Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Custom Mixing Milk Paint

It's been a while since my last blog post - there has been lots going on, but I realised how much I had missed posting my projects.  So I have cleared the decks a little - well just enough to enable me to get some painting done and to be able to photograph as I go.
I'm starting off the year with this chair - it's been hanging around for at least 2 years! I picked it up at a car boot sale for £3 - The fabric on the seat pad was pretty awful but I did get around to taking it off straight away and that's as far as I got with it. The rest of the chair was in good condition, although some of he surface lacquer was a little cracked and peeling, I like it when the surface is like this as the milk paint enhances the imperfections giving it an interesting patina.
 I had an off cut/sample I was given of some beautiful Toile de Jouy in pale green and reddish/pink, so I decided to custom mix my Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint to create a a slightly lighter, toning pale green.  Lucketts Green on it's own was a little too bluey - so after some experimenting I ended up with the following mix:
2 parts Linen, a half part Lucketts Green and a half part Mustard Seed Yellow - it's a rather lovely Pistachio colour, and is slightly paler than the background colour of the fabric.
I actually took these photos with my mobile phone and the colour has reproduced pretty much exactly how it looks, it's a very pretty colour. This project was just 2 quick coats of the custom mixed Milk Paint, a very light sanding when the paint was dry just giving a nice amount of distressing on the edges, a quick lick of hemp oil, covering the seat pad took longer than painting the chair!
All in all a great little project to get me back into the groove!
Bye for now...

Friday, 4 July 2014

'Chippy Dressing Table'

I love it when I find a great piece of furniture - one that is:
A. Old and in great condition
B. Has all the original hardware
C. Has a great shape or design that makes it stand out.
 This piece had all of the above criteria, it's defining features for me are the original hardware and those cute 'heart cut outs' on the mirror supports.

The mirror is beveled and has a few age marks (which I love) with this in mind I decided this piece was going to get a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint make-over with no bonding agent I wanted it to chip away to it's hearts content - First of all I gave it a good wipe down with sugar soap - I use this in a spray version - it's easy to use - just spray on wipe wipe with a sponge - I lot of grime came off .
I used the colour 'Grainsack',  just 2 coats gave me the exact look I was after and it 'chipped' like a 'good'un' Once the paint was dry I gently sanded with a fine sanding sponge, and then finished with a coat of Polyvine Dead Flat decorators varnish.

I'm really pleased with this piece - the finish is really smooth,  I was very tempted to keep it, but I really don't have the room for it, so I whisked her off to Lovingly Made, where she is for sale in their Vintage Shop.
I styled the photo's with my bunch of 'Special Lavender' - I bought this bunch 2 years ago, at Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey - when my daughter Laura told me she was expecting a baby and I was going to become a grandmother! I now have the most beautiful Grandaughter - Lilah Jayne and very fond memories of that special sunny day, surrounded by Lavender having just been given the most wonderful news, a truly wonderful moment!

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mixing Milk Paint Colours

I was given this old chest of drawers - which was in desperate need of some TLC - it had several layers of old oil based paint - a lot of dirt & grime and very stiff drawers - I could barely pull them in or out!

That being said it was a good shape and the wood was solid with no splits or gouges plus I do like a challenge!.  I sanded the top and drawer fronts, the rest I cleaned thoroughly with sugar soap and A LOT of elbow grease.
For the drawer fronts I custom mixed 3 parts Grainsack 1 part Eulalies Sky and a little Trophy to give it a little more 'muted' tone, the base sides and top were just straight Grainsack - I love the way I got some natural crackle on the top - just gives it that 'old, used look'.  After finishing the entire piece with MMS Hemp Oil, I added a little MMS Antiquing Wax in strategic places to give a little more aged effect.
I recycle the handles from an old piece of furniture I was given - I love this style of handle - not very pretty but rustic and vintage - all in all I'm really pleased with the transformation - and as if by magic the drawers seem to work fine now - I think she was just after some attention!

I have a few more ideas of MMS colours I would like to mix together which of course I will share with you when I find the perfect projects.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Time for another Coffee Table

This coffee table is HUGE! it's 3ft square and really heavy the wood on the top is nearly 2 inches thick!
I had to sand down the top which was no problem and didn't take long at all - but there were marks and a lot of wax on there, which soon disappeared once I got cracking with the sander!

I removed the top from the base as I find this much easier for painting and for Laura to work on the graphics. - a good tip is to always number parts when you take out screws - I use chalk to mark the numbers - it's easy to see and can be rubbed off easily when you have finished your piece.

As this table had so much wax on it I decided to use Autentico Chalk Paint again - I had plenty left after my last project Autnentico Chalk Paint to the Rescue  and I knew it would soak up and cover over the old wax residue.

Laura has done a fabulous job on the graphic - yet again! she is so clever and has such a steady hand - it looks amazing! We used The Graphics Fairy as usual.
I have projects stacking up now and will post as soon as they are done.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Potty with Pots - Milk Paint Workshop - 20 May, 10am - 1pm

Come along to the Potty with Pots workshop at Lovingly Made, near East Grinstead, and learn how to turn these...
Into these...
There are lots of different looks you can achieve with Milk Paint, and a few other magical products, to achieve crackled effects, naturally aged & distressed or a flat opaque finish to name but a few!  I'll show you how you can transform those old pots in no time at all!

Hope to see you there.

Quick Coffee Table Makeover with 'Kitchen Scale' Milk Paint

I have had this little coffee table hanging around for ages - I knew it would be a very quick job to turn around once the wobbly leg was fixed - and in  fact once I actually got around to it fixing the leg was easy and I managed to do it in-between other jobs one Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago.
So with lovely new strong legs - I set to work with my favorite Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint colout - 'Kitchen Scale' it's such a great colour - not too bright and has that lovely vintage muted tone, I would describe the colour as a soft 'Teal'  shade.
Kitchen Scale really looks great against dark wood when it has that great 'chippy' affect - it really does  look like its been around for years and has chipped and faded over time.
When painting anything with legs - tables or chairs - I always turn them upside down for the first  coat - by doing this  - once you turn it back upright you can easily see if you have missed any bits - and cover those with your next coat.
I have found these amazing sanding pads on eBay - they are 'super' fine, and great for rounded surfaces like legs - so much better than a stiff sheet of sand paper as they gently fold around the surface giving a really even finish - using them leaves the paint so smooth.  
and for my next little tip!... - I then dust off the sanded paint dust using these 'micro fibre' cloths - they are 'cheap as chips' and really clean away all the dust so quickly - leaving it beautifully clear ready for the Hemp Oil! 

Lots more Milk Paint projects in the pipeline!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Brilliance in Blogging Shortlist!!!

I have just found out that I have been shortlisted for the BiB awards - Brilliance in Blogging, in the 'Style' category! I am gobsmacked, shocked and honored to say the least!
I have been writing my blog for 3 years now and sharing my vintage inspired furniture make overs and up cycling projects has been, and still is something I really love.  I hope I have inspired my readers to 'have a go' themselves - it is so rewarding to see something evolve from an ugly drab piece of furniture into a piece of furniture you love, and to give it a new lease of life, and I hope my detailed descriptions and photos of before, during and after show what can be achieved with a little imagination, elbow grease & paint!
If you would like to vote for me please follow the link here - Juniper & Roses is shortlisted in the 'Style' category which is No.12 - only one vote each!
Thank you so much to everyone who has already voted, I really appreciate your support.

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