Archive for September, 2014

One of the things I already love so much about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is it’s amazing ability to adhere to almost anything.
A while back I picked this pot up for free…discarded I am guessing because of the large chip out of the rim. Chipped pots are pretty ugly.
It was glazed to a glossy shine so I wasn’t convinced the paint would stick, but I was in for a pleasant surprise!
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First I needed to fix the chip. It was fairly large and for anything sizeable like this my ‘goto’ filler is actually car body filler. It’s an epoxy filler that you measure out and mix with a catalyst at 1 part to 50. It sets really hard but is still sandable and within 30 mins I had my chip filled, sanded and read to paint over.

I picked up the pots of Lavender at our local Woolworths for $1.80 a pot. They just needed water and were reduced from $9! Win!
To compliment the colour of my pretty blooms I decided to try MMSMP Dried Lavender. Miss Mustard Seed's Dried LavenderWhilst I was mixing the paint up it looked a lot more blue than lavender, but once painted and dried it was definitely not blue but a delicate mauve. 
I gave the pot a good wash, dried it with some paper towel and my first coat of paint was on and drying in two minutes flat.
After 45 minutes I gave the first coat a quick sand to smooth out any bumps and applied my second coat.
I wanted the detail on the pot to ‘pop’ with a complimentary colour so I mixed my leftover Dried Lavender with some Ironstone which is MMSMP’s white, and got a really gorgeous pastel mauve. I used a small artists brush to paint the detailed areas.
Another quick sand followed by a generous brushing over with MMS Hemp Oil to protect and seal the paint and my pot was ready for planting out. Miss Mustard Seed recommends her Tung Oil for the best protection for outdoor application and we will have some in stock very soon, but in the meantime, the Hemp Oil should give it enough protection provided I don’t put it out in torrential rain!
Here’s my finished pot.Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Dried Lavender
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Dried LavenderDried Lavender - Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
I was so totally sold on the colour ‘Dried Lavender’ that I wanted to use it again straightaway! I thought it might be nice to have a collection of pots in the same colour but different styles. I bought this pot last year for $10 but it became discoloured over that time and really needed a clean up so was the perfect candidate. It was also more porous being terracotta so I was keen to see how well it would paint.
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I used two coats of Dried Lavender, followed by two coats of Hemp Oil (24 hours apart to allow each coat to dry). I wanted to highlight the pretty detail on the planter but maintain it’s old world character, so I rubbed MMS White Wax all over the pot then wiped off the excess. This meant that the low areas held onto the wax, therefore highlighting all the grooves and details.
I love how this kept it similar to the first pot but not ‘matchy matchy’ which I am not a fan of.
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint AustraliaHere’s a closer photo of the white waxed detail.Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Australia
The two pots look fabulous together but I have one more pot to paint before I share the little ‘pot corner’ I am creating

French Beauty? Yes please!

September 11, 2014

Whilst experimenting with all my new Miss Mustard Seed goodies, I have been working away in the background transforming this beautiful reproduction French Provincial Amoire with the help of WEBSTERS.
I have been looking for an affordable piece like this for the longest time but they usually sell quickly and for more $$$ than I am willing to part with! This sweet piece had lots of bumps and bruises and so she was priced accordingly, and just for once I managed to get in first with my enthusiastic SOLD! We all know that a few bumps and bruises don’t matter one iota to those ‘in the know’!
Websters Chalk Paint Powder
I wanted something eye catching to keep my Websters Products in at my little stall at the local antique gallery and this piece certainly WOW! factor in her new skin!
Take a look! Very French, OUI?Websters Chalk Paint Powder
I chose a light cream coloured paint mixed with Websters for the exterior and painted the interior with Resene semi gloss enamel in Antique White USA so it would be scratch resistant and easy to clean. The whole piece was so dark, it really needed light colours to give it a lift.
I waxed the piece with L’Essentiel Clear Wax then added an aged finish with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax. L’Essentiel also makes a beautiful dark wax however it’s more subtle (perfect for an gentle aged patina) but for this piece I wanted quite heavy ageing, so it looked like something found in Granny’s Attic. It’s actually a bit darker than I was able to capture in the photos.
Here are some more close ups of the detail with the dark wax and light distressing I added.Websters Chalk Paint PowderWebsters Chalk Paint PowderWebsters Chalk Paint PowderSince starting on this piece, I also became a Miss Mustard Seed stockist…and realised with dismay that my beautiful Amoire won’t be big enough to fit everything in now! But as luck would have it….I somehow managed to come across another Amoire that was exactly the same, except it is a full cupboard BIGGER! Woot! And the best part is that because it had numerous bumps and bruises, it was inexpensive!

And as we all know….a few bumps and bruises don’t matter one iota to those of us ‘in the know’. 😉
My next dilemma…..what colour to paint the new one, aptly named ‘Big Sister’! In the meantime, Little Sister is crammed full to the brim and overflowing with all my beautiful paint products down at The Bazaar & Gallery, so pop buy and have a closer look and maybe pick up a few bits and pieces to create your own masterpiece!
If you’d like to learn first hand how to paint your tired old furniture, have a look at my WORKSHOPS page and see when the next one is!


‘Chippy’ Is The New Black!

September 5, 2014

There’s no doubt about it….using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint has challenged the perfectionist in me and my love affair with all things ‘chippy’ has well and truly begun! No matter how many times I have started in the past to embark on creating a really rustic looking piece, that perfectionist arrives and I end up with a ‘safe’ piece. I am truly fascinated by the unpredictability of Milk Paint and the fact that it’s quite truly a lucky dip as to what end result you will achieve by not adding the bonding agent. Bonding Agent stops the paint from chipping so you end up with an opaque finish. I’m sure there will be pieces in the near future that I will choose to use the bonding agent with, but for now I am loving watching the magic happen when I just let the paint do it’s thing. This sweet little side table was looking tired and the stained top was faded from age.  I painted it with 3 coats of MMS Linen which is a creamy white, then left it overnight to do it’s chippy thing. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaThe next morning I took a piece of 320 grit sandpaper and sanded it all over to smooth the painted surface and remove any flakes where it chipped. I finished the painted part of with MMS Clear Furniture Wax. This wax goes on so easily and it’s creamy and light. I always love adding the finish as it deepens the colour and brings out the rich tones of the wood peeping through. The wood top still looked tired so I gave it a once over with a darker gel stain ( I love Wattyl’s Gel Stains and my go to colour is ‘Wenge’)  and when that was dry I finished it with a coat of MMS Hemp Oil, which deepened the colour and gave it a lovely sheen.Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaThe finished piece is totally adorable, don’t you think?Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaFooter