1.01.2011

The Hardy Hall Tree - Before & After

Happy New Year!
2 zero 1 one
is here.

And now moving on to our first piece of the new year - this hall tree. I am so in love with it. Everything about it.

Before
After
We have some great friends who gave us this hall tree that they were no longer using. I immediately thought grey. Oh yes - we should use grey more often. We pulled the mirror out and replaced it with heavily distressed white beadboard. I had hoped by doing this the grey would pop with the contrast. And I believe that happened.
The cowboy hat pictured was my paternal grandfather's. He was a farmer and had several cowboy hats. This is the one I ended up with and have had with me for quite some time now. And whenever I stop to gaze at it I remember his example of hard work. I recall greeting him at dusk when he finally finished his day that started early that morning. I miss him. I like the look of the paneled back next to the beadboard. It provides different levels of texture.
The bench opens and provides for some great storage. It is hard to believe the holidays have come and gone. I have to admit that January is not one of my favorite months as it is long and very cold here. However, unlike most mundane years January is going to call for some big changes for me personally. And honestly, change is not easy. I tend to like to keep things in the comfortable zone. I am anxious to see how everything plays out.


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45 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Melanie- It is gorgeous. I love it and it looks nothing like the original. And the hat? What a perfect tribute to have that hanging there. I have two of my father's old hats too...and he was a hard-working man that put in long,long days until he got Parkinsons.

No mirror? But how will you check your hair on the way out the door?>) Hugs-Diana

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is gorgeous! and you are keeping it, right? what a way to start the ew year with a peice that helps organize! love it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh such a wonderful piece. How great that you have it. The hat is fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Judy @ In His Grip said...

This is a great transformation. I have always wanted a coat tree in my entryway, but have never found one I like. Yours is great.

Sandee said...

This is beautiful!!!!

Boogieboard Cottage said...

What a great transformation! I would love it if you would come and link up to my new link party,
Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up, I hope you can join the party!
Happy New Year!
Mary

Gillian Layne said...

You did a beautiful job. Good luck and blessings with your January changes. :)

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

The white really brings out the details. It is beautiful! You will be in my thoughts regarding change. I'm the same way with change. It's uncomfortable for me.

Deanne said...

I would love to have something like this in my hall, great job!

Cindy Swanson said...

Oh, I absolutely love this...love how you give new life to furniture! This would be something awesome to have in a hallway. Enjoyed your blog as always!

Allison said...

Grey was the perfect choice, Melanie! What a wonderful transformation with the white beadboard. I especially love your grandfather's hat hanging there. How special to have that loving remembrance of him. I'm with you on change. I struggle with it but am trying to learn to be a little more flexible. Not easy because I am a creature of habit. Have a great week and stay warm!

Emily said...

I love this and have been searching for one to put in my wash room! It sounds like your keepinf this one but how much would this piece cost? I just might be saving my dollars and getting your my space measurments so I can have such a gorgeous piece that would only help my organization goal!

Holly said...

I love this, it turned out beautiful! Great job :)

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

turned out great . wish i had room in my home for one of these

Donnie said...

That is fabulous and I love hearing your memories. What a makeover.

A Cottage Muse said...

Love it Melanie...the color is perfect! And the hat...priceless!

Shirley said...

Wow, love it. The paint completely changed the look!!

Artichoke Alley said...

The grey is great and just subtle enough to allow you to see the beadboard back! Great job....embrace the change; it sounds like it's coming whether you want it to or not.

Julie said...

Love the makeover. It looks outstanding. I hope that the changes in your life will make you stronger! Stepping out of our comfort zones makes us stretch the muscles we don't use when we are comfortable, and even causes some pain, but we do grow stronger from it!! :-) Enjoyed your post.

Robin said...

What a great addtion to your home. I really like the color, it's fantastic!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Perfect color and perfect changes. Thanks so much for joining the party this week!

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

YOU definitely have an eye for "picking just the right pieces" to PAINT WHITE!!!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

michelle said...

Gosh Melanie, I am not sure where I have been! Happy New Year to you my friend! Change is scary but I have a feeling that this year is going to be a year for change and no matter if it is good or bad, we are here to love and support you! I am learning that change is part of the journey and it helps us grow. :)

I am loving this, it is perfect in size, shape and structure and of course color! :) You did an amazing job and I love that you can hang your grandpa's hat on there, what a wonderful memory! :)

Bless you and your family this new year! Hugs!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

The new gray colour gave this piece a new life!

I love it!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Beautiful beautiful job, Melanie! I love the soft gray color, too! It's so nice that you have your grandfather's hat to treasure each day...Happy WW!

xoxo laurie

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Love it! Please share your paint brand and techniques for getting such an amazing finish. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Coloradolady said...

great job. love the new look! Happy VTT!

{northern cottage} said...

I'm LOVIN your after...so fresh and light and USEFUL to boot! Isn't it amazing what white paint and a whole lot of work can do?

http://www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Tara Beaulieu said...

What a great redo this is, it is really fresh looking and I love that your grandad's hat is hanging there. It makes it! Happy VTT!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Hmm, I have th ez=xact same one, in the before pic. Never been in love with it, might have to paint it now. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oh wow, it looks so lovely painted the pale gray! What a wonderful peice!

Cidinha said...

What a beautiful mobile! I love it!

hugs
Cidinha

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Simply beautiful!!! I love the white. You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the "Amaze Me Monday" blog party!!

Amy Kinser said...

What a great great piece. Love the makeover.

The hat on there adds personality PLUS!

Tonya said...

Very cute piece! Love anything painted white! Also love all books & the little bouquet of flowers! Adds just the right touch of femininity! Beautiful!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. I love hall trees to begin with. And grey? Perfect! I think grey should be this year's color (rather than Honeysuckle pink).

Just beautiful. Would love for you to stop by this weekend and link up to Passion for Paint!

Denise said...

I have featured this wonderful idea on my latest post -
http://firstadream.blogspot.com/2011/01/re-party-inspired-by_16.html
Your blog is wonderful, with so many fabulous posts. I would love for you to come over anytime and join my latest link party!!!

Rene' said...

What a cute piece!! Love the new color!

Kelli@Restore Interiors said...

This is fabulous!! Thank you for linking it up today! This is exactly what I need for everything that gets dropped on the couch when the kids walk in the door. Awesome!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Melanie, this is just gorgeous, like all your other wonderful projects. How wonderful to be gifted with this great piece, love the color!!! The cowboy hat is indeed a real treasure! Thanks for linking up to VIF!
big hugs,
Debra

Miss Sandy said...

Love how you refurbished and brightened this piece!

Shelia said...

You have done a grat job on your hall tree. It's beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

bj said...

This is an awesome piece...I love it and you did a great job on it. :)

freckled laundry said...

Looks beautiful, Melanie! Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!

Hugs,
Jami

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

I LOve love LOVE that white! Great job! It looks amazing!

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