black & brass

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.

vintage chest before

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.

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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!

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I finished the entire piece with furniture wax for a protective topcoat.  I love the original brass knobs against the soft black.

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Pictured are also a pair of apron strings candlesticks finished with lots of antiquing wax for a warm fall look.

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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.  Typewriter night stand-4875

In the meantime, our Fall Furniture Sale is still going on with mark downs on select pieces!

Fall Furniture Sale

 

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?

alligator dresser

I fell in love with the texture of this little chest of drawers.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

In its previous dark stain, you couldn’t really see the texture though. I decided to paint the entire thing in a coat of Typewriter which just happens to be Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint color of the month for October.  (Tweet/instagram/pin/post/share your Typewriter painted pieces using hashtag #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth)

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

Buuut I didn’t stop at Typewriter because that wasn’t very different from where the dresser started.  I went over it in a coat of mustard seed yellow.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

I painted the coat lightly and wiped off any excess paint allowing the yellow to settle in the crevices and the black texture to pop creating an alligator effect.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

This was a fun one to paint.  The texture of the previous finish really did all the work in creating the antique effect.  I applied a top coat of hemp oil and slightly distressed it further revealing more of the typewriter base coat.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

I finished it off with shiny white ceramic knobs for a bit of a farmhouse feel.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

The size of this chest seems perfect for a kid’s room.  The drawers aren’t too wide but are nice and deep.  Plus I lined them with maps!

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

Turns out the leftover atlas pages from our wedding place settings were cut to just the right size to fit 3 in each drawer snugly.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

It is headed to Serendipity this afternoon…along with lots of other inventory.  The milk paint mixers are in.  You’ve got to try them for mixing a nice, consistent paint.  I’ll show you how next Saturday at our free milk paint demo!

MMS October flier

In the meantime, we’re getting ready for Sunday’s Clover Market.  Let’s just hope this rain goes away!

Before you go, I could use your advice.  I have a new little workshop space that I’m pretty smitten with. Last week, I instagrammed my newly organized paint brushes. Swoon.

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Possibly more exciting though is that once I finish painting a piece, I can just turn it around, stage and snap pictures like this.  Except not quite like this.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

I am trying to decide how to “decorate” the background so it looks less workshop-y and industrial.  I considered staining the raw wood with milk paint, of course.  Or hanging fabric or paper.  Maybe doors or reclaimed wood planking.  But my favorite idea is to layer all of those things so I can switch out the background according to what I’m staging.  Think paint, fabric and then wood.

Tell me, what would you do?  I’d love to hear from you.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee