Hand Painted Stencils

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Mustard Seed Studio, Running a Business31 Comments

“Where did you get that stencil?” I’ve been asked that question so many times when I share one of my hand painted pieces.  And that has led to people asking if I ever planned to come out with a line of stencils. I have always loved the idea of it, but as someone who works in a freeform way, I had … Read More

Painting the Dining Chairs

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Dining Room, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House57 Comments

I have been looking for a sturdy pair of oval back chairs to use in my dining room for years.  They were always too expensive or too rickety for practical, regular use.  So, I was ready to buy some from Restoration Hardware, but the day I was planning to press the “purchase” button, I found a set of four chairs … Read More

the joy of painting to sell

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture0 Comments

I’m often asked if it’s hard to sell pieces I’ve painted.  Sometimes it is, yes, but there is a real freedom in it, too.  I don’t have to force a piece to work with my existing decor.  I can paint it in whatever color, finish, design, pattern, style I want. Every piece is then a blank slate…     …and … Read More