Sweet As Honey

49myEi3-PJZw2zMe0mF8_PqG43tJJtKkRzuzxr6lM-4When Bonnie Christine.. of the lovely blog Going Home to Roost … contacted me about participating in a blog tour promoting her new Sweet as Honey fabric line, I took one look at the fabric and said…YES !

I had two chairs that were just beggin’ for fresh paint and new fabric seats, and so this was the perfect opportunity for a new beginning….and a makeover!

Here is what the chairs looked like before: {not horrible, but not hallelujah invoking either}

SAHblogtour7Here is how many layers of fabric were on one of the seats: { three, and lots of straw and moss stuffing}

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I created custom {and very special} milk paint colors specifically for this project. I love how the tones blend with the fabric!

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If you would like to follow along on the tour, and see all 25 projects, click here. Yesterday, Heidi from Hands Occupied created sweet little needle pouches, and tomorrow Caitlin will have a brand new project up on her blog, Salty Oat.

Enjoy!

xo,

Barb

Sometimes, Love Hurts

desk1desk3 desk2I was really hoping, hoping, hoping…..that I would have a beautiful new finished piece for you today. Unfortunately, that was not in the plans. {Boo!} I have been working on this desk for three weeks now. Not three weeks solid….but a few days a week….for three weeks. Typically this type of piece would be completed in one week, but there have been so many hidden issues with this piece. It has been complete crazy town….and honestly… if I had known the hours of work it was going to take, I would have left it with my supplier.

However, I am all about redemption, and seeing the lovely in the unlovely. Sometimes you get a piece, and its hidden secrets are crazy scandalous…..but no matter how far gone it seems….it can always be fixed….there is always hope. It totally depends on if you are willing to put in the time and do hard things. I am in it to win it, baby!

The entire top of this piece and all of the veneered drawer fronts had to be torn off. I tried using glue and clamps before tearing off…but it was too far gone. What I found underneath the existing two layers of veneer, was this amazing solid pine wood that is absolutely gorgeous. I stripped the wood on the top to remove all of the glue and gunk left over from the veneer. I sanded, primed {two coats due to redwood tannins}, and painted two coats. I wasn’t quite happy with the finish, but wanted to get her done, so I went ahead and applied one coat of poly. Well……

When I get into the studio tomorrow morning…..I will be sanding this desk down again and repainting it a brand new color. I know it may sound crazy….but it is what it is, and it has to be this way in order to be right! The new plan will leave me 100 percent satisfied, and I can’t wait to share this desk with you next Monday. Warning you though….the name will be a DOOZY! How could it not be with all that has been put into it?

Sometimes things take more time, but it is always worth it in the end. This lovely desk will make someone’s room very happy one day soon, and that is why I do what I do here at Knack!

I have a sweet chair makeover coming up on Thursday as well! We used two fabrics from the new Sweet as Honey fabric line and are excited to be a part of the blog tour!

I also have the first day of shooting for Knack book #2 this week as well! {Woot! Woot!} I am bursting with pride over the amazing team that has come together for this book, and am so stoked about the content that will be produced! I will introduce you to everyone very soon……and I want you to know that I fully intend to write and produce another #1 best seller! Off we go!

Exciting times. Busy times. Good times.

Thank you for being here with me.

xo,

Barb

Shop Happenings

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We are busy bees around the shop these days! All of our new Spring merch is rolling in, and it is so fantastic! I love being a shop owner, and picking special things that I think are perfect for both my home and yours.

These new soy candles came in yesterday, and are already on the shelves and in the online shop. With scents like teakwood and tobacco, campfire special {you know that campfire smell that soaks in your clothes after a good bonfire? yeah….that smell}, fig and jasmine, and amber and moss….there is sure to be a scent for everyone! We are hooked!

The clean and timeless apothecary packaging makes these candles easily suited to any environment they are placed in.

Light em up!

xo,

Barb

Do What You Say

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Is this not the truth? How many times do we hear ourselves and others talk big and do little? It is not cool……not cool at all.

Only say what you know you will do…..and do not let pride creep in and take over your words. That leads to empty words and promises….and ultimately a lack of credibility.

xo,

Barb

A Modern Tape Treatment Using FrogTape®

 

blue1 blue2My second post for FrogTape® is live! I took an armoire, painted the base in blue milk paint and then chose army green, pink, and gold latex paints to add a stripe pattern to the doors. The brass octopus knobs are bangin’…..and round out the design very nicely!

The full tutorial is here on the FrogTape blog, so check it out….and this armoire is available for sale in the online shop here, as well as our brick and mortar shop on Lois Ave.!

Enjoy!

xo,

Barb

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I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

A little deep blue jewelry chest

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I purchased this little tiny furniture piece, which just happens to moonlight as a jewelry box, a few months ago. I thought it was adorable, and I personally had not come across one quite like it before.

I got busy doing other things, and this little one was forgotten on a shelf…..until….I spotted it last week and thought “it is surely time to make this piece new”….and off I went.

Of course it’s brilliant blue, {because I LOVE that} and I was going to list this little lovely in the shop….but it was snatched up on Friday as soon as I put it on the showroom floor.

P.S. all of the amazing jewelry in these photos is by my friend Lily Wikoff of Lily Pottery, and can be purchased online here.

Vulnerability

6352b3054bc7fb6ca768d155b189fdf4When I first read this quote, I had to re read it….and then read it again. It is so true, is it not? Sometimes when we are in our most vulnerable places, it takes so much courage to be truthful both to ourselves and to others……to be uncomfortable and be ok with that.

What happens though….when we embrace the vulnerable place and remain humble and teachable…..is fierce.

xo,

Barb

Stripes and ships on a little nightstand named “Watts”

wyatt1 wyatt2 watts3 wyatt4This lovely little nightstand belongs to my client, and it came from her grandmother. It had a broken back leg, which I fixed, and the way that it looked unpainted was not a right fit for the environment it was needed in. So, we talked……came up with a grand plan of action and off I went to work some magic.

This nightstand will be living between two beds….in a condo by the beach! Doesn’t it look like a beach bum, ships and all? What a life! Fresh and new, and ready to make memories for more generations and families yet to come!

I love what I do! It is so exciting to see things transformed, and made fresh.

Enjoy the beach, Watts!

xo,

Barb