Thursday, September 27, 2012

Black Is The New Pine

 The pine bookcase has a whole new look!
When Ian, the Master Painter and crew brought it back yesterday, I was amazed at the transformation.

Here is the original pine finish.  Ethan Allen's idea of an antique pine piece, which over the years seemed to get more and more orange!

My solution:  paint it black and give it another chance in the living room with its newly clad grasscloth walls.

 I thought about painting it all black, or all white, but settled on the back tongue and groove boards being a crackled linen and the body distressed black.


After the painters left, I immediately started putting all the books and nicknacks back.

 It took forever.
I can't believe how much stuff was on the shelves before.
I ended up packing most of the dog collection away and just kept out my favorites.

I mean, after all, they were taking over the shelves before!

This morning, I couldn't wait to see the new bookcase in the morning light.

I love how the black looks with the new paisley chairs and wallpaper.

"When in doubt, paint it black," I always say!

The living room is finally coming together.
Next week, the new draperies will be installed, which is the last element, and the one that should pull it all together.
Stay tuned for a complete, full-on, "ready for the holidays" living room reveal!
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36 comments:

Our French Inspired Home said...

It really looks amazing! What a change. I never would have known it wasnt a brand new piece. Always amazing what a little paint can do! -Tonya

Stacey said...

Perfection! You amaze me every time!

Meg said...

The black looks really great, especially the 2 tone look which makes your collections stand out. Really loving those chairs.

AntiqueChase said...

I love the black and the two tone look.. and why is it that some pine gets so orange over the years? Is it what we are using to polish? I have some EA pine too... but not quite as orange as your piece got. I love the black.

PURA VIDA said...

just EXACTLY what we're looking for for hub's office

savvycityfarmer said...

there ya go!!!!

well done, D

Pat said...

And it is perfect! T'was meant to be.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Love the transformation of the bookcase! Love those doggies too!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

The bookcase looks great painted black. Love the lighter linen background too. Those paisley chairs are great!

Loretta said...

This is absolutely beautiful. Love the color and the feel of the room. It is definitely coming together! Amazing piece of furniture!

Susan said...

I LOVE it!! Your painter did a fantastic job and I can really tell how pleased you are with the outcome. I can't wait for the whole room reveal!!
Have a great day and thanks for sharing this beautiful piece with us.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

it's absolutely gorgeous!!! I always love black furniture. totally changes the look!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Delores the bookcase looks fabulous painted black! I love the linen back,it makes everything pop!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty transformation!!

The enchanted home said...

Wow what a makeover! I love it in black...so dramatic and add so much presence to the room and then filled in with all the wonderful accessories..its perfect!

carolyn bradford said...

It truly looks amazing! I'm about to do that to a piece I bought at an estate sale and it's been in the attic for over 5 years! I need to just do it! This has inspired me! Thanks for sharing!

Kathysue said...

Hi D!! Omgosh, ♥♥♥it!! I agree with your theory about paint it black!! It looks like a totally different piece and it is so great against the grasscloth. Your living room is truly coming together beautifully.
xo kathysue

Melanie said...

Definitely looks better painted black!

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

Breath. Taking.
I have loved that piece forever, and I am blown away by this gorgeous transformation! I'm a huge fan of black, and this is just over the top with the back boards. And next to grasscloth? Heaven.

Designs By Pinky said...

OMG, I LKOOOOVE it!!! I have black cabinets in my new kitchen and LOVE them too! I also have a pine piece that Joe made that I have wanted to paint black for awhile. I AM going to do that! Yours looks awesome. XO, Pinky

Linda said...

That is a beautiful piece! I liked it in the pine...but I love it painted black!

What a beautiful room. Can't wait to see it all complete!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Lori E said...

yes, Yes, YES!!!!!
I have to find me one of those...a master painter that is.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I too am amazed at the difference! Your piece is beautiful and totally updated in black. You were smart to do the back wall in the lighter color as otherwise everything disappears into the black hole! I have an Ethan Allen corner cabinet in black, which I love, but the insides are also black. Maybe I need to find a master painter too! Linda

quintessence said...

Looks great! And totally agree, every room needs a good punch of black!

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

This is absolutely perfect!!! I'm drooling with envy. I can't believe what a huge difference it made. Well, yes I can. That's a large statement piece and demands respect. Ha ha.
Looks, Fab, Delores. You always make the right call. I'm waiting anxiously for the BIG reveal.

Betsy Speert said...

Hey!
Did you steal some of my china dogs?

Laurie Ritchey said...

Delores, you are brilliant! The black looks beautiful in this room. I would probably not have thought of painting it black. I can't wait to see the new draperies. laurie

Willow said...

It is so beautiful. I love it.

Victoria said...

What a change, Delores. I love it.
XO, Victoria

Dee said...

Absolutely the right decision - orange pine is my least favourite look but that black is just so classy; I just love the crackle looked contrast colour - it is simply stunning.
Dee at the Carlton

Gayle Barton, Realtor said...

I am usually a fan of "real wood", but I think that it looks great (even better) painted. I also think that it will also be more usuable when you change out styles in the future!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What an amazing transformation!!

I love how the black looks!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Rooms by Ann said...

Just beautiful.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

What an incredible difference Delores. I think the clock looks great against that distressed black and I always get a little excited over a crackle finish. Look forward to seeing your holiday-ready look.

Simone said...

Fantastic work! Keep that painter! You really hit it out of the ballpark on this one. Imagine what it would cost to replace with your new black paint on it. Thanks for sharing.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What a transformation!
I love how it turned out.
Such a nice backdrop for your collections.

xox
A

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