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}

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  1. Lindsay Zimmer

    Did I make it first or second????

  2. Sara

    Barb, she is a beauty as always! And the tape is fabulous! Very good choice! Can’t wait to get the second book! Xo

    • Sara

      I don’t use tape too much on bigger projects but I do enjoy using the tape on smaller things such as lamp shades, small tables, my little boy’s furniture (daddy thinks I’m crazy sometimes), etc. I’ve always used Frog Tape except one time, I used a different brand (total disaster)! I’ll be trying some shape tapes next!

      • Barb Blair

        Thank you so much Sara! I agree with you that FrogTape® is the best on the market….and you are commenter number two so you get a scallop roll! Can you email me your address please? My email is Congrats!

  3. Angie

    Seriously love this. And the scallop is genius!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Angie!

  4. Kristen

    Hi Barb! Love this advice. I have not used the shape tape and would love to try it! I have used the regular frog tape and love it! Thanks for the post!!

    • Kristen

      And miss siolella is beautiful!

    • Barb Blair

      Kristen….do try it, because you will love it! There are scallops, chevron, and waves!…and thank you for the siolella love! xo

  5. Joann Belcher

    I love how your table turned out. I just bought some paint that same color and I am now motivated to try the shape tape using the charcoal paint. I hope my table turns out looking as good as yours did.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Joann! Your table will turn out great! You will love the creativity that shape tape brings! Have fun!

  6. Marissa

    Love the scallops and I think you nailed it making them look lovely. This piece ooozes lovely.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so , so much Marissa!

  7. Tiffany Fox

    I do think I have a new favorite!! Siolella you are gorgeous <3

    • Barb Blair

      Yay Tiffany! Thank you so much! xo

  8. Love the detail you created with the frog tape! I saw the photo of this table on Facebook the other day and wondered how you created it. I need to check out what other edges frog tape has to offer.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Gabrielle! FrogTape® has a scallop, chevron, and wave design…but the cool thing is there are so many different designs you can create even within those three edges! Try it….you’ll love it!

  9. Jill

    Would love to try this. It looks great!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Jill….and do try it! You will really have fun with the shapes and designs you can create!

  10. Cathy

    This is a beautiful piece. I like Frogtape, too.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Cathy!

  11. Love this piece Barb! The simplicity is perfect, and who doesn’t love gold scallops! 🙂

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Amanda! Gold scallops have to be a favorite for all…..right? :}

  12. Oh, I noticed those scallops when you posted her on Facebook earlier! So pretty..and I think I’m going to need to take a look around for the shape tape!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Jen! Do try to get some shape tape …you will love it! Let me know if you can’t fins any near you and I’ll see if I can help you out!

  13. Cara Harris

    Would love to try this sometime! Beautiful work!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Cara!

  14. The new little table is beautiful. I think the grey and gold are great together.
    Shape tape is a new to me. I use Frog tape all the time but was not aware of the shapes. I will be going out to check on them soon.
    Thanks for the tips

    Cookie Wilson

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Cookie! You will love the shape tape…so do check it out!

  15. I love using frog tape. Thanks for the tip about using a damp cloth!

    • Barb Blair

      You are so welcome Celeste!

  16. This is so cool! What a great idea. Love how it turned out on the table. Definitely want to give this a try!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Ali Thompson! Do give it a try for sure!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Kelly!

  17. Jenny

    Siolella is beautiful! I have seen the chevron Frog tape, but not the scallops. What a perfect shape for this little table. I anxiously await Book 2!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you Jenny! Yes, there is a chevron, scallop and wave….so check them out! Book Two will be here before we know it! Woot!

  18. Meghan

    This is so sweet…I’m loving the scalloped edge!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Meghan!

  19. JM

    Siolella is a beautiful treasure! Was just in your shop over Labor Day–what a cool place! Love all your work! Thanks so much for this giveaway–I agree Frog Tape is the best!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much JM! Also, thank you for your compliments on the shop….I am so glad you enjoyed your visit!

  20. I have been looking to buy this tape locally ( South Florida) but can’t find it anywhere….I can’t wait to try it!

    • Barb Blair

      ART Taynton…..I know that it can be difficult to get your hands on sometimes, but I have found that if Home Depot or Lowes does not have it, then {of all places} Walmart usually will! I hope you find some soon!

  21. Ugh, I hear a story that wasn’t told when you said, “do not do this with milk paint….. ever.” Does this mean Frog Tape® doesn’t work well with Milk Paint? Can’t wait to add your second book to my bookshelf. : )

    • Barb Blair

      Hey Ronnie! No untold story…just a caution to not use water on top of milk paint to seal the tape UNLESS the milk paint has been sealed with polyurethane first. FrogTape® absolutely can be used on top of milk paint, but I recommend that you seal milk paint with water based poly before using any frog tape on top of it. I only use the yellow FrogTape® {for delicate surface.} on top of milk paint. Is that confusing? I hope not! Let me know if you have any more questions!
      Thank you for the book love! I am so excited about this book!

  22. Little Miss Siolella is gorgeous – your furniture makeovers never disappoint. I just bought my first roll of Shape Tape in the wave pattern. Here in Canada I couldn’t find it anywhere until recently when I found only the wave pattern at my local Wal-Mart. I can’t wait to do a makeover with it and appreciate your tip about moistening the edges with water to get a tight seal. Thanks!
    P.S. Love your book BTW and looking forward to #2

    • Barb Blair

      Marie, Thank you so very much! I am so glad you like her! I’m telling you….Walmart is the place for Shape Tape! So glad you finally got your hands on some!
      Thank you for the compliments on Furniture Makeovers! I am so excited about book two!

  23. Love your new creation (as always)! WOW! Thanks for the tip on Shape Tape… I didn’t know!!! Now, I’ll have to find a piece of furniture to try it out on.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much jenny! Try it for sure! You will love it….and there are so many different ways to mix up the designs!

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  25. sue

    I love the look of this piece! I just ordered a roll of the Shape Tape from Home Depot. If the local store does not carry it you can order it on line and have it shipped to your local store free of charge. Can you tell me what gold paint you use? I have tried several and never seem to be happy with the result.

    • Barb Blair

      Hey Sue! Oh my goodness…I saw this comment and then thought I had responded! I am SO SORRY! That is awesome to know that Home Depot will deliver the Shape Tape right to your door! I have always wondered why they don’t carry the full line of FrogTape® in the stores!

      My favorite gold paint to use is by the brand GOLDEN (fluid acrylics) in Iridescent Bronze (fine).

      I hope I am not too late in responding! so sorry about that! xo

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