vernon






well…a much better day for photos….. thanks so much for putting up with my silliness about the furniture I create! Some of them do speak and not because I’m crazy …they just do….. and so, I want to formally introduce you to “vernon”.

I have a sweet story to tell on vernon…. as I was painting away I noticed a faint pencil scribble on the inside of the right door and as I moved closer to see, it was this powerful line……”vernon stewart.. honor before death”. I stood there glued to the floor, tears in my eyes, my fingers gently touching the words and thinking about vernon…who he was, and how amazingly courageous he must have been. I struggled with painting over these words, but then reminded myself that just because I {or you} cannot see them anymore they are still there, forever etched on this piece and my heart. I will make sure to tell the story to whoever buys this piece so that vernon and his legacy won’t soon be forgotten!

Oh….. and I decided to add a little something extra on the inside…. {things}….xo

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47 Comments

  1. Lizzie

    those yellow door handles are just perfect!

  2. Tiffany

    I am just in awe of your talent. I love seeing your creations! You have such an amazing gift! πŸ™‚

  3. Meg

    What an amazing story! It’s wonderful when you get a sense of the history of objects and pieces of furniture. It makes them even more special.
    Also what a gorgeous transformation. I absolutely love the yellow handles against that grey.
    Beautiful as always!!

  4. erin

    beautiful! and what a story–i would have had trouble painting over it too! lovely though, as usual!

  5. Jennifer DeDonato

    the knobs totally rock!

  6. Dee Larson

    Agreeing with all the girls on here ….those yellow handles are amazing against the grey. Our readers are so jealous of us getting to go to your shop and meet you. I can’t say I blame them. I am massively excited myself! xo
    ~dee
    P.S. You inspire so many people!

  7. gerber

    I love the story, Barb — and the piece too. I would venture to say that the new owner will keep those doors open to display the “things” inside. I know I would.

  8. Laura

    I love the soft finishes you create. Do you use milk paint? And “things” — the perfect touch!

  9. lost&foundry

    Flipping LOVE Vernon……!!!!!!

  10. lost&foundry

    Flipping LOVE Vernon……!!!!!!

  11. lost&foundry

    Flipping LOVE Vernon……!!!!!!

  12. lost&foundry

    Flipping LOVE Vernon……!!!!!!

  13. lost&foundry

    Flipping LOVE Vernon……!!!!!!

  14. Pattie

    aww It is great that you found πŸ™‚ The piece looks wondrful!
    and HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!

  15. Munted kowhai

    oh barb! vernon is gorgeous. those door knobs.. my mouth and heart dropped when i saw them. it is too cute, especially with the story behind it. love love loveeeees it

  16. Pop Pop & Granna

    I can just picture Vernon fixing his tie each morning and reading that line to himself! Oh, for men like that today — men of integrity — courage before death! Wow.

  17. Pop Pop & Granna

    I can just picture Vernon fixing his tie each morning and reading that line to himself! Oh, for men like that today — men of integrity — courage before death! Wow.

  18. Pop Pop & Granna

    I can just picture Vernon fixing his tie each morning and reading that line to himself! Oh, for men like that today — men of integrity — courage before death! Wow.

  19. Pop Pop & Granna

    I can just picture Vernon fixing his tie each morning and reading that line to himself! Oh, for men like that today — men of integrity — courage before death! Wow.

  20. Pop Pop & Granna

    I can just picture Vernon fixing his tie each morning and reading that line to himself! Oh, for men like that today — men of integrity — courage before death! Wow.

  21. Julia

    How enchanting πŸ™‚ I love the “THINGS” in the background!

  22. Melanie

    Such a beautiful piece and with a wonderful story to boot! Whoever gets to adopt this is a lucky person.

  23. Miss B.

    Gorgeous and Vernon is a great name, very suiting:)

  24. paperlust

    loving the yellow and grey combo… and the wonderful story. i always wonder what my old furniture would say if it could tell me of it’s past life!

  25. Rachel

    I love it! Can we get some behind the scenes pictures from you sometime? I’d love to see your work in progress. I’m nosy like that.

  26. Vicki

    oh wow. that is an amazing story.

    I recently found my grandmothers ceramic poodles. They have eyes that light up and as a child are scary. Someone seeing it at a garage sale would think twice about them, but that they are weird, however they hold my story. You wonder how many pieces that are re purposed have someone’s story in them.

  27. knack

    You guys are so awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed vernon…

    Laura… thanks so much!
    I do use milk paint sometimes but this piece is actually good 'ole latex.

    hey miss lost & foundry…… I just figured out who you are!! EEEEE…… big XOXO's heading your way! πŸ™‚

    Rachel….we can work something out sister friend!

    Oh…and happy april fools day!

  28. spilling beauty

    oh.
    oh.
    oh i am so freaking out over those
    amazing yellow knobs.
    just gorgeous.
    you my friend, are a genius.
    the armoire looks perfect.

  29. Erica

    I especially love the lines of the piece…just lovely.

  30. The Keilers

    Beautiful. I’m lovin your stuff!

  31. creativitity channel

    I love old fornitures for the mistery of the stories that they bring with them in silence…

  32. JL

    wow! what a perfect surprise to open the doors and see that graphic word stenciled on the back….not to mention the surprise of big V.! What a super dooper treat!

  33. Grover

    Gosh! I wish we could all hear the story from Vernon himself behind his quote. My imagination is reeling…

  34. homesweet

    I love the ghost writing of things on the inside…opening the doors is like opening a present!

  35. jackie

    Furniture stories -awesome! That inscription, those knobs, the word “THINGS”! You have got it going on girl!

  36. Lewidoo

    I’m very impressed with your restoration of Old Vernon. And I’m another fan of the yellow handles with the grey wardrobe!

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