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How To Gold Leaf

Learn how to add gold leaf accents to your projects with this easy to follow video tutorial. This is a simple way to add lots of character to any piece! Using gold leaf to add accents to decor is a classic skill that is easier than you might think!  Today, Barbara is going to show…

Before and After, Using Gesso

I was so lucky to get my hands on this table! What a treat! The Furniture Angels are being very kind to me! I knew that this would be the perfect piece to use gesso on. As is usually often the case, I neglected to take a “before” picture of this little treasure. This photo…

Diary of a Thrift Store Bed (Or, How to paint a piece of furniture)

Last Week: while meeting with Town & Country flooring, in Truckee, to order flooring for the Tahoe house, we sought out a couple of thrift stores. You can’t make a trip anywhere, without doing this, can you? The first stop was disappointing, but the Hospice Thrift Store, in Truckee, had a pine bed, for $28,…

Customizing Milk Paint Colors & Trying MMS Transfer Gel

One of the things I love about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, is how you can mix your own custom colors. These two tables were painted with: 1 T of Eulalies Sky 1 T of Luckett’s Green 2 T of Grain Sack 1/2 C of Bonding Agent Mixed with cool water to create a beautiful…

Our Latest Milk Paint Project

When it comes to “chippy” milk paint projects, this Davenport Desk, from the 1800’s certainly did what it pleased!  Here’s what she looked like before we painted her with MMS Trophy and Grain Sack. We decided to do without the bonding agent (primer), so that it would do its chippy thing, here and there.  I…

Latest Milk Paint Projects

Never used Milk Paint? It’s easier than you might think!

Gold Leaf Projects, Part 2

If you joined me on my gilding. Saga Part 1, here is part 2, in the gilding process. I had applied the bole (rust colored paint). Today, I applied the size, (glue) and then the gold leaf, followed by dark wax. My soul sister Amy Howard, showed us a simple way to apply the very…

Gold Leaf Projects

Gold leaf

Latest Projects & Finds!

Hello there! Now that I’m back in the “thick of it” at the shop, blogging isn’t nearly as consistent as I ‘d like it to be. There are just not enough hours in a day! And the shop seems to magnify all my ADD tendencies. Talk about distractions! Well, enough about all that! Here’s the…

New Life for an Antique Bed

One of my dear customers, bought this bed and dresser, at the shop, for her daughter, before I could paint it. This was one of our most challenging projects. These pieces had been neglected for some time. Mr. Wonderful worked his magic on the bed and Patti and I took it from there. This filler…

What’s In Your Garage? (Painting Projects!)

The rumor is, that many people use their garages for cars. We lost that memo. This is Mr. Wonderful’s version of a “man cave”. As long as there’s a TV to watch sports, life is good! I don’t know what I’d do without him! After some repair work, this is going to be a beautiful…