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say “hello” to Outback Petticoat

Last year, we retired two colors from the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line, Apron Strings and Dried Lavender.  I'd like to keep our line at 25 colors, so we are replacing them with two new colors.  And one of those colors is launching today - Outback Petticoat. It's orange, in case that wasn't apparent. Let me tell you, orange was really tough for me!  First of all, I needed to convince  (read more …)

baker’s table & hutch top

And so it begins...the shopping marathon for the Lucketts Spring Market was officially kicked off with a late-night scouring of craigslist that yielded four pieces already with a few more that we're scheduled to pick up.  It feels good to have furniture coming into the studio again and to see a queue start to form. Two of the pieces that were just rolled in on a dolly are these primitive  (read more …)

double-welting tutorial

Well, it only took six months, but I finally finished the "deconstructed chair"!  If you think I always plow through my to-do list and nothing languishes, well, the fact this took me six months should make you feel better.  There are times when I drag my feet, lack motivation, or I'm simply not in the mood.  And upholstery is something I really need to be in the mood for. So, for those who  (read more …)

a grain bin turned coffee table

When I shared the industrial-style coffee table a few months ago, some of you called it.  It just didn't work with my style.  While I like the table a lot and it was very functional, it was too large for the space and the longer I lived with it, the more it felt off with everything else in the room.  Great piece, wrong space. Since I realized that, I've been looking around at antique stores and  (read more …)

my new creative workspace

Yesterday, I was a determined woman.  Despite the gloomy weather, I was in the mood to organize, purge, and get my creative space put together. We have organized and cleaned out the studio here and there, but we haven't picked through each bin and each drawer, keeping only the things that are really used.  It was time.  It was long past time. Kriste and I worked together, emptying out the  (read more …)

there is a time & place for spray paint

I am just going to admit it.  I am a bit of a paint snob.  That is probably not a huge surprise to anyone, since I am an unabashed paint enthusiast and, therefore, I am a bit picky about my paints. That being said, even though milk paint has my heart, I do use other paints on occasion, like latex for walls and trim, acrylic for some hand painting, and I even have a few cans of spray paint on my  (read more …)

The art cabinet makeover

The art cabinet is finished! In case you forgot (or missed it), here is how it looked when I bought it... It was charming as is, but it was a bit orange for me and I had a "vision" for it.  You can see more details on the before HERE and the pieces that inspired me HERE. Finding really cool hardware was a key part of executing my vision.  I sourced these cast iron pulls from England on  (read more …)

Angie’s Landscape Dresser

Let me start by saying that I rarely accept custom work, but this one just felt right.  Angie, the client, said I could just do what I do and her only request was that I "add critters".  She also wasn't in a rush, so I was able to work on it when I had time and as inspiration struck. Kriste lightly sanded the piece and painted it in two coats of MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White to give a blank  (read more …)