Friday, January 8, 2010

On Wednesday I completed a record of 5 items in my 3.5 hour work window. Sounds like a lot but 3 of the items are on the smaller size, so I thought I would dedicate this post today to just the small gems. Often these small pieces get tucked into corners, beside beds and are usually the unsung heros of the room. But they deserve a little love and attention of their own today~

I didn't have time to snap a before shot of this chair, but it is the kind that most people have sitting in the basement or garage. A little dose of a new blue I am trying to perfect gives it that something special.


Previous owners had painted the legs and back cream but over the years it has started to chip off. I like the idea that this blue will start to chip along with it~


This table probably wouldn't elicit a second look from most people. The lovely detailing really fades into the wood grain and doesn't stand out.

I was dreaming of an image of a Swedish farmhouse I saw that day, which lent the inspiration for the grey-based cream that feels like it has been there forever.






This piece was typical of the cheap-feeling "reproduction" tables I see in a lot of furniture stores, complete with fake handle on non-existant drawer.

I can totally envision this covered in crayons and paper, a perfect little-person desk. Another play on my perfect shade of blue.

If I can beg and plead with Sean (who bruised his ribs snow-boarding last week) to help me move the dresser and night stand tomorrow, perhaps I will share it with you before the weekend it out!

30 comments:

Sandy said...

perfection at it's finest!

Mary said...

Gorgeous! Love that shade of blue...and don't forget I tagged you for a Kreativ Blogger award. Check my last post... ~mary~

Jesse said...

I adore that first side table!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

Just love all your furniture re-dos! That blue is just YUMMY! Did you mix it yourself?

Sandy said...

Loving the white table. As you said, it really has brought out the hidden detail. It seemed so plain when dark. What a delight to see its true form.

Your blog is inspiring. recently purchased a few items off ebay, hoping to make them over. Your blog has given me the impetus to do so.

Thanks,
Sandy (in Australia)

cousin Deb said...

Love that shade of blue and all the pieces!

Jaime said...

I love the way the little blue chair looks! That's exactly what my kitchen chairs - who still need to be painted - are like. Maybe one day I'll managed to get them done. You did a great job on that one!

DH, the kids & I are coming to your town the weekend of January 23rd. If you have time, would you like to get together for coffee or something? Just drop me an email and let me know!~

Take care - great projects! Jaime

Holly said...

Thank you so much everyone!!!
You are correct Kendall, the blue is a mixture I am playing with the last few days.
Jaime, I would love to meet up again~

Suzy said...

I like your collection of blue books, very pretty.

Caroline said...

I LOVE that shade of blue!

A Wedding Story said...

I just love the last piece. It reminds of me pieces that my mom used to have and she gave them away. I should have saved them! Ugh.

Amanda said...

What adorable little pieces. And that blue, is indeed perfect. Blues are tricky, like gray (or any color when it somes to me for that matter) but man you mixed a good one.

Another question (you know I'm always full of questions), do ou paint in your garage or basement? If garage is the answer, do you heat it? I want so badly to tackle a project (or two) tomorrow and wondering if blocking off an area in the garage with tarps, and a space heater would do the trick so I don't have runny paint.

Hope you have a great weekend, and Sean's ribs heal in no time so he can get back to helping you move furniture. :)

Amber said...

wow you are such the transformer! You made them all gorgeous!

Tamstyles said...

i saw your book at tj maxx today...soooo your style...the whole book.

carolinagirl said...

Holly, I found your blog via Cote De Texas! I love it! You have such a talent. I do have a question for you though. I painted a few older pieces for a beach condo, and I have not done a varnish on top. Can you tell me what to buy? Do you just paint it right on top? Do you use a brush or roller to paint?

Thanks so much for your expertise,
Corey from NC

sam said...

I love that shade of blue. Is it a custom mix or can you share the brand/name?

MrsKBJ said...

Love it all Holly! I hope your husband feels better soon!

minnesotamom said...

Those tables totally inspire me to get out the paint and coat up the occasional tables I have sitting around that have been bugging me with their 70s dark woodishness. Do you have a specific post where you reveal your painting techniques?

Holly and Sean said...

Hi Corey, I use Verathane water based semi-gloss sealant. To get a really smooth finish I always use the spray cans (I don't want to gloop up my sprayer with it).

minnesotamom, I answer as many as I can under the FAQ section~

Thanks again everyone!

nannykim said...

Ah so wonderful!

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DustyLu said...

gorgeous love blue.. great vignettes! lulu

**Frugal Contessa** said...

Lovely pieces Holly!! And perfect styling too - love those little animal candles, I totally checked them out in the store. So whimsical!

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

you are so right. the PERFECT shade of blue!!

(and that grey-white....! to. die. for.!)

great job!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Totally gorgeous....love the blue ....I have a fun giveaway on my blog...a $100 prize ..comments will be closed on Monday night, but today's entries get extra chances...so stop by and join in the fun.

Ivy Lane said...

ALL so lovely!

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

What lovely little resurrections!

"a new blue I am trying to perfect"
...So, it does sound like you are, or have the ability to, create/design your own unique line of paint colors. Is this going to be your next big unveiling ;) I still think it was a really neat idea. But if you just enjoy doing it for yourself at home, we'll understand that too :)

I really love those fun little animal decorations, especially the rabbit. Are they candles, or wood sculptures or something? I'd love to know where one might find them.

And lastly, so sorry your husband and personal furniture moving professional was injured. Praying he heals swiftly, and smoothly, and with little pain or inconvenience to himself and his family.

Happy Week to the 3 of you!

foggogs said...

so glad I found you blog the paint colors are spectacular. I can't wait to see more. what a talent you are.

Susan said...

wow, these pieces are so lovely, one would never imagine their humble beginnings! great job!

xox,
susan

Amanda said...

I absolutely love reading your blog!! And that shade of blue is beautiful. You've given me so many great ideas for my house.
All the best,
Amanda

Lovely Little Nest said...

My goodness, you are talented! These pieces are incredible - you have such a great eye for finding these little gems! And I just LOVE that shade of blue! So pretty :)

 
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