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.
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.
I love when copper tarnishes to beautiful aqua…but not where I am eating.
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.
(Butternut Squash Soup)
(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.
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.
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?
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…
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!
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.
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.
We hope to see you in the shop on Sunday, February 23rd at 1 pm.
If you’ve joined us for one of the past demonstrations, we’d love to see how your project turned out. Please email photos!
Clover’s Winter Market on Sunday was a blast! As usual. The market always draws a fun crowd. Now I am dreaming of spring when the outdoor markets return!
Save the dates for Spring Clover Market:
- April 13- Chestnut Hill
- April 27- Ardmore
- May 18- Ardmore
- June 8- Chestnut Hill
As for the Winter Market, I saw a lot of familiar faces and met a handful of new folks as well. Plus, the 23rd Street Armory is such an interesting venue right in the heart of Philadelphia.
I was thrilled to participate as a DIY workshop instructor. I brought a stash of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint and led an Introduction to Milk Paint workshop.
We had a great time painting these adorable frames and talking about the fundamentals of what makes milk paint unique.
If you want to be notified of any future workshops like these, be sure to comment on this post and I will add your email address to my workshop list. And if you can’t make it out to pick up some milk paint for your project (hello, winter storm alert!), you can always order online right here. We’re expecting a big stash this week to replenish the inventory!
So, did you make it to Clover Market on Sunday…or shopping locally where you are? If so, what treasures did you score?
How much do I love Clover Market?
I can never stay away.
Although Circa Dee will not be present as a vendor at the Winter Market on January 19th, I am excited to tell you that yours truly will be there leading a DIY workshop.
Yep, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint at Clover Market! You’ve asked for it!
Clover Market hosts just one Winter Market a year. It is located in Philadelphia at the 23rd Street Armory. The Winter Market packs in all of the vintage and handmade goodness that the outdoor markets are known for; plus a ton of other perks including early bird admission, tasty food trucks and DIY workshops.
All of the FAQs can be found on Clover Market’s website.
But I can answer a few regarding the DIY workshop that I’ll be hosting….
Introduction to Milk Paint
Sunday, January 19th – 2:30-3:30 pm
You’ll learn what makes Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint paint unique and how to properly mix it and apply it Experiment on sample boards before you complete your own finished picture frame (your choice of paint color and top coat) and leave with the know-how to tackle larger DIY projects at home – plus a cheat sheet in case you forget! Fee includes all materials and instruction. Just $25
If you’ve been to one of my free hands-off demos but you still haven’t taken the plunge, this just might be the push you need to do-it-yourself! Or perhaps you have been DIYing with milk paint but want to spend an afternoon crafting and shopping with some friends…bring them! Purchase tickets here and check out the other great DIY workshops planned. There will also be a limited amount of milk paint products available for sale.
Hope to see you at Clover Market!
P.S. More details about milk paint hands-off demos and hands-on workshops can be found here.
Happy New Year!
How did you celebrate the future becoming the present? We rung in 2014 around our quaint little town.
Cape May is so festive. There is something very old world about the holidays here. Men still don tuxedos and women sparkle in sequins on New Year’s Eve in an un-ironic way. That’s just one of the many things I love about this town.
With the coming of the new year, it is time to get some new events on the calendar starting with another FREE milk paint demo at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
And it is approaching quickly.
Stop by next Sunday, January 12th at 1 pm to hear me talk shop regarding the magic of milk paint, how it’s mixed and all of that great stuff. This is not a hands on workshop but I encourage you to bring project questions, ‘before’ pictures, cabinet doors, whatever tickles your fancy and I’ll give you suggestions on colors and finishes.
At the last demo, we had someone bring the wood trim right off of her hutch. That was great! We really got to discuss what approach she should take in painting it (bonding agent, no bonding agent, etc.).
See you there!
And the winner of the Merry Milk Paint Giveaway is… Jena.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!
And Happy New Year too. We’ll see you in 2014, friends!
Thanks for all of the support and friendship in 2013.