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Living Room Paint Techniques

I received a ton of e-mails, comments, requests and pleas for a tutorial on how I achieved the paint treatment used on my trumeau mirror and reupholstered French chairs.  Well, I aim to please, so here it is!For the chairs, I started off with a thin coat of Light French Grey by Behr.  For the mirror, I started off with a base of Georgian Revival Blue by Sherwin  (read more …)

The Making of a Sign

I am finally coming good on my promise to reveal some of my sign-making secrets.  Before you get intimidated and think, "I can't paint.  I can't draw.  My lettering always ends up looking all funky and like a second grader made it."  Let me assure you that anyone can make these signs.  Start off by finding something to paint.  I prefer old doors and boards that I find  (read more …)

Painted Pail Tutorial

I loved how much my large painted pail turned out, so I went out today and bought several smaller ones to work on.  As promised, here's a step-by-step tutorial and some other ideas for painting and using these buckets.   Start with a galvanized metal pail.  I found these on triple clearance at TJ Maxx, but I'm sure you could find some at any craft store.Apply a sloppy  (read more …)

Oil & Vinegar – Not Just For Salads

A few weeks ago, I found a wonderful tip about using oil and vinegar to revive and clean old wood.  This is one of those tips that sound really cool, but I was pretty skeptical.  It may be the kind of thing that makes a piece look good long enough to snap a picture and then, when it dries, it looks like crap again.  Well, this solution is the real deal...and I used it on just about every piece of  (read more …)

Ask Miss Mustard Seed – Answers to Painting Questions

These are all paint related questions asked by my readers last week and my answers to them.  Feel free to ask more questions as they come up or for clarification, if needed.  When you paint furniture, do you wax it or poly as the final coat? Or something else? It depends on the piece.  I know that kind of answer stinks, but I use a lot of different techniques on different  (read more …)

Workshop Series – Furniture Stripping 101

Welcome to the workshop series brought to you by Mustard Seed Creations and Funky Junky Interiors! As a continuation of the furniture refinishing and painting series, I'm going to cover furniture stripping.  Donna is dishing some great photography tips, so make sure you visit her blogafter you read this post. When I did a post on stripping furniture several months ago, I shared my  (read more …)

Sheet Music Dresser Tutorial

I purchased this antique dresser at an auction for $6.00 last fall. It was a beautiful bird's eye maple, so it pained me to have to paint it, but the veneer was chipped and bubbled and beyond my ability to repair. So, I had to come up with a way to cover it. Some free antique sheet music from my grandparent's attic was the perfect solution.  This project was so fun!  Not only did  (read more …)

Workshop Series – Furniture Painting & Refinishing Part 1

Welcome to the workshop series brought to you by Mustard Seed Creations and Funky Junky Interiors!  A quick reminder: the voting for the  So You Think You Can Decorate competition is open through Friday, so make sure you vote for your two favorite "old" entries this week.  We are now going on a journey together to the wonderful world of painting  (read more …)