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trading horses again

Remember my rocking horse?  The one I bought from Restoration Hardware and then painted with MMS Milk Paint to make it look chippy and old?   Well, in typical Marian fashion, I sold it. I wasn't planning to, but a client asked if I could custom paint the same horse for her.  I agreed to the job and we tried to schedule a time for her to drop her horse off at the studio.  As we tried to  (read more …)

farmhouse white table

It was one of those days when I went to the studio, put my music on, and painted.  I love days like that.  I worked on a couple of pieces for the next MMS Milk Paint look book, but I was also playing around with a new milk paint color we'll be adding to the line, soon (early 2016)...Farmhouse White.  It'll get a proper "say hello to..." post closer to the release day, but I just couldn't wait that  (read more …)

Megan’s office makeover | Craig’s List Wardrobe Reveal

After lots and lots of painting, the Craig's List wardrobe we found for Megan's office makeover is finished! And, here she is.  The beast herself... Megan came to the studio yesterday to help us with the final coat of green on the outside (a custom mix of MMS Milk Paint in Boxwood, Lucketts Green and Mustard Seed Yellow) and the interior in Linen. Kriste and Megan also worked on cutting and  (read more …)

Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Paint Finish

I'm often asked by readers and customers how to recreate a specific look they like on an inspiration piece.  So, when Jeff and I built a trunk-style coffee table for, one inspired by a Pottery Barn trunk, I decided to try to replicate the finish as well. I came up with a look that's pretty darn close, so I thought I would share how I achieved it... Here's the inspiration coffee table  (read more …)

step-by-step dresser makeover

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback on my very first MMS Milk Paint "commercial".  It was so fun to put together and I was proud of it, but your comments were a confirmation, so thanks! The bar has been set for the second one! Today, I thought I would share more about the dresser makeover and how we made the commercial.   I was always planning to paint the dresser in Mustard  (read more …)

the yellow dress & the dresser

I took a big step today. I've been talking about making a "commercial" for the MMS Milk Paint line for a long time.  Over a year at least.  When I talked about it in my brainstorming sessions, it seemed easy.  When it actually came time to make one, it seemed hard.  And I kept pushing it down the priority list, waiting for the "perfect time." I've always let my business grow organically and I've  (read more …)

Lucketts Eve 2015

Today is about resting up for the three day marathon that is the Lucketts Spring Market.  I lingered in bed, took a long soak in a hot bath with lavender epsom salts and had a nice breakfast.  I'm getting my post done early, so I can get a full night's sleep before the big day tomorrow.  We do have to pack up the van with the final things to take down to the market, but that's pretty much all that  (read more …)

pedestal table & balloon back chairs

The Lucketts Spring Market is just days away and I still have things to show you!  I'm going to share more details about the sale, answer your questions and share pictures of everything all set up over the next few days.  Until then, here are a few more things that are coming to the sale... When I purchased this table a few weeks ago, it looked so sad.  With missing veneer, water damage, a wobbly  (read more …)