Monday, February 6, 2012

Brown Transferware & A Painted Bookcase Back


 I'm sure I am in the minority here, but I have to admit that I didn't, and usually don't watch the Superbowl.   I listened to my boys and Shawn hooping and hollering last night as they watched the game though, and as they did that I was busy filling shelves of a bookcase with some of my brown transferware collection.  On a whim, I recently decided to paint the back wall of this bookcase a soft, mossy green color.   I thought it might give the brown transferware something to stand out against.



Since we've been in this house I have constantly had a few piles of  boring stuff that I hate to unpack in the corners and crammed behind the chairs against the wall just waiting for me to find a place for them, or had the table and shelves of this bookcase piled with dishes I'm sorting or in the process of listing.    It's been kind of a mess in here most of the time.
Finally...I've made a bit of sense out of this room!  Enough sense that I am able to share this part of the room with you all.


This bookcase is humongous, about 8' tall and 7' wide, but the room is also large with a 20' ceiling so it really needs a big piece and I think it works well here.  To give you an idea of the space, those baskets on top of the bookcase, at either end, are laundry hampers and as you can see there is still quite a bit of wall space left above. 


I felt that the large baskets and rabbit print were needed to fill some of the blank wall space above the cabinet.



The wall color was already here and I've decided that I'm not doing any more painting at this house.  It IS a rental after all.  We did so much work, mainly in getting this place clean and livable.  So for now, this will suffice.  I cannot wait to have my own home though.

Do you think I messed up by painting the back of the cabinet?  


So, is there anyone else out there like me who is not that into the Superbowl?   What did you do last night?  

46 comments:

  1. No, I was totally into the game, as I love watching the Patriots andTom Brady and was sooo bummed that we lost. Anyway I think the green paint looks FABULOUS in the cabinet!! It really makes the transferware stand out, in a good way~nice going.

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  2. Your bookcase is beautiful, I am so envious! I have been on the hunt for something similar, hope I find something as lovely as yours. Love the painted back....a hit not a miss, for sure!

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  3. Oh what a stunning hutch and so beautifully displayed. Gorgeous. You do have some of the most beautiful dishes. Love this wall. Hugs, Marty

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  4. The brown transferware shows up beautifully against the green of that gorgeous piece of furniture...I think it looks great! The wall color reminds me of what I had in a room a while back, it was called rawhide. You really have done wonders with that house, Nancy.

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  5. Done to perfection Nancy!! I LOVE it's new look!! I'm not into football but my family is and they were very happy the Giants won.

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  6. I watched a movie on my Nook while my husband enjoyed the game.


    Your green background is the perfect touch and when you move to another house, it can always be changed to suit. Love you pretty transferware display.

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  7. You did not mess up! It's beautiful! I love brown transferware! It's just so ... classic! My mother-in-law and I pulled out her china/dishes and did 4 tablescapes this weekend, while my husband and his dad hung out in the shop and watched the big game. Feel free to check them out. I'll be posting them throughout the week!

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  8. Hi Nancy, love, love the size of the cabinet, all those beautiful dishes, I'm drooling...I like the back of the cabinet painted. Helps the beauty of your transferware pop. hugs ~lynne~

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  9. Nancy, I get so excited each time I see you've published a new post. So I'm thrilled you played with the dishes rather than watch the Super Bowl. I'm with you! My husband watched the game, but not me. I sat downstairs by the fire stitching and doing the occasional blog hopping. Much more fun in my mind! ;-)
    I love the mossy green background, and you already know I adore your brown transfer ware pieces. The piece looks great with those soaring ceilings and love the red walls. This may be a rental, but you've made it a charming HOME. That's what it's all about! ~ Sarah

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  10. What a beautiful transferware Nancy and love the brown, almost my fav! Your hutch is fabulous for displaying it. I've missed you pretty lady, I was so glad to see you at Met. Mon. Have a wonderful week.
    FABBY

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  11. No no no...you did not mess it up...it looks fantastic! I swooned when I saw all the transferware up against the green...its beautiful. Love the entire vignette...especially love all your transferware..omg, you've got a to die for collection. Have a funfilled day... ttyl.... xoso Sandy

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  12. Wonderful! And a great contrast with the transferware and colored walls. Very attractive...well done!
    Cheers!
    R

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  13. I love that piece. I would have so much fun with it. Your dishes are beautiful. Love the brown against the green. Two of my favorite colours. Love your blog. Deb

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  14. You've got at least two of my favorite things here, Nancy ~ the bunny print {love bunnies!} and the brown and white transferware. I haven't checked out your etsy in a little while so I have to head over there next. This bookcase is magnificient! Both in size and design. This is a perfect piece for you to display your transferware pieces.

    I watched the Superbowl ~ I am actually into football which came about when my son started playing at 8 years old and continued up through high school. It started out so that I wouldn't make a fool of myself by not knowing what was going on and I really came to get into it.

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  15. You totally hit the mark with the green paint! It makes your transferware pop out! The hutch is gorgeous!

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  16. Oh my, your collection is beautiful and I love the mossy background!

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  17. Your book case is stunning, Nancy. I think the green looks wonderful, and your dishes look so nice against it!

    I've been meaning to ask you if purple transfer ware is rare or fairly common. I found two cups and saucers recently. The saucers are square. Gorgeous! They are Royal Staffordshire, Rural Scenes.

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  18. Are you kidding?? messed it up? NOWAY!!! I love the green! as do I LOVE your brown transferware!!

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  19. I love that shade of green and I think it truly complements the Brown transferware and the wood of the cabinet. I'm a die-hard football fan (and hockey, too) but my beloved Saints weren't playing so I used the time to knit a baby sweater!

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  20. Your book case looks beautiful! I love the color and the fact that it's a light color that shows off the brown transfer ware so nicely.
    I did not watch the super-bowl.

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  21. How absolutely divine and an inspiation as I have just started to collect brown transferware!

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  22. You can never go wrong with a wonderful contrasting color. The green is yummy. I'm not into the SuperBowl, although we did go to a party last night. I pretended to watch, and managed to catch a few z's during the game! Cherry Kay

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  23. My heart is fluttering--love the green. The cabinet is stunning! A few years ago, i decorated a basement room with friends while the bowl was playing. This year i watched the game.

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  24. I watched bits and pieces of it...Madonna's show.
    I love that big wall.....and that piece of furniture is gorgeous there!

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  25. The bookcase is amazing. I love the pop of color and the entire styling! Just gorgeous and perfect for a dish a holic!!

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  26. I love the green background . It is a nice color , but does not scream for attention. It does not distract from the dishes and provides a nice contrast to the wall color. Very good decision !

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  27. Hi Nancy! Oh, your huge cabinet is gorgeous with the green backs, your transferware is gorgeous and I just a drooling! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. The cabinet looks so pretty and the transferware sends a jealous shiver down my spine. And....the game was not even on at our house.

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  29. Painting the back of your cabinet green was a fabulous idea. It makes your brown transferware pop! The way you have styled your lovely cabinet is gorgeous.
    I'm your newest follower and hope you'll hop over for a visit, Mary Alice

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  30. Could not possibly care less about football - a bunch of guys paid way too much to play a GAME. I love the cabinet - green was a great choice - it will work with any season. Love the brown transferware, too - it is my new obsession.

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  31. meh to the football, but sighs and gasps of admiration for you bookcase and brown transferware! I thought of you this weekend when I was antiquing at the Coast. I kept my eye out for some beautiful transferware, but came home empty handed. Oh, well, the joy is in the hunt as much as the acquisition! Beautiful!

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  32. Wow, Your bookcase turned out GREAT! It is a beautiful piece of furniture, that you made even more so!!!!!!!!! Love it.

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  33. We're not superbowl fans here either... I worked on a quilted table runner I'm making and hubby watched an old movie.
    LOVE the green on your bookcase. It gives everything depth and prevents that whole area from being overwhelmed by brown.

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  34. Your hutch is incredible, and it is even more so with the mossy green color inside. Your amazing transerware collection looks fabulous against the green color. I'll have to say that I watched the game. Usually I'm glued to the computer.

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  35. No football for us ever. We are book nerds and proud of it. Love the green behind the transferware.

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  36. What a beautiful collection. I love transferware and yours is displayed so nicely in that gorgeous hutch. Thanks for sharing. Angie @ Postcards from the ridge

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  37. Hi Nancy, The bookcase is gorgeous and of course I love your transferware. Beautiful! Thank you for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  38. Nancy that is an absolutely gorgeous piece of furniture!!!! It is totally the kind of furniture I would love in my home!! The dishes are amazingly beautiful too!

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  39. Nancy,
    your cabinet looks fabulous! I really like the brown against the green! You've arranged everything wonderfully.
    Rebecca
    PS. I have the same rabbit painting!

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  40. I'm with you, Nancy. I did not watch the Superbowl, either. The bookcase looks great! Not only does it show off the brown transferware nicely, but it makes a nice but soft color contrast against the wall paint behind the bookcase. I, too, am still looking for a bookcase cabinet like that. Any suggestions?

    Pat
    PersonallyByPat.com

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  41. Love finding a new great blog to follow. I'm now a follower on the new linky tool. Follow back so we can stay connected, Lori

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  42. LUV the the green background with the brown /white transferware...

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  43. First of all, I am coveting your bookcase! Is it an antique? This area is so lovely and warm with all your pieces. I think that the mossy green is the perfect color for your vignette. It adds to the warm feeling in this area. Anything lighter I think wouldn't work. Beautiful. :)

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  44. What a lovely area. You are right, the area on top is perfect with the extra items. The color in the cabinet adds just the right note. I find your cows a beautiful addition. All in all a beautiful display. Don't worry about it being a rental, simply be happy.

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  45. Nancy, that looks great with the green on the back. You are so lucky to have that wonderful collection of dishes.

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  46. Beautiful hutch, Love the dishes.Thanks for sharing

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