Furniture Makes The Room :: Pre Order

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Hello All!

Things have been a whirlwind around here, and I plan to do some more journaling over the next few weeks to catch everyone here in this space up on what has been happening with Knack…

….BUT, today is exactly one month from the launch of my new book Furniture Makes the Room!! Can you believe it? I can hardly believe that the time is finally here, and I get to share this work with all of you! I can’t wait for you all to see the projects and homes in this book, and feel like it is truly the book that has always been inside of me!

So, we are introducing a special pre order campaign today, and those of you who pre order lickity split get a special treat!

Here are the details:

1. Order Furniture Makes the Room from online retailers (links below) and then fill out the form here with receipt info and mailing address.

2. Pre-order Incentive:  You will receive a roll of wave FrogTape® and a bag of milk paint!

3. Fulfillment: Pre-order incentive will come separately from the book. Chronicle Books will send out a special package to all of the people who have completed the form. So, basically it will be a happy mail day for you guys! Yay!

So, click your heels and  head on over to Amazon, Chronicle, Barnes and Noble, or Indie Bound to pre order your copy and get in on the special gift we have for you!

Thank you to Chronicle Books, FrogTape®, and Old Fashioned Milk Paint for sponsoring this pre order goodness!

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living with :: Constantia

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Our driftwood desk, Constantia, is a thing of beauty with her deep dark wood peeking through layers of milk paint and her burnished brassy octopus handles.  She’d feel right at home among these found and fashioned treasures. From a vintage faux bois desk organizer to catch all our desk essentials, to signage that reminds us that we’re able, this is a space we’d be happy to work in.

How would you style Constantia in your home?

Striped Candle Cubes

frogtapecandles6 frogtapecandles1 frogtapecandles11 frogtapecandles2 frogtapecandles5 frogtapecandles13We had a ton of fun creating these candle cubes made from wood scraps that we had left over from a previous table project. Everything gets saved around the Knack shop and workshop {especially wood scraps!} and when we were trying to decide what projects to make for the FrogTape® post this month, these candle cubes came to mind. It has been a couple of years since we have made any candle holders, and these were created with a lot more detail than in the past. Candle cubes are perfect for gift giving, and summer entertaining…and are SUPER easy on the budget! An 8 x 4 x 4 fence post is about $8… and depending on the varying sized cubes you create….you can make about 20 cubes per post! Woo Hoo! You can create away, and come up with so many interesting patterns.

My full tutorial on how to make these colorful cubes will be up on the FrogTape® blog Wednesday May 21st, so be on the lookout for that! {I will try to remind you!} We have another project up our sleeve for this month as well, and it involves walls….so we can’t wait to show you that one!

Speaking of projects…….FrogTape® is running a contest promotion right now called Earn Your Stripes! To enter, you will need to create a project using FrogTape… showing before, during and after shots… and get your submission in by July 1st. Every entry will receive a roll of shape tape {which is totally cool}, but the GRAND PRIZE is $ 5,000.00 you guys!! {who couldn’t use a little bit of that?!} So get on it, and create an awesome project using FrogTape! The official rules are here, the most FAQ’s are here, and the entry link and further info are here!

Hope you have had a great start to your week!

xo,

Barb Blair

p.s. Isn’t Angie the cutest in her thrifted cut offs and hat? Angie helped style this shoot and created the flower arrangement…..she’s amazing like that!

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A fantastic desk named “Constantia”

driftwooddeskconstantia1 constantia2 constantia3 constantia4 constantia6This my friends….is the girl I have been telling you about. I knew she had it in her, but it took me a few tries to get her ……perfect.

After tearing through layers of warped veneer, {to reveal gorgeous planked wood}, two coats of primer, four coats of milk paint, three coats of poly, and two coats of Danish oil on the top…….she is ready to rock and roll!

I think back on the hours and hours that this piece took to complete…..and they seem to just fade away, as the lens tells a whole new story of transformation and redemption.

I love my job, and this truly brings me joy! Speaking of joy….Matt Ayers and Sam Windell of Traveling Storytellers shot a makers video on me last week. If you would like to check it out, click here! These guys creatively directed this film, and I love that they honed in on the important things: Family, passion, joy and hard work!

xo,

Barb

Introductions

Well my friends, today is going to be a conglomeration of pieces that I worked on last week. It turned into crazy week because my booth got absolutely ransacked, and I had to get it looking spiffy for the big antique show that was in town over the weekend. I say all this to preface my “not so pretty shots” in this post. There are pieces everywhere in the studio, and my normal photo wall is occupied with a large piece of pink goodness right now……so without any more rambling here goes:
This little stool and side table {no before shot} needed some punch….. thus the bright colors and the crazy fun with the gold leaf accents.

….and then there is this sweet little red chest of drawers that my dad brought me back from upstate  NY. She was so sad, and her drawers were an absolute mess, but that is what makes all of this so fun. Lots of sanding, adjusting, and waxing later she is a beauty…..and her name is “Rovette”.

 ….and there ya have it!
xo,
Barb