About a month ago I crowd sourced facebook for some feedback on what to do with this little night stand. I’m not usually a crowd-sourcer. Typically I just follow my instinct but this one initially had me stumped on what direction I wanted to go. I really love the shape and style.
Thank you all for your feedback. It was very enlightening! Ultimately I decided on a soft black with light distressing highlighting the brown stain underneath. Typewriter (black) also happens to be the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color of the month for October.
I achieved this look in a very controlled way. Although the top was a little scratched up, the finish on the edges was in great shape so I wanted to highlight it. Before I even started painting I rubbed the wax puck over those high points to preserve that nice finish. Normally I use the wax puck to create a resist between layers of different paint colors. This seemed like a good time to try the same technique on the original finish.
After the wax puck was applied, I painted on 2 coats of typewriter milk paint with bonding agent mixed in. The finish on the veneer was pretty shiny and I didn’t want to risk major chipping on this mid-century piece. The bonding agent worked like a charm.
Once the paint was dry, I carefully pulled away where the wax puck had been applied using a putty knife. There was no need for sanding as that would have scratched the bottom layer. Also, no dusty mess!
I finished the entire piece with furniture wax for a protective topcoat. I love the original brass knobs against the soft black.
Pictured are also a pair of apron strings candlesticks finished with lots of antiquing wax for a warm fall look.
The typewriter nightstand is new at The West End Garage. Check it out! We’re open everyday through October and move to a shortened week in November.
In the meantime, our Fall Furniture Sale is still going on with mark downs on select pieces!
Oh, apron strings! A winner every time – spring or fall. This MMS milk paint color is just so bright, feminine and fun.
The little chest of drawers is pretty versatile. It was originally white washed pine. It is a newer piece with likely a factory finish. Sometimes milk paint adhesion on a factory finish can be tricky so I used bonding agent in each coat to be safe. Worked like a charm.
The color or finish under milk paint can sometimes influence the tone of the paint since milk paint is a thin, water based paint. If you’ve come to one of my milk paint demonstrations, you’ve probably heard may say that. This piece is a good example of what I mean. The white wash effect definitely provides a lighter base. If there was a mahogany stain under the paint, it would’ve been a bit deeper. However, I darkened the finish with a hint of antiquing wax around the edges. Overall, I used hemp oil as a protective top coat. You can see the luster it left behind.
The finish was looking a little too pristine for my taste so I decided on a heavily distressed painted knob. I layered apron strings, flow blue and this custom green – while randomly wax pucking in between colors to encourage the layered, chipping effect on the knobs. It provides a fun contrast to the body of the dresser where there is very subtle distressing.
Check out the latest wreath topiary that we’re now offering at West End Garage. Such a sweet shape that hints toward the holidays.
Yes, I have the holidays on my mind…already! I’ve been pricing ornaments as previewed on instagram yesterday. They’re starting to make their way into The West End Garage and Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. Falalalala!
The chest is also headed to Doylestown. You can check it out on Saturday when I’ll be giving my next milk paint demonstration at 1 pm. Hope to see you there!
This little side table is so cute and petite and just unique. I brought it home topless. I suppose it had a top when I found it though. The flea market dealer I bought it from had a piece of glass over it that obviously belonged to another long, lost table because it wasn’t the right size or proportion. I chose to leave the glass behind and knew we’d come up with something all our own for this little transformation. The ‘before’ shot is pictured below with my new favorite chenille draped over it.
Ryan cut and secured a wood top to fit the table. I customized the new top with Maison Blanche’s glacage. Have you heard of this product? It is essentially a texturizing embossing cream for wood. Fellow vendor, Eastcote Lane, sells it at The West End Garage. I was very excited to give this product a shot and am happy with the one-of-a-kind results. Better than a wobbly, ill-fitting glass top!
I gave the entire table two coats of milk paint in Flow Blue followed by furniture wax and a bit of antiquing wax on the textured top. Something about these mid-century pieces always seem to call for a moody blue, navy or black in my opinion. The finishing touch, though, was in the gilding wax around the edge. I love how the gold captures the light.
The formerly topless table is now for sale at The West End Garage along with a selection of gorgeous olive trees in perfectly weathered clay pots.
Oh September! How did you sneak up so quickly? Quite bittersweet. I do love fall however so I’m sure I’ll be ok. We’ve been catching some fantastic sunsets lately, a bit earlier than I’m comfortable with but they sure are stunning.
Cape May celebrated Labor Day weekend with the annual Tomato Festival. We had an impromptu tomato festival of our own at home after coming into 25 pounds of ripe, locally-grown tomatoes for a steal at a farm stand.
We made pasta sauce, roasted tomatoes, tomato polenta, tomato salad and tomato omelets. We’re a bit tomato-ed out here but we’ve got enough to last us into the winter, I think. Nothing like seasoning each dish with complementary garden fresh herbs.
I’m also enjoying our newest book that we just introduced to the inventory for harvest season. Drink the Harvest has fantastic recipes for drinks made with more of your fruits, vegetables and herbs. I think mint may be up next on the chopping block over here! The new book is available at The West End Garage.
Let me also introduce this little guy. He has a bit of a moody warmth about him…just in time for the changing season. Kind of like your favorite slouchy sweater.
I love, love, love the unique brass hardware. The bottom was painted in MMS milk paint boxwood and the rest is MMS milk paint typewriter with shutter gray peeking through. I applied antiquing wax over the typewriter to really darken the color. This nightstand is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
Can we reflect for a moment on my love for chenille?
My vintage home decor tastes are constantly changing from nautical to industrial to cottage and back again but through all styles, chenille remains constant. Why? I don’t know. It’s just a little dose of granny whimsy usually in the form of a blanket.
When I found this yellow chenille rug a few weeks back, I knew it would be right at home in the cottage-style bathroom we finished last winter.
It is thin and worn and some of the frayed edges are long gone but I love it just the same. Sigh.
And that stool? That was a quick little milk paint makeover. The worn finish on the top matches the vanity almost perfectly. Happy accident!
It is simply constructed of plywood.
The first coat of paint was done in lucketts green on the top and base.
Then the wax puck made an appearance again between layers of paint…
The top was painted with some leftover ironstone and the base with leftover shutter gray. A little bit of furniture wax and the stool was finished!
A couple of winners! Am I alone in my adoration of vintage chenille?
Lots to share today! First off, I am loving this sweet little tricycle red chair. Lately I have been experimenting with heavy distressing which I’m not sure is always my thing. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t but this chair was meant for distressing.
I picked it up a few weeks ago on our road trip. I actually didn’t mind it in its before state…already perfectly worn and distressed however I thought the mauve color was boring.
MMS milk paint in Tricycle punched it up!
To achieve this style of distressing I rubbed a wax puck all over the chair before painting. I focused on areas that were already worn as well as places that would naturally wear like the edges, rungs and back.
Then I painted two coats of tricycle over the entire piece. Once it dried, I rubbed back where the wax puck was applied with steel wool to reveal the mauve and raw wood in some places. And finally, a coat of antiquing wax was applied to the chair to further age and distress.
I love this little lion pillow as well. It was handmade for me by a family friend several years back. It seemed like the perfect juvenile prop for this chair.
While we’re talking about pint-sized chairs, handmade pillows and milk paint, guess what has arrived? The much-anticipated Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Look Book!
And yours truly has a little feature. This rocking chair is in the dried lavender section for all to see! My cousin and her new baby girl are the owners of this chair. Such an honor to have it featured along with my very own photography. Can I call this my first photo credit in print?
The look book is gorgeous and full of loads of inspiration and tips. I will have a few available at both locations very soon. They were only produced in limited numbers so if you’d like to own one, grab it fast! Or let me know so I can reserve you a copy.
And P.S. major sneak peek into our new slate flooring…it makes a fantastic photo backdrop.