Painted banisters & a credenza vignette

'Credenza vignette' -- how did those two fancy words find their way on to this blog?  
It's like they hardly know me.

This story started with the battered banisters that have been taunting us since we moved in (2007).  
They look a lot better here than they do in person.

So after putting Quinn to bed one night, I dug out a sanding block & started tackling the beasts.  I should have been catching up on cleaning.....or at the very least, I should have been on Pinterest pinning things about cleaning.

We have no intentions of moving any time soon & we would like to replace these banisters altogether.  They're quite dinged up.  Meanwhile, I sanded, primed, & coated them with two coats of semi-gloss black paint.  It took a few days, but we quite like how they turned out.

I also switched up the look of the top of the credenza (or sideboard or buffet or whatever).  I find that if I style the surface of something, we're less likely to pile junk/clutter there.  Not that it still doesn't happen, but my intentions are good.  
Boldly staring equines photo courtesy of our friend Ben.

This behemoth is from 1959 (mid century modern, yes?) & was a Craig's List find that we scored in 2010 (& looks more orange here than in real life).  It's still a much-loved piece, as in it hides all our house junk.  It would take a dig of archaeological proportions to unearth what's in 80% of those drawers.

Nothing here is new except for the bejeweled lacquered boxes.  Do you ever "shop" your home for decor items?  Infinite possibilities.  The Mr.'s geologist tendencies have infiltrated my decorating sensibilities, by way of geodes (his from years ago actually) & framed agate.  Or perhaps he's always known what's chic. No, that's just ludicrous.
Our first family photo shoot.
Faux coral & sea urchin lamp. What do you mean we're in landlocked Colorado.



I'm off to tackle the debris that Hurricane Quinn has left behind.  The Mr. travels a fair amount, & you'd think I'd be used to this solo-parenting thing by now.  And I only have the one!  Either I'm getting old fast or Quinn's getting crazier more spirited because I'm just as exhausted as I was the first time I solo-parented (when she was 4 months old).  Yes, I think there's a strong correlation there.  Toddler tornado = premature parental aging. #sendmorewine

36 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed what a little paint can do, this looks awesome! And yay you for some late night DIY action! I know how hard it can be to muster up the energy for that. Also, I'm quite certain my gray hair count has increased exponentially since becoming a parent (and wine intake). Hang in there!!

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    1. Thanks so much, gal! The power of paint! The power of late night action! DIY projects, I mean ;-)

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  2. What a big difference a little bit of paint can make! Looks fabulous. Let's hope you don't have to start picking up too soon after you finish HQ clean-session 1 of the day!

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    1. Thanks, T!! You said it, sister--there are countless clean sessions with a toddler. It's like shoveling in a snowstorm ;-)

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  3. Snazzbo. Nice paint job on the bannisters--makes me realize how chipped and dinged and possibly grimy mine are...THAT LAMP!!! I'm dying for love of that lamp. I love love love your style and the clean lines and the way you make everything look so elegant and lovely. I mean it.

    (omiguinnessiwantthatlampsobad) Anyways, I know the single parent while hubby is off having steak dinners and numerous moments of positive feedback on his work is tough especially while you're home holding household in balance. And possibly running out of wine...gack! If I were closer I would entertain you but lacking that am sending positive energy from my little hideaway in the Catskills where I have approximately 3 evenings left to finish the Bombay Sapphire...well, 4 days if you count Sunday morning. Back to you--hang in there. Quinn won't be little forever. Even if it seems like it now. Soon there will be activities with REAL people (I could never think of playdates as real life--too draining) when Quinn gets a little older and you will find other mommies who talk about real pasttimes and not just regurgitating People magazine. It's worth the wait.

    In the meantime you have all your cyber-blogging-following-stalking fans who, like me, love to read and see what you're up to. And of course the cutie pie pictures of Q are icing on the cupcake.

    xo

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    1. You, my friend, sure know how to lift this mama up! Thanks a million for such a kind, thoughtful, & insightful comment. Thanks a billion for tuning in to my mundane musings on life! You are so generous in every way. I can't fully articulate how grateful I am! Much love to you & cheers, my friend!!!
      xoxo

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  4. I love your credenza and the paint update looks so much better so much more you :)

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  5. I love the black on the banisters and bonus...hides the fingerprints more! :) I also think kids have a spidey sense when there is only one parent on duty. They really like to ramp the crazy up, just for fun.

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  6. The banister looks great! I love the dark color, and I love that horse artwork. I think I've already told you.

    Weirdly, I'm sort of the opposite about junk. I keep surfaces almost always clear in my house because otherwise the stuff attracts more stuff like a magnet. But your vignette looks quite lovely.

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    1. Thanks so much, friend! Hey, how about you help keep my surfaces clean by letting me bring some of my junk to your house's clear surfaces. It's all about balance in the name of friendship.
      Kisses to Henry!

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  7. I've found that too - styled surfaces are left alone. I love what you've done!

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    1. *high five* It's the only way I'm able to keep clutter at bay around here! Thanks, gal!

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  8. Wow -- that's amazing how much better it looks!!! I love that credenza...and thanks for the horse link. Sloan informed me, 'I'm in to horses, not Paris, Mommy. Please change my room!"

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    1. I'll totally trade Sloan horses for Paris! What happens when she enters her Bieber-of-the-moment phase though?! #bloggerproblems

      xoxo

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  9. It's such a small thing, but with a nice impact! I love the black!

    And in case I didn't comment, I love the boxes, too!

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    1. Thanks so much, gal! I had to do something FINALLY. Who thought waxy, orange-y wood was awesome?! Shudder. Then again, we might be saying the same thing about all this gold/brass we're bringing back ;-)

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  10. Ok... I think I just figured out the engima that is your entry way-- your front door is to the right of the credenza, yes? I swear, I loose sleep over the layout of your house. #notreally #okmaybejustlessrestfulnaps

    I love the black! I would never have thought to paint them black, but they look so sleek and modern!

    I hear you on the solo parent act-- JEGs and I solo parent every other week when I am on night shift. I have the monster from wake up till noon and then he has him from 5 till bedtime. I can't imagine a whole week, all day by myself! You are a strong woman. I think I would list Hunter as a curb alert on Craigslist.

    xo,
    LB

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    1. HAHA!! You are correct, my friend. I lose winks over trying to figure out how you work your exciting-sounding job AND be the awesome parent that you are to Hunter.

      This just means that if we are to get any sleep, we must hash this all out in a real life meet-up whilst drinking wine. Discussion topics: my house layout, your parenting secrets, & child curb alert listing tips.

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  11. A little black is a wonderful thing. I tip my hat to anyone who solo parents! The toddler tornadoes haven't stopped around here - in fact, as Chloe gets older, the messes get bigger and she just gets into more trouble! Pass the wine, please ;)

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    1. Aw crap, you mean the mess gets worse as they age?! Well, cheers, my friend! We're going to need it. ;-)

      xoxo

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  12. It is so hard for me to get anything done after the kids go to sleep - kudos to you! Looks fantastic.

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    1. And I only have the one! I'm pathetic! ;-) Thanks so much, gal!

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  13. obsessed with that credenza!! But yes, the bannister looks fab. Great job!

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  14. Love the black! You work fast lady. And I totally feel your pain on solo-parenting. It happens at least every other week around here and I'm still not use to it. #TGFW

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  15. I have a framed horse print and coral and urchin lamp and a tray full of geodes (from Nederland!) and a piece of furniture with a styled top and innards full of who-knows-what #needyourshotstogointhere You have exquisite taste. But, I knew you did :-) Cassie's aunt

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  16. Horse print love (in a totally normal way)! I agree, when a surface is 'styled'/ planned it's 'more likely to stay that way...at least until the cat tip toes her way across/I change my mind/dump my work bag and keys and hair bands...gah, you get the idea!

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  17. Love your credenza so beautiful and I love the lamp and of course the lovely way you styled it! :-) (we are using an old dresser in our kitchen area as a "buffet" and it holds everything; junk too!) ha!ha! :-)
    & wow! what a difference paint can make in a space, love it! :-)
    wish you a beautiful weekend!

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  18. Yes! Me likey. The dark banister looks super classy. I've never solo-parented. (Though sometimes it *feels* like I am.) I cringe at the thought!

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  19. m @ random musings Sun Aug 11, 08:01:00 AM

    so jealous of your CL find - stuff like that just really doesn't show up around me without also incurring a 80 mile drive. The bannisters look awesome! Are you going to put a coat of poly for extra protection?

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    1. (So sorry, I deleted your original comment when I meant to approve it so it's why the format looks a bit wonky.)

      I hear you; it's hit or miss on the CL around here, too. And the $$$ are sometimes ridiculous!

      About the poly--we should but I'll be honest. I'm a bit lazy to do it & can't stand the smell. I'd love the extra layer of protection but the banisters don't see much action (there's also hand rails by the stairs that we had to put in when we did the basement reno for code reasons) in terms of traffic & stuff. Since this is a short-term fix, I probably won't poly it. Which means I'm going to ding it up accidentally right after I send you this reply. Gah!! ;-)

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  20. The new paint looks fantastic. I love the way the black pops against all your more neutral decor.

    Shopping your house for vignette junk is the best!!

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    1. It is! No spending of $ & it's like a treasure hunt. On the other hand, I realize I'm a decor hoarder. A closet full of pillows? That's a problem. #intervention
      xoxo

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  21. Hi! Could you tell me where you got the lamp? I had one like that but it broke and I've been desperately seeking a replacement!

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    1. Hi Mary! The silver "urchin" lamp was a HomeGoods/TJMaxx find from a few years ago. I've seen similar ones recently in my local store. I know inventory can be hit or miss, so sorry I can't be of more help!

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