Now, That’s Some Chippy Paint!!

I have told you all before how much I love Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint but it had never really chipped for me like I had seen on other pages and pieces of furniture.  Until Saturday, that is!  Take one really old brown dresser and mix up some milk paint….

chippy!

chippy!

It was going to be Luckett’s Green but I didn’t have quite enough to measure a half cup so I added some Boxwood to make up the difference.  Then I mixed and stirred and shook and began to paint.  Nothing really happened until I applied the second coat Sunday morning and then WOW!

closeup

closeup

My husband pointed out one of the drawers was really chipping and so it was!  When I lightly sanded the rest of the piece more chippy goodness showed up  (Only once did I say to myself “stop!”.  We then varnished the piece and here she is:

lovely!

lovely!

I have been guilty in the past of sanding a bit too much and prepping a bit too much but this time I told myself – the finish is worn and it’s fairly clean so stop here!  What happens, happens.  Boy howdy did it ever and I am thrilled!

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8th Anniversary Reflections

First of all, I would like to thank all our loyal customers and friends for their support over the last 8 years.  As the saying goes:  We couldn’t do it without you.

Three friends – the fourth had dropped out – opened the shop 8 years ago almost exactly.  It was scary, exciting, fun and a pain in the neck!  We had a terrific little house over in South Salem and every space was filled with treasure!

And then things began to change, not always for the better, as in any life or business venture.  Still, here we are 8 years later having fun – with different people – doing what we love and grateful for your support!

We are in a bigger house, in a different location and only Miss Sophia and I are here from the original group.  We’ve painted so many pieces of furniture, collected so many smaller treasures and grown as women over the past 8 years – looking forward to many more years!

New things in the shop

It’s been awhile since I shared new things in the shop so here we go!

Miss Sophia LOVES this new blue color and so do we!

Six drawer dresser, the new blue color and black glaze-yummy!

Six drawer dresser, the new blue color and black glaze-yummy!

Beautiful mid century dresser accented with blue paint and black glaze

Beautiful mid century dresser accented with blue paint and black glaze

And Miss Sadie – me! – loves this green color.  Used it previously on the labor of love cabinet and now this cute little dresser.

Maple dresser - well loved - freshened with new paint

Maple dresser – well loved – freshened with new paint

And today, a classic round table updated in black with a dark stained top.

Black on the apron and legs, dark stained top for contrast.

Black on the apron and legs, dark stained top for contrast.

Our 8th Anniversary sale is coming up on the 15th so I KNOW there are new things coming in the next few days!

A Labor of Love!

First of all, let me tell you that my man loves me with all his heart and shows it on a daily basis – the feeling is quite mutual I assure you!  Occasionally, though, I have to work hard to convince him that he can do what it is I need him to do and that it won’t be terribly overwhelming because I have confidence in him and his many abilities!

(And no, I am not sucking up – much!)

Enter this project…after much convincing (and maybe just a little pouting) this came home with us and we maneuvered her onto the patio out of the rain we knew was coming.  Yes, there were repairs to be made but he did them speedily as I knew he could.

before - the drawer is beside it

before – the drawer is beside it

some repairs done

some repairs done – the upright piece for the lost doors removed

(He also told me a bit later that I was right and my vision saw the potential he had missed.)  He repaired, replaced, sanded and scrubbed (I was at the shop) and then we began to paint on Saturday morning.

first coat of paint

first coat of paint

This is fabulous paint that magically appeared in my garage because I do not remember buying it – love the vintage green color!  And it was fairly old but it went on beautifully and I adore the coverage.

recycled old tongue and groove wood for shelves

recycled old tongue and groove wood for shelves

Now for the shelves!  We located some old tongue and groove he had rescued from the neighbor’s burn pile a few years ago, scrubbed, cut to fit and cleated for stability – and I said “Please don’t paint it!”

Getting it into the shop was tricky and one of the old-too-small wheels shattered so all four were replaced after a trip to the hardware store  Again, not on his list of to-dos today but he always comes thru for me.  New wheels make it actually so easy to maneuver!

And here she is in place and chock full of goodies!

done!

done!

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Waiting for the paint to dry

took almost no time but painting this little nightstand was only slightly less quick!  After a light cleaning and a light scuff sanding, two coats of General Finishes’ Millstone were applied for a fresh new look.  The old bat-wing handle was removed, the holes filled and a much nicer knob substituted.  Great size for beside your bed with plenty of room for all those things we need to make it through the night!

~SOLD!~

Last second before picture-cleaned, scuffed, handle holes filled (and laying on her back)

Last second before picture-cleaned, scuffed, handle holes filled (and laying on her back)

After two coats of General Finishes' Millstone

After two coats of General Finishes’ Millstone

Ready for a new home!

Ready for a new home!

I love quick and easy projects – especially on hotter days.  We are still experiencing unusual temperatures for the Pacific Northwest and yes, I am still complaining-lol!

Snow White (but not the Seven Dwarfs)

This is the coolest little dresser I have found in a while!  It is Canadian in origin from Wiarton, Ontario and has lovely trim that doubles as handles.  Four deeper drawers for lots of storage and it is now painted in Snow White with the top stained with Java gel stain – both from General Finishes.

No before pictures but it was dull and brown and the detail on the handles disappeared in the brownness.

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closeup of the detail on the drawer

closeup of the detail on the drawer

Fresh, clean and waiting for a new home!  Happy July, everyone!!

New Things in the Shop!

Miss Sophia has completed another farm table set.  This one is done in a barnwood reminiscent color palette and has four large chairs to accompany the rectangular table!  All done with American Paint Company’s colors.

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closeup of the top

closeup of the top

And I brought in a matching, desk, bookcase and chair painted in my new favorite General Finishes grey.

Desk and chair

Desk and chair

LOVE the fabric!

LOVE the fabric!

The bookcase

The bookcase

A hot week is forecast so painting will be put on hold I think!

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Originally a sewing machine cabinet, it is now…

a terrific little coffee table!  Out junking a couple of weeks ago I came across this piece and immediately fell in love!  The hubby NOT so much – it was filthy, missing chunks here and there and generally a mess, but I knew what it had been and I loved the idea of what it could be!  (After hours of scrubbing, filling, sanding and scrubbing again, she was ready to paint and I envisioned her in dark grey – APC’s Freedom Road.)

Anxious to get started I again forgot to take before pictures but just picture a mess!  Someone managed to take several inches off each leg and there isn’t a wobble to be found – amazing to me!

Sewing machine cabinet to coffee table in APC's Freedom Road

Sewing machine cabinet to coffee table in APC’s Freedom Road

A couple of coats of Freedom Road, some distressing and a coat of clear wax and she is now in the shop looking for a new home!

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