My Favorite Custom Creation of 2013

As I thumbed through my portfolio for the year, I was in awe of the incredible pieces I got to paint in 2013! From the 1800’s China Cabinet to the ’80’s Oak Wardrobe UpCycle, I fell in love with them all! I knew I was going to have a hard time choosing one piece but I really wasn’t expecting the emotional upper-cut that hit me as I traveled down memory lane! Time and time again, my love for the finish I’d created took a backseat to the sweet relationship I’d established with it’s owner! My heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who trusted me with your furniture in 2013! Many of you have become true friends and I value that above everything else! 

Because I loved so many of the finishes, I decided to look beyond the finish and go with the one that impacted me the most. Without a doubt, the piece that opened the most doors for me in 2013 was this 1897  Krakauer Bros. Piano. Thea commissioned me to restore it based on the memories she held from her childhood. She told me how her mother took her to a showroom for her birthday in 1961 and told her to choose any piano she wanted. Her eyes lit up as she recalled being captivated by the Krakauer Bros. Piano. The creamy white paint and intricate details were different than all the others in the store and she was smitten over the antique finish. Even though she claims she was never very good, her memories around the piano were fond ones. The piano was out of her care for years though and the finish she loved so dearly got ruined.  Given the size, I painted this piece on site. Thea was a gracious hostess and opened her home to my madness for two days. I knew we’d get along just fine when she docked her iphone and the diverse music began to play! Our taste in music wasn’t the only thing we had in common. Thea liked to sing along! She hummed and sang {much sweeter than me} her way around the house while she carried out her tasks. Both days, Thea prepared beautiful lunches for us to enjoy while the paint was drying. The timing of this job and Thea’s lunch company was nothing short of perfect!  Her sweet spirit and wise counsel gave me the confidence I needed to do a lot of things this year! She encouraged me to do something I’d been wanting to do for years…teach! Thea is a teacher and made me realize this passion I have for painting and repurposing would be even deeper if I could find a way to share it with others. Teaching workshops has turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences ever! She also helped me see my words could inspire and encouraged me to start blogging. She even took the time to proofread my site before it went live! You don’t meet folks like Thea everyday! I am so glad our paths crossed! 

 

It was pure joy to be able to turn back the hands of time with Thea. As I accented the ornate details of the piano with dark wax, Thea stood beside me, recalling the shading she’d fallen in love with as a child.  To hear, “that’s perfect” really meant so much to me! For that reason, and all the beautiful ones above, I give you my Favorite Custom Creation of 2013. Enjoy! 

Before:

before pic

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano Leg by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

Painted Piano by A to Z Custom Creations

 

How about you? Do you have a piece you’d like to have reFreshed? 2014 is the year to do it! I’m scheduling for February and would love to provide you with your own Custom Creation! Just email a photo for a complimentary estimate! Thanks again for an amazing year! xoxo

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Comments

  1. No wonder it’s your favorite!!!! <3

  2. Simply stunning!

  3. Linda Weeks says:

    an amazing job! a really beautiful piece!

  4. Beautiful!!!! Where do you live?

  5. MikkiGirl says:

    It is a truly beautiful piece! How blessed you are to be able to provide so much happiness to Thea through your gifts and talents. Do you know if pianos need to be re-tuned after being painted?

    • Thank you Mikki! My work really does bring me so much joy! From what I understand, the case of the piano is not the primary component for sound production so painting it should not affect the sound. I didn’t paint the interior at all. That said, this one was already out of tune and Thea was planning to have it tuned after the finishing work :) All the best! Angela

  6. Christine says:

    I think this is a gorgeous job. I found your wonderful story also bring tears to my eyes. That usually happens when I read about someone finding what will turn out to be a fabulous path along which someone is about to venture. My tearing up usually turns out to bode well. :)

    Your post has me also heading out to my barn. I have a turn of the (20th) century German piano out there, complete with needle point stools. I think the soundboard is damaged, but as a piece of furniture, WOW! Plus, I now would like to know the company. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

  7. Angie,
    I Love the restoration! its amazing! (and yes I read over your pages all the tome lol)
    But I’m almost in tears with the story that goes along with the piece, you do this all the time!!! It’s the middle of the day, coffee break – lets read a little Angie Goodie and take in some Gorgeousness, then what do you know, almost tears!! I’m crazy I know!
    The Piano turned out Fab and the details are just outstanding! I am so glad that your eyes were opened to teaching. You do that so well, your tuts. have helped me in so many ways and are so down to earth and easy to follow. I am so thankful that you take the time to share your knowledge so freely and encourage people!, that is truly a gift.
    BTW – You write stories very well too.
    Hugs
    Cynde

    • Well, now you’ve got me snotting everywhere! What a blessing to read! Thank you so much Cynde! Not just for your sweet thoughts, but for taking the time to put them into words and comment! You’ve made my day! xoxo Angela

  8. Marsha Garland says:

    I noticed the piano you did in 2013 I believe. I also have a piano which is a Decker Brothers upright. Looks similar to the one pictured but even more ornate! It is beautiful and ebonized. Guessing about 130 years old. I would like to attach a picture but not sure how to from here but if you could get me your email address I would be glad to. Was looking to make into a desk or bar but it is really too nice to tear into. Please if you can give me advice and your email address I would appreciate it. Thank you.

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