mixing a custom color & fixing too much chipping

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials18 Comments

The first thing I have to say about painting these two antique washstands is that I didn’t follow my own advice. But, before we get into that, let me show you how the pieces looked before… I painted these pieces in MMS Milk Paint in Linen a few years ago for our master bedroom in PA.  They were the perfect … Read More

the bookcase & the hardware cabinet

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Before and Afters, Decorating, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers, Home Studio, My House, Room Makeovers50 Comments

Today, I wanted to show you how the marriage between the hardware cabinet and craigslist bookshelf look in the studio now that the piece had been organized and styled. When I first sketched out the idea, I thought it might work and it was at least worth trying.  There was some doubt, though! When the bookshelf was set in place … Read More

The Mercantile in Knightdale

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Running a Business20 Comments

I spent Thanksgiving in Raleigh, NC, visiting Jeff’s family.  The days were mostly filled with relaxing and visiting, but I did take advantage of my close proximity to one of my MMS Milk Paint retailers (In Sweet Time at The Mercantile in Knightdale, NC) and I spent an evening teaching a milk paint demo and signing books. The evening itself was … Read More

two-toned milk paint dresser | part three

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials36 Comments

The two-toned milk paint dresser in Layla’s Mint is finished and she is a beauty.  Well, in my opinion, anyway! Before we get into the details of the finish, if you missed the first two installments of this dresser makeover, you can find them here… Part 1 – Prepping the piece & applying the first coat of paint Part 2 … Read More

little black dresser makeover | part 4 | reveal

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials79 Comments

When I last shared the little black dresser, it was distressed and quite honestly wasn’t wearing it very well!  Blacks and dark colors generally don’t look great in a flat finish and they at least need a little gloss to bring out the richness of the color.   This piece was painted in MMS Milk Paint’s Typewriter, so it definitely fits … Read More

prepping a piece of furniture to paint

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials50 Comments

I intended to get a post up last night and then this morning, but time escaped me.  The mix of work, family, and church stuff has kept me busy.  I still have a few more posts to write about my trip, including our quick stay in Florence, but today I’m going to share a dresser I have been working on… … Read More