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Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Color and Top Coats


Have you ever wanted to see what each of the colors in the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line looks like with each of the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint top coats?   Well now you can!     Aren't they fabulous?  These graphics and sample boards were put together by Allison over at The Golden Sycamore.  She's a talented blogger and fellow … [Read more...]

Glimpse Into Our New Store and An Announcement

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First, the announcement: we are proud to announce that you can now ask questions and find answers in our new REFINISHING FORUM. Yes, that's right! We now have a Forum on our website where you can hash out issues and seek advice when you need it. You can share Before and Afters, ask advice on Top Coats, exchange Finish Recipes and talk all things paint related. In … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – March 23, 2014


Some have said "never let them see you down", but I'm an honest person. To a fault sometimes. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. It's the way I was raised.   There have been a lot of moments during the renovation of our new store when I think "what have I done?". It's like finding that perfect home, the one you know you can see yourself living in, and … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – March 9, 2014

Its a Journey

With the Facebook statuses in our faces every day or the blog posts from some ridiculously talented folks, it can be very troubling to some people to see what other folks are doing. It can conjure up the green monster of envy and it can also conjure up the "oh I did that before SHE did" monster, or the "that's great, but let me tell you MY story" monster. If you're … [Read more...]

Vintage Book Page Wall

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So . . . I've been getting a lot of questions about the vintage book page wall I put up at our old space at The Ironstone Nest, so I thought I'd put a post together to tell you all about it.   Vintage book pages as a wall treatment is nothing new. I did not originate the idea, but was definitely inspired by some beautiful walls I found on the internet. I've … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – March 2, 2014


Ahh, March! You've finally arrived! Open windows, fresh air and green grass are right around the corner! We only have 18 more days until the first day of Spring . .. I have hope!     … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – February 23, 2014


It's been another interesting week of moving out of our current space and getting our new space ready (which is going to take quite a bit of time and a LOT of muscle).  I'm sad to say good-bye to our first brick and mortar shop.  We put a lot of work into it and didn't know what would happen when we … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – February 16, 2014


I had the pleasure of a visit from an old friend yesterday.  We've known each other since we were 7 years old, so she's known me since before I knew me.  She's seen me at my worst, my best and everything in between.  She knows who I am, my intentions, my heart.  We even went to the same high school together so she saw me through one of the toughest times in my … [Read more...]

Zero VOC and Its Importance

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More and more we're hearing about "zero VOC" and "all natural" paint products. But why is zero VOC so important? And what is a VOC anyways?   VOC is an acronym and it stands for Volatile Organic Compound. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and/or long term adverse health effects, and the air in our home is compromised by the … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration


I hope your Sunday is going well and that your weekend was filled with lots of happy memories.   It's time for Sunday Inspiration and here is what I picked this week:     I actually just purchased a work of art from a fantastic local artist with this quote on it (I'll share it with you soon) and I just love it.  It's so true, isn't it? … [Read more...]