makers

This week has been all about making.  And pricing but we won’t talk about the endless task of tagging holiday inventory.  Making, however, is one of my favorite things to do.  My second favorite actually.  Buying, sourcing, picking, whatever you want to call it…that is my very favorite task in this business.

When sourcing vintage inventory it is common for us to come across old wood, doors, trim and the related that can be used to paint a vintage style sign.  I can get lost for hours sketching, painting and conceptualizing these signs.  This week they were primarily holiday specific.

Ryan prepares the surfaces, cuts and secures boards and attached the hardware.  Some are simple but evoke the spirit of the season.

handpainted holiday "Believe" sign on reclaimed wood + driftwood tree

Painting smalls like these signs presents a great opportunity to use leftover milk paint mixed from a larger project.

handpainted vintage style Santa sign on reclaimed wood

The Santa is permanent chalk over rustic old boards with great texture.  I achieved the look by using a fine flat brush and grainsack milk paint applied over the initial chalk sketch.

handpainted Santa Clause sign on reclaimed wood

I think this board was part of an old cupboard door.  The green streak of paint was already there along with the texture and smudges.  I took a lead from those colors when choosing the aqua and brown acrylic paints for my design.  I painted a similar Moose Lodge sign a few years ago.  I always loved it so decided to replicate it with a different color palette.

handpainted holiday sign on reclaimed wood-Moose Lodge

I went over the moose with white wax to blend it into the old paint job on the door.

handpainted holiday sign on reclalmed wood-Moose Lodge

This Silent Night sign is a piece of scalloped trim.  Nothing fancy.  I like the muted color scheme provided by a wash of shutter gray and navy lettering.

handpainted Silent Night on salvaged trim #mmsmp

Another project on tap this week was turning a salvaged column into a clothes tree for retail display.  We’ve had a pair of salvaged white Cape May porch columns for several years.  They’ve made cameos a number of places including in our salvage style bedroom (which is currently getting a more sophisticated re-vamp).

salvaged column clothes tree painted with mmmsmp kitchen scale, retail booth display

I decided to paint one in kitchen scale and topcoat it with antiquing wax.  Ryan built a tiered support system on the bottom and secured a trio of iron hooks on top.

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The new and improved salvaged column clothes tree will be popping up in a retail display this season!  All of the vintage style signs will be available for sale.

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painting over the chipping

In several of my recent milk paint demonstrations while addressing “the chippy look”, people have asked what happens if you paint over chippy milk paint?

Great question!  Let me give you a visual…

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So in other words, you have a shiny or varnished piece of furniture that you paint with milk paint without bonding agent added and immediately this happens…

Lucketts Green chipping

The paint begins to flake or chip off as quickly as it dries.   Cool, right?  But maybe that is not the look you are trying to achieve.  So for better coverage with lots of texture simply paint over the first layer of chipping paint with bonding agent in the second coat.

Did you get that?  When it dries it will be bumpy and raised in certain areas from where the first layer chipped.

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At this point you will want to sand it back with a fine grit sanding sponge.  Sanding will smooth the surface out while also pulling out some of the other colors.

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For coverage comparison purposes, the chair on the right pictured below is painted dried lavender with bonding agent.

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Finally, wax your textured piece.  This is a good opportunity to mix white wax and antiquing wax since you already have various shades of paint and loads of texture.  You can’t go wrong!

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I usually have a random “experimental piece” like this sitting in the workshop.  This way I never waste leftover milk paint and I usually learn a thing or two as I play.  At some point, I deem it finished.  This particular bookshelf started with lucketts green, then got some ironstone, eulalie’s sky and linen plus all three waxes!

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Lots of paint posts lately as I’ve been plowing through so many pieces in my workshop this summer.  Subsequently they turnover relatively quickly as this is our busiest season for retail. We are planning our winter list of DIY house projects and it is looking mighty fine.  I can’t wait to share all of that inspiration as it unfolds in just a few months!  Although, I certainly don’t want to rush summer…

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a whole lot of legs

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.

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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.

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And that’s the exact treatment this table got.

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Oh the power of milk paint and the chippy goodness it can create.

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The first coat on the legs is Trophy.

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The second coat is Grain Sack.

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I followed a similar suit on the ladder back chairs which I previewed here before.

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This chair features Apron Strings & a custom mix of French Enamel and Linen…I think.

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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.

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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.

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All three pieces are available individually at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.

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milk paint in cape may

Hey there!  Have you heard the news?

We’re bringing Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint to Cape May.  That’s right.  You can expect to find the full product line and other DIY goodies at The West End Garage.

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To kick it off, I am offering a free milk paint demonstration on Saturday, May 10th at 11 am.  No need to sign up.  Just come as you are ready to learn what all of the hype is about.  I’ll show you how to mix the paint and we’ll talk about different finishes and topcoats.  This is not a “one size fits all” paint and many different finishes can be achieved.  We’ll even discuss how you can use it outdoors on fences and window boxes.  So feel free to bring specific project questions, before pictures, etc.

WEG May demo

Oh and bring your mom.  It’ll be Mother’s Day weekend after all!  A perfect time to visit Cape May.

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Actually any time is a perfect time to visit Cape May.

Cape May beaches

However, if you can’t make it on Saturday, May 10th, don’t worry.  We’ll offer another demonstration in the future.  And if you just can’t wait until May 10th, visit West End Garage this weekend.  The paint is in stock.

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May’s colors of the month are Eulalie’s Sky and Linen.  The perfect pairing for a Victorian beach house, don’t you think?

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.

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

winter market

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.

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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.

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We had a great time painting these adorable frames and talking about the fundamentals of what makes milk paint unique.

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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?

milk paint workshop at Clover Market

How much do I love Clover Market?

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

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….

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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.

merry christmas

And the winner of the Merry Milk Paint Giveaway is… Jena.

Enjoy!!!

Merry Milk Paint Giveaway by Circa Dee expires 12-24-13 (1 of 4)

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From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

And Happy New Year too.  We’ll see you in 2014, friends!

Thanks for all of the support and friendship in 2013.