meet Carolina

I would use the old saying “when it rains, it pours”… but I feel like that has a negative connotation that I really don’t mean. Things have been so crazy around here, but in a good way. I honestly don’t remember a time that I have been this busy in nearly all aspects of my life. But its all good stuff…and I’m certainly not complaining.

I knew going into the month of June that I was going to be busy wrapping up the boys’ school year activities, basketball tournaments, travel plans, and several out of town guests coming to visit. I’m also completely booked with custom jobs in June, so I worked like crazy getting my shop stocked and ready to be neglected for a few weeks.

Whew! It was stocked and looking good and I could finally breathe a bit and focus on all of the other things I had going on.

Well that was the plan…

Then last weekend I sold about half of my inventory, and I was in Portland at a basketball tournament.

It’s that moment of “woohoo!!” followed by the “wait…oh crap!”

Luckily, it was REALLY full before I left and when I scrambled in there Monday morning and did a little rearranging….it didn’t look too bad. But I needed to get to work and at least finish one additional piece (I really should do two)  before I head back out of town.

I knew just the victim…

Carolina before

This dresser has been moved around my garage over and over,  and it just kept getting passed over for other projects. I’m not sure why…I liked it right from the start. But sometimes when I don’t have a plan for particular piece right away, it can sit awhile as I change my mind five or six times about how I want to paint it.

Well, tonight was the night (and my only free night) to get it done, and I decided to try something new.

I’ve used milk paint a few times before, and I nearly always use chalk paint…but I’ve never used the two in combination together.

Why not? Continue reading

milk paint table reveal

Here it is!  My first milk paint project!

Again, here is the picture of the table “before”

end table before

And here it is “after”

MMS table

Isn’t the “chippy” finish cool? I have to admit I wasn’t sure what was going to happen once the paint started to bubble and peel, but I really like the finished product. I couldn’t achieve this type of look distressing by hand. Once the paint had time to dry, I used a putty knife to gently scrape the flaking paint off. There was a lot of it!   Continue reading

milk paint sneak peek

If you follow my blog, you may remember during one of my fun friday finds I visited Nest Home and Gifts, a lovely local shop in Mill Creek (Also happens to be the shop where I consign some of my work).  During that visit, I purchased a great new product they just started carrying called Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. Milk paint has been around forever, but Miss Mustard Seed is quite famous in the blog world and just recently launched this new paint line. This blogger turned entrepreneur has been such an inspiration to me over the past couple of years, and I’ve learned so much about painting furniture by following her blog.  So when her milk paint line came to the Nest….I knew I had to try it.

FF Nest milkpaint box

I use chalk paint in nearly all of my projects. I like the consistency of the paint, the ease of not having to use a primer, and most importantly the ability chalk paint gives me to “work” the paint to get the distressed, layered look I love. So I was a little hesitant to try something new… Continue reading