I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday meeting with some of our customers at The West End Garage who are interested in painting their old cast offs. We talked milk paint and also heard from our new neighbor at the garage, Eastcote Lane, who carries Maison Blanche furniture paint. Oh the possibilities!
It is funny how chatting with creative minds about individual projects can get me excited about milk paint all over again. As a result, I ended up painting until 11 pm last night! Those pieces are still in progress but today I am sharing this Eulalie’s Sky side table that is in the shop now. You may have caught a glimpse of it on facebook or instagram. I managed to snap a few staged pictures before bringing it in yesterday.
This one just screams beach house to me. The beachy, summer feel is all in the white wax details. I like to let it collect in the corners and around the legs to give it a bleached-out, sun-faded look.
Would you believe the top was leather? Well, it still is leather with the addition of milk paint. Sorry, no before picture. I am slacking in that department for sure. Anyway, the leather absorbed the milk paint like a champ and even has some very subtle crackling that is hard to see in the photos. I took a cue from Miss Mustard Seed and added a decorative design around the circular inset.
I’m sure you noticed that Cape May pillow too, right? It is the most comfy, down pillow ever. The cover is machine washable and handmade – both sewn and screen printed. It makes a great hostess gift if you’re crashing at your friend’s beach house. Or a gift for yourself! But they are going fast at The West End Garage…
If you’d like to join us to talk paint at another free demonstration, just check on the demo tab here for future dates. This information can always be found in the drop down menu below ‘milk paint’ at the top of this site. I will be in PA next weekend to demonstrate for those on the other side of the bridge.
Oh it’s Brimfield week again! Possibly my favorite place on Earth. No, we’re not going this time around. We’re much too busy here in Cape May as peak season has set in. The streets and beaches are swollen with visitors which I love and wouldn’t leave. Not even for Brimfield’s swollen streets and fields!
Alas, I haven’t even shared some of our May Brimfield finds with you. Without further adieu, a few snapshots…
I love this industrial vintage laundry cart. Unfortunately it is just too big for any space we have and it has since found a new home. Sigh.
We seemed to have spent a good deal of time shopping a field where several vendors specialized in cleaning out old factories so industrial finds were on our side for sure. We picked up an old factory skid. I love the heavy metal edges. This is still in our possession and destined to become a coffee table just as soon as we find the right castors/wheels/feet. Not quite sure what yet but something to amp up the height.
Moving along to the salvage department. We picked up the biggest baluster I’ve ever seen. And by “we”, I surely mean Ryan picked it up. This sucker is heavy. Topped with 30 inch round glass and you’ve got yourself a grand table for a foyer or a petite kitchen bistro table. The color is original. This gem is for sale currently at The West End Garage.
Just a bit of TLC was needed and this 3-tier plant stand is serving us very well as a display for our live plants for sale at The West End Garage. But for the right price, of course, it can find a new home. For now however, we’re enjoying its company.
One find that is here to stay forever is this hound dog weather vane. Yes, let me just clarify that it is a reproduction and we’re fully aware of that. We love it just the same. Last year we had an opportunity to buy an antique weather vane just like this in Adamstown but the price was just too high for us to justify for a purely aesthetic accessory to use outdoors nonetheless. We never stopped talking about that weather vane and the should’ve, could’ve, would’ve. It was like the “one that got away” for us so we were very happy to run into this guy at the right price in Brimfield. There are few cases that I am ok with a repro but this is one of them. This hound dog dons our potting shed and greets us every afternoon.
Have you found any remarkable new treasures lately?
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for the Fab Four Flea in Cape May a few weeks ago. We cleared out a ton of stuff and sent many treasures to new homes to be adored, as they should be. Naturally we had a blast doing it regardless of the 5 am wake up call.
So much fun that I’m hosting another yard sale this Saturday. This time in PA. Montgomery county. That’s right, another multi-family yard sale (with other families) where we pawn more of our long forgotten about treasures off on you for next to nothing. We’re practically giving it away all in the name of charity once again.
All of the funds from Saturday’s sale will benefit our Bike MS: City to Shore fundraiser. (Ryan’s offline donations need to be updated, if you’re keeping tabs, but they are growing!)
The great purge of 2014 continues…expect more vintage, some furniture, lots of kitchen items, sporting good equipment and just general household items – some old, some new. You can view our ad here and find out where to go on Saturday morning. As always, early birds welcome.
We have another Team Recanize fundraiser event planned for later this summer. I will be sure to share details ASAP. I think you’re going to like it. It does not involve buying any of my old junk. I mean junque. Stay tuned…
While I am shamelessly self-promoting our events, please note that I will be hosting another free Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration on Sunday at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. Let’s talk paint.
I can’t stop with the drop leaf tables. There’s more where this one came from too! This is another one that we picked up in Brimfield. It is the perfect size in my opinion. I like drop leafs for their versatility. This one is petite when closed. Just right for a cottage beach house kitchen that can open up to accommodate additional diners around the table. However it could also make a really functional sofa table that can open up as a game table or home office if need be. Anyway, enough imagining its future life. Let’s discuss its former.
When I acquired the table, it felt really primitive to me. Too primitive for my taste. It needed color. A little pizazz.
I started with a coat of tricycle MMS milk paint which is such a good, vibrant red. Why I haven’t I used it in so long? However, red on this piece still felt primitive. I punched it up with french enamel MMS milk paint, a gorgeous light blue that I also don’t seem to use enough.
The twist, though, is that I created a resist once again using hemp oil. Just like the last drop leaf I painted. The red peaks through in just a few chipping spots on the legs and apron of the table.
I considered staining the top with curio, the dark brown MMS milk paint. It is getting increasingly popular as a stain for table tops and dresser tops. But it turns out that just a coat of hemp oil did the trick to revive the dehydrated wood top. I love the nicks in the top too. It gives so much authenticity.
Ahh, the magic of hemp oil!
This table is for sale at West End Garage in Cape May. The chairs are not. They’re mine! The entire Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint product line is also available so you can achieve this look on your own piece of furniture.
Have you made over any furniture lately?
I picked up this drop leaf table while in Brimfield. I have a growing drop leaf table collection. It is an addiction really. I don’t know what it is about them. Their versatility. The timeworn tops. Not sure. But I’ve never met one I don’t like.
Well that’s not totally true. When the tops are impeccable and shiny, I don’t usually like them. I like a worn stained finish and of course a chippy worn paint job to match on the legs.
And that’s the exact treatment this table got.
Oh the power of milk paint and the chippy goodness it can create.
The first coat on the legs is Trophy.
The second coat is Grain Sack.
I followed a similar suit on the ladder back chairs which I previewed here before.
This chair features Apron Strings & a custom mix of French Enamel and Linen…I think.
The options are endless when it comes to milk paint. But to get this layered look you need to create a resist between colors and coats. This can be achieved a number of ways including applying the wax puck or hemp oil as a resist.
See, milk paint naturally wants to absorb into the surface unless, of course, there is a previous finish there for it to resist. That’s where it gets interesting.
All three pieces are available individually at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
So this is happening.
It’s that time of year again. Time for our multi-family yard sale, also known as the Fab 4 Flea, where a group of my friends purge only their best stuff. The stuff you’ve been looking for. There will be furniture, dishes, games, mirrors, art, designer clothing, china, books and yes, loads of vintage that I need to unload. Everything is priced to move. And early birds are welcome!
There is a twist this year… Ryan and I will be fundraising via the sale. The proceeds from all of the merchandise we sell will go to our Bike MS: City to Shore fundraiser. You know this is a cause near and dear to us.
Our team is working to meet our fundraising goals so we can bike together this September like we did last year. Side note, if you want to join Team Recanize and ride with us in September, we’d love to have you. Sign up here. If I can do it, you can…
We hope you’ll come out and find a new treasure while supporting our cause. It is a win-win! If you are going to be in Cape May on Saturday morning and want to visit our sale, send me a message for the address or look for our ad in the Shoppe. You’ll know it when you see it!