Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Repurposed with Love

I feel as though I need to say "Hi, my name is Cathy, lovely to meet you"! I have been rather absent around blogland lately and I do apologise. I don't even have any stitching to show because I'm working on something wonderful that I can't show quite yet!!! However, I have had some beautiful colour come into my life recently...in the form of furniture.

For a long time I have bemoaned the fact that our house was designed with very poor storage areas. It has been rather difficult to keep on top of the clutter! Recently I discovered a gorgeous couple selling on ebay with their small home business called Not Too Shabby Retro. They are finding old furniture and giving it a totally new look with fabulous colours! Absolutely perfect for someone like me who adores colour and was looking for storage solutions. I totally love this amazing green sideboard...


...it is sitting in my dining room and is now housing quilts for sale (coming soon!!) and quilt stuff (rulers, cutters, pins, etc). I didn't think my blue/white jugs would go with the green, but I think they look fabulous together. This next bright yellow one is on the other side of the dining room, underneath our kitchen bench and stores lots of kitchen gear, such a happy colour...


The third one is this huge, solid wonderful piece painted a lovely distressed white. It is sitting in our lounge room and houses all DH's fire making stuff and of course, some of those drawers house quilting stuff!!...


Keep an eye on that tapestry above the sideboard...there is going to be some changes to that soon!

The fourth one is in our bedroom, I love these colours which you can see as you walk down our hall way, they make me so happy...


Ahh, now I have no clutter, lots of clean horizontal spaces, and so much beautiful colour! I love the fact that these guys have taken old pieces of furniture and given it such a fabulous new life. I just wish the sideboards could talk and tell me of their past lives!!! Thanks Not Too Shabby Retro...I love your work!

Oh, and thank you to everyone who wished me well for my Free Motion Quilting class at Treehouse Textiles last Sunday. I had four wonderful students who did such an amazing job. I love seeing the satisfaction we all get when we learn and grow in a skill. I forgot to take an action shot so I've pinched a photo Emma took (thanks Em)...


Of course I did remember to take a photo of lunch....Yummm!


If you missed my FMQ class and want a chance to come along, I am running another one at the Treehouse on the 31st May.

I will finish with a photo I took of beautiful 'God's Eye's' or 'Ojo de Dios' that were part of the decorations that were hanging at a fun wedding I went to last week.


More gorgeous colour! xo

20 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

glad you have some nice colourful storage now........

Dan R said...

I love the energy of the Delft blue next to that green. It makes me want to build things!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

Organizing and beautifying - it's a great feeling isn't it? I love the green with your blue pottery - it's fabulous, truly!

Cardygirl said...

Great pieces of furniture...so happy and useful! Glad the class went well...wish I lived closer!

Kathie said...

oh I just love the color of these new dressers I love that they are recycling perfectly good furniture and giving it an updated look. These fit your personality so well! bright and happy!
Kathie

Janet said...

I love your new old furniture, what an awesome splash of colour around your place. The blue china looks wonderful on the green, I agree.
I can't wait to hear about the top secret stuff, sounds exciting.

PatSloan said...

oh my... those dressers are amazing! how wonderful they all came to live with YOU!

Kimme said...

Cathy I love your dressers! I want to go paint mine now. Such wonderful colours.

Dee said...

So very happy for you! These are so pretty, bright and cheerful! Congratulations"

Carla said...

Holy smokes Cathy. I love all your new storage! Did you buy all they had? : ) glad your class went well.

Donna~~ said...

Love all that color (kinda like making quilts out of furniture!) :) Love the turquoise with the blue & white!

fiberchick said...

Love the jade with your blue and white! Am also intrigued by the un-shown mystery project...

YankeeQuilter said...

Great colors! I have to wait until my DH goes away on a golf trip so I can paint some of our furniture....

Amanda said...

Really love the colours in your storage, if I bought those home my husband would kill me but they are gorgeous. He likes it plain I mean brown or beige ... still considering painting my kitchen Sea foam but he will fight me all the way lol.

Nedra said...

I've missed you Cathy :) repurposing old furniture is quite the thing here in Arizona too. My daughter just redid her childhood dresser in a bright blue and it looks wonderful!

pandchintz said...

Love, love, love your new, colourful furniture! It's just gorgeous! Glad the class went well.

Crispy said...

OMGosh Cathy I would die for any one of those pieces!! They are truly wonderful.

Crispy

Michelle Huddleston said...

Absolutely adore the new furniture, and it's nice to know another blogger who hasn't posted recently. I thought I was the only one!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Hello! That green with the blue is stunning; also think the hardware is great; all that storage, seems like you can never have enough, doesn't it?

meli B said...

Great link to 'Not too Shabby.' I think you did well with all the colour. Looks wonderful and very practical too. Enjoy!