Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dark and gloomy is refreshed in white

Painting old pieces of furniture is not for the faint of heart. I have had this piece for quite a few years and to me it is beautiful but dark and on the gloomy side. It yelled Victorian to me. I am not a big fan of dark heavy Victorian furniture. This hat stand also has alot of nooks and carvings that dust loves to stick to. You have no idea how hard it was dusting this piece most days i just did not bother. Since i have been introduced to the blogging world i have seen so many pieces painted creamy white and i absolutely love it. I think it is fresh and young looking. My husband is not thank goodness the typical man who faints at the sight of painted wood. He doesn't care for alot of dark wood but like me prefers the Canadiana pine to stay natural. Phew!!!
So are you ready for the reveal?
Here goes ...........

Ta Da!

I believe these are carvings of moths. They really stand out now and the dust doesn't stick or better yet show!

All the intricate detail stands out. I cannot tell you how much fun this was to paint. I am truly lying here...i would not want to do a project like this again.

My ironstone jug looks lovely on the stand.

To me this is pretty and fresh!
I'm on my way to find more things to paint...
Pamela xo


  1. Where were you hiding that when I came to visit...or did I just miss it. I love it white. The more white you have the more uniform the house looks eh....great job, great job. Those little intricate parts must have been a royal pain to paint. Yuck..now you will never want to take that off, could you imagine it....

  2. Gorgeous!! I'm not a fan of painting but I'll do it to make something look better. I love the piece, Nicely done, Pamela!!


  3. Hi there new friend....once again, thanks for stopping by.
    The piece you painted looks so much nicer in white...I totally agree with you.

    Today, I took the time to look around your blog a little more. I see you are on Vancouver Island. Sweet hubby and I used to have a home in Friday Harbor so we did an awful lot of boating in the Gulf Islands. We spent a lot of time in Sydney and all around that area.

    Where is Osborne Bay?? We have not heard of it!

    Blessings to you dear friend and am looking forward to getting to know you better.


  4. It's gorgeous! And you're right. The detail does stand out so much better. Painting to me is not for the faint of heart period. Because I'm a horrid painter.

  5. It does look fresh and clean, much lighter than the dark wood. I can only imagine the time and effort it took to paint it.
    Painting is NOT my favourite thing to do, but one of those necessities to get what I want.

  6. That piece looks great Pamela. I like it white too. Very detailed. You did an excellent job!

  7. It looks totally different! Did good to paint it. Brava!!! Hugs xoxo

  8. Hi Pamela,
    I love it!!! Great job.


  9. Oh, that looks like it was a bear to paint. All those details..kudos to you for taking on that task. It really looks fresh and all the lovely details stand out now with the white paint job.

  10. Pamela, it looks fabulous!!! I can see why you are so thrilled! Well done to you:) I love it!!! Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  11. I love it!! The hall tree looks so fresh and pretty in white and is so charming in your entry. Is Sam still having fun in his tree house??

    Susan and Bentley

  12. Wow - gorgeous. I"m not sure if I would have had the nerve to paint it but it does look amazing.

  13. Looks lovely Pamela! I'm so glad Tina mentioned you on her blog so I could come over for a visit!
    I have a couple pieces that I've been comtemplating painting white. Now I think I'll give it a try!

  14. That looks just fabulous painted white!
    I personally don't think any piece of furniture is too sacred to be painted.

    Have a wonderful Friday!

  15. Pamela, thanks for the comment and about this piece...My Gosh, looks Fabulous!!!!!
    I have a few things I would never touch it with paint, but you were so right about the details.
    Well done, Pamela!
    Have a lovely weekend,

  16. Wow! This turned out beautifully! The white really brings out the detail! Love...love...love!


  17. White paint glorious white paint. It looks great. To me I think paint brings out the details not hides it.

    Oh I wish I could deliver to both you and Melissa. Have a great weekend.

  18. I do lots of painting and it is a hard choice to make...to paint or not to paint...but this piece just *pops* being white...GREAT choice!


I love love reading all your comments!! They mean so much to me...thank you..Pamela xo