Posts Tagged ‘Painting furniture with milk paint’

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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Not only is this the BIGGEST piece I have hand painted with beautiful Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint….it’s also the quickest! That has to be a record on many levels!
I desperately needed a piece to display my Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in and I needed it fast!
Despite the size of my ‘waiting patiently in line to be painted’ furniture stash (or pyre as it’s affectionately? known to my hubby 😉 ) I found it lacking in a piece sizeable enough to suit the purpose of a display for my store… off to eBay I went. (any excuse right!)
I watched  and waited patiently for 3 weeks…looking for just the right piece. As luck would have it…..all the larger  three door display cabinets or hutches were going for around $150 which was quite a bit more than I wanted to pay. BUT, my patience finally paid off and I scored this FOUR door beauty for just $43!

I also stock Efex Decorative Appliques which I am Melbourne’s largest stockist for and i wanted to incorporate some Efex in this piece! Efex Appliques are an innovative new style of decorative appliqué made entirely from latex…which means they are bendable and therefore extremely versatile. They will jazz up even the dullest piece and give it pizzazz! I have used them on this piece…read on!

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The lead light doors are absolutely stunning, but not part of my vision so they’ll be going back on eBay and will no doubt make some lucky wood crafter very happy! When hubby & I went to collect this piece it was SO much bigger than I anticipated… fact I was a bit scared of it! But I was in neck deep and the only way was forward! I have had this gorgeous piece by Marian (Miss Mustard Seed Marian) in my ‘LOVE THIS’ folder for ages. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Australiae-sky
It’s painted in Eulalie’s Sky (always a hands down favourite for me) & Ironstone. So I decided this was the piece to do these gorgeous colours on.
Now although Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint can be painted straight onto a lightly sanded varnished surface by adding bonding agent to the paint, I have found that Ironstone in particular is very transparent and can take many coats for full coverage over a darker wood. So I took a short cut with this piece and used a white primer under the Milk Paint. This way I only needed two coats (and a touch up one) instead of 5-6 coats. Winning!
I added my Efex Decorative Appliqués before the primer too, then painted straight over them. The easiest way to glue on these appliqués is with contact cement and the best I’ve found for the job is Selley’s Kwik Grip (red tube)which is what I used on this piece.
So 5 days later….this is what this ugly duckling became….Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint AustraliaIt was instant love for me 🙂 I coated the whole piece with a layer of Miss Mustard Seed’s Clear Furniture Wax  to seal and protect the paint and then went over the Eulalie’s Sky and Appliqués with Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax to add a white washed look and to give the Appliqués definition.
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Efex Decorative Appliqués and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint are available for purchase in my stall space at the Waverley Antique Bazaar or in my store at the Cowes Bazaar & Gallery on Phillip Island. You can also order them online via my Website here  and I post Australia wide.
 email me if’ you’d like details the next Milk Paint Workshop!
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