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Knack Studio: Refurbished and Fabulous!

Knack Studio in my home state of South Carolina really has the knack for making my day (I know, corny intro) and making me feel super inspired when it comes to giving old furniture a new life. Designer Barb Blair is so talented, whenever I peek into her etsy shop I find some cute piece of furniture given a creative face lift that I wish I could order and have shipped over here to me. I always find something I like. For instance take this blue gray distressed piece…

Knack Studio

Cute, right? It is called Aziel and goes for $625 so while not exactly bargain basement prices, you have to remember that these pieces are vintage and have one-of-a-kind paint jobs with unique hardware so no two are alike. Try that at most stores… Making $625 seem really worth it considering what time and effort must have been invested in restoring this little girl…

What made me think about Knack today? Easy. She commented earlier on my blog! I love when people comment because often it’s a reminder to a very busy me to have a peek in on someone that I’ve been a bad girl at keeping up with. In this case, Barb’s comment connected me back to her amazing world (Thanks, Barb!) and now I can share the good vibes by showing you her work in case you’ve not seen it before.

Knack Studio

Next there is Imogen in pumpkin orange with blue knobs, Nelly in sunshine yellow (so cute!), or the Rachel in gray with yellow knobs. But wait! There’s more beautiful pieces to be inspired by… Like this incredilicious black dresser with the floral motif and this stunner of a dresser in turquoise. I mean seriously Barb, it’s not fair that you are so creative – you make us look at those curbside finds in a whole new light.

Knack Studio

What do you think about Barb’s work? Did you catch the store tour that I shared here on decor8 in March of ’09? If so, you don’t have to miss it a second time. CLICK HERE to see the gorgeously inspiring Knack shop. Enjoy!

(images: barb blair)

Posted by decor8 in Objects on December 07, 2010

Your comments...

  1. Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:17pm

    Barb is so talented and I love following her blog! As a newbie vintage furniture transformer, I look to Barb for advice and inspiration. She never disappoints!

    Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat.´s last blog post ..Etsy Love- Perideau Designs

  2. Barbara Bechtel commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:25pm

    Barb’s work is truly inspiring. Her style is lovely and the attention to detail that goes into each piece is what makes her work truly stunning!

  3. The Bella Life commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:27pm

    Wow! I am speechless. Those pieces are amazing. As I was looking over the pictures I was trying to find my favorite piece and… I couldn’t choose one. They are all so beautiful and unique.


  4. Ros Wyatt commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:33pm

    What a beautiful collection of drawers – love em all. I especially like the larger armoire by the stairs – they seem harder to find. It all looks so beautiful, I feel quite inspired!

  5. Casa e Cose commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:36pm

    I wish I wish i could get my hands on that first piece of fine furniture!

  6. Jill Seidner | Interior Design commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:37pm

    Love the refurbished pieces – I will check out the Etsy store. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Melanie commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:42pm

    I SO want to be her when I grow up.

    I alter items for the home, but haven’t had time to start on furniture.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Christmas Sheet Music Tea Lights

  8. Nix commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:46pm

    She does great work!
    I love the refinishing colors and accent colors. The first piece is my favorite. Great seafoam.


  9. Andrea commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:46pm

    What do I think??? I like, and I wish I could find something similar near me. We are in desperate need of a new sideboard, to house our new engagement present dinner set (made by a local potter -includes teapots, mugs, jugs, casseroles, tajine, serving bowls, plates, side plates, bowls, and mini dishes for jams/pate etc!!!!YAY!). At the moment it lives in boxes.

    I really like the black dresser with the floral motif!
    Andrea´s last blog post ..Ode to Boing Boing and Davezilla!

  10. Will commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:47pm

    Great use of colour – very confident, I like it!
    Will´s last blog post ..A Habitat Christmas

  11. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:52pm

    Oh, I LOVE the Aziel and the black floral! Love! Thank you for showing us shops that we may not otherwise see! Have a wonderful day.
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Water Africa

  12. Maria Wheeler commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 9:13pm

    Barb’s style is neat as her pieces will blend and make a statement in any room, whether traditional, modern, or IKEA (: . They appeal to my recycling sensibilities and vintage taste. I will check the March 09 post and tag KNACK as a favorite on Etsy. Thanks for the nice post, Holly.
    PS I wonder if Santa can get that Aziel piece down my chimney?

  13. mijk commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 10:02pm

    I love it but it just makes me want to make and no buy. I have a very dear old cupboard of my grandma’s that needs love and attention!
    mijk´s last blog post ..Be sweet

  14. knack commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 10:33pm

    Thank you , thank you, thank you Holly for this awesomeness! You are too good to me!

    I absolutely cannot wait for your book! :)


  15. rebecca commented
    December 7th, 2010 at 11:55pm

    Barb is my superhero. How nice to see her here.

  16. Haylee commented
    December 8th, 2010 at 12:48am

    Barb is amazing, the pieces look great. I especially love that last bright blue one. So amazing!

  17. diane commented
    December 8th, 2010 at 1:25am

    I love her use of unusual knobs and soft, weathered paints etc. I have listed her etsy shop on my list of favorites.
    diane´s last blog post ..Learning to Sew–Making your own bias tape- Part I

  18. Vanessa Elizabeth commented
    December 8th, 2010 at 2:20am

    Fabulous post! Thanks for sharing this great find!
    Vanessa Elizabeth´s last blog post ..But which is it

  19. Jillian commented
    December 8th, 2010 at 4:30am

    I’m seriously in love with everything Barb does. She is so inspiring, and her talent with color is incredible.
    Jillian´s last blog post ..reverb10- Community

  20. Sophie commented
    December 8th, 2010 at 12:38pm

    Perfect timing! Barb’s work is fantastic. I was just wondering what to do with one of my old tall boys. It’s not precisely vintage but in need of a good revamp.

  21. diana strinati baur commented
    December 8th, 2010 at 4:30pm

    Love these – especially that first one! I spent the weekend in Stockholm and trolled some of the antique shops in the old city – some pieces a lot like these were to be found.
    diana strinati baur´s last blog post ..potentially yours- create a new life

  22. christina elliot commented
    December 9th, 2010 at 1:35am

    i LOVE barb at knack. she did a piece named millman for us back in 2009

    click here for photos:
    christina elliot´s last blog post ..wyomingwhatup

  23. Christina Diaz commented
    December 9th, 2010 at 2:32am

    I LOVE these! They are very beautiful and inspiring. I have a wooden dresser that I would love to paint but it’s hard to think of painting a beautiful piece of wood. These pieces are the perfect inspiration and maybe I don’t have to paint mine I could just maybe buy one of these!!! Wish list???!
    Christina Diaz´s last blog post ..Touches of Rust

  24. Quatre commented
    December 9th, 2010 at 4:05am

    Beautiful pieces.

    625 is not bad at all, considering that if someone bought a piece with the same function from Ikea, it’d be 200 + a couple hours of assembly, frustration, and check out lines.. haha..

  25. Damaris @Kitchen Corners commented
    December 9th, 2010 at 4:27am

    makes me appreciate the furniture I have and not the furniture I want. All I need is creativity and love (and time, but whatever) to make something old be new again.
    Damaris @Kitchen Corners´s last blog post ..DIY Holiday Gift Series- Hot Chocolate Pops

  26. Laura K. Aiken commented
    December 9th, 2010 at 6:13am

    Barb is wonderful inside and out. And you know what? She is in my hometown too! Yipeeee! I get to see her work upclose and personal. Let me tell you something, her babies look better in person. She also has a knack for styling her shots. Something that most of us would love to do. I think it is exciting to sit back and watch what she comes up with next. Congrats Barb!

  27. Lili commented
    December 11th, 2010 at 12:49pm

    Like it very much! This furniture and especially the garlands on the photos, immediately made me think about a french blog in which you can find sooooooooooo cute vintage things as well.

  28. Brenda Watts commented
    April 29th, 2011 at 7:21pm

    Oooh thank you for this…I have a large piano that has been stressing me right out…give it away, recycle the wood OR paint it ! I saw an aqua one last night that I LOVE, swooning over these lovely pieces…going to buy paint !!

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