This Sunday, I will be at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown decking the halls and hosting a Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration. As always, the demo is free so come pick my brain. Let’s discuss DIY holiday gift ideas made with milk paint! This will be the last demonstration of the year held in Doylestown. I look forward to seeing you there!
Also, congratulations are in order to Joan who won the CanvasPop 16×20 framed print giveaway!
It can be so unclear on the milk paint samples and bags in store. Schloss is actually a bit of a chameleon color much like grainsack, in my opinion. It changes with the light and based on the surface you’re painting. The latter is true with most milk paint colors actually.
Schloss is from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint European color line that came out earlier this year.
It is named for German castles. The color itself is meant to represent old stone fortresses common in Europe much like the one pictured here. Sometimes it turns up gray and sometimes a weathered brown exactly like the patina of the castles.
Hopefully this clarifies the nomenclature of this color. Either way, schloss is a great neutral. I’ve been using it lately layered with other grays (coming soon) and on its own like in today’s feature.
Shown here is a vintage telephone table where two coats of schloss were applied without bonding agent. It was topped with furniture wax to protect and bring out the color.
The piece was a bit raw and worn as it was pulled out of a barn where it was in hibernation.
The side in sets are more than likely a veneer. Those areas on the side are the only place the paint chipped adding character.
Telephone tables are certainly becoming extinct, but why? This one serves perfectly as a nightstand or end table. It is available for sale at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown along with the great vintage carriage blanket and p.f. candles too!
Don’t miss our summertime milk paint demonstration taking place this Sunday at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. No need to register. Just show up! I’ll be waiting for you…
We’re stocked with lots of other summer goodies. Except for the little table pictured which was painted in a custom mixed blue and sold almost immediately. Don’t worry – I’ll tell you how you can paint your own and cross it off of your summer bucket list!
Happy spring! Can you believe we are approaching May already?
Earlier this week we migrated to a new space at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. Check out our evolving selection of vintage home & garden just as you walk in. Can’t find Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the old space? Look no further, it is just beyond the front door. We are fully stocked and ready for your spring projects! Now for some eye candy…
We’re still settling into Serendipity’s new location in Chestnut Hill but this weekend is a great time to visit. Sunday is Chestnut Hill’s Garden Festival! We’re stocked with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the new location as well. (See addresses and hours below.)
Spring is just around the corner! My favorite time of year. Everyone comes out of hibernation. Daffodils begin to emerge. The days continue to get longer. We start freshening up our porches and outdoor spaces while confirming summer vacation plans. Oh the prospect of the season ahead. It is so exciting, isn’t it?
We’ve made a few plans of our own. Circa Dee is heading to Clover Market this spring. We’re keeping it small and sharing space with In With The Old at 2 of the 4 spring markets. We’ve been stashing vintage finds for Clover Market all winter long. It is going to be fantastic and I can’t wait to see YOU.
Expect to find Circa Dee and In With The Old at the season opener in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, April 12th. And the season closer on Sunday, June 7th in Bryn Mawr – note the new location. You can check out all of the market details here.
The next milk paint demonstration is scheduled for this Sunday, March 23rd at 1 pm at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. All are welcome. No registration required. Just plain fun.
Down at The West End Garage in Cape May, we’re stocked for spring. Be sure to stop by and visit us while you’re at the beach! The West End Garage is open Friday-Sunday in March & Friday-Monday in April. Hope to see you soon.
They’re here! The much-anticipated European colors will hit shelves this weekend at both shops, Serendipity & The West End Garage. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on these beautiful colors. I mixed up a few of them yesterday and couldn’t love them more. Here’s some feedback thus far… Arabesque is a soft, ballet pink. I have a bulky beat up secretary desk that I “earmarked” for this color. Yesterday I applied the first coat and can’t wait to work on this piece further. I am convinced this color doesn’t have to be girly with the addition of some antiquing wax. I’ll be sure to share the results here. Mora is very possibly my new favorite! The color is questionable. Is it silver gray? Is it blue green? Even a neutral? This one is a chameleon and changes with the light and surroundings. I painted a sample to consider for kitchen cabinets that I’m getting ready to work on. I think it leaves just the right pop without being in your face nor is it too quiet. I quickly mixed up Marzipan which true to its name is a creamy neutral. For me, this goes in the Ironstone/Linen category. Ironstone is by far our most popular seller but perhaps one can switch things up and try using Marzipan which is off white with a hint of yellow but not as yellow as Linen. I haven’t had a chance to experiment with the other 3 colors just yet but here they are, full of beautiful potential… Our next free milk paint demonstration is on Sunday at Serendipity in Doylestown at 1 pm. Please join us, even if you’ve come to a demo before. We’ll have the new European colors in stock and I’ll be mixing up samples for you to see! If you can’t make it on Sunday but would like to snag a new color, we are currently taking pre-sales online here.
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!
We have a new DIY project under way in our home. We’re creating a custom hearth in the corner of our living room. Once that is complete we’re having a wood burning stove professionally installed. (We know our DIY limits!) We’re hoping to have this project finished in time for a fire on the first chilly September evening. We started planning early so let’s hope we stay on track with the timeline. In fact, we’ve been talking about executing this for a year, at least, but you know how house project timelines can go…
After much pinning and deliberating we decided on natural slate for the hearth. Most of the pins on my wood burning board seem to just reflect beautifully stacked wood which I am certainly looking forward to aesthetically, however the end result will hopefully be a combination of the following photos.
The slate arrived today and we’ll begin the project next week. All of the slate discussion seemed to seep into my painting world though. Completely unintentionally too!
I scored a beautiful old chest of drawers at an estate sale. It actually has the original tag still intact on the back. (Sorry for the poor quality phone pic.)
The previous owner had sanded down most of the cherry finish. Can you believe that?
I proceeded to use milk paint without the bonding agent and expected decent adhesion since the glossy surface was sanded.
Beginning with the drawers, I originally thought I’d paint them typewriter (black) as I knew I wanted to head in a masculine & sophisticated direction with this piece. However, black wasn’t giving me exactly what I wanted. On my work bench I had a little artissimo (navy) left over from these nightstands. And a little boxwood (green) left from this sideboard (which I haven’t blogged about yet). I went ahead and mixed all three colors together producing such a beautiful deep color that immediately reminded me of slate. I did not measure but if I had to guess, I would say it was three parts typewriter to two parts artissimo and two parts boxwood – give or take. Mixing paint colors can be so satisfying at times!
The body of the dresser was painted trophy (gray) which mimics the color of the grout we chose for our slate hearth project. The entire chest has a durable coat of furniture wax.
The glass knobs pulled the piece together and seem to make it sparkle. As much as slate can sparkle, anyway. Tell me what is inspiring you this week!
The chest just landed at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown where you can also find all of the paint colors mentioned and those glass knobs. I must say that it looks spectacular in the window on Oakland Street. Go check it out!