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lucketts green table base


 I bought a small farm table a few months ago to use as a center "island" in my booth at the Chapel Market and to, hopefully, sell.  Well, it was the one piece of furniture we took home with us from Alabama and it's been hanging out in the studio since then.   You can see it buried a bit in this picture... Kriste and I talked about it and decided that we should paint the base of the table to  (read more …)

primitive hutch makeover


Last week was a busy one and we got a ton of things accomplished.  I'm a bit whipped from it and I need to pace myself better, but it feels good to be really productive. Here's one of the pieces I picked up and painted this week... I spotted it on Craig's List and immediately texted my dad to see if he could get it for me. I have been looking for a great hutch or cabinet that could be a  (read more …)

design ramblings | the painted furniture trend


Several readers commented on the fact that I didn't paint the frame of the checked chair and the chair with the toile back.  I was planning to write about that earlier in the week, but I realized that much of what I was going to say (write), I had already said in this episode of Design Ramblings (that we filmed a couple of weeks ago.) The first time Kriste and I had a brain storming session about  (read more …)

Furniture Makeovers Galore…


If you like furniture makeovers, you're going to have an overflowing cup after perusing this post.  This weekend, the Mustard Seed Studio hosted our first BYOF (bring your own furniture) workshop.  This is less instruction than the milk paint 101 workshop and is more about finishing a piece and learning along the way.  We had seven ladies attend, plus Kriste and my mom. The furniture (and their  (read more …)

how I hand painted the Mora dresser


I shared this hand painted dresser last week and, as promised, I'm now sharing more detail on the hand painted design.  First of all, I'm always asked if my hand painted designs are stencils.  No, they are hand painted.  I know that will immediately lose some folks when I say that, because a lot of people don't feel comfortable with hand painting.  I get that.  The kind of hand painting I do is  (read more …)

say hello to “mora” | hand painted dresser

Mora B&A Collage

It's now time for me to introduce the final color in the MMSMP European Colour line.  I have to say that it's been so much fun developing these colors, painting pieces in them and then revealing them here.  It's been a true creative journey for me. The last color I'm introducing is perhaps one of my favorites.  Say hello to Mora... Mora is a pale blue/gray/green color that can look entirely  (read more …)

painted oak hutch


Over the past few days work days, I've been getting the studio ready for our first workshops (happening later this week.)  It's been good to have an imposed deadline to get things spruced up.  Otherwise, I just work on whatever I'm most interested in and leave other things hanging.  Kriste is always a huge help, but in this case, she was really good at keeping me on track.  I'll meander around the  (read more …)

say hello to “schloss” | sofa makeover


 This really could be two posts, but I decided to fit it all into one.  The truth is, after a week of hard work, I have a lot of things to share and I'm getting antsy to get them posted! First of all, here is another one of our new European colours in the MMS Milk Paint line...  It's a rich greige that many of our customers have been requesting and it seemed fitting for the new line of subtle  (read more …)