{recipe} for MMS milk paint

Have you tried MMS milk paint yet? Have you been wanting too and still afraid to mix it?

Think of it like a recipe.

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 Doenst mater if you cook like me ( guesstimate measurements) or you follow exactly what the recipe says. That is how we get our own comfort zone and style here in MMS paint world.

recipie for mms 015I had recieved some extra product in the mail from the fabulous All Dolled Up (her customer service gets a A+ from me). Inspired by her containers she uses in her store came this post & made me think of a recipe for “cooking”. I have mixed colors many of times but never thought to share in this way.
Here is what I like to mix with , good old plastic fork and dollar store plastic cups.

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Measurements for today’s recipe is I first mix 1/4 c paint to 1/4 c warm water. MMS french enamel here.

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I next mix my second color (boxwood) the same way and in a separate cup. 1/4c paint to 1/4c warm water. TIP: I always mixe my colors separate and then combine small amounts at a time to achieve what I want. In this case I added most of the boxwwod I had mixed.

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Next, not quiet what you want? Time to add some seasoning … my choice happens to be January’s color of the month Ironstone, I mixed a 1/8 c and added it.

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here is my “batter” all ready to go.

recipie for mms 026I think I will “icing” my piece with some yummy….

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Happy painting! Cant wait to see  what you cook up,

xoxo

Becky

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A quick peek into some projects I am finishing up in our winter weather here. Lots of snow= finished projects on the way.

IMG_0729 IMG_0675IMG_0338MMS milk paint blog can be found here:

http://www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/blog/

All Dolled Up here:

http://www.alldolledupwichita.com/blog/

Thanks ladies for all the inspiration!

How to get a “rough” chippy look with milk paint

I received a few questions yesterday about how I achieved this “rough” paint look on the armorie in my kitchen.

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I wish I had step by step pictures but I don’t. So I will tell you how I achieved this look with the picture I do have.

This was a barn find from a friend , was also not in great shape and needed some repairs. I enlisted the help of my father in law for those. It was wabbly , missing a few pieces and the back and bottom were falling off. The inside is cedar , its in beautiful condition and left untouched.

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If you have used milk paint before you know how unpredictably it is and is not for everyone, but I love it (along with many other types of paint). I envisioned a super rough chippy look with thin layers of linen milk paint. Somewhere in between a wash and paint. With more of antique wax than I normally use.

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Here is how I achieved this, each piece is different and not all will chip naturally with milk paint…. I just had a feeling this one would.

* I mixed MMS Milk paint in linen extra thin (I normally do equal parts) 1 part milk paint to almost 2 parts water

* I used a good quality brush from my local  True Value hardware store & applied 2 thin coats of paint (quickly). This piece was starting to do its chippy thing before first coat was even dry.

*There were some high and low spots and some normally dreaded “bleed” through on the paint and wood. But this time I sorta liked it ad did not seal the bleed through with a wax and left them …. yes I did that’s right 😉 I felt it looked more antique and natural.

*Some spots on the piece were already rough to touch ( I did not sand those first ) but other spots I had to “help” be that way. So I grabbed my spackler and started scrapping where it was chippy BUT I DID NOT SCRAPE OFF ALL THE WAY. I left it partly flaking off and quickly sealed it with a clear wax. This sealed it. I am not going to lie its messy and took a few days for the wax to dry and harden so it would stay that way.

A little tip put your wax on a paper plate that way you don’t have specks and chips of paint mixed in the wax can.

*I did not follow the direction on he wax and did not immediately buff after applying the clear wax to the piece.  I let it dry an hour or two and then added the dark wax and buffed with old panty hose. I don’t normally do this but I did this time.

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I hope this helps:) Feel free to ask questions or send me message.

xoxo

Becky

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{Inspiration} The kitchen

I must admit we have lived in the house a little over two years and I have made the hubby help me paint the kitchen (along with a few other rooms)2 different times. My constant painting and repainted has tought me a lot about how color appears from a paint chip to a wall. I know this has been said before but I really feel it’s the heart of the home. Its our hub for sure , its our dumping ground, paper collecting, little of everything room. There are also a few things that I don’t care for but I am happy we lived with for a while, I know how we use this space everyday.

Here is a picture of how it looks today. I don’t have any pictures of how it started in my pre blogging days. I am sure I don’t need to point out the dreadful ceiling and the lighting… those issues and the flooring are being addressed soon with some inexpensive and creative solutions. I marked some of my design ideas and if you know me things evolve as I go and my creative juices start to flow (including a DIY mason jar chandelier).

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The kids bring in book bags, coats, lunch boxes , shoes & all sorts of papers.

so recently I added a 1920’s armorie a friend salvaged for me. I painted it in a milk paint i mixed very thin I wanted it chippy and very thin layers of paint. I wanted to look like it had been sitting around in a barn for ages.

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This space where the armorie nows sits collected “junk” for 2 years. Now its functional.

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We live on a real (small) budget and in a real house mixed with my love of DIY its a process and do as time and money allows. BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t have style and organization, right !?! I love that feeling of i made it myself or the  yep we got that “junque”  for free ad made it into this! I think as a mom and wife we always look to find that balance.

Our home is very much lived in with chips on the floors.

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and toys scattered among the floors ….

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As I begin to look for fabric swatches ….

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and inspiration…

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I would love to hear what you all have to say.

How do you balance?

where do you go for inspiration?

xoxo,

Becky

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

So you want to be creative!?!

What makes what you create special is you, your mark , your style, what you love. No magic recipe and secret ingredient, it’s you. But the problem ? you are just getting started at your creative juices flowing and you need some inspiration. You have this idea and you are ready to tackle it but you hit a roadblock or two. I am not going to lie, I used to be hurt when someone else wanted to make what I made , exactly like it….. fast forward a few years and I am totally flattered. In fact I give you permission to copy me!!!! Shut the front door, I said copy it!!!! 🙂 Thats right I don’t mean copy it in a steal my pictures and use copyrighted things. I mean if a certain clothing design or fabric or paint color inspires you , use it as your jumping point, yours will turn out different in the end, resulting in your own style. So find what inspires you then try to “recreate” it.  I started creating in a pre pinterest era, before blogs, tutorials and youtube resulting in many trials. So search the blogs, pinterest and magazines. Find what inspires you , what look you want , what you want to recreate in your own way. And then watch out those creative juices start to flow, once that happens don’t let your husbands send me hate mail (lol) 😉

My top “copied” outfit design from pink lemonade

https://www.facebook.com/PinkLemonadeBoutique

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At some point though you need to stop looking at what’s hot and trendy for anything you create and start creating what’s you …. .thats where I am today and why I created this blog.

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Photo Credit : https://www.facebook.com/crystalinglephotography

A long time I ago I stopped searching what’s trendy, going to be trendy and other sites and started do what I love , using fabrics I am drawn to , painting with colors I love.  Maybe its trendy maybe its not, it just what I love. I simply just LOVE bringing a little of that to you.

Taking someone “junque” and making it my special treasure weather its for my home or yours.

This dresser was found while cleaning out my husbands grandparents house , it was going to be trash , this is mid project , love the sunny yellow.

This dresser was found while cleaning out my husbands grandparents house , it was going to be trash , still mid project , love the sunny yellow.

I am not worried about my # or readers or how many likes I have on facebook. I am doing my own thing and throwing any sewing or design rules out the door ( not that I ever studied or followed them before). But I learned a long time ago through epic fails of trial after trial that I do things in a *unconventional * not the proper *totally off the wall kind of way….. and thats ok. Thats who I am. I am Pink Lemonade , I am Junque in the trunk , I am me….

What creative projects do you want to tackle? What inspires you?

xoxo

Becky

To be a “junquette” and  follow me more click here :

https://www.facebook.com/junkinthetrunkgirls

{not} so pretty pictures….

I have been driving myself nuts about pictures I have some really beautiful furniture pieces finished and ready to sell also, some just for my home. I have failed , for now at capturing the piece.  The beautiful layers of blues and the tigers eye maple that shows through in this super chippy milk paint piece. I tend to only want to share my successes as a seasoned DIY mama, but I was thinking the other night what draws me to my favorite websites, products and blog…. the pictures. Its all visual. Then it hit me that was the advice I was just given from a pro blogger, MMS herself, “blogs are visual”.  Who wants to see a dark blah photo? (BTW sorry for the big dark blah photo here)

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Really pictures have always been my crutch.  It is no secret I have shared before I do not have a camera (it was old and broke) other than my outdated iphone. I heavily relied on the pictures of my photographer partners with my clothing line. I also relied on my talented friends with cameras. I can’t have them drop everything in there super busy lives to snap a few quick pics.

I love the way LULU Photography captured my hand drawn- hand cut applique. She is an amazingly talented mama <3. It is truly a art and she captures it perfect every time.

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I know apps like photo toaster and instagram are fabulous when the lighting is right. I took this picture outside this summer of my 3 year old, I edit it in phototoaster. Isnt he sweet 🙂 Not bad for just a quick phone pic.

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But when I come inside to take pictures of things I created, painted etc……In reality I can’t call my photographer friends everytime I need a quick picture  or ship a large empire dresser to another state to be professionally photographed.  My pictures are mostly dark. I tore apart my downstairs yesterday rearranging. I was determined and inspired to get a nice clean , crisp , bright picture of a recently painted dresser I did.

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 Fail…. a {not} so pretty picture…. I wanted to capture what I see here in person. I am not a photographer and leave that to my professional and talented friends.  But I want pics I can be proud of to share with you,  my tutorials and DIY projects. Not a *dark*color way off* ugly* kind of pics. I want to feel confident enough to link a piece of mine up to another blog for a contest or link party. Like perfectly imperfect contest here:

http://www.perfectlyimperfectblog.com/2013/10/milk-paint-contest-coming-soon.html

My point for today…. I am still entering my piece today at Perfectly Imperfect blog even though I lack in photography skill, I need to put myself out there and grow from each experience. My 9 year old daughter put it best “mom you teach yourself everything”. So its time I put on my big girl pants and conquer my crutch , photography. I am going to read, research , grow and maybe even  invest in a camera. Nothing too fancy or expensive, one that I can learn and grow enough to take a clear pic.  I am sure I won’t regret capturing more “unblurred” memories of my 4 kiddos. Maybe, a pretty picture of what I created along the way. If you know of any good tutorials , or maybe have some wisdom to share on photography, please do share.  😉

xoxo Becky

If you want to read more about this makeover of this dresser you can find it here :

 https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/chippy-blue-the-process/

{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

chippy blue {the process}

This is what what the dresser looked like when I received , a beautiful tigers eye maple wood. The piece was not perfect and needed a few minor repairs. But, the bones were great and made it a perfect candidate to be painted.

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beautiful old dresser

I did not want to cover all the wood so I went for a chippy look. I knew milk paint could do its thing to help me achieve this look. Since I want the wood more on the drawers exposed, I also used vaseline a deterrent. I have used vaseline before as a resistant so I knew what to expect and how to use it. I must advise this technique takes a little patience and practice. Its also a little gooey and messy.

I used a bonding agent on the sides for the first coat.

I used a bonding agent on the sides for the first coat.

I layered the paint on the drawers using vaseline in between paint layers.

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doing its chippy thing 🙂

I have talked about the “ugly stage” on Facebook but not on here. This is the part where you want to set it to the curb and start all over. Give it time and let it take shape. If you are using paints like milk paint you have to be open to each piece doing it’s own thing. No two pieces are alike and the color varies depending on wood, texture etc. Knowing what you might expect comes over time with experience.

Before it all comes together.

the "ugly" stage

the “ugly” stage

My helper, isn’t he cute 🙂

chippy blue 011I was seriously considering keeping this piece but I am open to selling it knowing it will go to a good home and be loved. But first I must decide what I doing with the top. I was going to strip and stain but I love the natural aged look so I think I am going to clean and use some oil to bring back to life instead.

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I seriously need to invest in a camera, this pic doesn’t do this piece justice.

xoxo,

Becky