Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Uncle AG's Pie Safe

This pie safe belonged to my great uncle, Asia George -- "AG".  It was handed down to my Mom who loved him dearly and who helped look after him in his later years.  He was such a sweetheart.  



I "antiqued" it green, added the panel and painted the rabbits on it a hundred years ago -- during her "rabbit" phase.




Now that we're redoing her sunroom, it's time for a makeover.  
Mom was a little timid about my painting over the rabbits.  It was a little like erasing and drawing over a master piece I created in kindergarten for her.   I, on the other hand, rolled creamy paint over them without even looking back. 


 We wanted something simple.  Elegant.

We've obviously moved into our bird phase.  I used a method I've used a couple of times before and birds I found on one of my very favorite sites -- The Graphics Fairy.  You can check out my instructions *here*.




 The room is coming together.  The new curtain panels look awesome.  I'll share some how-to's  and after pictures later.



  


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53 comments:

  1. As sweet as the bunnies were, I love the cream and birds better. Any guesses what the next phase may be? :)

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  2. A new life in a new decade that's what I say! I'm sure those bunnines were loved for a long time, and now this treasure-of-a cabinet will be love again with a whole new look.
    Beautiful!
    Yvonne

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  3. I love it, Lindy! Of course, I loved it with the rabbits, too, because I am a bunny collector, but I also like the lightness of it now.

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  4. Well, in this case..I loved the before and the after. I can see why your Mom didn't want it painted it over but can also see why you wanted to. IT turned out really lovely.

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  5. Oh... I loved them both...and I had a bunny phase too...and a brief chicken phase...but I really like you new birds. It is absolutely beautiful! xo Diana

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  6. Oh my goodness!! What a difference! I absolutely LOVE it!!I love that cream color. Perfect! The rabbits were so cute but they just don't come close to the birdies...love, love, love it!
    -April

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  7. I have to say that I loved the before and I adore the after! You truly are talented.

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  8. What a beautiful treasure. I love the new look. Thanks for sharing. Karie

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  9. the bunnies were cute, but I love the birds even better! great job as always:o)

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  10. It is completely Charming, both before and after, but I do prefer the after just a tad more.

    blessings Kelsie

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  11. Looks very nice, so was the before!

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  12. ooh the after is SOOOO much better! great job, lindy!

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  13. I would have cringed like your mama since I love rabbits but I also LOVE the birds as well! You are truly talented! Glad to see you are feeling better!

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  14. I love the new look so, so much! Really beautiful.

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  15. I love the bunnies and the birds-both are fabulous. The sunroom is looking great-can't wait for more pictures.

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  16. The cabinet re-do looks great with the birds - but, oh! Those cute bunnies! At least you have pictures of them - beautiful work, as always! I'm always inspired by your projects. :o]

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  17. Beautiful transformation Lindy. Love it! I'm off to go check out your instructions now. Thanks!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  18. That 'is a beautifull idea!
    Thanks for sharing

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  19. Stunningly beautiful and simple looking update...

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  20. Love it! so pretty! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  21. Well I'm a lover of all things bunnies but your transformation of this piece is beautiful and fresh looking. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Lindy, I love the birds on this cabinet and it is perfect for a sunroom. Beautiful! Thank you for joining my party this week and take care.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  23. The rabbits were very cute, but I am IN LOVE with the birds! Your pie safe is just beautiful. I need one of my own. :0)

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  24. Isn't it funny how we move through phases? I'm in a bird and hydranga phase at the moment, so I totally get it. Lovely pie safe. Kylie

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  25. This turned out great! To the lighter side of things. LOVE IT

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  26. love the curtains also. Really look great.

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  27. Oh the birds look absolutely lovely in this beautiful pie safe. Nice job! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  28. Love the transformation! You did an amazing job!!!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  29. Love it!!! The birds look great!

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  30. Visiting from FJI. What a nice redesign! Love the distressed finish!

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  31. Oh my goodness, the rabbits were adorable but the birds are fabulous. It was a win win situation. I love it!

    Paula

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  32. Sooo beautiful! Loved the before, but that after is drop dead stunning!

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 88. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150297086671141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  33. It's beautiful, I love the transformation!

    Tania

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  34. Another project of yours that I absolutely adore!! Beautifully done!

    Happy 4th!

    Pam

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  35. what's holding the panels up?? i love it!

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  36. Oh, this is gorgeous! I love it.

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  37. I love how light and simple this version is. You are quite an artist!

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  38. Beautiful makeover and beautiful piece! I never knew it was called a pie safe. It's stunning!

    Jeanine

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  39. Looking great...love the birdies!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  40. It looked nice before but you did a wonderful make-over to it. Love the birds and the new colour of it better. Well done!

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  41. i like the contemporary look of the shelf:)

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  42. Delightful revamp though I confess to loving the rabbits just as much!

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  43. Love what you did to it and now you have it to treasure and hand down thru your family!

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  44. You are so good at painting branches. I have tried to do this before and it looked ... well, terrible. What a great talent to have. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us! This cabinet turned out really cute! I really like the lighter color.
    Liz

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  45. Wow, this is beautiful. You did an awesome job on the branches, so pretty.

    Have a great day!

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  46. You are clever and talented. The project is lovely and I like the way it is placed in the room, and how it is accessorize.

    Dolores

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