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how I hand painted the Mora dresser

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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

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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

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 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 …)

distressing painted furniture | tips & techniques

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I've shared a lot of tips about distressing furniture through the years, but I decided I would tackle the subject again.  I took pictures of the process as I worked on the Marzipan dresser I revealed yesterday for that very reason. So, here's how the dresser looked once it was painted.  It has two coats of MMSMP Marzipan with some Ironstone (white) painted on the trim, handles and carved  (read more …)

say hello to “marzipan”

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It's time for me to introduce another one of the European Colours in the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line.  (The "colours" spelling was for you, Kate.)  Please give a warm welcome and hello to Marzipan... This is a very soft, warm neutral with a whisper of a beige in it.  When I first worked on this color, I wasn't sure how much I would use it.  Well, now I'm totally in love with it.  For  (read more …)

say “hello” to Layla’s Mint

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It's time to say "hello" to another one of our new colors in the MMS Milk Paint European color line!  You've already met Bergere and Arabesque and now here's Layla's Mint... Yes.  It's named after the Layla.  Lettered Cottage Layla.  It all started back in the summer when Layla sent me an e-mail, wanting a perfect minty green for a secretary in her house.  I tried a few different ratios and  (read more …)

favorite furniture of 2014

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Hello 2015!  I'm excited about this coming year and all of the possibilities it holds.  I am going to take a few posts to soak in 2014 before diving in, though. Furniture makeovers are my favorite, so I thought I would share my favorite pieces that I painted and upholstered over the past year... I was totally in love with this cabinet painted in Eulalie's Sky... It was a dark green when I  (read more …)