Sunday, February 24, 2013

another MMS Milk Paint project ~

 Hello there!

I completed another piece in the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint the other day and wouldn't ya know, I got a totally different result than the first try!  This paint is certainly random and unpredictable!  Makes the process kinda fun!

I had splurged on a set of old handmade primitive style drawers recently.

I love me some drawers!

 sorry, drawers already removed, but you get the idea

 So I mixed up my ironstone milk paint and brushed it on.  This piece was very shiny, probably heavily varnished.  I was crossing my fingers that I would get flaking, and almost instantly, I started seeing this..........


 After two coats of paint and after brushing it off and vacuuming it, this was the super chippy flaky look I was achieving.......


 It truly looks like layers and layers and natural chipping and wear.  Very cool!

Now that it's all transformed, it's for sale at the shop..........

You may have noticed that one single drawer decided not to flake!

What do you think about the original hardware?

 The interior of each drawer is different, a few of them have cubbies!

I know it looks small in the photo, but it is a pretty sizeable set of drawers.

Dimensions: 25" wide, 18" deep, 32.5" tall

Just $199 at Georgie Emerson Vintage!

~ vintage love ~


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint {first try} ~

I recently started living on the edge.

You see I've always been a latex girl.  Good old latex paint was my tried and true.

I have done some experimenting with homemade chalk paint and that was kind of fun.

But, I really got crazy when I decided to whip up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint last week.  I had had that daunting little box of powder and wax since October.  I put it on a shelf in the laundry room and it laughed at me every time I walked past it.  I was too scared to try it and I think it could sense my trepidation and lack of confidence in trying something new.  Especially after having watched all of her videos in which she clearly states that this paint is very random in its outcomes and probably not a good choice for "control freaks" {which I might be a little bit of one}.

 After some gentle encouragement from a fellow shop owner who sells Miss Mustard Seed's products, I decided to go for it.


 So I mixed up a little batch of this interesting concoction.  I stirred and stirred and stirred.  I never did get all the clumps out.  I ended up with a milky watery substance with chunks of pigment pooling at the bottom of my cup.  But I was comforted by Miss Mustard Seed's video when she stated those little clumps would probably work themselves out while being brushed on.


 After two coats of the "paint", I thought I had made a terrible mistake and that this dresser was a goner.  So what's a girl to do at this point?  I watched the videos by Miss Mustard Seed AGAIN.  

By the way, I put "paint" in parentheses because I feel like it's a bit of a misnomer.  In my opinion, it's more of a stain with opaque properties.

At that point, I decided to take a deep breath and just go with it.

I did not experience any flaking of the paint.  It went on smooth and thin.  The original finish on this piece was pretty shiny so I thought I'd get some good flaking.  I got none.  

So after three coats, I decided to go at it with a sanding sponge and screwdriver in the little details and grooves.  It distressed easily and created a wonderfully worn finish that I ended up LOVING!

Funny how things work out.

So here she is all styled up at the shop as of this morning..............

 I tried to keep her.  I tried hard.  She resided in several locations in my home before coming to the shop today.  We have so many lovely heirloom pieces in my home from my parents that I just don't have another inch for any new pieces.  So she is up for adoption to a good home!

Sorry, she's SOLD!

Lessons learned from this experience include:

just go for it
sometimes ya just gotta breathe and believe everything is going to be alright
be patient
don't give up
don't sweat the small stuff

~ vintage love ~


linking up to:
Jennifer Rizzo

Friday, February 8, 2013

Around the shop ~

Hello friends!

Just popping in for a quick little look at what's new here at the shop these days!

 antique vanity freshly painted with homemade chalk paint  (SOLD)


 antique farmhouse table with great spindles, original green paint as found (SOLD)


 just one locker basket left!  set of old sewing machine drawers with fun metal flower pulls

 old farmhouse dresser.....I was told it came from a mansion in Michigan.....sold construction with old glass knobs, great chippy original patina  (SOLD)

locally handmade typewriter key necklaces

antique yellowware pitcher with cow design

handmade heart wreath with silk rosettes

old farmhouse cupboard, newly painted with a little chipping here and there, great beadboard slat doors, so much display possibility!

chippy and chunky old column and fabulous like new bench with nubby cream seat (bench is SOLD)

skeleton keys

antique gesso mirro, great ornate details in floral design, love that shape! (SOLD)

 pair of crackly cream lamps and fabulous shades

Shop is open until 7pm tonight and 10 - 5 tomorrow!

~ vintage love ~