldn't have chairs or tables blocking any entrances or exits, and there should be plenty of room for people to get around without bumping into each other.

Your space should be laid out in a way that maximizes comfort, style, and functionality equally.

Adjust The Lighting

One of the last things people think about when they are getting ready for the game on Sunday is the lighting.

However, the lighting in the room can have a significant impact on how everyone experiences the game.

Depending on what time of day your team plats, you'll have to adjust the lighting in the room accordingly.

If your team plays the afternoon game, make use of any natural lighting you have, and use table-side lamps if necessary.

If your team is playing in the evening past sunset, make sure you will have enough lighting to keep your space well-lit for viewing.

Appropriate Furniture

Getting ready for the big game goes beyond decorations.

It will also encompass your furniture, and the more functional the furniture is, the better it will be.

Comfortable seating for all of your guests is obvious, but you also need enough flat surfaces to go along with the seating.

Let's be honest, not everyone is as into your team as you are, and some people are just there for the food.

That means you need to be sure there are enough flat surfaces available so everyone will have a place to keep their food and drinks.

Outlets should also be available so people can plug in their phones or tablets during the game if it is necessary. Try not to block any outlets with your furniture.

If you're in the market for new furniture, pick out pieces that can pull double-duty and provide storage for extras like blankets and pillows when they aren't being used.

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Make Your Living Room Fit For The Superbowl

Getting your living room ready for football season is an exciting time.

When you are getting your living room ready, you should be creating an experience as you decorate, so don't limit yourself to the same-old decor you use the rest of the year.

Pull out the memorabilia, the old trophies, and create a room where people will want to watch football.

If you're in the market for some functional furniture that will help you get the most out of your living room during football season, visit Furniture of Dalton.

They have a wide selection of furniture that will have your living room ready for the Superbowl, no matter how long it takes your team to get there.

 
Need some new living room furniture before your party? Shop our LIVING ROOM items now! 
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Everybody’s Talkin’: Popular Conversation Sets at Furniture of Dalton

Everybody’s Talkin’: Popular Conversation Sets at Furniture of Dalton

   

Conversation sets make fun happen in your backyard. Holiday cookouts, lounging by the pool, gossip over iced tea… These special moments all happen around conversation sets, so it goes without saying that a good one makes all the difference! Take a cue from our customers and check out the most popular conversation sets at Furniture of Dalton.

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The Sunvilla Allegro set’s Mediterranean flair brings to mind ocean spray and good wine. While we all can’t be so lucky to live on the Italian coast, lounging by the pool with a glass of rosé is a bit more within reach! With such a lovely mental image in mind, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular conversation sets at Furniture of Dalton.

 

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Another popular conversation set at Furniture of Dalton takes us back to basics. Wicker, canvas, and clean design: the 
Ashley Loughran is a no frills, no fuss, elegant conversation set that lets you focus on the fun stuff. Like sitting by the pool, good conversation, and nice weather. Cheers to that!

 

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The Lane Venture Raleigh conversation set is one of the most popular sets at Furniture of Dalton for one major reason: it is top quality. This premium set is tough as nails (read: kid-proof). Ideal for family gatherings and other occasions when you need furniture that is sturdy and stylish.

 

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Simple yet unique: the Lane Venture Saranac is another customer favorite. This conversation set would be just as at home in a Scandinavian design magazine as a Tennessee backyard in summer. Split the difference and have a sophisticated outdoor get together with friends - that table is the perfect spot for a smorgasbord!

 

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Last but not least is the Lane Venture South Hampton set. It is no wonder that this is one of our single most popular conversation sets: it is the quintessential collection of outdoor furniture. The classic silhouettes framed by dark wicker are the perfect place to enjoy your outdoors.

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 Want to find the perfect outdoor furniture? Stop into our showroom or check out our online OUTDOOR FURNITURE!
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Avoid These Mistakes When You Whitewash Your Furniture

Avoid These Mistakes When You Whitewash Your Furniture



Posted on: October 30, 2019

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Are you getting tired or bored with the look of your old furniture, but you can't seem to part with it?

Maybe it's a family heirloom, or maybe it's strong enough to last you another twenty years.

Whatever the reason, whitewashing that old furniture is a great way to give it an updated look.

Whitewashing is an excellent technique to use when you want an updated look, but still want to showcase the wood grain.

The whitewash will give an airy feel to your furniture while preserving the integrity of the beautiful wood.

And what's even better is that whitewashing is one of the easiest techniques to use.

When you do it right, your friends will think you're a professional painter or interior designer.

All you have to do is avoid the common mistakes we talk about below, and you will have amazing

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Neglecting To Clean The Furniture

When working with any type of furniture, especially older or antique, you need to clean it.

This step isn't fun, and it gets skipped often, dooming projects from the start.

Even if it looks clean, wood will accumulate oils and other things that aren't conducive to painting over the years.

Dirty floors, dust, and fingerprints also make furniture dirty.

It might be an annoyance, but you will be glad you took the time to clean your furniture before whitewashing it when you finish the project.

For an extra kick, clean your furniture with white vinegar to really make sure it's ready for paint.


Skipping The Sandpaper

Many times people are so excited to whitewash their furniture that they forget to remove the old finish first.

If you keep the old finish on your furniture, your whitewash will eventually peel off and create a giant mess.

All you have to do is grab some sandpaper and start sanding until you see the actual wood.

When you whitewash over the wood and not the original finish, you are guaranteeing that the paint will stick.

Make sure you don't stop sanding until every surface is smooth and even.

Whitewashing a rough surface will leave your furniture looking splotchy, uneven, and rough.

Start with some 80 grit paper and work your way up to 400 grit for an extra smooth surface.

Not Testing The Mixture

The whitewash mixture should be one part latex paint and one part water.

However, depending on the look you are going for, that mixture could be drastically different.

If you just want a hint of white, use mostly water.

If you want your white to be big and bold, use mostly paint.

The key to getting your desired result is to test your mixture before you start painting.

Before you put any paint on your furniture, test the mixture on a spare piece of wood.

Play around with your mixture until you are satisfied, and then you can start painting your furniture.

Or, if you want to go with a less DIY option, you can actually buy white stains that will remove the guesswork.

You Paint Instead of Stain

Whitewashing is done using a staining process, not a painting process.

Painting and staining are very different and will achieve very different results.

To achieve the whitewash look, after you apply the paint mixture with a brush, don't let it set for more than three minutes before you work it into the gran using a rag.

This removes excess paint and gives it the unique whitewashed look you're going for.

This technique is one of the most important steps in whitewashing, but it is often overlooked or forgotten.

If you skip this step, you are doing nothing more than painting with watered down paint and creating a messy, unfinished look.

Painting Everything At Once

When you whitewash, you want to work in small sections instead of painting the entire thing at once.

You need to work in small, manageable areas so your wash doesn't have time to try before you get a chance to wipe it with your rag.

Keep your paint area small enough so that you can paint and then wipe it within three minutes.

For big projects, you can have two people working simultaneously to speed up the process.

One person paints, and the other person goes behind them and wipes off the excess.

Bring That Old Furniture Back To Life

We get it, that old nightstand doesn't look the best anymore, but it still does the job.

And it's strong and sturdy, not something that feels like it could fall apart at any second.

When you're in this situation, one of the best things to do to bring your old, reliable furniture back to life is to whitewash.

Whitewashing can update the look of any piece of furniture, turning an old dud into a centerpiece.

As long as you avoid the mistakes above, you will have your furniture looking like its brand new in no time.

Ready for some new furniture? Check out our great selection of FURNITURE

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7 Signs You Need to Update Your Living Room Furniture

7 Signs You Need To Update Your Living Room Furniture



Why is updating your living room important? Well, apart from the time you spend sleeping in your bedroom, the living room is likely where you spend most of your time in your house.

It's definitely where your visitors spend most of their time.

The living room is where your family gathers over the holidays, and where you entertain family and friends during house parties.

Your living room needs to be comfortable and inviting.

When people come over, they have to want to spend time in your living room.

If they aren't comfortable, they might leave early and have reservations about coming back.

That means you need high-quality furniture that creates a lasting first impression and makes your guests and your family comfortable in your living room.

Sometimes, though, it's not easy replacing our furniture. It's your furniture, you've had it for a long time, and you like it.

There's no way a new recliner can replace the recliner you've had for 15 years. There's a contour in that chair that fits you perfectly.

There's no way a new recliner will be the same, right?

That's not always true, you could fall in love with a new piece of furniture, just like you did with the last one.

If you do decide to upgrade, you will also be able to add new style and character to your living room.

And you'll get to break it in all over again.

Below we will talk about the signs that tell you new furniture is an absolute must.

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1. You're Moving To A New Space

This is one of the best reasons to get new furniture.

Whether you've just done a renovation to your current space, or you're moving to a new area altogether, there's no better time to get new furniture.

If you're moving to a bigger house, you will likely need more furniture or unique furniture that will fit the space.

Or you might need bigger furniture.

And you will want to be sure it matches with your old furniture. No one likes mismatched furniture, so this might require a complete overhaul.

Whatever the reason, moving to a new space is the perfect time to update your furniture?

When to replace your couch?2. Your Sofa Creaks When You Sit Down

You should be the only one making noises when you sit on your sofa.

If your sofa makes noises back at you, it's probably time to upgrade.

A creaking sound or sounds from the springs typically means the sofa is past it's prime, and will slowly start falling apart.

Sometimes a piece of noisy furniture can be fixed, but you'll likely have to repair something else in the near future.

Most of the time, opting for a new piece of furniture is the best option.

You don't want to wait too long to replace it and have a spring pop loose and poke someone.

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3. You Sink Into Your Furniture

Unless you have a waterbed, you shouldn't sink into your furniture.

A good piece of furniture will feel cozy, but it won't make you feel like you're sinking.

After years of use, the structure of your furniture can start to fall apart, and you could sink into your couch every time you sit on it.

This not only makes it hard to get off the couch, but it can be horrible for your posture as well.

To avoid injury and constant back pain, you should buy a new piece of furniture that provides the necessary support. 

4. You Changed Your Decor

Sometimes even if your furniture is pretty new, and feels brand new as well, a change in decor can make it seem out of place.

Changing the color scheme of the room or buying a new piece of furniture that clashes with it can make it seem old and word down, even when it's not.

Your olive-green recliner might not fit in with the new color scheme, causing it to stick out like a sore thumb.

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5. The Fabric Is Torn, Or The Leather Is Cracked

There's not a more obvious way to tell that you need to replace your furniture than this.

If your furniture has visible wear and tear, then it is definitely time to start window shopping.

This should be expected because, after years of heavy use, it's normal for your furniture to show that wear and tear.

As the couch ages, the fabric will eventually wear down and become flimsy in areas, making it vulnerable to tearing.

Apart from age-related wear, that grape juice stain on your bright white couch could be enough to warrant a new couch.

You can repair rips and clean stains, but sooner or later, you're going to need a replacement. 

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6. You Just Don't Like It Anymore

This one is simple enough.

You don't like it anymore, and you're tired of looking at it.

Maybe your tastes have changed, or perhaps you've got money just waiting to be spent on new furniture.

If you notice yourself paying more attention to your friend's furniture, or spending extra time in the furniture department, that probably means it's time for some upgrades.

Your wandering eye usually means it's time to go all out and buy the sectional you can't stop thinking about. 

7. Your Guests Complain About Your Couch

If your husband, wife, children, or your friends are taking the time to complain to you about the furniture, it's time for new furniture.

Maybe you aren't convinced the furniture needs to be replaced, but sometimes it's not worth fighting the good fight.

The complaints are only going to stop when the furniture has been replaced.

If it's made it to the point where you can't stand to listen to the complaining anymore, get everyone in the car and ride down to your furniture store.

It's time for some new living room furniture. 

Change Is Good

Change is also hard, I know.

Maybe you've had the same living room set for years, and the thought of replacing it breaks your heart.

However, if your furniture shows any of the signs we talked about above, it's time to upgrade.

If you're ready to start looking at new living room furniture, look no further than Furniture Of Dalton.

They will make replacing your old furniture easy and painless, and they'll be sure you love your new furniture.


Check out our LIVING ROOM items now! 

 

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