Argh! For some reason my camera is NOT communicating with my computer! I have some suhweet furniture Before and Afters to show you! But a quick announcement about CeCe Caldewell’s Limited Edition Colors and our 2nd Quarter workshops dates will have to do!
Have you seen the new Limited Edition Colors in the CeCe Caldwell’s Paint line? To. Die. For.
Chesapeake Blue is a soft blue with periwinkle undertones.
And Emerald Isle is a luxurious Emerald that has a little bit of Wizard of Oz and a little bit of Pantone’s 2013 Emerald. It’s the perfect green for any decor. I just completed a project in this mixed with Metallic Copper Pigments. It has turned into a piece of furniture that I am having a hard time selling. Seriously Griffith household material.
I have also published my April – July Workshop Schedule that you can find here.
I am adding a few night classes in May including a 2-hour All About Milk Paint class! I just hosted one today at Feathered Nest and it was soooo fun!
Hope a bunch of updates on the activities around here will tie you over until I get my camera and my computer back on speaking terms.
Happy Friday Refunkers! I have a furniture before and after makeover that is going to leave you thirsty for Milk Paint! Come on over and see how I refunk an old dresser into a time-worn beauty in less than 1 day!
I purchased this piece from my Mom’s friend who was moving into a new home and didn’t have room for it.
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone for the body and Kitchen Scale for the drawers. In case you missed my Milk Paint Mixing Tutorial on Wednesday, you can find it here.
After about 30 minutes of drying I could see the Milk Paint start to chip and flake. I love that this paint is always a surprise and this is what gives this paint such a authentically worn finish.
After a little more drying time I took a fine grit sanding block to it. Also, don’t mind my hair in this photo, I don’t dress up to paint furniture… Hate to break it to ya!
I always sand Milk Paint lightly in a circular motion to ensure I get all of the chips and flakes off.
And look at that finish!
Don’t you love how she turned out? I wish I was having another baby right now so I could use this dresser as a changing table!
I love Milk Paint and this project made me fall in love with this paint all over again!
What will you paint with Milk Paint this weekend?
One of the most intimidating things about attempting Milk Paint for the first time is the fact you have to mix it yourself. I feel ya. I purchased several bags from a local woodworking store a couple of years ago and I never used it. Although I would consider myself an “advanced” furniture painter the whole mixing thing really made me nervous. Don’t let that nervousness hold you back. Here is how I mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I hope it helps you get over your fear too.
Miss Mustard Seed has really done a wonderful job of teaching her customers how to use her product through her video tutorials (which you can find here.) She recommends using a blender or hand mixing your milk paint in a cup. Here are a couple of problems I have experienced with both methods.
1. Mixing paint in a blender requires that I have to clean the blender. I am way to lazy efficient with my time to do such a thing. 2. I have hand mixed milk paint in a cup many times, but my little hands can never get the paint perfectly smooth like a blender can.
Both methods of mixing milk paint are great. Do what works for you. But, my little secret to mixing silky smooth, lump free, milk paint is A MASON JAR. Yes, for $2.00 you too can mix the perfect batch of Milk Paint!
Start out by measuring how much Milk Paint you need. In this case I was painting 4 dresser drawers and a small chair so I measured 1/4 cup of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale (one of my personal favorites).
Then per the directions I add warm water. The directions state to mix 1 part Milk Paint to 1 1/2 part water. I like to start out by mixing equal parts milk paint and warm water. So here I am mixing in 1/4 cup of warm water. I also prefer my paint to be a little thicker, but once I mix it up, if it seems too thick, I eyeball a little more warm water into my mason jar to thin it out.
Yes, it can look a little gritty and scary at first. Put the lid on and move to the next step before you chicken out.
Now, you shake that mason jar for a minute or two. I also tell myself, whilst doing my milk paint shaking, that this activity also benefits my arm flab.
Now, you are ready to paint. See the smooth perfection?
Like a baby’s bottom I tell ya.
I also like this method because any Milk Paint leftovers must be stored, covered, in your refrigerator for 7-9 days for it to last once mixed. Now, I can just screw the lid back on the mason jar and resume my projects the next day.
Here is a quick peek at the dresser I worked on today. I can’t wait to show you the transformation!
So, be honest: am I the only one who was nervous to mix Milk Paint?
UPDATE: If you want to see the reveal of this dresser you can click HERE!
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It’s the delivery I have been waiting for. No, not a baby. But my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint order!
I am working on filling my pre-orders and I will have it stocked in both my retail stores in Oklahoma next week. I am not going to launch my online sales just yet, but I will shortly. I want to get a feel for sales before I go live on our online shopping cart.
I will also be doing a ginormous giveaway on my Facebook page. (ahem… Go like me if you don’t already…)
So that’s the plan. I can’t wait to see what all of my amazingly talented customers are going to do with this paint! I swear, my customers are wayyyyy more talented than I am!
Oh, and P.S.: I am opening up a 3rd retail location in Edmond, OK in November!
In the meantime, go check out the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint website with all of the video tutorials and info!
I am so excited to reveal my dining room table makeover using the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints I got in my retailers kit last week!
My retailer’s kit arrived last Tuesday and as soon as my little guy went down for a nap that day, I busted it open, and started painting my dining room table.
I had only used Milk Paint one other time, but I was going to “go big or go home” with my dining room table project!
Here is my dining room table before it’s Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover:
I didn’t sand or prime, I just cleaned it with Simple Green to prep and that’s it!
I used Iron Stone, which is a bright white color, and I was in lurve as soon as the first coat went on. It just chips and flakes in the most inpredictable areas, giving it a naturally worn and weathered look. The flaking doesn’t look forced, like some pieces tend to look when I go overboard on sanding. It just does it for you.
I LOVE THAT!
Here is some of it’s chippy goodness up close and personal.
And look at those legs! Woo Hoo! (I’m such a furniture perve..)
Ok, let’s get to the final reveal, shall we?
Doesn’t it look fabulous compared to that old $125.00 Craigslist find?
I finished it off with the Miss Mustard Seed Wax. It’s got almost no odor and no warning labels. And I loved the finish it creates! It felt like a commercially made piece of furniture… Perfection! But I did let it cure for a few days and then used two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Durable Satin Finish to seal it. Since it’s a dining room table, and I have a toddler, I use a lot of Clorox Wipes on this table. Satin Finish is like my insurance policy on the wax.
Enough about all the details. Let’s look at the before & after again!
Don’t you just want to come over for coffee? Or better yet, a glass of wine?
And can you tell I am using the photography and photo styling skills I learned at the Haven 2012 Blog and DIY Conference?
I feel so fancy!
Now it’s your turn. What are you most excited about in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Line? The Chippy Goodness? The gorgeous colors? More painting options that don’t require sanding?
I am excited to announce that Refunk My Junk will be the Oklahoma City retailer for the new Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint! It will arrive in late July or early August and I will stock it at both Showplace Market and The Feathered Nest.
Each package of milk paint will retail for $22.00 and the wax will retail for $22.00 as well and I will carry her full line!
Look at all of the stunning colors that will be offered..
If you would like to ensure you get the colors you are wanting I will be offering a pre-order, simply email me at email@example.com with the subject line “Miss Mustard Seed Pre-Order” and I will add your order to the list and contact you as soon as I get my order in.
Just look how gorgeous it will make your furniture look!
Mustard Seed Yellow
Just to name a few…
Look at how it makes each piece chippy and naturally weathered. I love that! I will be offering an all new Milk Paint workshop and will also be adding it to my Advanced Classes as well.
I already know what you are going to ask me. Yes, I am still a devoted CeCe Caldwell’s retailer and lover. These are two totally different products. Both are all green and have low-odor waxes, something that is so important to me since I paint around my little guy.
So, what color are you going to try first?
(I got my retailers kit in Tuesday and I already painted my dining room table. Can’t wait to show the the reveal on Monday!)