Monday, July 16, 2012

Part Two of de-old-lady-fying my living room

One of the points someone made at Haven is that many of the homes posted in the blogosphere are, in a way, interchangeable.  We are, after all, herd animals, and we live in a society that doesn't necessarily accept or appreciate originality.  What we don't understand, scares us.


Let's look at a few living rooms, shall we?





















Now don't get me wrong...these are all beautiful rooms, and I would not mind having my living room look like any of these. 
But where's the personality?
Where are the memories?
WHERE ARE THE TCHOTCHKES?


I know, I know...this is the whole issue.  Your house can't look like a magazine if you have tchotchkes, Bubeleh.  (I'm speaking Yiddish because my daughter has moved to Brooklyn and I'm practicing for when I visit.)
I have tchotchkes.  And I don't want to get rid of them. 
Every little piece of crapola in my living room tells a story.  I cannot leave the crapola behind on my quest to update. 
But I can store it. 
And this is where:

The above USED to look like this:

But you know that I am not a big fan of mahogany.  However, this challenge is about trying something new, and painting and distressing furniture is not new.  But THIS is:



A faux grained top!  I used Minwax Polyshades in Classic Black, glossy, brushed it on evenly, coating the entire top.  It was so pretty, but not what I wanted for this piece, so I waited about 30-45 seconds and then wiped, in one stroke, across the top with a lint-free cloth. (I used an old pillowcase.) I did one third of the top at a time.  This left lines in places, and I am really pleased with the effect!

Now I have a place to store those things with which I cannot part, like my Trixie Belden mysteries.  After all...who doesn't need a little Trixie in their lives?

Please join my friends on their quest to expand their borders (sort of like annexation, but they won't get extra tax money):

http://topthistopthat.blogspot.com/       http://primitiveandproper.blogspot.com/         http://delectablehome.blogspot.com/


http://buffalo-roam.com/              http://www.foxhollowcottage.com/           http://craftedniche.com/

http://www.stayathomeista.com/          http://www.heidimilton.com/                http://refreshrestyle.com/

http://www.craftyscrappyhappy.net/     http://lifeasathrifter.blogspot.com/           http://www.thespacebetweenblog.net/

                                                        http://www.viewalongtheway.com/

*and I'm at Naps' porch   *and at Cassie's   *and at Savvy     

29 comments:

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Really nice! I do not know what is wrong with me. I have an old sideboard that is dark,ugly and screaming at me to re-do, and I just keep ignoring it! (and it holds all of my seasonal type stuff, tchotchkes and candle paraphernalia.) Yours looks great!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

KIRBY!!! This is so awesome. Your faux grain came out so great!!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

I wish all crapola looked like this. But how does it smell??

Bliss said...

I like the updated storage for Trixie. I'd say that in Yiddish but I speak Gibberish better.

~Bliss~

Connie said...

A lovely "after." I liked the painted area color so much that I'd like to copy the color. Would you please tell me what color paint you useed?

Holly @ Life as a Thrifter said...

Wow! I'd love to try this!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan said...

That turned out wonderful!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good work on the rework of the top- the faux grain looks great.
Now, let Trixie out of there. She was our hero- she deserves better.

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Trixie just moved to the den. It's sunnier in there, and she can have a shelf all her own!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ooh i love it!! the faux grained top is awesome! and i love the room inspiration pics, especially the first and last!

reFresh reStyle said...

Awesome crapola storage! I have so much crapola, I need several! It's beautiful Kirby!

Andrea said...

I am walking that fine line risking too many tchotchkes on parade.

Terry Moore said...

I agree with your thoughts on livingroom or any space in general. I have been told that I am the Queen of putting personality into a room. I hope that is the case. I love, love, love your newly painted buffet.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Here, here for more room for tchotchkes! And down with the herd mentality!
Kelly

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Looks fantastic!

fiona anderson said...

De de-old-lady-fying is de-definitely working, love de faux wood-graining too !
(I'm avoiding all other references as I don't understand them, let alone Yiddish !!)

Tisha said...

I think all those people have a bunch of crap too - the stylist just dumps it all in a box before the photo shoot. Still, my house often has a little too much personality - like a bunch of dirty kids sitting around on the furniture. I'll send a few of them over to mess up your nice stuff when you get it all properly arranged!
Love the paint on the buffet!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Trixie Belden? How am I not familiar with this series? I know The Three Investigators. Nancy Drew is classic. Judy Blume is legendary ... but Trixie? Somehow I missed that lil investigative missy ...

And I oh so try to do that classic neutral decor and fail miserably ... color keeps creeping into my home ...

:)

Linda

thistlewoodfarm said...

You go girl! I love the faux wood top! I'm not a big fan of the tchotchkes though. Can we still be friends!

:) me

PS I really like Trixie Belden, Girl Detective if that helps :)

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Wow That turned out wonderful, and thanks for the comments about the kitchen, it truly has been a labor of love and a very long project!
Terry

leah mari said...

Looks so nice! Beautiful job and home

andrea@townandprairie said...

Hilarious! I've taken to storing much of my things, too, and rotating them out! I love those old swell front buffets like yours... the hepplewhite hardware has always been a fav of mine!

Sandy said...

You did a really nice job on this and I for one
went through all my wood furniture last year
and changed everything to white. Yes, I painted
it all white. I even built myself a faux fireplace
with book shelves on the sides.. I'm so happy to
have the feel of new and updated without going
out and buying all new furniture.
Thanks for showing us how you did the grain. I
still have two pieces that I did not touch the
top. Will give it a try.
Thanks
Sandy

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

That is AWESOME!! Love seeing new life for old pieces -- and of course, homes for the knick knacks (can't spell chotchkees and don't speak yiddish!) and Trixie Beldens. :)
Kudos!!
xo Heidi

The 2 Seasons said...

Looks good. I am trying to get some stuff/ things with memories to fill my living room. That is what gives the room personality and my is lacking in that department.

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

You wouldn't be you without tchotchkies!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the dresser. It looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

Kathryn J Cain said...

Love the point of the post, the piece is great, But saying we like our stuff, I have lots of stuff, and all that stuff was either something in my Mom and Dads house, or grandmas, or my Hubby's family...plus all the gifts from friends and siblings....My house is history,family and love....with a few crazy collection of my very own...not for a magazine...It is kinda like my little sign that hangs out with the Gnomes in my rock garden..."its not home sweet home...so get over it" its our home where we live a real life....so again thanks for the post and love all your creations

Brooke said...

LOVE your title! LOVE the buffet! Very creative on the top, I'll have to try it!
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