Thursday, October 8, 2009

True Shabby Chic

I am so happy to finally share the first 2 of the my new antique collection. These items are a tribute to my original love: Shabby Chic! My style and home have evolved over the years to be a little more eclectic with a touch of modern, but my heart just melts everytime I see a lovely, old, chippy piece. I still have several of my beloved "chippy pieces" around the house, but after finishing these and bringing them in I now realize that it is ok to mix it all up and that there is room for both modern and old (all in moderation!).

This cabinet had been well "loved" over the years, and the most recent addition were plastic blue knobs. I thought it had a very regal air to it since it is fairly high and the turned legs are so beautiful, which gave me the inspiration to give it a european flare.

I wanted it to have a grey-ish cream tone to give it a slight gustavian feel so I custom mixed the color. The mirror is actually from this dresser originally but I sprayed it black and gave it a semi-gloss finish.

I love the old look of weather surfaces so I really tore this one up!



The details on the mirror feel very french to me, and it is hard to believe it was once a horrid brown.

This sideboard had really taken a beating over the 100+ years it has been around, so it only seemed fitting to make it a true shabby chic gem!

This piece went a lot whiter than the last, but still has a very subtle hint of grey too keep the white from being too bright.

I have always had a huge love of candles and finding new ways of displaying them is always thrilling. When I spied these giant old canning jars (complete with old lids)last week I was so excited to shove them full of candles~






I have a few more pieces to share, but you will just have to wait until tomorrow *wink wink*
Have a lovely day!

33 comments:

Dawn said...

Love, love, love the first one. Maybe I'll buy it - I think I have a spot for it in my front hall! You did a lovely job of the distressing. Thanks for sharing your work.....Dawn

Megan Lee said...

Wow, I can't believe how different they look with just a little paint! Great job :)

dedeetsyshop said...

Awesome! I love them both! But I love all your pieces you do! The first one is fabulous! I LOVE how distressed it is!

Lee Laurie said...

They are both awesome! They look so much better this way!

Mary said...

GORGEOUS! Isn't is amazing what a little paint can do?? Love them both! ~Mary~

kelly said...

Oh I am IN LOVE!! SO amazing!

Room to Inspire said...

Wow, love - absolutely love these pieces! Fabulous, simply fabulous.

Chelsea

Love the Decor! said...

Great pieces!! THe first is my favorite though!!

Denise Sabia said...

Lovin' it!

Leslie G said...

Love them both. I also really love the way you style the pieces for photographs- that is real talent! And I am so happy for you that your business is doing so well. I'm sure people understand that you do a lot of work and can't always respond right away to emails. It's kinda like Jon (he has his own business), when he gets SO busy he has to turn down work, which he hates. But I always tell him it's better to pass down work because you are too busy than to not have work at all!

undomestic chica said...

Love them both and the chandelier in the picture too :)

Karen said...

Holly, Everything looks lovely. I want have been wanting a black mirror!

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

LOVE this!! I just love all that you've reworked. Such a great eye - and the grey! too fabulous.

I can't wait to see more!!

xoxo

MrsKBJ said...

Great job Holly!! Can't wait to see your what you share tomorrow!!

Beachbrights said...

Oh my goodness. I am speechless.

XOXO

Amber said...

Looks gorgeous Holly.

~ RM said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love the black mirror- both pieces came back to live thanks to you!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Everything looks wonderful! I would never have thought of gray...perfect!
~Nancy

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

You have a magic touch! So fabulous...again!

Charity said...

These are stunning. You have such a wonderful eye for this...beautiful.

sweet cheek's mom said...

absolutely love that first piece. beautiful job.

Emily Call said...

They are so pretty!

Amanda Naomi said...

beautiful as always. and another idea i'll be borrowing to use myself, with the taper filled jars to satisfy my love of both candles and old jars!

The Neaves' said...

They look awesome! You inspired Natalie, which has inspired me! I will paiting an old desk with a hutch white. Hopefully it will turn out half way descent!

Petit Debutant said...

Lovely as usual!

Rebecca said...

SO BEAUTIFUL!!! you have such a gift and an eye for color... bold colors do not scare me but whites do and you make me more courageous!!!

Great job!!! I loooove them!!!

Rebecca said...

Sooooo gorgeous! The black glossy mirror paired with the cabinet...LOVE! Both pieces are exquisite!!!

Sew Much Ado said...

Gorgeous! They both look so great.

Rachel said...

Just beautiful! Can you give us a step-by-step process on how we can do this to one of our own pieces?! :)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I am feeling that jar full of candelsticks! Love it!

:)

Great blog ya have here!

leighuf said...

Love that black mirror!!

Miss Prissy Paige said...

What a great transformation, you keep amazing me. Best of luck with WhiteBerry Reinvented!

Low Tide High Style said...

Gorgeous transformation! I love the color and how you displayed your candles. The wood above gives the room such a cool organic feel against the clean crisp white of the walls and furniture! Wonderful, all of it and I'm so glad I found you through Better After!

Kat :)

 
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