a magical day :: creating with the best

waverly-7-flowers waverly-3-paint waverly-1-dresser waverly-2-barbandrachelA few weeks ago, I had the privilege of collaborating with some really amazing people! Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte contacted me about a new paint line making its debut and wanted to know if I would paint and create with her! Would I EVER! Rachel is one of the most creative, energetic, hilarious, and generous people that I am privileged to know….and any chance I can get to spend time with her is A ok with me!

You can read all about our day together here, and if you want the full scoop on the new paint line visit here for the tutorial and the deets!

Head to your local Walmart to pick up some paint, and know that I painted this entire dresser with ONE bottle….which will cost you all of eight bucks! The clear wax is amazing too…..probably on of my favorite new products. It pours out and applies very much like a polyurethane! How cool is that!?

Thank you Waverly, Plaid, Walmart, and Rachel Faucett for a super fun time…..and thank you Paige French for the amazing photography! (as always!)

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Barb

 

furniture refinishing with barb blair (me!) :: creativebug classes

Well friends….Part 1 of my online class series is up and running at Creativebug! (if you click on the creativebug link it will take you directly to my class page!)

I hope you will enjoy this promo video, and that you will join me for some furniture refinishing fun!

Lets get creative, and design cool things together!

xo,

Barb

creativebug :: online painting classes with knack

CBFurnitureFacebook-843x504_1furniture-redo furniture-redo_16Hey everyone! I am so sorry that I have been a little bit silent around here the last couple of weeks!

I had a really big and unexpected opportunity come up and I dove in with everything that I had. It went really, really well and I will be able to tell you about it at the end of the week! Yay! You don’t have to wait long!

AND….to tide you over….my online classes are launching THIS THURSDAY! I am so excited to share these classes with you all!

I filmed these classes with a company called Creativebug and I absolutely cannot say enough about them! The team from Creativebug was an absolute joy and they were so skilled and professional. The week we spent together was long and tiring, but in the end new friendships were forged, great work was accomplished, and I totally cried when we all had to hug goodbye. I love you Brian, Devlin and Courtney! Thanks for being amazing at what you do!

I’ll be back Wednesday with more info on where to go and how to sign up!

Get Ready!

xo,

Barb

book news || a few secrets revealed and the title

secretbook3 secretbook2 Well, as you all know….I have been working away on my second book for the last year. In one way it seems like the year has taken forever, and yet in another way it seems like a very fast and vivid dream.

To say that I am excited about this project would be the worst understatement of the year…..I am STOKED! I am thrilled that with every passing day, we are closer and closer to the release of ……..wait for it….. FURNITURE MAKES THE ROOM!! You see what I did there? So, we go from my first book which is called Furniture Makeovers, to my second book which will be called Furniture Makes the Room.

There will be many new and exciting aspects to Furniture Makes the Room….for instance….we shot in actual peoples homes….we styled furniture multiple ways in order to show the versatility of color, we amped up the technique and really created some out of this world designs, and I do a lot of heart to heart sharing about the concept of home and what that looks like to me.

I am super proud of this body of work and cannot wait to share it with you all! Thank you for your friendship and support throughout this entire journey. I am truly thankful for your words of encouragement.

Things are looking really really good and I am in the world of editing and copy editing at the moment. This is the hardest phase for me since writing takes much effort for my feeble little mind, but I am thankful to again be working with the super thorough and talented team at Chronicle Books!

It wont be too long now….and I promise to keep you posted along the way!

xo,

Barb

(gorgeous photos by Paige French)

knack life

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  1. hanging some Spoonflower wallpaper for a #knackbook2 project
  2. everybody wants a shot of Julie‘s beautiful florals
  3. bright greens and blues in the morning light
  4. our feature in the Greenville News!
  5. reflections in our wide windows on a bright October day
  6. our book, Furniture Makeovers, standing tall and proud in the shop

a walk down memory lane

memorylane11 memorylane10 memorylane9 memorylane8 memorylane7 memorylane6 memorylane5 memorylane4 memorylane3 memorylane2 memorylane1I somehow got on my own Flikr account {from Pinterest} and got lost down a rabbit hole of memories and experiences.

I did a lot of smiling…..remembering…..pondering…..celebrating.

I hope you can humor me in my nostalgia, and maybe even leave here inspired to create beauty with your hands that is fueled by the passion in your heart.

gettin buggy :: meet tympana

Tympana1 Tympana3 Tympana4 Tympana5 Tympana6 Tympana7There is one thing that I love about Southern summers, and it is the cicada’s singing in the trees as I drift off to sleep each night. Growing up on the West Coast I had never experienced this, and will never forget the very first time I ever heard it.

The Cicada song is an unmistakeable sound, and when combined with the sparks of the firefly in flight it makes for a magical evening.

I have wanted to do a bug piece for a very long time…..and I finally found the person to collaborate with on this piece! Angie Thompson { shop manager; mover and shaker at Knack} did an amazing job capturing the detail of the cicada with her beautiful charcoal strokes….and we couldn’t be more proud of how this piece turned out!

We were going to list miss Tympana in the online shop….but she sold before we could do that! We are already planning another one though…so never fear…more bugs are in our future!

furniture love :: meet little miss siolella

frogtape6This Frogtape7 frogtape8 frogtape9This lovely little gal is my newest beauty…..that I can share with you that is :} I cannot even tell you how exhilarating it is {and completely exhausting too!} to be creating new furniture designs for Knack book two. Designing furniture is my passion, and still gets my blood pumping even after all of these years. I cannot wait until the day that I can show you these new designs I have come up with. I am creatively full, and completely challenged….and I love being in that place. So, whenever I actually have time to create pieces outside the work for the book it is an extra special day for me……and I hope for you as well.

I think most of you know that I am a huge fan of FrogTape®. It is the only tape that I recommend in my first book Furniture Makeovers, because I truly find it to be superior to any other tape on the market, and it has been my only tape of choice for years now. I promoted this tape way before I received anything monetarily from FrogTape®……{ I was accused of working for them the moment I stated it was the only tape I used…..because everybody assumes in the blog world that if you promote something specifically….you must be getting paid to do so, right?} Not so with me folks. I am a small fish in a big pond and I only promote something if I can get behind it 100 percent. I have turned down so many promotional opportunities due to the fact that I could not honestly get behind a product or event. FrogTape® is a product I can get behind, and since I believe in this product and use it in my work on a daily basis, it felt very natural to say “yes to the tape people” when they came calling about 6 months ago.

For this project I chose to use the new Shape Tape in the scallop design. Have you all tried any of the Shape Tapes? If not….you should! They are so great!

I wanted to create something pretty, but not cutesy, and knew that this would be a challenge with scallops. So, as I am known to do…I chose rich colors and kept it simple. You can never go wrong with charcoal gray and gold can you? I don’t think so! I finished off the piece by lining the drawer with pretty Rifle Paper wrapping paper, and attaching a brass floral knob that my dad brought back from his latest trip to India.

I think Siolella is gorgeous, and I am so happy with her and her pretty scallops. I want to celebrate and give away a little happy……So, I will give a roll of scallop Shape Tape to the first two people who comment here on the blog! {United States only please}

Here are a couple tips to remember when using FrogTape®:

> don’t stretch it too tight or you will distort the shape

> use a squeegee after applying the tape to make sure that it is adhered properly

> water activates the tape bond in order to keep paint out, and lines sharp. So, use a damp rag {not soaking wet} to wipe along the edges of your tape to activate the seal before painting. {do not do this with milk paint….. ever.}

Let me know how you all like using shape tape in your work!

{* gorgeous florals by Julie Dodds of Willow Florals}

knack book two :: teaser

3YxFnCbmOwDJP6BKvrhxh3i6GoN7ddNcBUmCgutoISqMdXQN4o7S1IRjy_tjQJtpx_7FMg=w1395-h593 50hRHOvvWSLsHfF2-Tl8su9HfMTEhQ_HdSdi4y87EZQYWjNssyrLeTvjCijYFNkwvrFffg=w1395-h593BvX_zx-P7V4LC4tBqI3OTHQIPHvg3oQusqVU4UKsOwkybIjjyYTNYueDzk8jxFHeY13ZGA=w1395-h593 c1YGG2DKneqOrcbOuzroAONkryIjTDyONNQ04StO53BVhxD6hPh7IBClOdx4Y-uHfUVrLw=w1395-h593 IqhDNG4VGKaAHa2KTSnUNn-f3S0iwEA-Nrvr3S8XgMPCFUzPXvorNfbzyQIS6oU4-1R7ug=w1395-h593 r_d1LIhK_aWdfhCdLva6_t1NrVK4No_GgnmkkqSs4h5W1UnMqUu9-NOwyHqwBXD2QLY_yQ=w1395-h593It is always hard for me when I am working on a book because I am so energized and excited about all of the projects being created but I can’t show a whole lot of the process due to the secrecy of the book!  It is hard to describe how incredibly busy I am while working on this giant project. I have 15 total projects for the new book, writing, and a photo shoot every other week from now until November 1, which is the final delivery deadline.

For this book there is a lot of location shooting in homes, so there is plenty of logistical planning that has to be done as well as a huge props list to make sure we have everything that we need on hand for styling each and every shoot. I am so thankful for the team that I have working with me on this book…..Jessica, Julie, Paige and Angie are amazing and everyone works so hard every single shoot . It is fantastic to be working with such a creative and passionate team, and the pictures that are being captured for this project are truly special. I am very, very excited about the look and feel of this book and the story of home that it will tell. I cannot wait to be able to share it ALL!

So, even though I wish I could show more furniture during this time, I am excited {and I hope you are as well!} about the work being done. Creating a book always challenges me to push myself physically and creatively…and I love being in that place.

As you read this, a photo shoot is already underway and will go on for most of the day….. until we start to lose light!

Enjoy this sneak peek!