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Pallet Coffee Mug Holder

March 28, 2017

You know how sometimes when you’re browsing through Pinterest something jumps out at you? (like 99% of somethings in my case….) Well this was one of those somethings!
Pallet Project
I saw this sweet little coffee mug holder and immediately thought of the mini pallet our new farm pump arrived on earlier that month. You don’t see the mini pallets that often!
Pallet ProjectI dragged it out and worked out how many hooks I’d need….went to the hardware and bought them, painted one base coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in ‘Trophy’ on the pallet….and that was it for about 3 months! Story of my life! But one day I just decided to pull it out and finish it! And it didn’t take too long at all! I layered three different colours of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the colours ‘Schloss, ‘Marzipan’ & ‘Ironstone’ to give it an aged wood look instead of boring pine, then used my Coffee Roasters stencil to make it sing! I finished it off with some shading around the edges with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax. I love quick and easy projects…even if they sometimes take me months!Miss Mustard Seed's Milk PaintMiss Mustard Seed's Milk PaintMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
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It never ceases to amaze me what a little bit of paint can achieve! Take a cruddy old piece of furniture that nobody wants and make it into a unique masterpiece with just a little love and a little paint! One of my favourite types of paint to use is Milk Paint (specifically of the Miss Mustard Seed kind 😉 )

Milk Paint challenges my perfectionism and instead offers an unpredictable outcome…which I find strangely exciting!
Milk Paint in it’s very essence is quirky, unpredictable and most certainly the most unique paint on the market. Because Milk Paint is a powdered paint made up of various coloured pigments, the colours are somewhat imperfect which is what gives the finished piece such a unique ‘age old’ appearance. Perfectly imperfect and a finish unlike any other type of paint. Add Bonding Agent for an opaque finish and distress (or not) however you please….or leave the Bonding Agent out and leave it to it’s own devices to go ‘chippy’ at will. Yes I’m talking about it like it has a will of it’s own….because it does!
There’s no factory finishes and no 100% planned outcomes……basically it’s a case of ‘it is what it is’. I like that. It means I will end up with a unique one of a kind piece that can never be 100% replicated.
I picked up this little corner unit on our local buy and sell. Typical orange pine and generally unpopular in style. I challenged myself to turn this little unit into a French inspired piece that would be a statement piece in any French themed home. Here she is waiting for her makeover.
Milk Paint AustraliaMy first step in achieving  the French style I was going for was to add some pretty appliques. My favourite ‘goto’ appliques are from the Efex Decorative Appliques range which are made from bendable latex and so extremely versatile. They are bendable, paintable, stainable and easy to apply. I wanted ‘pretty’ so you can’t go past bows and swags and the Federal Half Swag was ideal.
Efex Appliques AustraliaThe half swag is generally used to make a continuous row of swags like this. How gorgeous is that effect!
Efex Decorative Appliques AustraliaBut if you wanted just the swag….you needed to buy two appliques just to get the end bow. I messaged the lovely Kristen from Efex with the suggestion that an end bow would make this applique more affordable and versatile. Within a few weeks Efex had added an end bow to the line up and sent me some of the first run to try out! You have to love a company who listens to what their customers want! Thank you Kristen & Efex Decorative Appliques! Here’s the swag and the new end bow.
Efex Appliques AustraliaI got to applying the appliques and chose to add a single end bow to each side to tie it all together. I can see that just the bow alone will be a very popular applique!
At this point I took some video footage to show how to apply the appliques with contact cement but am yet to master the art of getting the video from my camera to my blog! Unfortunately I was so absorbed in taking the video I neglected to take still! So here’s where your imagination comes in 😉 If I work it out I’ll post the video in here down the track!

I chose my favourite Miss Mustard Seed colour ‘Mora’ – a beautiful silver grey with blue undertones from the European Collection –  as my main colour but first I painted a couple of coats of the newest addition to the MMSMP line up ‘Farmhouse White’. Farmhouse White has really good coverage for a white and has more of a grey undertone than Ironstone. Truly a new favourite! (Incidentally….there is still ONE packet of Farmhouse White out there somewhere in Australia with a ‘golden’ (white) ticket hidden inside…and the lucky recipient will win $250 worth of Miss Mustard Seed products!)
Milk Paint AustraliaSo without further adieu…here’s my little French Corner Unit! What do you think? Would you recognise it?
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint MoraEfex Appliques AustraliaEfex Decorative Appliques AustraliaThe whole piece was lightly sanded to a buttery smooth finish (very easy with Milk Paint) and sanded a little heavier in places to allow the Farmhouse White to peep through. It was then finished with Miss Mustard Seed’s Clear Furniture Wax followed by a layer of MMS White Wax to complete the French look. Before waxing, the Efex appliques were dry brushed with the colour Bergere (also from the European Collection) so give them even more depth and the White Wax sits beautifully in all the grooves and highlights the details of the appliques.See how cute the ‘end bows’ look even on their own?
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Here’s a set of bedsides I painted with Mora a few months back. Read about that makeover here.
 Such a gorgeous colour!
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Orange pine is everywhere…..in fact I’ll take a guess most households have at least one piece of furniture that started out as a beautiful natural or honey coloured piece of pine furniture that is now orange, yes? Most of these pieces are very solidly built…it’s just the colour that has them being offloaded to Op Shops & eBay by the truckload.
The great news is that with a bit of a makeover these pieces come up a treat and can go on to bring many many years of service and functionality in our homes. Heck I’ve lost count of the number of full colonial dining settings I see going on eBay for $50…….all because they are now orange. My own was purchased under those very same circumstances and by re-staining the top with a dark walnut stain and painting the table skirts, legs & chairs in a muted cream I now have a beautiful modern set that will last me forever and a day.
But I am getting off track here……
I had a problem….and orange pine provided me with the answer to my problem, with a little helping hand from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!
Does your front entry area look like mine?|
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Australia Alright I admit I did tidy it up a bit before taking this photo because they were strewn across a six foot area! And when the whole family is home it triples! We used to have an old bookshelf here that we’d stack the shoes on but that didn’t look much better. What to do what to do!
I was browsing on eBay the other day (as you do) and I came across this orange pine box which I knew would be perfect to hide all these shoes. I placed my bid in the last 7 seconds (again as you do) and it was mine all mine! $30 thank you!
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It’s just perfect for shoes as it has a lift up lid with a shelf and the cupboards open to reveal the bottom shelf (perfect for the shoes that get worn less often).
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaI gave it a good scrub and a light sand just to scruff up the varnish a little, removed all the hinges and knobs and I was all ready to paint. I mixed up half a packet of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in ‘Typewriter’ (Typewriter always looks amazing distressed back to the orange in places) and added an equal amount of Bonding Agent. I didn’t want the ‘chippy’ look on this piece as I wanted to decide where the distressing would be.
The paint went on beautifully and two coats gave me full solid coverage. I decided to leave some of the orange pine unpainted so the box wasn’t too dark and for added contrast. I sanded a heap of the edges with some 240 grit sandpaper to let more orange peep through.
What do you think? Pretty swish huh?
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaI finished the piece with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil which was ridiculously fast and easy! I painted on one coat( as easy as painting with water), waited 30 mins and wiped off the excess, then I did the same the next day. Too easy!
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaI replaced the standard pine wood knobs with some pretty ceramic ones from my store…..a huge improvement!
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaI also decided to add some bun feet to the box to keep it up off the ground and give it a bit more style!
I love my shoe box! And I love that my entry area is now neat and tidy instead of resembling an Op Shop corner!

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaBEFORE
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AFTER
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I hope I have inspired you to take a second look at some orange pine pieces and consider giving them a second chance!
Are you interested in learning more about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint? I run monthly classes from Berwick in Melbourne’s South Eastern Suburbs and later this year will be offering classes around the Huntingdale/Clayton area. Send me a message!
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