the whole house makeover & painted ironstone

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Ironstone, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

When I was out shopping a couple of weeks ago, I came across this sweet little birdhouse…


I almost passed it up, because the colors were a little drab, but I decided to give it a chance.  I decided to paint it in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack with Boxwood on the “grass”.  Kriste loves little projects like this, so I asked her to paint it while I was working on something else.


For some contrast on the roof, I picked Trophy and decided to add little stick windows on the dormers to match the stick details around the door and lower windows.  We just collected some from outside and hot-glued them on.


As a finishing touch, we beefed up the moss “bushes” with some reindeer moss hot-glued into place.

It’s now such a sweet storybook cottage birdhouse.



The little stick porch is my favorite part.

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See?  A whole house makeover.  Landscaping and all.


Now, don’t let the post title freak you out.  I am not painting ironstone!  Never!

But, I spotted this in an antique store and immediately recognized the milk-pitcher shape.  But someone had stenciled it!  Ah!


I totally appreciate the irony of me freaking out at someone painting something, by the way.

At first, I passed it up, totally turned off by the stencil.  But it was still an ironstone milk pitcher, under those purple and red flowers.  I gently scratched at the paint with my fingernail to see if it would come off and it did.

I kept debating in my mind if I should buy it and then finally I said aloud to my mom, “It’s only $4.00, for goodness sake!  If it doesn’t clean up, I’ll just pitch it.”

All it took was a razor blade and a good cleaning…


…and that stencil is just a distant memory.  Well, hello, pretty white ironstone pitcher…


Both of these pieces are coming to the Lucketts Spring Market.

the whole house makeover & painted ironstone

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