but there was more to her beauty
underneath that dark, heavy stain.
She sat on lay-by for awhile while I made room in the studio,
she is not a petite lady!
Eventually delivery day arrived.
Gorgeous but that stain was so dark it gave her weight she didn't need.
Out came the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Arabesque
using the Medium Paint Brush started with the frame.
was random and scattered — and in some places it
nearly lifted the stain right off giving me a FABULOUS and
unexpected two-tone timber effect?!!
Oh Miss Mustard Seed...I LOVE you!!!
After waiting a few days to see what she would do,
I helped the chippy along with
fine grade sandpaper and a scraper to
even out, smooth and unify the effect.
There was no controlling what this beauty was going to do,
so I submitted and followed her lead.
out came the drawers and off came the doors.
But when I removed the hardware to start painting,
I discovered some pretty darn gorgeous wood grain under that horrible stain.
This discovery, however, changed my entire plan.
Because I will use any excuse to put off sanding,
I added a second coat of MMS Milk Paint to the frame.
Which reminds me, one thing I learned
about the colour Arabesque is that mixing this colour well and continuously
makes a big difference as there is a great deal of yellow in it.
(which makes it a warm, modern pink and takes the "lolly" right out of it).
After the paint sat for awhile,
I went back to painting and the colour difference was surprising!
After the second coat, I experienced a rarity for me,
part of the frame started chipping on its own!
in good shape but needing a tidy.
My favourite trick for this is a quick wash with
MMS Milk Paint in Grain Sack.
The colour is soft enough that it doesn't feel "new"
but once painted, it smells clean and looks nice and fresh.
It was completely worth it, to expose that grain.
The natural timber colour was a bit yellow next to the
Arabesque but staining it with
MMS Milk Paint in Curio applied with
my favourite brush in the world (Small Paint Brush) fixed that right up.
Almost too much so!
To make them blend more with the super distressed buffet,
they got a bit of a Miss Mustard Seed Antique Wax
to give them dimension and better complement the chippy buffet.
Meanwhile, remember shop girl Anna?
(Boo Hoo...I miss her!)
She was hard at work using the delicious technique of
buffing the MMSMP Furniture Wax to a lovely,
silky smooth finish with fine-grade sandpaper.
put the drawers in and the original handles back on...
the BEST day ever, right?!
Here she is.
I think she's quite pleased with herself!
Watch for open times or book a time to pop in
where you can see her in her new home.
She and I both love visitors!