Pretty Cool Stool Makeover With MMSMP

I purchased this rusty stool from an estate sale for $3 & has been waiting for me for months to decide on a plan. & I finally did have a plan for it when I realized I needed to use some leftover Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. 

She was such in a sad state but I knew I could make her beautiful. But before I began I sprayed the entire metal stool with Shellac (I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to get any bleed through from the rust)

I then mixed whatever I had leftover from my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint stash which was Ironstone, Kitchen Scale, & Grain Sack. & it sort of created this beautiful blue-ish gray color.

I wasn't just going to stop with painting because if something is worth doing then it's worth doing well so I added some wooden slats to go on top of the stool & stain it with a vinegar and steel wool mix.

Tada! Her transformation just blows my mind. 

She was once discarded & left outside to she has a place inside the home now.

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DIY Large Wooden Letter With Milk Paint

When my clients come to me for custom orders I sometimes...okay maybe ALL the time...get knots in my stomach because 1) I've never made it before 2) Will it be difficult? & 3) Will the client love it?

This particular custom order my client wanted a letter "J" that was 3 feet tall that had a rustic industrial look.

First I gathered wooden slats together and traced and cut to form a letter J. then I sanded it down and prepped for paint. 

For the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint colors I did a combination of Grain Sack and Ironstone. After the paint was dry I sanded the piece to give it a distressed look and painted some graphics with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen to add a little industrial look to it. 

I have to say it came out better than I expected and my client was very pleased with it as well.

Home sweet home at my clients house. Definitely in harmony with her gray walls.

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Chic Tractor Home Decor With Milk Paint

For my birthday present my husband purchased this amazing patina'd tractor grill at MMD Antiques in downtown Orange. Needless to say I was smitten and I already knew where I was going to place this beauty. 

But to me in my mind it was missing something...a backing. So my husband made me a wooden board made up of 2X3's. 

I traced a little a little shape on top of the board and cut it with my hand held jig saw. I'm sorry I don't have any photos of my paint process but I did use 3 types of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors (Curio, Grain Sack, & Ironstone)

First step I used the Curio as a stain for the bare wood. Once that dried I used the Vaseline Method and placed it on the corners and a little in the middle of the wooden board where I wanted the paint to resist. I then painted with Grain Sack (being careful painting over the vaseline). After the Grain Sack dried I then wiped off the existing vaseline and reapplied it on other places of the board and then painted my final coat of Ironstone. For the drying [process of the final coat I used my hair dryer so I can get some paint crackling as well.

Overall I'm very pleased with the results and how the Milk Paint turned out. It really completes the beautiful tractor grill and now acts as a photo holder in my kitchen. 

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Vintage Canvas Storage Basket Turned Coffee Table

I am amazed and proud at how well my husband is getting with his wood working skills. I had recently asked him to build me a top cover for my vintage storage basket so that I can turn it into a coffee table.

All I have to say is the outcome was better than I expected. 

The edges of the wooden slats were done with a table router to give it more of a gap between each wooden piece.

I had stained the top cover with dark walnut from Minwax.


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Beautiful Light Fixture Turned Candle Holder

This was a really simple project. I had found and purchased a light fixture at an estate sale with beautiful patina. The distressed teal color is gorgeous and the rusty gold that showed through complimented the piece. 

With much deliberation and tons of coffee I had decided to do something easy with it and turn it into a candle holder.

First you have to take all the guts out (wiring, sockets) then trace a piece of wood that would fit the circumference of the fixture then stain.  

I love how it turned out. I'll probably keep an eye out for more light fixtures like these. 


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DIY Shabby Chic Doily Dreamcatcher

This was a super easy project and fun too. Just let your creative juices flow. There's no right or wrong way to do these doily dreamcatchers. 

I just started with a metal circle rod that I already had in the garage then wrapped it with some muslin. Pick a doily of your choice and attached it to the rod, I tied mine with a neutral color twine that matched the muslin.

Here is where your creativity can explode. Start attaching strings of twine, laces, fabric, even a vintage measuring tape, like I did with mine. I also embellished with vintage buttons and keys.  

I sure hope this gave you a little inspiration to start your own. 


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DIY Industrial Metal Letter Wall Decor/Photo Holder

I love industrial decor and I'm completely obsessed with letters so why not create my own with materials from my garage.

This is the finished product and I'm absolutely smitten.

I've painted the exposed wood on the side and back in Annie Sloan Old White (it was a last minute decision and I'm glad I did it)

I found a box of these metal galvanized strips at an estate sale. I didn't know what I would do with them when I purchased it but I know they would come to use one day. 

I built a letter "H" with some 2x4's and started nailing and screwing the galvanized pieces on the front of the letter. 

I did the sides first then continued onto the middle of the letter. Just hammer and screw, hammer and screw.

At this point is when I decided to paint the rest of the exposed wood. But if I was going to do this project again (which most likely I will) I would paint the entire letter first before I attach the metal strips.

So there you have it folks. :) I will be making more letters so stay tuned for that.


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Rustic Pallet Heart with an Antique Hinge

I enjoyed this project a lot...and I mean a lot. I have a pallet stash in my garage that I just stare and stare until I come up with a project (mostly they turn into signs) but this time its different. 

I used 2 pallet pieces to cut out my heart. This was the first time I ever used a scroll saw and it was surprisingly simple. The cuts are pristine and leaves the wood smooth to the touch. 

Once my heart outline was cut I used connecting plates that I had on hand to attach the pallets together. I dry brushed some Old White and attached a vintage hinge to finish it off. 

This turned to be a beautiful piece of rustic art. You better believe I will be hunting for more vintage hinges at the flea markets to make more of these. 


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Why Hello Mid Century Betty

This is Betty, I found her for sale online and I just knew I can save and revive her. Her legs screamed Mid Century Modern and I knew the craftsmanship was excellent. Sure enough it was stamped Barker Bros (a Los Angeles based furniture company in the 1800's), drawers are dove tailed, and it's quite heavy for a nightstand. 

For Betty I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone (shabby chic, antique) and create something modern and retro. But I wanted to do it with just Miss Mustard Seed paint and products to show you how versatile it is and how it can be used in any furniture era.

The day when I brought Betty home. Still lovely but could use a little polish. 

I sanded the drawers and legs so I can re-stain it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Curio (and it took three different types of sanders but I got it done).

Here is the painting story and I'll start with the staining.

Staining Process:

If you water down the Curio it can act as a stain (actually if you water down any Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint it will act as a stain). The stain recipe I concocted was 5 parts water and 2 parts Curio. So when I painted it on the drawers and legs it came out darker than I hoped for. So I grabbed my 220 grit sanding block and sanded down the drawers and all of the sudden the stain got lighter and I could see the grain of the wood (which is what I wanted in the first place). However the legs I kept the same dark color, call it laziness or call it genius, I love how it's a three tone nightstand.

Now for the painting story (I wanted to make the perfect teal color)

Recipe for Miss Mustard Seed Teal:

In one cup mix 6 parts water to 2 parts Kitchen Scale and 3 parts Ironstone

In the second cup mix 4 parts water to 1 part Boxwood and 3 parts Grain Sack

Then I poured the Boxwood/Grain Sack mix into the Kitchen/Ironstone mix and added some bonding agent (just because the furniture piece had a little sheen and I didn't want the paint to chip off at all).

It took 3 coats of the custom teal color to cover the nightstand and finished the entire piece with Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil.

I love Betty and I enjoyed bringing her back to retro where she belongs.



DIY Simple & Sleek Rustic Desk

So my brother came to me and asked me if I could build him a desk. We just had a big earthquake here in California and he was afraid of his computer falling over because of the state of his current table (wobbly and ready to fall apart). I definitely wanted to build him a strong solid desk. One he can duck underneath it in case another earthquake strikes.

After looking through Pinterest I came across a blog from A Bird's Leap. She had built a very simple and affordable desk. You can see her tutorial here.

Like her, I went to get the table legs at Ikea and since I wanted a white base I just bought the ones that were already painted in white (no fuss no muss). But you do have the option to get the unfinished base if you're going to do a stain or paint it a different color.

I used 5 pieces of 2x6 planks that I purchased at Home Depot measuring at 75 inches in length. You can also have Home Depot cut your wood for you, it's a free service so why not.

Once I had all my wood pieces cut I sanded each one of them with an 80 grit sand paper to get it somewhat leveled and then a 220 grit to get it smooth to the touch.

Here I kind of just wanted to measure and visualize where I'll be placing the desk base. So it's really up to you where you want to place it just as long as there's space for your desk chair to go in and also comfortable leg room.

I completely forgot to take pictures on how I mounted the planks together under the desk but I just cut two pieces of thin plywood then glued and screwed it on the side where I was placing the table legs.

Then I stained the entire piece with Minwax Dark Walnut (just one coat). But if you want it darker then you can do a second coat just follow the instructions on the can. Let it dry overnight.

Lastly I attached the legs to the table top.

I am really happy on how well this desk turned out.



Children's Wooden Rocking Chair Painted In Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I did this project a while back before I had a blog so I thought I should post it now. I got this children's rocking chair from my mother-in-law and it was solid wood, never been painted, and was missing a cushion. (sorry I don't have a "before" photo) but you get the idea, it was free for a reason.

To start off I painted the base color with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream then topped it off with Coco. I did a very heavy distressing then finished it with antiquing wax. 

For the cushion I had to measure the seat for the plywood that my husband was going to cut. I then traced and glued a foam piece on top of the cut plywood and upholstered it with a grey cotton/linen blend fabric. I had also embellished the cushion with a neutral trim and upholstery tacks. 

So far Annie Sloan has never let me down. I just love using her products. 


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Lady Edith, An Antique Curio Cabinet

I got Lady Edith, an antique curio cabinet, from a client that wanted her revamped and brought back to life. Don't get me wrong, she was beautiful from the start but I knew she could be gorgeous. 

Lucky for her I just received two new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors that I wanted to test out so I decided on painting her in Typewriter. 

But before the painting could start I had to fix a few things that were missing on Lady Edith. 

1. Her glass was broken so that needed to be removed & I knew I would be replacing it with chicken wire.

2. The skeleton key was missing on the door therefor the cabinet wouldn't latch and stay closed. So I had installed a magnetic latch on the inside and drilled a new hole for a new knob. (I for one was not going to search on ebay for a skeleton key that fits this curio)

When you install chicken wire, make sure you take your time (you do want it straight, right?) and don't cut yourself so wear gloves if you have to. I also painted the chicken wire with Typewriter.

After I painted two coats of Typewriter, I let it sit overnight and finished it off in the morning with some light sanding and distressing and covered it with Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil. 

In the end, Lady Edith looked gorgeous in her little black dress.


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Vintage Soda Crate Upcycled Into A Stool/Storage

I already had a couple of vintage crates on hand and I've been meaning to do this project for quite some time now. To me, the most time consuming part was the upholstery (that's probably cause I picked a stipe fabric so I was really careful on getting the lines as straight as possible). 


When I went to Harbor Freight to look for casters it seemed much cheaper to just buy one of their small moving dolly and just remove and use the casters on there.

I think the neutral trim around the top completed the finish and made the stool look more clean.

I reinforced the inside of the crate with wood planks just to make the casters more sturdy when you roll it around and to insure that anything you store in there won't break the crate.

Being married to my husband (a perfectionist when it comes to building and fixing) really made me more conscious about how this furniture will be used and will it be able to hold up.

This was a fun project to do and I will be doing another one but instead of a crate I'll be using a large metal ammo box (how fun would that be).


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Daisy, The Vintage Waterfall Nightstand

Daisy, a vintage waterfall nightstand, was a diamond in the rough. Before I started to paint her, she needed a few minor repairs. Once the boring but important fixes were completed I painted her with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.


I got Daisy from an ad on Facebook. I just knew she had potential.


She had some missing and chipped veneers but there are ways to fix that with some wood glue and bondo all-purpose putty.


The distressing is always the fun part for me.


I wanted to do something different to the drawer so I decoupaged some left over fabric and attached a vintage glass knob.


& I didn't stop there. I wanted to add character to the inside of the drawer so I decoupaged book pages and scraps of fabric.


I used 3 paint colors (Coco, Cream, & Old White) to do the dry brush. Then I rubbed the dark wax on the exposed wood and finished with clear wax all around.


What a fantastic piece to work with. I am completely satisfied with the results. 


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DIY Sidewalk Chalkboard Sign

I decided to paint this sidewalk chalkboard sign with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I started off with the base paint in Old Ochre and once that was dry I painted on top of it with Coco.

Then came the fun part, the distressing, I knew I had to show off all the lines on the frame so I heavily distressed it on the edges and corners. 

Once I was completely satisfied with the sanding, I began to place the Annie Sloan Dark Wax on the curves and edges of the frame and also where the bare wood peaked through. 

Finally finishing it off with Annie Sloan Clear Wax to make it more durable and protected. 


When I first got the frame the paint was chipping off, it was obviously dirty, and it had a mirror in it. 

So I cleaned it up, scraped off the chip paint, and chucked the mirror in the trash.


I also added wooden leg support in the back and attached a chain on each side.


I love it! It looks completely different and gave it a new purpose. 


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Mini Easel Made From Junk

I got this idea from the book "Junk Beautiful". Man those ladies are way talented and crafty. So I picked an item in the book I wanted to recreate and the mini easel was simple enough.

I just used a couple of pallet boards and two rusted casters that I purchased from the Orange Flea Market.

I also painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and did some heavy distressing. 

A perfect piece to hold a message board, tablet, decorative plates, small signs, or picture frames. 


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How A LIttle Paint Makes A Big Difference

For this project I wanted to show you how a little paint can transform a drabby piece (in this case 5 dowels connected to a 2x4) into a shabby chic delightfulness.

This particular piece was left behind in the garage by the previous owner of my home. For awhile my husband was using it to hang some of his tools but one day (2 days ago) I saw it off the wall and laying on a table so I snagged it (with permission from the Mr. of course.)

I thought it would be a cute coat rack of some sort but it needed some cleaning and painting. Since I just got the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone this piece would be perfect to test out the color.

You can see from the dowels that some of the paint chipped off but thats okay, that's what milk paint does. I wish I could say the same about the 2x4 but the wood was too porous and the paint just soaked in so I just grabbed by trusty sander and lightly distressed the edges of the 2x4.

After distressing, I used the Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil to bring out the luster on the milk paint as well as the exposed wood.

As you can see I love numbers and wanted to put number plaques (purchased at Michaels) on the rack.

This coat rack now has a shabby chic or beachy look to it and I love it. I wish this would fit in my house but there's no room so I'll probably sell it.


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Wedding Signs (maybe a new business venture?)

Making wedding signs (or signs in general) has been quite enjoyable and an enormous creative outlet. I can see doing some custom orders in the future. These are a few signs I finished and have a few more to go so stay tuned for a continued blog post on wedding signs.

Since this is a tropical theme wedding I thought that the Milk Paint in Salmon would be a perfect color because it really leaves a coral finish. & the teal metal flowers were purchased at Michaels.

The letters, ampersand, and scrapbook paper were purchased at Michaels and the pallet wood used as a base I already had on hand.

All you have to do is trace the letters onto the paper, then cut and paste it on the letters. Then use your handy dandy hot glue and glue the letters on the pallet board and any additional decorations such as flowers or moss or anything that would go with the wedding theme would also be a great addition.

This particular sign would look superb by the wedding cake or at the sign-in table.


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Milk Paint On An Antique Smoking Cabinet

Painting with milk paint is amazing if you like the finish of a chippy and weathered furniture (something you can't get with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.) 

I decided to paint my mother-in-law's antique smoking cabinet with Miss Mustard Seed's Kitchen Scale. You really don't know where the paint will chip off and that was kind of the exciting part for me (this was the first time I watched paint dry.)

I did do a light distressing on the corners and finished it off with clear furniture wax. Overall I'm happy with the results, I just hope my mother-in-law will be satisfied.

This is the before picture of the antique smoking cabinet and it was missing a knob as well.


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DIY Sign With Milk Paint

I've read great things about Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint so I ordered the Kitchen Scale color online (since I didn't see any local vendors in the area.) I wanted to try it on a small project so making another sign was ideal.

I did my usual vinegar and steal wool solutions to age the wood.

I took a different approach to this sign and made the vinyl into a stencil instead and filled in the stencil with Annie Sloan's Old Ochre.

This is a closeup look of how much I distressed the sign.

I like the finish of the milk paint especially when I wiped it down with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Consider me a fan and future customer of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.


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