clover preview & lucketts green

Do you want to see the haul of treasures we’re bringing to Clover Market on Sunday in Chestnut Hill?

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Well this is merely a sneak peek of what I could fit into one frame. I feel a bit of a Robin Hood theme going on between the emerald-green trench, the arrows and antlers. Right?

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There are lots of outdoorsy spring items like the large and in charge rear bike basket, plenty of McCoy planters and some beachy accents as well like wooden and glass buoys.

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So the question is, are you going to the season opener of Clover Market on Sunday? This one is located in Chestnut Hill. All the logistics and details can be found here.

Clover Market Spring 2014

Let’s zone in on a few of my favorites items here, shall we?  Check out this fantastic champagne bucket.

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When I found this it was extremely tarnished.  Like completely black.  I like a little tarnish on my silver but it was so far gone that the beautiful detail around the rim couldn’t be appreciated.  Gorgeous, right?

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It needs a swanky mcswankerson new home.

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Did you notice the table it is on?  That cute little side table was in need of some TLC and a pop of color.  First, it received a base coat of MMSMP Trophy and a 2nd coat of MMSMP Lucketts Green.

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The gray is producing such a subtle sliver of silver poking out.  After some light chipping, it was finished with antiquing wax and a bit of white wax.  This too is on the truck for Clover.

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Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

P.S. Follow these tips from Philly Mag’s Shoppist on how to tackle Clover.  We certainly agree that you should stop by Circa Dee first :)

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creating age & patina

A few months ago, my sister-in-law and I tackled this large hutch for their home “landing area”. It was the perfect candidate for milk paint. An older, well made piece with slightly porous wood in most areas and a dulling finish left on it in others.  We predicted the dulling finish would create a resist and cause chipping.  Sorry, I can’t seem to track down a before picture but it was looking slightly dated.

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We chose to use “half strength” bonding agent. That’s a term I sort of made up meaning I don’t measure the recommended one part bonding agent to one part paint ratio. I don’t recommend “half strength” bonding agent until you really have a feel for how the paint works on different surfaces because it can be a bit of a wild card in terms of adhesion.  Of course, that is the fun of it!

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For the look we were going for, it worked out just right. We did little to no prep on the piece other than removing the hardware. We applied 2 coats of Mustard Seed Yellow with some bonding agent as described. We used antiquing wax around the edges, handles and details and waxed the rest with furniture wax. This created a perfect warm patina on the yellow.

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We were thrilled with how natural the chipping looked as if this hutch has been gracefully aging in a farmhouse for decades.  It chipped a little further after the piece was moved into its permanent place.  Once they felt the finish was just right, my brother applied flat polycrylic to those areas to stop any further chipping from occurring.  This essentially locked the age in.

For the inside shelves, we applied 2 coats of Linen. We thought the yellow undertones in the neutral would be a nice complement to the Mustard Seed Yellow.  We used regular furniture wax on the linen to keep it bright.

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When evaluating whether or not to paint a piece of furniture and what color to paint it, I feel you really have to honor the style and era of the piece.  I’ve learned this with trial and error of course.  But not every piece can handle every color.  This hutch is just perfect in a warm chipping yellow.  It has a nice farmhouse feel.  Yet, it can also complement some contemporary homes and decor as well.

I really love how this one turned out!  I’d love to see your latest milk paint project too!  Email pictures or tag @circadee on instagram with your finished project.

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a one year party

Hello, hello!

Exactly one year ago, Serendipity Shops of Doylestown opened its doors.  The quaint, historic town of Doylestown has treated us all well and we are returning the favor this Friday, April 4th.  Come celebrate the shop’s first anniversary from 6-8 pm.  There will be food, drinks, deals and giveaways.

Yes, giveaways!  Your chance to win free merchandise from one of your favorite boutiques.

Serendipity

I’ll be stopping by with some new spring treasures including this adorable Apron Strings + Linen milk painted dresser.

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I have been painting up a storm lately and have been inspired by nature and bright spring colors.

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The April colors of the month are Dried Lavender & Lucketts Green.  Yes, two this month.  They’re that good.

April MMSMP

I’m loving the texture on this old, oak dresser.  Sorry for the shadows and lack of staging.  I was anxious to move onto the next project!

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Speaking of, check out the layering on this ladder back chair.

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The base layer is in Apron Strings, my current fave.  It’s so feminine on these pieces.  For the chair, I created a resist with hemp oil and mixed a coat of French Enamel and Linen which actually sort of resembles dried lavender.  I love mixing leftover colors.  You never know what you’ll get.  Isn’t the crackle effect fabulous?

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All of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint colors are in stock at Serendipity.  Stop by for the party tomorrow evening.  Let’s talk colors, technique and top coats.  Or just shop for clothes.  Either way, it will be fun!

Serendipity Shops is located at 33 S. Main St. Doylestown, PA

spring happenings

As I write this post about, well, spring happenings there’s 6 inches of snow on the ground.  And it’s still falling.

But spring is coming!  I know it.  Please let me share with you some of our whereabouts and plans for Circa Dee this spring…

Spring Milk Paint Demo

Sunday, March 23rd @ 1pm

Milk Paint Demo

First up, I will be at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown this Sunday afternoon for another FREE Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration on the products.  I’ll answer questions and consult on your specific projects.  With our busy spring schedule, I am not sure when the next demo will be so come on out!

Serendipity

First Friday at Serendipity

Friday, April 4th

Wow, we’re celebrating one year at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown already.  That time flew by.  I am hoping to make it to the bash on first Friday of April.  Watch Serendipity’s facebook page for details on what to expect.  I hear it is going to be a good time!

Clover Market

Clover Market Opening Day

Chestnut Hill, Sunday, April 13th 10-5

Omigosh, the time is nearly here to kickoff Clover Market season again!  The region’s favorite popup market is back and coming in strong with 5 spring markets in 2 locations – Ardmore & Chestnut Hill.

Circa Dee will also be popping up at the Ardmore market on Sunday, May 18th 10-5

Clover Market Spring 2014

West End Garage

open every weekend

We’re settling into our new space at The West End Garage in Cape May with special additions each weekend including live plants and gardening supplies.  Thanks so much for the positive response!  We are incredibly grateful.

WEG spring

I hope to see you out and about on a warm, sunny day soon!

a copper top table

Last week I shared the updates we made in the kitchen, specifically in the dining nook. You may have caught a glimpse of our vintage dining table.  It’s a one-of-a-kind find that seems to infuse French legs with a copper top.  And rumor has it that copper is big for 2014.

Flea Market Style Dining Nook

I’d say that the top was a DIY update added to the table by the previous owners.  Most likely copper infused vinyl.  But surely it is real copper because occasionally we get the telltale green copper tarnish.

Copper Top Dining Table

I love when copper tarnishes to beautiful aqua…but not where I am eating.

tarnished copper lid

You may have spied the copper table in the background of some of my recipe posts.  The copper captures the light in such a beautiful way that morphs throughout the day.  It provides such a fabulous backdrop for the pictures too.

apple butternut squash soup

(Butternut Squash Soup)

Spicy Tortilla Soup Recipe

(Spicy Tortilla Soup)

So you want to know where we found such a rare gem?  Well, Ryan and I shopped the very chic marketplace known as the curb for this find.  It also came with a large leaf and 4 upholstered French caned back chairs.  Yes, you read that right.  A full dining room set for nothing!  The chairs are “on deck” for a serious makeover of their own and a different table to pair them with.  They have high backs so they didn’t work with the mix of low back chairs we have in this space now.

Flea Market Style Dining Nook

Ryan and I definitely have different styles when it comes to architecture and decorating.  He sways toward natural and craftsman style – those doors.  I like eclectic, collected and vintage.  This table seemed to meet both of our aesthetic needs and we agreed on it right away.  You can picture us standing at the curb with the tailgate open gushing about how truly perfect it is.  Because that’s exactly what happened.

Eat in Kitchen

The light legs and apron seemed to have been an updated too. They needed a refresh so after scrubbing the table I applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in grain sack with bonding agent.  That’s all they needed – one coat.  Can I tell you a secret?  I didn’t wax or put a top coat on either since it is just table legs.  A twenty-minute paint job and they were good as new.  And don’t you love the simple blue and yellow braided rug that anchors the space?

Grain sack painted legs

What’s your best curbside find?

P.S.  We’re still completely stumped as to what our upcycled galvanized hanging light above the table used to be.  Please share any insight you may have!  I’m thinking it was on a farm…

february milk paint demo

Happy February, friends!

Is it raining or snowing where you are today? It’s quite dreary here but fortunately the Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint color of the month (#mmsmpcolorofthemonth) for February is bright & cheerful Apron Strings!

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Bring it on!

Save the date for the next in-store milk paint demonstration at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. I will be sure to mix up Apron Strings for you to see in person.

#mmsmilkpaint demonstration

Join us!  No registration required.  This is a free, hands-off demonstration.  Simply come as you are and allow me to introduce the suite of products to you.  Ask questions about your own DIY projects.

Milk Paint Demo at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown

We hope to see you in the shop on Sunday, February 23rd at 1 pm.

February 23rd #mmmsmp demo #ilovemilkpaint

If you’ve joined us for one of the past demonstrations, we’d love to see how your project turned out.  Please email photos!