a summer project!

All our friends and customers know by now that we’re enjoying our new summer hours Tuesday – Saturday and we thank you for that extra day. With the shop closed Sunday and Monday through July, we now have time to freshen and brighten our own homes for summer and to jump knee deep in the projects that we’ve been longing to do. The summer season is a fun time to begin new endeavors, try something a little different and frankly -have some fun!

Up-cycle, repurpose, reface, vintage and salvage are daily buzz words for the creative and we are embracing our passion with a few new finds. In future posts we’ll show you our newly painted and upholstered seating, but today we’re excited to show you something outside our “fabric forte”. Our staff began a team project using MILK PAINT! 2013-06-11 13.05.01

Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc.  Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look. (Miss Mustard Seed)

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Starting with a vintage oak china cabinet, our vision was to use a medium blue interior and white along the outside of the piece.

Step #1. Suzanne mixed the dry paint with water using our household blender!

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Step #2 Suzanne and Letty started the transformation using the MILK PAINT!

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Step #3 Letty applied a coat of clear wax over the dry paint and buffed it to a soft finish.

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The end result is a colorful creation that would be perfect at the coast filled with towels in a bathroom, a farm house breakfast room with your favorite dishes or in your home studio filled with embellishments and accessories. We invite you to visit Miss Mustard Seed for other ideas and for a tutorial on using MILK PAINT.


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