Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Part Two - Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

I finished both projects this afternoon due to several errands that I needed to run today. I am really pleased with the Milk Paint color Typewriter and will definitely be painting more furniture with it. I love the simple classy look of these two pieces done in the black. I thought about adding some stenciling to the black chest of drawers but for right now I'm going to leave them as they are. As I said in my earlier post I used Hemp Oil for my finish. I love the look you get with this finish. And one of the great advantages of Hemp Oil it is also food safe, so if you want to paint a wooden bowl, a wooden tray, or any other container for food you have no worries when using this oil. Miss Mustard Seed's Paint and Finishes are very natural and are earth friendly.
Mom and I are leaving in the morning to head to Canton for an overnight trip - FUN!!! Sharon and Ray will be setting up  in Pavilion 4000 booth number 4268 to sell the paint and some of their antiques and goods! If you are out and about this weekend stop by and see us. We would love to show the paint and answer any questions you may have. Sharon plans to be painting on a project in the booth while she's there. We are also offering a special each day so be sure and check that out too! You can learn more about our store FRESH on our newly launched website: www.freshjaspertexas.com
I hope everyone has a blessed New Year's Eve and I hope to see you in Canton soon!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Miss Mustard Seed's Typewriter and Hemp Oil

I've been working on several painting projects today. As I have mentioned before the hardest part of painting furniture for me is deciding on a color. Today I went back and forth on what color to use on my antique chest of drawers and a beautiful antique mirror (that I absolutely love). I will have pictures tomorrow because everything is curing and drying tonight. After much debate on the color to use I chose Miss Mustard Seed's Typewriter. It is such a rich color that can be used with any d├ęcor.
If you decide to try the Milk Paint  be sure and mix it well. Today I used a mason jar to mix my paint and it did great!
The great thing about Milk Paint you can add more water if it's too thick or you can add more powder if you get it too thin. I decided today that I would mix it equal parts water and powder and it was the perfect mixture. I only had to put one coat of paint on my two pieces today - it covered wonderfully. After that coat was dry I took a sanding block and sanded everything really good. This just knocks off any little particles of the paint that need to be sanded and makes the finish smooth. You will notice dark colors of paint when sanded look chalky or cloudy. Don't fret over it because when you add your finish (hemp oil, wax, etc.) it will go back to the dark rich color before you sanded.
I chose Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil to finish my mirror and chest of drawers today. You can apply it with a soft rag or a brush. I used both because I needed to get into the crevices of my mirror. You allow the Hemp Oil to dry and then go back with a soft clean rag and wipe any excess off. You can finish with a wax finish  or you can leave it with the hemp oil as your finish.
I will put the hardware on the drawers in the morning and take pictures of the finished chest of drawers. Here is a before picture to show you what I have been working on.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Another Before and After Painting Project

I bought this oak buffet several months ago with intentions to paint it. I'm always undecided when it comes to painting furniture. I never know what color to paint my project. Not only was I undecided about what color but I also could not decide on what kind of paint to use! We sell CeCe Caldwell's Chalk and Clay paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints at our store. I love both of these products for many reasons:

1. They are all natural and earth friendly.
2. They adhere to almost any surface with little or no prep work.
3. Both dry very fast so when you start a project you can be completely finished in a couple of days.
4. They both have beautiful colors to choose from.

Those are just a few of the reasons that I am SOLD on these products! If you have been hesitant to paint a project because you aren't sure how to get started, I am going to tell you how easy this buffet was to paint. We also teach you how to paint with our paints at our store. We offer classes every month with great instructions. And the best part is, you can call us anytime with any questions and we love "talking" paint! We truly believe these are the best paint products available for anyone wanting to "do it yourself".

The first step that I like to do when I am going to paint a piece of furniture is to clean it well with Simple Green. With the Milk Paint I took one cup of the powder and mixed it with one cup of warm water. I used a plastic bowl with a stainless whisk. I stirred it for a good 5 minutes or so and then waited about 10 minutes for the powder to dissolve and mix. Then I stirred it well again and put the lid on the container and shook it for a few minutes. Once you have the powder mixed you are ready to paint. You may see a few clumps in your mixture but that's okay. Apply two coats of the milk paint and let it dry. When it's dry I take a sanding sponge and sand lightly. Finish it with Furniture Wax, Hemp Oil, or Antiquing Wax. How simple is that? Believe me, you will become addicted to wanting to paint everything! Happy painting and have a blessed day. By the way, we will be in Canton First Monday Trade Days beginning this month (Jan. 1- Jan.4)
 in the 4000 Pavilion in booth 4268. You will find us there with both brands of paints! We would love to show our products and how they work. Mention that you heard about us from my blog. God Bless you and have a wonderful New Year!