Whoa! It’s been 3 weeks since my last blog post.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks since I last chatted with you. I’ve been busy lately making Christmas signs on old cupboard doors.
We’re turning The Nest workshop space into a full-on retail store for Small Business Saturday this weekend (November 30th) and we have a bunch of other fun events coming up so I’ve been a busy bee behind the scenes getting ready.
But one of the things I wanted to talk about today is the “ugly” stage of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint that some of you may not know about. Are you ready to see it?
I had a few customers come in a couple of weeks ago for our Paint & Take Level 2 Workshop and a mother/daughter team brought in this set of chairs and wanted to paint them in Ironstone (our stark white). Going over a dark color with white is tricky because it can take quite a few coats, but having done it myself, I didn’t fear. I told them it was going to take 3 – 4 coats on each chair and away they began painting . . .
Are you ready for it? Ready?
Eeeek! I know! But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t worry. Have no fear! Even latex primer can look a little icky at first on surfaces to be painted. That was the first coat of Ironstone with Bonding Agent added. The mother and daughter were very doubtful, but I kept cheerleading them on, knowing full well what the end result would be. (And let’s face it: chairs are NO FUN to paint anyways!).
Here is how they turned out in the end:
See! Aren’t they beautiful? They pressed on and their perseverance paid off. They were both tired, but very pleased with how they turned out. I just wanted you to see this because no matter how many workshops you attend, if you haven’t painted with Milk Paint enough, you may not know that despite the ugly stage, a beautiful Swan awaits!
And speaking of beautiful swans, look at this beautiful secretary.
I would normally paint a secretary like this in a feminine color and play up its feminine lines. However, one of my most very loyal and kind customers (hi Mark!) is a man! Yep! He comes to my vintage markets, any sales where I am a vendor, he’s taken both of my workshops and he’s recently “picked” for me. He and his equally lovely wife have quickly become dear friends of ours! He brought this lovely piece in to paint for the same Paint & Take Level 2 workshop as the ladies with the chairs. Of course, he wanted to keep it and it didn’t make sense to paint his secretary in French Enamel or Dried Lavender. So we chatted about what colors he was drawn to and he said Trophy. I suggested possibly going with a two-tone look and here is what we came up with:
Don’t you love it? It’s 100% completely all him and he loves it. So do I. We even used silver Rub N’ Buff on the original hardware and this piece now rocks. It just goes to show how personal painting can be and how each piece speaks to people differently. Don’t paint something because you think it’s what you should paint it. Paint what you feel, what you like. That’s all that matters in the end!
Happy Painting (through the ugly stages and all)!
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