There are projects that come along, and even though I have purchased them because I love something about them….. I get stuck trying to decide how exactly I want to take them to the level of frabjous. I started painting this little armoire with one plan in mind…I was going to paint the entire thing with milk paint and leave it pretty plain….but for some reason I felt like I was just rushing to try to get the piece done and check it off my list. I want to fight against that mentality…so I literally put one coat of milk paint on the entire thing, rinsed out my brushes, and went back to the drawing board and spent a day drawing and planning out my design.

I looked through magazines, fabric and wallpaper combinations, and stared out my front window mulling over colors and patterns….but the thing that finally got me going in the right direction was a beautiful mexican blanket that IĀ  borrowed from a friend to use in a photo shoot. It was lying there just staring at me and the many different colors and different sized stripes totally caught my eye. Immediately the light bulb came on in my head. I knew the stripes would be hard, and a bit tedious but I had plenty of Frog Tape on hand and I crave a good tough furniture challenge. I knew if all went well, the pain would be so worth it! I went back to the studio the very next day, executed “my plan”, and this is what came out! Meet Tallulah! I am telling you…. with the turquoise, purple, yellow, cream, red, pink, orange, blue and green stripes…..the turquoise insides, and the pistachio green knobs….. Tallulah is a party waiting to happen!

I’m here to tell you it was indeed worth it to stand back and enjoy this little beauty!



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  1. christina

    Wow, I love visiting you every monday and even more today. I am still struggling to find my own style and I constantly battle with myself about it. I see an image of a fully white frenchy room and fall in love, then I see a boho caravan with bright colours and oddities and want that. I have a few girls I follow and I constantly find myself being drawn to you and this piece is sooo like one of my first pieces. I think you have given me more confidence in what I do and to follow what I feel today. Thankyou

    • Barb Blair

      christina, thank you so much for visiting and for reading! I appreciate it so much! I can totally appreciate what you are saying because I too can have mad love for a beautiful “frenchy pastel” or all white room …but I always go back to color and eclectic bohemian goodness! That is home for me….and I am so glad that you are following your true inner style! Continue down that path of originality, and great things will come of it! Don’t be afraid to be different! xo

  2. I love Tallulah… she’s a beaut! Isn’t it interesting where/what triggers our inspiration?! I love that ‘aha’ moment!!! I think all your hard work has absolutely paid off!

    • Barb Blair

      Sheepy Hollow, Thank you my friend! It is so interesting what can trigger a design plan and inspiration moment sometimes! It can be the simplest thing…..I love that inspiration is all around us. We just have to open our eyes to be able to really see it all and take it in!

      I bet a few days on the farm would do me some good..wink!..and lots of inspiration would come from the colors and patterns there!

  3. I love it! The stripes were exactly what this piece needed. I like how you spend time coming up with a plan and seeking inspiration for your pieces. It’s beautiful and so unique.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Heather! I love painting stripes so very much…..I am glad you all are not tired of seeing them yet!

  4. Gorgeous! I’m glad you let this piece sit for a bit while you waited for inspiration and worked out a perfect plan. Now it’s not just a piece of furniture but is sure to be a statement piece in someone’s home.

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much Kaytie! I am glad too….I am so much happier with the final outcome.

  5. tinawal

    This is sheer brillance! I love it, Barb. Hope your gang is doing terrific!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much miss Tina! I am so glad you love it!

      Our gang is doing well…chugging along…..working on life ….and so thankful for grace :} Hope all is well with your gang as well…..and that you are enjoying Summer!

  6. the salvage collection

    so so true that sketching and planning and pondering and waiting pay off! sometimes it’s so hard to wait patiently for inspiration when there are pieces lined up left and right begging for a redo!

    love love love ms. tallulah!

    • Barb Blair

      the salvage collection, it is SO true….I always find that when I sit down and sketch out designs I love the outcome so much more…and the collection is so much more cohesive. I am determined to do it more and more! I just wish I was a better “sketcher”……not to be confused with “sketchy”! hah!

      thank you for the Tallulah love!

  7. bobbi

    I have been thinking about that color palette since you posted the ‘teaser’ last week! sigh! tallulah is absolutely stunning (and her name is good, too).

    great job!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you so much, bobbi!! I am so glad you love it!

  8. Lovely. I can totally relate to that moment of indecision in the middle of a project. But look what came of it, so beautiful.Nice job! Love all the pretty colors.

    • Barb Blair

      kalanicut, thank you so much! I’m glad you can relate too… is so hard sometimes to be right in the middle and change directions completely….but I don’t think I have ever been disappointed with the outcome when it happens! xo

  9. wow—was what i said when i saw the pictures. very “me” and i love her.

    • Barb Blair

      sarah, yay! thank you so much! xo

    • Barb Blair

      Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods, thank you…..and I am so glad you think it looks and feels like summer! Perfect!

      I’m going to FB message you a bit later about class! :} xo

    • Barb Blair

      Kendra, oh…that is so sweet…thank you so very much for your encouragement! xo

  10. Again…I have fallen in love! This is soosooosoooo beautiful! šŸ™‚

    • Barb Blair

      geisslein, thank you, my friend all the way from Germany! I hope you are having a super lovely day! I have been enjoying all of your instagram photos lately! xo

  11. gasp…..oh, TALL-ulah (she IS a tall one!) ;)…is a masterpiece!!! I enjoyed reading about your process…I struggle with this… I admire your work so much! Truly, it is ART! Thanks for sharing!

    All the best!

    • Barb Blair

      Anne, Thank you, thank you! I appreciate your sweet words so much……and am glad to know that I am not the only one who struggles with executing design plans sometimes!

    • Barb Blair

      sarah kate branine, thank you sis! :} love you!

  12. Ollie

    Love it!!!! Amazing as always .

    I just hauled in a big oak wardrobe, and am inspired to do something a little bold with it. Think I may be convinced to try milk paint šŸ™‚

    • Barb Blair

      Ollie, thank you so much my dear! I am so excited that you are thinking of trying milk paint! Please let me know if you have any questions… can be tricky but it is such a wonderful paint!

      I hope you got my return email today about the pricing!

  13. Wow! Love the pallet. Growing up in Southern California, I never had much appreciation for Mexican blankets, but I totally see the resemblance and the beauty. Thanks for opening my eyes to that. So is the piece done 100% in milk paint? I just placed my first milk paint order and am waiting for the delivery. I’ll know where to go if I run into trouble šŸ™‚

    • Barb Blair

      vintage charm, Thank you very much! I grew up in Northern California and never had a great appreciation either…but I sure love them now! This piece is done with milk paint, chalk paint, and latex paint! I am crazy like that and like to push the limits a bit! wink! But…..the entire base is milk paint. The stripes are the only thing that are not milk paint. I am thrilled that you have just ordered some milk paint to try! Have fun….it is my favorite! Please do let me know if you have any questions….I would be happy to help! xo

    • Barb Blair

      Miss Mustard Seed, Thanks pal……I promise I will call today! :} You are so crazy busy girl…and I do not want to take up your precious time! I was thinking about it just yesterday though…..hopefully we’ll talk soon! xo

  14. This is divine Barb! I have a beautiful old gentelman’s wardrobe that I lovingly rescued from my neighbour’s nature strip many years ago. Stripped it back and has been waiting for further inspiration. I think I just found it…Wish you cold pop over to KL and do it for me…I have always wanted it to house my quilts I make.

    • Barb Blair

      Melissa, Thank you so much! It is so hard to find wardrobes these days so I always pick them up when I can! They are so fun to transform…..and I am so glad that you are excited about your piece! I would love to be able to do it for you…but I can’t wait to see what you come up with! xo

    • Barb Blair

      stylish patina- kelly, thank you so much! xo

    • Barb Blair

      sara’s art house….thank you ! xo

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