creating a chippy finish

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials30 Comments

One of the reasons I love milk paint is because it can chip and flake in a way that makes a freshly painted finish look authentically old.  This chipping can be a bit random, though. I’ve tested out a lot of different products and techniques to consistently force chipping to happen and, while I’ve achieved some great finishes, the consistent, authentic-looking … Read More

tufting a sofa | fabric covered buttons

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery22 Comments

I totally understand that tufting is intimidating.  It’s tedious and it can look really bad if it’s not done well.  And, if you’re tufting from scratch, it involves math. Geometry at that. So, if you’ve shied away from tufting, that’s okay.  You are in the company of many, many other good people who would just rather buy a piece of furniture than … Read More

textile sale & how to make a slipcover | part 5

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials16 Comments

As I’ve shared, I’ve been in a major cleaning and purging mood.  It’s been happening at home and at the studio.  The more I get rid of, the better it feels and I want to get rid of more, so I’m running with it.  Before we took a break for Christmas, Kriste and I cleaned out the fabric stash at … Read More

milk painted ornaments

Marian Parsonscrafts, Holiday, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Tutorials28 Comments

I spent most of my day wrapping presents and working on some cleaning to get ready to host Christmas.  I’m sure many of you were doing the same. I have also been insanely motivated to purge and organize.  I’m not sure what has kicked into me, but I have been in a mood.  A get-rid-of-80%-of-everything-and-organize-the-rest kind of mood.  Usually this mood … Read More

slipcover series | part 3

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials13 Comments

Welcome to part three in this updated version of my slipcover series. In part one, I covered how to make custom piping and in part two, I show how I cut my fabric pieces to get ready for pinning and sewing. And now we’re going to start pinning and sewing.  This is where people start getting nervous, but we’re going to … Read More