Jun 10, 2012

Fresh White Hall Tree...

The last few weeks
of wet weather,
has given me a chance to
do some painting...

when you have lemons
you gotta make lemonade...


When I first bought my house,
my formal Victorian foyer
begged for a hall tree...

I couldn't find one
that I liked
 and could afford...

so I bought a reproduction
and was always disappointed...


here is my before...

very dark,
very glossy,
all the details lost in shadows...


now,
bright white and cheery...


I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
and went for heavily shabby...


and chippy...

giving the piece
the history it lacked..


the "carved"  details
pop now...




it feels summer fresh...


so I packed my straw basket
summer ready...



I am still on the fence
about the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint,
but am happy with my hall tree...

Today I am joining..
and

Thanks for stopping by...

30 comments:

Rosewalk Cottage said...

I love it Bella! It looks great.
~Clara

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great finish on the hall tree.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Fabulous!! EVerything looks so great in white, probably 50 years from now DIY people will be cussing us out for painting everything LOL!

Carol

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I am always just astonished at the difference white paint makes on a piece! This is beautiful! Love the change.

Susan said...

Hi Bella...LOVED it! Looks great. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Rose L said...

definitely better in white!!
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Violets Are Blue said...

It is so beautiful - I just finished an intro Annie Sloan paint class today. I'll be repainting a whole dining room suite soon. I hope it turns out as pretty as you hall tree. Patty/BC

Karen said...

That really makes quite a beautiful difference! I love all the accessories on your hall tree, too! The rabbit with the tiara is charming and your hats are so sweet. Lovely. xx

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love that hall tree--in white it is perfect!

Darla said...

I love the new look here. I haven't tried ASP....I find I can do basically the same technique with less expensive paint....

Debbie said...

Whoa...It even looks larger now!!!
The hall tree looks beautiful, Bella.
The whole area seems brighter.
LOVE it!
xxoo

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Bella: Your hall tree looks lovely. You did a perfect job and with the accessories you have it is just beautiful. I can just imagine what a difference it must make in your room..Good job..Happy Monday..Judy

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Bella

The details in the wood show so beautifully now. The paint definitely made a very pretty transformation possible.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate it.

-Karen

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Gorgeous, Bella! I've always loved hall trees like this, especially for the size and storage. I have one that is not as wide {I'd love to have the umbrella storage in it} and I used the Annie Sloan Old Ochre. Loved the transformation from the plain pine. I think it really helps bring out the details, too.

chateau chic said...

What a great transformation. Definitely a show stopper now in your foyer, I'm sure.
Mary Alice

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

Love the change....paint really does make a difference!Gorgeous!

Liz - Imageremix said...

Painting it was definitely the way to go~ the details are so much more intriguing now. Great work!
Liz

Rowan said...

What a transformation, the hall tree looks really good now.

Carolyn said...

I love it!!! I have been curious about the Annie Sloan paint -it seems popular in blogland.

Carolyn

flowersandhome said...

You layer of paint really makes the details pop up now. Beautifully done!
What a funny name 'Hall tree', never heard of it before. Learnt something new today.
Bye,
Marian

Jamie said...

Your hall tree turned out beautifully! I love the white. It looks like a piece out of one of the Avonlea or Ann of Green Gables houses. Just beautiful! Visiting from Wow us Wednesday. ~ Jamie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks so much better white. Thanks for sharing at wow.

Michele said...

It's actually surprising how fantastic your paint job makes the piece look. I love it!

Mary said...

Great minds think alike! I'm posting myhall tree make over this Monday. I love yours! I featured it this week. xoxoxoxo, Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

Gracie's Cottage said...

Found you via Common Ground and love the transformation! I have so many projects just waiting for paint - perhaps this will inspire me to get to them!

Jan

Candy said...

GORGEOUS. Your pics are gorgeous as well.

daisypetals said...

This is Melissa @ daisymaebelle.com. Love this beautiful piece of furniture painted! It looks beautiful! I am a fellow partier over at the "Chalk Paint Party."

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

Can you share your feelings about ASCP with me? I'm on the fence too. I am very interested, however, in MissMustardSeed's new paint line and would like to try hers out? Have you heard of her new paint line?

Glenda said...

Bella, just dropped in from BNOP and love, love, love the new look! Can't believe what a difference it made.

Haworth said...

The hall tree is beautiful, Bella! Much better than the darker wood. It just shows off all the little details so prettily. (I see you're a hat person as well!)