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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?
Efex AppliquesMilk Paint AustraliaMilk Paint MoraEfexEfex Appliques Federal Half SwagBefore & AfterBefore And After
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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I love it when people think of me when they have a piece of furniture they no longer want. I see too many lovely pieces sitting on nature strips waiting for hard rubbish collection…such wastage in an era where we try to promote recycling! We just keep throwing the good stuff away and trucking the new stuff in from China to replace it!
The older furniture is made so well…made to last…so don’t walk by a great piece of furniture just because it’s pine that’s gone orange. It’s just the varnish that’s discoloured and we all know that beauty is only skin deep right?
After a recent visit to my cousin Andy’s house, I came home with my station wagon fully loaded to the roof! One of the things she passed on to me was this orange pine set of bedsides. There were some amusing stories attached to them as each family member that moved out of home had used them for a time and ultimately they’d ended up back where they began.
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They were made really well with neat dovetails joins…the most impractical part was the cupboard space….it really needed a shelf to make it more usable. Lucky for me I have a very handy hubby and a stash of old furniture pieces I have salvaged for a rainy day (as you do 😉 ) and in said stash I found two pieces of shelving that were just the right thickness. Win!
I try to be as independent as I can when doing up old furniture and part of that is doing my best to learn new skills. Adding a shelf is something I’ve needed to do more than once so I asked hubby to help and teach me at the same time. After helping me measure, cut and fit the first shelf, I managed to do a great job of the second shelf all by myself. I love that my wood working skills are advancing all the time and I am slowly acquiring my own set of basic power tools. 🙂 On examining the receipts in my purse you’d be hard pushed to find one for clothes or shoes….they are all hardware store receipts! I’m sure many of you can relate!
There are SO many different ways I could have refinished this pair of bedsides….but I wanted to do something a bit different from my normal ‘pretty but safe’ style.
I wanted RUSTIC for this pair…so the obvious choice of paint was Milk Paint.
I removed all the hardware and sanded the piece with 180 grit sandpaper to roughen up the varnish a little and cleaned off all the dust and grime. First the shelf was added to each piece  and then I created a raised stencil across the drawer front to add some extra interest. I have a little tutorial in the works for how to do the raised stencils but if you are impatient and would like to give it a try please feel free to message me and I’ll walk you through it. The raised part is achieved by using Fusion Sandstone Texture to create the stencil pattern instead of paint. When it’s dry it can be sanded and painted. I did mine straight on the pine then painted over it.
I began with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint ‘Trophy’ which is a slate grey colour. I used Bonding Agent in my Milk Paint as I didn’t want this colour to chip. I don’t usually take photos whilst I’m painting as I am such a messy painter I get paint everywhere…so my camera stays away.
But I pulled out my phone to snap this shot just as I started as I wanted to show you one of my new amazing new Cling On! brushes. I’d heard rave reviews about these beautifully soft synthetic brushes from American forums and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to try. I bought three and was totally sold in the first five minutes. They are super comfy to use, reduce brush marks like you wouldn’t believe and rinse clean in water without any hard yakka. In fact with chalk paint you can just give them a quick rinse to get the excess paint off then pop them in a container with just the bristles in water and they self clean. How good is that? I was so impressed I became not only a stockist of these wonderful brushes….but an Australia Distributor for them! They come from Holland and are just beautiful to use. They are available in round, flat and oval head and in multiple sizes. There’s even a bent one for hard to reach areas! I’ve used the bent one three times in the last week alone.
If you’d like to try one for yourself you’ll find them here. If you are a paint stockist and would like to retail these brushes send me an emailMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Australia
That IS Trophy that I’m painting with in the photo above….the sunlight has just washed out the colour a bit and it goes a lot darker as it dries. Once the Trophy was dry, I painted two coats of MMSMP ‘Mora’ which is one of the new European colours and a lovely soft grey. I used a damp cloth to rub away some of the Mora in places to reveal the Trophy underneath, paying particular attention to the raised stencil area to create definition.
Two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s clear Furniture Wax and two new knobs and this makeover has become on of my favourites to date! I so need to do more RUSTIC pieces!
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaI stained over the orange draw sides and interior of the drawers with some dark walnut gel stain and then sealed it with a single coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. Top Tip: Applying Tough Coat with a damp chux cloth eliminates brush marks and makes it easier to get into the corners.Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaCoast & Country Vintage has Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and products available online and posts Australia wide. Prefer to shop in store? Coast & Country Vintage can be found in two Victorian locations where you can pop in and browse/purchase in person.
Melbourne Sth Eastern Suburbs :
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11a Aristoc Rd,
Glen Waverley, (just 2 minutes off the Monash via either Blackburn Rd or Ferntree Gully/Springvale Rd
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158 Thompson Avenue,
Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria.
Regular Milk Paint classes are run through the Waverley space. Send me an inquiry!
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