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

hand painted bread sign

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House, Painted Signs52 Comments

Let me start off by saying this was supposed to be a tutorial, but it won’t be.  The reason is that I mindlessly deleted all of the process photos!!  Ah!  I try to keep my camera card “uncluttered”, so I delete all files once they are uploaded.  Well, I got a little overenthusiastic in my decluttering and deleted these files … 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

two-toned milk paint dresser | part two

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials15 Comments

As I shared yesterday, I prepped this piece and painted it in MMS Milk Paint Lucketts Green… I wanted a two-toned look with some subtle variations, so I decided to layer Layla’s Mint, a softer green, on top with a rub of our Wax Puck in between. The Wax Puck is perfect when you want some differentiation between two different … Read More

two-toned milk paint dresser | part one

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials27 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of a nice day and sanded down the pieces I found at a local consignment shop. You can find a tutorial on prepping a piece to paint HERE. Once sanded and prepped, I brought this oak dresser with a mirror into the studio to paint it… This piece was in nice condition, … Read More