I obviously get some sort of perverse pleasure from painting wicker and cane by hand or I wouldn't keep doing it . . .
Painted Kitchen Inspiration — Fusion Mineral Paint, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint & Old World Clay & Chalk Paint
"Can I paint my kitchen with your paint?"
It's a question we're asked all the time.
And pretty much every time, the answer is YES! You can!
This isn't a room you can cut corners in,
prep is vital (grease removal, a light sand in most cases)
and you've got to be honest with yourself about
your expectations and commitment...
But other than that, here are some of our clients' fabulous results:
Fusion Mineral Paint
Tracy's Kitchen Reno in Fusion Mineral Paint, Champlain
Tracy prepped the cupboards by giving them a good sanding. She hand-painted two coats by in the gorgeous neutral Champlain which used 1 pot of paint plus another 1/4 pot. Not bad! She sealed with Fusion's Tough Coat Sealer for extra protection.
When asked if she would do anything different, Tracy said:
"I don't think I would change anything with the way I did it, it was my first time painting something so big and I was really happy with how it came out. I was actually amazed at how easy it was. They have really held up well, they haven't marked at all."
There are many theories on removing odours and smells from antique and vintage furniture.
I've come across pieces with nests and smells that would curl your toes, but I've never met a piece that wasn't salvageable.
Here are a few favorites techniques that I’ve always found to be effective, and best of all, most are inexpensive supplies you probably have on hand:
1. White Vinegar
Spray it or brush it on. Once dry follow up with another spray or wipe down with vinegar-water-essential oil dampened rag (peppermint, tea tree, lavender, patchouli all work great and also work to keep creepy-crawlies away).
If you’d prefer not to spray directly onto surface, set cups of vinegar or sponges wet with vinegar (on plastic plates) inside and tightly close drawers or doors.
Some even seal the entire piece in plastic like giant rubbish bags to prevent any "escaping" smells.
Perhaps you've spotted one in a second hand shop
but weren't confident it was worth the effort.
Or you have one stashed in the garage or shed.
Maybe you even have one hanging in your home,
that you just don't like!
Chandeliers are one of those DIY projects
you can make entirely your own and create
genuine impact at the same time.
Old World Clay & Chalk Paint (or similar authentic chalk-based paint)
is my go-to for painting what
can be a difficult surface like a chandelier.
I've love the immediate and dramatic result
you get from painting a chandy.
I fell a bit in love with this super heavy solid brass lamp that was marked down to $3 at the local Goodwill.
What a perfect opportunity for a painted decor update to demonstrate the amazing coverage and durability of Old World Paint.
Yes, please! SOLD!
In good working order, just dirty and dusty and in need of love!
Sometimes knowing the "feel" you want a piece to have can be of great help in selecting a colour (especially when Old World Paint has more than 50 to choose from!)
I knew I wanted a bright, happy shade . . .
I narrowed it down to Coral Reef and Lemon Drop — each would transform the lamp wonderfully!
I LOVE Coral Reef and I would paint something with it every day if I could, but I saw my opportunity to sneak yellow into my world (oh yes...I'm definitely keeping this beauty). I have a husband that just doesn't love yellow. How can that be?
So Lemon Drop for the win!!!
I'm not going to lie...
when the colour Apron Strings was discontinued
from the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line,
I was more than a little devastated.
And when the release of Outback Petticoat was announced,
I was excited, but a bit skeptical.
I love orange in any shade,
but wasn't sure how it would translate to furniture.
And then Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) did this:
Well . . . that's a winner!
You need the perfect piece for Outback Petticoat to really pop.
But when you get it right . . .WOW!
The results are off-the-charts.
And along came my first-time-milk-painter
and awesome photographer Sarah D. of
Sarah David Photography.
She had found a fabulously detailed (and looonnnnggggg)
hall table at a garage sale for a STEAL!
I just knew she and her lovely table were
the perfect candidates for
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Outback Petticoat.
It was not in the plan, but when I recently turned an old door into a funky chalkboard sign I had a flood of questions about a more traditional farmhouse style chalkboard door.
And then I thiought...why not?
So I flipped it around!
I mean, what else do you do with an amazingly solid
too-heavy-to-lift door with a brass peephole and mail slot?
You make a copper chalkboard
with uber-cool Fusion Metallic Paint!
There are so many reasons to NOT do what I did.
An unplanned, unbudgeted bathroom renovation is just plain irresponsible.
But one reason makes my irresponsbility not matter.
I admit it...I love my new bathroom.
It's one of those projects that came out better than I'd imagined.
For those new to this crazy story, here is where
it all began more than 6 months ago with
Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the
Spontaneous DIY Bathroom Renovation.
It started like this:
Known for her elegant hand-painted furniture, blogger, interior designer and Milk Paint enthusiast Marian Parsons, also known as Miss Mustard Seed, waited for inspiration to strike before designing a stencil line that reflects her unique artistic view.
For those who admire the beauty of hand-painted furniture, Miss Mustard Seed has made the look even easier to achieve by expanding the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line to include an exciting new range of stencils based on her very own brush strokes!
We're thrilled to be one of the few retailers in Australia carrying this very special range. Look how beautiful!
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