I can remember the day I got the phone call about this piece. Just come and get it out of my house she said. I can’t look at it any longer she said. I’ll give her this, it was an outdated hall tree bench in need of a makeover suitable for many of today’s modern homes but she really did have great potential.
This is what she looked like when I first picked her up. Not sure if she was missing another mirrored section in the center or what.
And the little section at the back of the bench was just begging for something. Tufted fabric, a funky inlay or something else along those lines.
One thing she really did have going for her were her appliqued details. Pretty as they were I almost always feel like paint really brings out the details.
For the small section just behind the bench I decided to go with a decoupage treatment. Mainly because I found this royal blue and white IKAT wrapping paper at TJ Maxx and I loved it so hard that no fabric I could find would ever compare.
Nothing like a little IKAT to help brighten your day and give just a hint of funky and fun.
And what did I tell you about paint and those details!It never fails to amaze me at the simple yet extraordinary things paint can do.
And chalkboard. Chalkboard is pretty extraordinary, too. In my book.
Changing out the hardware always does wonders for helping to update a piece, too.
I wonder if when her old owner sees her now she’ll say, Hey. Can I just come get my hall tree back now?
Lucky you, though! This piece is for sale. Email me with inquires. I’ll have my shop tab up soon and you’ll be able to make any future purchases directly from there.
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Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
Great transformation! I love hall trees but don’t have a good place for one in this house.The Ikat print is awesome and chalk board paint is always a great idea!
Love it Jamie! It would look great in my hall!
Thanks Debbie! Come and get it! 😉
[email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
I would definitely want this back, too! What an amazing piece! Love the pop of color the wrapping paper gives it too. Very nicely done. XO
Thanks so much!
LOVE that paper! It’s the perfect pop of color on such a beautiful piece!
I appreciate that! Thank you!
Wendi @ H2OBungalow says
Yikes..I love this! Wish I had room in my house for one too. I never would have pictured the after look…good eyes & imagination. I may not pass the next one of these I see next time I’m at a thrift store 🙂
I wish I had room for one, too! I’d certainly keep it! Thank you!
Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle says
LOVE the color! LOVE the decoupage! Great transformation! Life to the full! Melissa
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
It looks so much better now! That Ikat fabric is gorgeous – and adding the chalkboard was a great idea! I love that the seat has storage in it too. I don’t think you’ll have any problem selling it. 🙂
Jamie, what a gorgeous color for this piece. The makeover is stunning. You are very talented at anything you do. I am happy to be on the tour with you.
Make it a great day!
Right back at you Meegan! Thanks for your kind words!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Yes, very fun!! Love it! What a gorgeous hall tree!
Thank you Nancy!
LOVE the gray and chalkboard!
Shanna Gilbert says
I’m sure she regrets giving it to you now! It looks amazing! I love the color and that little pop of blue is so cute! Great job girl!
I have the PERFECT spot for that hall tree in our home!!!! You redo would fit our decor too!!! Hint, hint. I’m excited to be on the tour with you. ~Jeanette
Tami @ Curb Alert! says
I love what you did with the hall tree. The chalkboard is a great touch and that Ikat fabric – LOVE!
Ahh thanks Tami!
[email protected] says
The lady who gave you this piece is going to be shocked when she sees the transformation. I’ll bet that you have no trouble selling it.
Thank you so much!
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
You sure worked wonders with this hall tree! That wrapping paper is to die for!!! ~Christy
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
Wow! You received a treasure! It turned out beautifully! I need to try to go score some of that wrapping paper! ~Christy
I love their wrapping paper and I rarely use it to wrap any actual presents! LOL
Kathy@ Petticoat Junktion says
What a great looking piece now….not so much before. Love the color you chose!
Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says
You know what they say! Finders keepers,….I bet that little lady would cry out of amazement with the cool transformation you have the hall tree. The paint color and Ikat really make it! Love
Krista @ the happy housie says
Gorgeous! I love the chalkboard and the pattern inlayed!! Amazing job, Jamie!