DIY Chalkboard Wall

This is how I painted the side of the pantry (actually not a wall at all) with MMSMP in Shutter Gray. Did you know that you can use all MMSMP colors as chalk board paint? I love the way it looks in the kitchen and I love that it covers up the mess I made with my previous attempt.

Before picture, what a mess right? I had painted the side of the cupboard with cheap Dollar Store Chalk paint and it peeled off within hours of painting. It has looked like this for almost a year now. I know, I know, but I got so used to it that I didn’t even notice it anymore.

This is my inspiration picture. What a beautiful home, blog and Christmas tour! You can check it out here

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The bottom corner has the start of the first coat of paint on it. In all, I used 3 coats and it covered perfectly! I used the new sample size of MMSMP (that I got from Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile) to paint this and it was the perfect amount of paint to cover the side of the pantry. I wasn’t sure that the chalk would show up with such a light color background but it does. It’s just a little more subtle and is a better fit with all the other light colors in the kitchen.

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I “googled” Christmas chalkboard art and this cute tree came up. It was easy to free hand and then just shade in afterwards. I’m not gonna lie…I spent more than a normal amount of time trying to make it look perfect. Then I just walked away and realized that it didn’t have to be perfect. It’s going to get erased after all, so whatever!

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Fusion Mineral Paint…What is all the buzz about?

I just checked and my last nine posts have been about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Every single one of those nine posts was NOT sponsored, I paid for the paint myself and was happy to do so.  I love that paint. I love every single thing about it. It’s unpredictable, it can be clumpy, it can have a life of it’s own and it’s the paint that I will always use as my “go to” for furniture.

Now…having said that, this is a post about a different paint.  One I hadn’t tried yet (but was excited to) and had been buzzing all around the Blog world and I knew that I would HAVE to try.  So, when Wendy from Front Porch Mercantile asked me to write a little blog post about Fusion Mineral Paint (who just happens to be manufactured by Homestead House, the makers of MMSMP), how could I resist?  I was so curious to see what all the buzz was about.  I had checked out the colors on their website and was looking forward to giving it a go.

And…psst…I was a little excited that this was my official “sponsored” post.  So Wendy kindly provided the paint and has asked me to write my honest opinion about the product.  So, here goes.
I chose these two little night stands that I’ve had kicking around the house for a while now.  I went through a phase where I painted everything white.  It just seemed like the thing to do at the time, I know…YAWN!

First of all, it is nothing like Milk Paint. Nothing. It is straight out of the bottle, apply, dry and you are done! Ya, that’s right, DONE! I didn’t even sand these little night stands. I almost felt like I was cheating as I just painted and put them somewhere to dry. Oh…I did put the knobs back on, so I guess there was one extra step!
It is by far the EASIEST paint I have ever used. Although I now use Milk Paint, I used to use many many different paints to re-finish furniture.

Okay, so what do I mean by easy to use? You shake the bottle to mix, open bottle, pour some paint into a plastic container (for some reason I end up using empty washed out Feta containers), insert paint brush and do your thing. Yes that is it.
Now…the coverage. It goes on like butta people. It glides along the surface so smoothly and levels out so you don’t end up with a streaky look where you can see all the bristles from the brush.

This is the paint for people who love to paint, for people who are not sure about painting and even for those who dislike painting. I’m not saying that you’re going to be transformed into a “painter” but I can almost guarantee that you will be happy with the end product. It kind of does a little of the work for you, that’s how smooth it goes on and how easy it is to use.

I would love to hear about if you plan to use it, or if you have any questions about it, leave me comment.  Maybe you’ve already tried it and you want to share your before and after pictures?  I’d love to see them!

Here are some pictures of the nightstands that I took a couple of weeks ago.


This is where the nightstands are for now.  I like the way they blend with my Eulalie's dresser.

Industrial Painted Stools from Wicker Emporium

It seems that everywhere you look lately you see industrial décor. You may not think this décor will fit in with your existing style and taste but I’d like to show you it can! I also thought it wouldn’t fit in with what is already in my home; I thought it would look out of place. Boy was I wrong! It’s okay to mix up your style a little, to stray from the norm, and to break all the conventional rules.

Enter these gorgeous metal Industrial Stools from Wicker Emporium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve seen similar stools floating around the Blogosphere and thought they would blend well with any style. Their versatility, simplicity and sophistication fits any room by adding character that is subtle enough to either blend with what you have or stand on its own.

I also knew that if I could get my paint brush on these beauties I could show you how you can incorporate almost any kind of furniture into your own home. I was a little apprehensive to paint them because I really loved the patina and aged look, but once I had my paint brush in hand it was like it was meant to be. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint again as I knew it would bond to the metal with ease and would distress perfectly.

The stools were exactly chair height so they fit perfectly under the dining room table. They add just a pop of color and fun to the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fun didn’t stop there though; see how perfect it looks as a little end table. These stools are an example of versatility at its best!

It’s your home, you can decide what to do with it, and you are the rule maker or breaker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read this post over at the Wicker Emporium blog also!

http://wickeremporium.ca/blog/2014/10/customize-industrial-stools-wicker-emporium/

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!

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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.