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Monday, January 14, 2013

A "Knacktastic" Buffet

It's become quite an awesome tradition that every year for Christmas I thank Barb Blair from Knack Studios with a mini-replica of an authentic Knack piece. I do this because from day 1 when I began this process of restyling furniture, she has been there step by step encouraging me along and helping me when I get stuck in a pickle. If it wasn't for her taking her precious time out of her day to do this I would be L.O.S.T., and definitely not as educated as I am today about how to restyle furniture.

So this year I scoured her portfolio page on her website for the perfect piece, then I went to a local doll house store and sought out something relatively close to what I wanted to replicate. I knew it wouldn't be spot on identical, but I wanted the same type of style. In the end I picked her "Knacktastic" buffet and bought a long 3 drawer buffet from the store, some accessories, green beads and paint and went to town!!

If you are a fan of Knack you'll know that Barb just loves the odd bubble shaped vases to put single stem puffy flowers in. She also often uses books covered in white and different types of buntings in her furniture photo shoots. If you didn't know, Barb has a new book that is coming out in April called Furniture Makeovers that I know she is super excited about. Head on over to Amazon and pre-order it!!

I took all these inspirations, turned on the Photoshop, and recreated her book cover to fit one of the teeny tiny books and then downloaded a font to replicate the chalkboard so I could line the drawers. I then cut itty bitty triangles out of newspaper and hot glued them to some black sewing thread to make a miniature bunting. Then after some paint, some distressing and 3 green bead pulls later, I created this magnificent mini-buffet with the best decor accents ever!

How friggan' caaaayute is this!?!
It literally made my inner 5 year old girl squeal with glee, and as usual I had a hard time packing it up in a box and sending it to her. haha! I just loved it so much.

But alas, I wasn't done...
With the focus being on how absolutely adorable tiny things can be, I hit up my uber talented jewelry making best friend Ann Marie from Archaic Mementos. I snatched a super awesome miniature terrarium necklace with a grazing deer in it from her and added it to gift box for Barb. That thing is the bomb diggity and she has a ton more for sale on the Archaic Mementos website!!! Go snag one up before they are gone!!!

I just know Barb will "dig" her terrarium necklace, and I'm pretty sure this new mini-piece of heaven will be proudly displayed on one of the shelves in the display drawer I made last year for her. I hope you guys like it too!!


Thanks to Marian, Miss Mustard Seed herself, for the feature on

Furniture Feature Fridays

!!! :)


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! Knack is awesome and Barb is very talented!

  2. WOW! That is wonderfully 'Knack'-tastic! YOU, my dear, are an awesome [talented] friend!! P.S. I'm a Knack fan too and have seen your other 'gifts' too!!

    1. Aww thank you for following my gifts! This was so special to me because of all the little things I did that I knew she would love.

  3. that is ADORABLE! and i love that mini bunting!!! i see one of those in my future! :)

    1. Hey Cassie! Don't you just want to scoop it up and let your inner 5 year old go to town??? LOL

  4. Wow. No, beyond "wow". You must be quite honored, Barb.

    1. She loves it to death, which makes me a very happy lady.

  5. What is the paint color? I'm looking for a grey for some furniture. Such a cute idea! Love it!

    1. Hi Caren! Thank you so much! The color I used on the buffet was Steel Gray by FolkArt. It's a small bottle of acrylic paint I bought at Walmart. But the color is just a tad bit brighter than what shows in the pictures because there is a brown glaze on there to "age" it. :)


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