17 April 2014

new shop items

I've added a few things to the shop today....

here's a little peek.....

with more coming soon.

14 April 2014

a french ticking bolster pillow

I've been wanting a french ticking bolster pillow for my bedroom for some time now.....but finding the fabric takes some patience....I'm happy to say I finally found some.

The front of the pillow is made with a beautiful french ticking and the back is made from a french linen sheet I already had on hand. 

I love how it turned out....it just makes the room if you ask me.

10 April 2014

let's try this again

I've decided that the paint on the stool is a little too chippy for me....so I'm going to try this again. In case you want to read about my first milk paint experience you can check it our here.

For this time around I'm going to try Miss Mustard Seeds's Shutter Gray color. The color on those shutters is amazing!

While I'm at it I may just paint a couple small shutters I have lying around too....if they look anything like the ones above....I'll be a happy girl.

Top photo via Miss Mustard Seed.

07 April 2014

my first milk paint project

Here's the result of my first attempt at using Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint.

The piece I chose to paint was a stool I got years ago for my boys....you know the kind.... a mass produced one with a wood top and white legs.

Here's some things I learned.....

First off I want to say that I didn't do anything but wipe down the stool....I didn't sand or use TSP or anything like that. 

Milk paint was quite different to work with than any other paint I've used. I did like the consistency quite a bit....it actually looks rather watery and like it won't cover much....but to my surprise it covered much better than I thought it would.

You need surprisingly little....I used 1 oz. of powdered milk paint to paint this stool....twice!

As you can see in the photos....if the surface hasn't been prepared (sanded), or you haven't added bonding agent to your mixed paint, then your paint will most definitely chip away. I didn't have any bonding agent and I was too impatient to order some and wait....so I just went ahead and painted.

After the paint dried, I used my hand to brush all the flaky paint off....it comes off rather easily.

Then I waxed the piece with clear wax followed by dark wax....and this is the result.

I haven't decided if I'll keep the stool like it is now....or order some more milk paint and try it again using the bonding agent. As I said before, I did like the way it went on and I loved the color.....(I used Grain Sack).....but I think a less chippy finish would fit in better with my style.

Stay tuned!