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Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Holiday, Master Bedroom, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

You know when you’re out shopping and you find a little gem?  Something that screams out at you to buy it.  It speaks to you.

Well, I was rummaging around in the somewhat ransacked Christmas section of TJ Maxx and I spotted this sweet wooden horse, just one, with a red bridle and saddle and the sweetest shape.  I think it was $25.  I grabbed it up without hesitation and immediately imagined it painted with milk paint.

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And then, as I was perusing Instagram, I realized that just about everyone else in the blog/Instagram world felt the same way about this horse and they bought it, too.  It would seem it’s the poster child for Christmas 2015.

And my little gem was feeling more like the mass-produced, trendy horse it actually was.  Because it was everywhere!!

I clung to the hope that my plan to paint it would make it my own.

I painted it in Farmhouse White (will be available in 2016) with a Shutter Gray bridle, saddle, wheels and tail.  I finished it off with Antiquing Wax to add some patina and knock off the newness of the paint.  I did get some nice chipping, too, so that pretty wood showed through.

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And the mass-produced, trendy horse that was everywhere, felt more my speed and like a little gem again…  Like an antique piece, loved my generations, that found its way into my possession.  

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I even made a wreath for his neck out of some fresh greens to dress him up a bit for Christmas.

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In other news, my dad and I built the face frames and two base cabinets for their master bedroom built-ins today.  I drew the plans and took the lead on putting them together, so I am very proud at what we accomplished!  We both learned a lot and I’ll share more about that in another post.

AND, I am on a mission to purge and thin out my stashes (yes, there are multiple stashes), so I’ll be listing lots of goodies in the online shop.  This stack of antique linens are in line to get measured, photographed and listed…

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