A huge announcement about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Running a Business84 Comments

I wrote a post almost 10 years ago entitled “Everything is for sale“.  At that time, I was becoming known for selling pretty much anything including furniture we were actively using in our house.  It was a common occurrence for Jeff to come home to a large hole that a piece of furniture occupied that very morning.  Maybe it’s the … Read More

simple footstool slipcover

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Master Bedroom, My House, Room Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers36 Comments

Between gardening projects and everything else I’ve been working on, I’ve also been getting some sewing projects knocked out.  A couple of weekends ago, I cut out the pieces and made piping for this footstool/ottoman I picked up at an antique store a few years ago.  I buy these any time I see them for a good price ($40 or … Read More

blue toile daybed makeover

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Guest Room, My House, Room Makeovers, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers48 Comments

I hope you had a good three-day weekend!  We ended up doing a lot of work in our yard when it wasn’t raining.  It was hard, muddy work, but we got so much accomplished!  We dug up a bunch of plants and bushes to replace with hydrangeas and hostas, we moved and raked out a big pile of gravel, we … Read More

parsons chair linen slipcover reveal

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Decorating, Furniture Makeovers, Kitchen, My House, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers40 Comments

I know that my house usually looks clean and tidy in the pictures I share here and on social media.  And, I will admit, that I am a bit of a neat freak.  I generally like to clean and I love having a spotless, organized, and clutter-free home.  But, life happens here.  I have middle school boys, a dog, two … Read More

parsons chair slipcover tutorial | part 2

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Kitchen, My House, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers7 Comments

If you missed part one of this slipcover tutorial, you can find it HERE.  In part one, I show how to make the “body” of the slipcover.  This chair slipcover tutorial works for almost any armless chair, but is specifically for a parsons chair with small wings.  You can also find the link to the linen I used for this … Read More

milk paint backdrops, blueberry ink, & creative community

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Art, Gardening, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint16 Comments

Last week was the first week that I felt like I was settling into a new routine.  The previous weeks were about figuring out this new normal…the stress of feeling like I’m bringing toxic waste into the house when I order groceries or check the mail, the struggle of learning how to do school from home, the worry of the … Read More

Furniture Dilemmas | Connie’s Queen Anne Highboy

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Dilemmas, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials48 Comments

Let’s talk about furniture, shall we?  That seems like a welcome diversion! Today, I’m going to share the step-by-step how-to for painting and finishing a piece like Connie’s Queen Anne highboy…. Here is how it looks in the context of her room…   Isn’t that a lovely space?  It reminds me a lot of my Opa’s house.  And I mean … Read More

Furniture Dilemmas | Marylisa’s French Chairs

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Tutorials, upholstery, upholstery makeovers20 Comments

When Marylisa sent me a picture of her chairs, I knew I had just the posts, tutorials, and examples to share with her!  If you’ve followed me for a few years, you probably know how much I enjoy buying and reupholstering French-style chairs.  Well, I don’t really enjoy upholstery, but I enjoy the results and this style of chair is … Read More