My Eulalie’s obsession!

You know how sometimes, some things just hit you all of a sudden?  I just had one of those moments.  I was sitting in the living room enjoying my coffee looking around the house (is it weird that I do that or do you guys do that too?)  I know I do it because almost everything we have in our home is re-loved.  There are very few things that I bought brand new, except appliances.   There are so many stories to tell about finding dressers and furniture online and picking up decorative items at yard sales.  I could bore you for hours with the details, but I’ll spare you the agony! :) You might have to come and sit for a meal anyway to see what I’m talking about.

Anyway I literally looked around the house, I got up out of my chair and noticed that I have Eulalie’s in almost every room upstairs, and twice in the bathroom (which is tiny by today’s bathroom standards).

Here are few pictures so you can see what I am talking about.

Do you think I need to add more color? What do you do in your home? Do you have a favorite “go to” color? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions…

Buffet and hutch in the dining room, subtle Eulalie's on top.

Buffet and hutch in the dining room, subtle Eulalie’s on top.

This one is in the bathroom.  I really love this little cabinet

This one is in the bathroom. I really love this little cabinet

Bathroom vanity, love those handles!

Bathroom vanity, love those handles!

Dresser in the kitchen

Dresser in the kitchen

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Hydrangeas from the backyard.

Hydrangeas from the backyard.

Here is the dresser that had yellow handles.  I was supposed to sell this but it didn't work out.  I took the handles off and used sisal to make my own little handle until I find something permanent for them.

Here is the dresser that had yellow handles. I was supposed to sell this but it didn’t work out. I took the handles off and used sisal to make my own little handle until I find something permanent for them.

Inside the corner hutch are hints of Eulalie's.

Inside the corner hutch are hints of Eulalie’s.

close up of my first Eulalie's dresser

This stool is NOT Eulalie's.  I bought this at a yard sale long before I ever knew about milk paint.  I've always loved that color.

This stool is NOT Eulalie’s. I bought this at a yard sale long before I ever knew about milk paint. I’ve always loved that color.

DIY Sign tutorial with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Sometimes people ask me how I make these signs and I usually ramble on describing step by step how I do it.  Well, instead of listening to me go on and on…here is the visual.  It’s exactly how you see it in the photos. I actually trace right off of my computer screen (I use graph paper to make sure it’s all lined up) and away I go.  I also use old school tracing paper, or I color the back of the traced letter with chalk.

For both of these signs, I used barn board that I had and some left over Milk Paint that I had mixed a week earlier.  I rarely throw out my pre-mixed milk paint, I just stir it up again and it’s like new! I’m crazy like that.

 

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Dresser Makeover with Milk Paint

Well hello there! I’m back with another dresser makeover (did this one a couple of weeks ago) and another one in progress. In fact I am thinking about selling my “original” blue dresser…This new one that I’m working on is my new favorite and I only have so much room in this little blue house, so it may be up for sale at some point.

This beauty might be up for sale soon....

This beauty might be up for sale soon….

It’s been a crazy busy summer filled with tons of painting and time well spent with family and friends.  This time next week, I’ll be back in my classroom planning for another school year.  It always amazes me how fast the summer goes by but I really cannot complain.  I love summer, but I also love routine so I welcome going back to school every year for that reason.  I also love Fall (isn’t it the best season?) so I’m actually looking forward to that crisp morning air and the leaves changing and lighting the wood stove.

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine (thanks Jan!) alerted me to this mid century dresser that was for sale online. At first glance, it was not a pretty sight at all.  I knew that I could change it up and make it a little prettier than it’s current state.  It was in good shape and the drawers worked well, so it wasn’t hard to transform.  I chose Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint (big shocker) in Ironstone for the body and Eulalie’s for the drawers.  It worked out beautifully as I had just enough paint in both colors to finish up this dresser.

The only problem I had was the handle issue.  If you look closely at the before pics you can see that the handles were offset and so u-g-l-y!  So I decided to fill in the hole on the bottom part of each dresser and to drill another.  I wasn’t sure that I would find pulls that would fit into my newly drilled hole so I improvised and used some sisal rope that I had on hand.  I love the way it turned out and so did the new owner!  Thanks Wanda!  This is the third dresser she purchases from me!! You rock!

 

Before...check out those handles! Yikes!

Before…check out those handles! Yikes!

Sisal handles

Sisal handles

All prettied up and ready to go to a new home.

All prettied up and ready to go to a new home.

 

 

Dining room make-over

At the beginning of the summer a friend of mine asked me to paint her dining room table and chairs. I really hesitated at first because I had never painted anything like that for anyone EVER! I was afraid that it wouldn’t turn out, I was afraid that I would screw it up…I. Was. Afraid.

I decided to go ahead and do it anyway and here are some before and after pictures of the process. I had a little glitch along the way with the paint but that was very quickly resolved (thanks to Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile). I was desperate that I even posted a picture of my issue on Miss Mustard Seed’s FB page, and she also kindly responded.

In the end, the table, chairs and sideboard all turned out beautifully and Mark and Stacey are very happy with the way everything turned out.

Check out the before/after of that sideboard. Stacey said it was a beast to beauty transformation and I totally agree! That thing was insanely UGLY! Or maybe I should say it was insanely outdated!

I think the transformation of the entire dining room is gorgeous! What a great place to gather with family and friends to enjoy a great meal and even better company!

Oh and the table/chairs were painted in MMSMP Typewriter and the sideboard is MMSMP Eulalie’s.

The table before

The table before

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The process...

The process…

This is the paint issue I was having.  The second coat was not black...a little bonding agent was the fix!

This is the paint issue I was having. The second coat was not black…a little bonding agent was the fix!

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Here it is all finished.  I love the way that it looks!

Here it is all finished. I love the way that it looks!

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Isn't this the prettiest leg?  I love that the table is on casters, such character!

Isn’t this the prettiest leg? I love that the table is on casters, such character!

drawer after

drawer before

Even better looking with these legs on!

Even better looking with these legs on!

Oh this sideboard was awful!  But the transformation is so pretty!

Oh this sideboard was awful! But the transformation is so pretty!

A view of the dining room.  Love that wall colour!

A view of the dining room. Love that wall colour!

Dresser Makeover

I can’t wait to show you the dining room table and chairs that I painted.  I’m just waiting for the sideboard to be completed for the big reveal.

Meanwhile…A little dresser makeover

Dresser that I picked up from Kijiji before

Dresser that I picked up from Kijiji before

Dresser after, painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Luckett's Green.  Love this color.

Dresser after, painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Luckett’s Green. Love this color.

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More Milk Paint Projects

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Little Blue House. I’ve rekindled my painting obsession and I’ve painted some little beauties!

Here are a few of the dressers/cabinets that I’ve done lately. All except the last two(yellow dressers) are painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

I have a couple more projects on the go at the moment and can’t wait to fill you in on those too. One is a dining room table that I’m painting for a friend. I’m really excited about this one…pictures to come soon!

Little pine cabinet...I knew this thing had potential.

Little pine cabinet…I knew this thing had potential.

 Meet Lise,she's painted  with Eulalie's Sky.  As always, it was hard to let this one go.

Meet Lise,she’s painted with Eulalie’s Sky. As always, it was hard to let this one go.

Here is Shelly before.  Beautiful as is, but the owner was looking for something a little on the green side.

Here is Shelly before. Beautiful as is, but the owner was looking for something a little on the green side.

Shelly after, the perfect shade of green! Painted in Luckett's green.

Shelly after, the perfect shade of green! Painted in Luckett’s green.

This is not the dresser I painted, but since I didn't take a before picture, it's the closest I could find.

This is not the dresser I painted, but since I didn’t take a before picture, it’s the closest I could find.

Wanda after painted in Eulalie's Sky. I love this one so much.

Wanda after painted in Eulalie’s Sky. I love this one so much.

Here are the twins.  They are painted in a homemade chalk style paint.  I googled homemade chalk paint recipe and that was it.  No sanding, no priming...just painting!

Here are the twins. They are painted in a homemade chalk style paint. I googled homemade chalk paint recipe and that was it. No sanding, no priming…just painting!

Easy buffet make-over using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Okay…I have a confession to make…I am addicted to Kijiji (Canadian version of Craigslist), or at least I was.  I have searched frantically for a buffet/hutch that would fit into my dining room forevahhhh!  Last week, the Kijiji Gods spoke to me in a huge way!  I found my “perfect for me” buffet/hutch AND a sideboard AND a dining room table (more on that little beauty in an upcoming post).

I was excited to pick up all that furniture, I was also excited to pick up some Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint at Front Porch Mercantile.  I have been communicating with Wendy (the lovely owner) for a while now and we finally got to meet last Saturday.  She was just as sweet in person as I knew she would be.

This was my second Milk Paint project and I am learning how it literally has a life of its own.  I am compiling a list of do’s and don’t in my head as I learn to use this very unique paint.

I know for sure that I will ALWAYS use my blender to mix it. It is the only way that I can get it completely clump free.  I also know that I should let lit sit for about 10 minutes before I start painting, I can’t explain why but I just know it.

I got impatient and mixed the Luckett’s green by hand and it happened…clumps of unmixed paint when I reached the bottom of the paint cup and I was left with some yellowish colored paint on top of my beautiful green shade.  Luckily it was inside of the hutch and not noticeable.  Lesson learned.

It’s a little difficult to see in the photos, but there is some lovely chipping going on the top part of the hutch.  I totally understand that some are not into the chippy look, but I am NOT one of those people.  I LOVE it.  This is the exact look I was going for on the buffet.  My only regret is that I wish I would have painted it in only Ironstone instead of a blend of Linen and Ironstone (3 parts to 1).

I am looking forward to getting to work on the sideboard and table also.  I will be ordering more Milk Paint before that happens though.  I also found a dresser that I cannot wait to get my hands on…more on that in another post.

Here are some before and after shots.

P.S.  I really do love when you guys leave a comment.  Warms my heart every single time. Just thought I’d let you know :)

The hutch before.

The hutch before.

Blend of Linen and Ironstone (3 parts to 1).

Blend of Linen and Ironstone (3 parts to 1).

The inside before I added all my dishes.

The inside before I added all my dishes.

Inside...I love that Luckett's!  And I'm so happy to finally see my Peach Lustre dishes when I walk by the dining room.

Inside…I love that Luckett’s! And I’m so happy to finally see my Peach Lustre dishes when I walk by the dining room.

Chippy goodness!  Isn't it lovely?

Chippy goodness! Isn’t it lovely?

My Grandmother gave me the sugar bowl and creamer for my Fire King set years ago.  It reminds me of her everytime I see it.

My Grandmother gave me the sugar bowl and creamer for my Fire King set years ago. It reminds me of her everytime I see it.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Hemp Oil

I have been wanting to try Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for a very long time. When I found out a friend was heading to Moncton, I knew it was my chance to get my hands on some. Problem was…the store where it is available was closed on that day, such a major bummer! But… through Facebook, the stores’ owner (Wendy from Front Porch Mercantile) got wind that my friend Jan wanted to pick up some paint and so kindly offered to open her shop just for her! Isn’t that awesome? I sure thought so, thanks again Wendy!

So I purchased the starter kit with Eulalie’s Sky as my paint color (Wendy threw in a sample size of Linen so that I could mix up the colors) and basically got to work painting the very next day. The photos below are the end result. I have been painting furniture for a long time and I have to say that milk paint is one of the easiest paints that I’ve ever worked with. It doesn’t have a gross smell, it goes on the surface with ease and for some reason, it just makes me happy. It does require a lot of mixing though, I ended up putting it in the blender to get a good smooth consistency.

The other bonus with Milk Paint is that you don’t have to sand the wood before you paint. The only thing I did to prep the dresser was to wipe it down with a wet cloth and I allowed time for it to dry before I started painting.  I also added bonding agent that came with my kit as this dresser had a few layers of stain and some kind of varnish on the finish.

My Milk Paint starter kit from Front Porch Mercantile.

My Milk Paint starter kit from Front Porch Mercantile.

Isn't that just the prettiest color?

Isn’t that just the prettiest color?

A beautiful dresser given to me by a friend...oh the possibilities!
A beautiful dresser given to me by a friend…oh the possibilities!

 

First coat all done!

First coat all done!

Here is a drawer with equal parts Eulalie's Sky and Linen with the bonding agent.

Here is a drawer with equal parts Eulalie’s Sky and Linen with the bonding agent.

The dresser after 3 coats of milk paint.

The dresser after 3 coats of milk paint.

Here is the final product. Distressed and one coat of hemp oil.  I just love it!

Here is the final product. Distressed and one coat of hemp oil. I just love it!

Now…on to the Hemp Oil. This stuff is amazing! For real! I bought this 1950’s dresser on Kijiji last Spring and sanded it down, added a light stain and buffed it up with furniture wax. It started to look dull weeks after I applied the furniture wax so I applied another coat and hoped for the best. Well, within weeks again, it was getting drab looking and I figured that I would just leave it as is.

I had read some things online about the MMS Hemp Oil and how it literally brings your wood back to life. So, I decided to try it for myself. You can see how it brightened the wood and made it look so much better! I used about 3 teaspoons on the entire top surface of the dresser, a little goes a long way.

My mid century dresser needed a little pick me up.  I've heard amazing things about this hemp oil and as you can see...it really is awesome. Look at the difference it made!

My mid century dresser needed a little pick me up. I’ve heard amazing things about this hemp oil and as you can see…it really is awesome. Look at the difference it made!

Another shot to show the difference.
closer up, nice eh?

closer up, nice eh?

Another shot to show the difference.

Another shot to show the difference.

Linking up to…Sand and Sisal Thanks!

Blogiversary and two make-overs!

Thursday March 6th will mark my one year Blogiversary! I cannot believe that it’s been a year since I started this tiny little blog. Since that day there have been 14 408 visits to my site, Wowzers! I have no idea what the stats are for other blogs but to think that there were over 14 000 hits on my blog is mind-blowing to me. I am grateful for every one of them, for every single click of the mouse that led them to the littlebluehousebythebay. If you are one them, thank you for coming by and checking out what I’ve been up to. I am hoping that this year brings more blogging opportunities, give-aways and crafting/painting. I am also hoping that if you are reading this, that you will visit again and again. I feel truly blessed in every facet of my life. I really do.

Now on to what I’ve done around the house…
I’ve been obsessed with this site lately. The whole line of paint has peaked my interest and I cannot wait until I can get my hands on some. OH and the colors are to die for, but I keep gravitating back to the white shades. I hope that when I can get to Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton that my wild side takes over and I actually buy a real color, not white.

Speaking of white paint, I have painted two things in the kitchen that had a dark wood stain on them to a nice bright white. I love the look of wood but for some reason I felt the need to make the candle holders a little brighter. So I took out the good ol’ Dollar Store craft paint and went to town. Here are some pictures…

These pictures have been my favorites for a long time, but their dark frames and greenish matting was making them less and less loveable.  Nothing a little white paint can't fix!  I painted the frames and the matting with some white craft paint and ta-da!  Much more my style!

These pictures have been my favorites for a long time, but their dark frames and greenish matting was making them less and less loveable. Nothing a little white paint can’t fix! I painted the frames and the matting with some white craft paint and ta-da! Much more my style!

Wicker Emporium candle holders before.

Wicker Emporium candle holders before.

After two coats of white craft paint and some light distressing topped off with a light coat of furniture wax.

After two coats of white craft paint and some light distressing topped off with a light coat of furniture wax.

Another angle...some of my beach glass finds in vintage Mason jars (yard sale finds).

Another angle…some of my beach glass finds in vintage Mason jars (yard sale finds).

I love how they look, they pop much more now!

I love how they look, they pop much more now!

Word of the year

I cannot believe that the holidays are over and I am back to work on Monday morning. I know we all say how fast they fly by (they do by the way) but this year was especially busy. It just seems that there was always something to do, to cook or to clean. Man I did a lot of cooking, which means a lot of cleaning…blah!
I feel ready to go back to work and I feel a new-found sense of hope for the new year. Teaching can be very demanding and this Fall seems to have wiped me out more than any other of my 12 years. But with that having been said, I am staying positive that it will be a great 2014 and I look forward to the challenges(not too many please) that lie ahead!

I am choosing Joy this year. I am really going to make a conscious effort to think happy thoughts when times get tough and I am faced with certain issues. I am choosing Joy!(repeat several times in my head on a daily basis). I hope that you also choose Joy or whatever else makes you happy this year.

Cheers to a New Year and a new perspective!

Here is how I made my “I choose Joy” sign. It’s painted on a drawer front(sliding) from an old cabinet that was in the house when we bought it.

The paint I used...all from the Dollar Store

The paint I used…all from the Dollar Store

I did one coat of black then covered in charcoal

I did one coat of black then covered in charcoal

I traced a little banner on so it wouldn't look so bare

I traced a little banner on so it wouldn’t look so bare

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I traced the words right off of the computer screen then used tracing paper to transfer to the wood

I traced the words right off of the computer screen then used tracing paper to transfer to the wood

Ta-da! Faux chalkboard sign!  Now that I think about it, I had everything on hand so this project cost me zero dollars! Yay!!

Ta-da! Faux chalkboard sign! Now that I think about it, I had everything on hand so this project cost me zero dollars! Yay!!

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