As simple as that

A dear friend saved this dresser for me .

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She (the dresser) was in great sturdy shape but had some scratches on top and splatters of paint all over front.

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This making her a great candidate for paint. I have been dying to do some decorative paint on this piece but the colors I couldn’t decide so she sat in my garage for 2 months … until this weekend I woke up and was motivated to move this piece into my studio in the basement. Still not knowing what color or when I would paint it.

So my dear hubby and sweet brother in law carried her into the basement this past weekend ( yep, in the rain). They look so happy , don’t they ?!

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Well it turns out later Sunday night inspiration was about to strike, you just never know when or how. I make it a rule to not paint or sew before inspiration hits.

Sunday night my sweet neighbors stopped by with a gift basket I had won. They own a sweet little store called Black Dogs Antiques. MY 9 year old and I had stopped their Holiday open house with me on Saturday , she signed me up for the drawing. I am not one of those people who ever win these sorts of things but was so excited Sunday evening when they showed up with a basket full of goodies !!! One of the goodies included Dried Lavender Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed.

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Bam!!! that is the perfect color for my project, simple as that.

I begin doodling and mixing a white wash too , this piece is girlie. I love super chippy looks on pieces of furniture, I can show the beauty of the wood but still make the piece even beautiful with paint.  The Chippy look is not for every piece but this one for sure.

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I started by painting the drawers , sides and legs 2 coats dried lavender (no bonding agent).

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I then pulled out my Frog Tape ( love this stuff ). Got my white wash handy and went to work taping a boarder.

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I white washed just the center of the drawer. I love this look and I remember seeing this on MMS blog and made a mental note of the technique. I painted the wash on and then used a towel to wipe off. I painted right over the chippy paint.

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After it dried I took the frog tape off. It lifted some of the loose paint for me . Then  I used a spackling tool to gently scrape off rest of the loose paint.

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Next, I used some inexpensive paint brushes from a value pack at walmart , some acrylic paint and freehanded my design. I love the natural look you get and no I am not an artist (as you can tell), I just use simple shapes to make ( like I do with my sewing appliques). So anyone can do this , just a little practice.

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I used white acrylic paint and a antique gold acrylic paint to highlight.

IMG_3335Before I sanded I sealed with a Hemp oil. I did this for two reasons. One too add life back to the wood that I was leaving shown and two if you apply the hemp oil before you sand you get a buttery smooth finish. Even though the piece looks rough and chippy , its smooth to touch.

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I will be sure to post a picture when done. But here is a sneak….

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I still have the top to finish, I am stripping it and sanding it. Then I plan to use paint as a stain for the top. I will bes ure to share this technique and the finished product with you. I am looking for just the right jewelry y for her knobs as well, something with a little bling 😉

Isnt it funny how things simply just work out? You never know when inspiration is going to hit.

xoxo

Becky

Here is the inspiration behind this piece and how could these pictures not inspire you !?!

http://www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/colors/

Milk Paint Chairs & Local Finds

A few weeks ago I painted this table for a customer.

They loved their table so much they brought me 4 chairs to do in same color as the legs of table. The color for legs was a custom mix of milk paint I made. I had happen to make more than enough to do 4 chairs. I first gave the chairs a light sanding with a sanding sponge from my local True Value Hardware store. And then gave them 2 light coats milk paint and sanded very lightly in between coats.

IMG_3185I then wax each chair, I used a clear soft wax for these. You need just a little wax, it goes a long way. See how little in on my brush 😉

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I then sanded each chair right after I applied the wax and then immediately buffed with a old pair of pantyhose (old tees work great too) . This will give a smooth hard fished. Be sure to follow instructions on your wax can. each vary a little and you may want to do two coats wax for added durability.

For this project I used good quality sanding sponges in different shapes and sizes

For this project I used good quality sanding sponges in different shapes and sizes

Please excuse the manicured nails, they badly need one though. But I want you to see a little of how I distress a piece. I paint a story in my head , its not well thought out I let it naturally evolve as I go. Thinking of where a piece naturally wears and scuffs will help it look more authentic .

IMG_3198 And here is one finished, each chair varies slightly in tone and color with milk paint some people don’t care for it but I love it and how it all works together. Its truly your own work of art.

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As the snow starts to fall here and I finished up some dresses I had on order.

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I had a chance to hit some local stores Holiday Open Houses and turn my attention back to decorating and tidying up my work space. But for now here are some of my finds.

Country Wicks in Lisbon, OH is one of the very first places I started selling my clothing and bows. The owner Chris is a dear friend and really helped me along the way. I scored this table runner, wreath & battery operated candle, so I can have in reach of the kiddos . I put it with this lantern my mother had handy.

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 My husbands Aunt dropped off some goodies this weekend she had pulled for me from her own home. Here is one, this stool, I love it and is perfect for my dinning room. Paired with some berries and a candle.

IMG_3242and lastly wanted to share this great find at another local store Simply French in Unity, OH. I love this rustic light and its perfect for above the sink in my kitchen.

IMG_3244I love these little finds and inspires me to keep sewing , painting and decorating.

I love your emails and feedback, keep them coming 🙂

xoxo, Becky

{Shop local} my neighbors table revealed & a thank you to Miss Mustard Seed

First of all I would like to state that no one is paying me to say all the nice things I am about to say. I just really truly deeply love these places , products & the people behind them. xo

A few weeks ago I found this picture floating around Facebook. I just knew I had to share it with you! Where I found it was amazing to me it was through another “junquers” profile in another state across the country, with no connection to our small town in ohio. We had exchanged a few email about some awesomes tees (which you will see me sporting soon). When I clicked on her profile to add her as a friend, there it was. This picture spoke to others in the same way it did to me ❤

 This picture was originally taken by the amazing lady behind a local shop here in East Palestine , Ohio.  1820 House, her hand poured artisan candles and soaps are amazing!!!  I have something from her store in just about every room in my house. Her business is a inspiration to me too. Too see more of her product click here…  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151941200534375&set=a.100913379374.86862.65284204374&type=1&theater

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These store and shops are the heart of our town. See the store on the left (with the red awning). That is our local hardware store, True Value. Many of my crazy DIY projects start and end from a trip to the local hardware store. I love this store and the people that work there. They always seem to have what I need and willing to help. I buy most of my paints here, I am crazy obsessed with painting and repainting the walls of my house inside and out …. literally. We have lived in this house 2 years, I have painted every room at least once and in many cases 2 or 3 times. I buy all my sanding sponges and paint brushes and tools here too. I find there brand of paints and brushes simply last longer.

We have  many more stores and artist that make up this small town and I frequently shop these stores too,  or get my midday latte to keep me going from the Coffee Stop . I will share what’s unique and special about these other stores in future post. But for today I want to remind you to go see what your town has to offer ….shop local not only this holiday season but year round, you never know what you might find. Even if its not a store , there are many of us who are at our dining room tables creating and dreaming big into the wee hours of the night to bring you something special.

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Last week I shared a picture of a beautiful old antique table my neighbours dropped off for me to make over for their home.

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you can find the post here https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/a-little-of-this-that/

I used annie sloan chalk paint in old white for the top. I distressed with a sanding sponge and sealed with a clear coat of wax. I wanted an old antique look so I also applied a coat of dark wax.  When using wax , especially dark always use very little amount. I start on the edges and places I feel it would age more naturally and fan / blend into the middle. This looks more natural to me. My neighbour asked me how I knew exactly where to distress it and age the piece. I told her as silly as it sounds (insert pause here) I let every piece tell me a story. And see where it naturally happens. I do the same with my clothing designs and appliques. No two are ever the same. Each special and unique.

blog 2 007 On the legs I used a custom mix I made from MMS milk paint. I mixed equal parts ironstone and boxwood. I mixed a 1/4 cup ironstone with a 1/4 cup warm water and let set a few minutes and then I mixed in a 1/4 cup boxwood with a 1/4 cup water. I mixed and let sit. I got the beautiful original color that is perfect for a “pop” of color she was looking for.

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I love how this paint “chips” its always a surprise and so natural.

blog 2 009She loved how the table turned out and is bringing me 4 chairs tonight , I will be sure to share. The very first thing I ever made over for my home were my grandparents dining room chairs. In those days I did everything in black , I have since discovered color and my tastes, and repainted most of my all black pieces but have left those, they were the first and are special.

XOXO Becky

PS Last week I recieved a email message reply from Miss Mustard Seed herself! I was *over the moon excited* in the kind of way I spit my morning coffee out in disbelief!!!! I had thanked her for inspiring me to finally start a blog. She not only actually read my first post but saw something special enough to email me some advice & a hey “I loved that yellow dresser”…. And as always this message found me at the exact time I needed it the most, when I was thinking *what am I doing *this is the most epics of fails * why in the world* horrible idea kind of day.  Thank you for the encouragement, advice & here are the pictures made bigger 🙂 xoxo Becky

a little of this & that

Last night my sweet neighbors showed up at my front porch with this.

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She loves the finish on my dinning room table. So I got my helper this morning . And we went to work. Snack and all.

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I used annie sloan chalk paint in old white for the top. I am using a custom mix of mms milk paint I made for legs. Equal parts ironstone and boxwood. Just a little tip I learned the hard way a while back, mix the white (ironstone) first and then add the darker color (boxwood) . My test piece of wood. See the green frog tape, I am seriously obsessed with the stuff!! Use it all the time!! I only wish I had it when I did the diamond wall in the girls room this summer, would have saved me some time and frustration.

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I have the tabletop done and waxed.

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and a little mess from my helper…

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While picking up the toys and waiting for paint to dry I thought it would be a good idea to start on this …. here is sneak mid project.

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totally loving the chippy thing and can’t wait to make over this park of the kitchen / entry and share. So today was filled with hugs, helpers & half finished projects 😉

xoxo Becky

DIY sign Part 1: the chevron stripes

Before I jump right in to my first tutorial , it was brought to my attention my first 2 post are pages not post LOL . Just a bump in the road to starting a blog.  So until I figure out how to fix you can read here

https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/the-nudge/

and here

https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/etsy-facebook-gearing-up-for-projects-a-helper/

now for the tutorial 🙂

I had some leftover paint from previous projects and been itching to make a sign for my house.

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The idea for this sign came from the old Flay’s packaging on display at our local Library. Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time 😉 The color combo was perfect for that pop of color I was looking for and had the retro look I love.

here is a link to packaging inspiration , I found a picture in a local FB group 🙂

 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201219087774519&set=o.107293309372966&type=3&theater

There is a special connection to my husbands family, my mother in laws grandmother was part owner for a while. My mother in law also has a great collection of the bottles and I have always admired them. So I found this to be fitting & meaningful for our home.

I started by dry brushing 3 pallet boards with left over old white chalk paint (annie sloan).  I then used frog tape and taped out a chevron pattern , they now have chevron painters tape if you didnt want to measure and tape 🙂  But I wanted mine to look more freehand and rustic. I ended up only using 2 of the boards in final sign and have one left over for another project.

blog 001I next used mustardseed yellow (mms milk paint) I had leftover from my dining room hutch redo. I painted the inside of the chevron lines and and before paint was dry I pulled off  tape. and got crisp clean lines.

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I then freehand the FLAY’S lettering using some different colors of paint I mixed , I also love using acrylic paint for this too. There are few different techniques I use when doing different fonts like in the “sparkling beverages” I will share with you in another tutorial I am working on for later this fall.  In part 2 of DIY signmaking.

Some things I always do when making sign

*I distress after the words are painted on, don’t be frustrated if you hate your sign before you distress it.  This will give it a more authentic and aged look and blends it all together nicely.

* I wax with one coat clear and buff to seal (waxing to seal a sign will be Part 3)

*add a little sparkle. I often use glitter spray paint over my signs, gives it that little extra.

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