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MMSMP on INSTAGRAM

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RETAILER SPOTLIGHT | Yasmin Michielsen

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Our retailer spotlight this week is Yasmin, owner of Ruby Wonen.

 

RUBY WONEN
Bosstraat 12
4611 NC Bergen op Zoom

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Wednesday: 10:00 to 17:30
Thursday: 10:00 to 17:30
Friday: 10:00 to 19:30
Saturday: 10: 00h to 17: 00h

0164-657450

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I’m Yasmin Michielsen, 27, born and raised in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands. I live with my partner and dog.  My dog loves watching me paint, and once in a while give the pieces an extra touch with some dog hair!

At the age of 17, I joined the Army and was a sergeant for 6 years. As a kid a always wanted to be an interior architect, don’t know what went wrong there! 😉   I guess I needed some adventure first!  After 6 years of army, I got time to think about a new start because of cuts in the Military. My dad is the owner of Cling On Brushes, so I was quite familiar with painting furniture. We ordered some Milk Paint at Old Red Barn, the distributor for Milk Paint and Cling On brushes. My first project was this lovely piece of furniture, and I painted it Eulalie’s Sky for my dining room. I loved it!!  I started thinking, how awesome would it be, if I can make work out of my hobby?  As a kid I was always very creative, and with a painters family, I had to keep the traditions in honor.  But of course with a touch of Yasmin 😊
 

You can’t ask me which color I love the most – that’s torture! OK… so if I have to choose, I have to say Eulalie’s Sky.  It was my first color I ever tried and still loving it. And Boxwood, Bergere, Layla’s Mint, Artissimo….. I stop here 😉

I loooove going to second buy shops, cute animal prints and feathers. And flowers! Every week a lovely lady brings in fresh flower bouquets, which customers can buy. 
Whenever I have the time, I love to read home magazines… which in this case you can imagine the “to-read-pile”

 

 

 

MMSMP on INSTAGRAM

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram! Check out these lovelies!

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CURIO AS A STAIN

We are loving this beautiful horn coat rack by Annie of Simply Chic.  

After mixing the paint, Annie lightly sanded any rough edges and applied 3 coats of Curio as a stain.  She sealed the piece with two coats of Hemp Oil.  READ THE FULL POST HERE.

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First, lets get our ingredients ready. Of course we need our MMSMP in Curio then our mixing cup and stir stick, plus our measuring instruments. I must preface this by saying that I try to recycle as many things as possible. You will notice my cup is from Starbucks; this is because my husband had an every day addiction to it so I asked him to please bring me home his cups. I just clean them out with a little soap and water and they are good to go! I think I must have a whole cabinet full by now. Also my stir stick has duck tape on the end because I didn’t have a short stick so I just broke a long one in half. Now to the measuring…

 

When you use this paint the normal ratio is 1 to 1 but in using as a stain it is 3 to 1. For this project though I chose to do a 2 to 1 ratio. That is 2 parts water to 1 part MMSMP.

I used a light sand paper to open up the grain and also to remove any rough edges of the wood. Cleaning off the piece after sanding is really important, you can use a vacuum or some Windex and a rag.   

READ THE FULL POST HERE

MMSMP on INSTAGRAM

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram! Check out these lovelies!

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RETAILER SPOTLIGHT | Melissa Fuller

Our retailer spotlight this week is Melissa, owner of Freshly Worn Furniture.

FRESHLY WORN FURNITURE
389 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 915-2743

HOURS:
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm 

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I have been a stay at home mom for almost 10 years. My beautiful girls are 8 and 10 years old and still keep me busy every minute.  We are holding steady at 2 cats and 1 dog – there have been a lot of furry friends at our house in the past.  Freshly Worn Furniture opened in October 2016.  It has been my dream to share the joy of painting with others.  Sharing the experience of creating something beautiful brings joy to me but also my workshop participants.  It inspires me to teach more and find new techniques to share. 

I have always looked for things to keep me busy.  Painting fulfills my creative side and inspires me with the color and texture.  I get inspiration from the furniture pieces themselves.  My husband laughs at me but I always say the piece will tell me what color it wants to be and I wait until it does.  My collections change but right now I am drawn to vintage padlocks with the original keys, old paint brushes (that was inspired by Marian) and vintage chalkboards.  Boxwood is my fast favorite MMSMP color with Luckett’s Green very close behind. I adore the brilliant pigments and tones that pop up when painting with milk paint.  I am surprised by the beauty milk paint brings every time I use it.

 

MMSMP ON INSTAGRAM

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram! Check out these lovelies!

We’d love to see what you’re doing on Instagram. Don’t forget to use #iheartmilkpaint #mmsmilkpaint #mmsmp

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MMSMP ON INSTAGRAM

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram! Check out these lovelies!

We’d love to see what you’re doing on Instagram. Don’t forget to use #iheartmilkpaint #mmsmilkpaint #mmsmp

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How to Achieve a Non-Chippy Finish

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is a great paint choice if you want your piece to have an aged, chippy look.  This can range from a subtle chip here and there, like the finish on this Flow Blue depression era dresser.

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Or it can be more pronounced like these pieces.

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Sometimes the chippy look is just the ticket to make a piece look aged and old, but what do you do if you don’t want a chippy finish?  How do you get MMS Milk Paint to look more like this?

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The answer is Bonding Agent.

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Bonding Agent is a liquid additive that is used to increase the adhesion of Milk Paint.  It’s milky white in appearance and is low odor/VOC.  It’s perfectly safe to use indoors and is just the right product to use if you desire a non-chippy finish.  When using Bonding Agent, mix a 1:1 ratio to mixed Milk Paint.  In other words, if you have 1 cup of mixed Milk Paint, add in 1 cup of Bonding Agent.  You always want to add Bonding Agent to mixed Milk Paint, not the powder alone.

This video shows Marian using it on a Boxwood green piece.

Bonding Agent is best used on pieces that have a smooth or glossy surface.  It’s also helpful to gently scuff the surface of your pieces to add some “tooth”.  This will help your Milk Paint grip the surface.  You don’t have to use an aggressive grit like 60 or 80 or drag out the orbital sander.  Just hand-scuff the surface enough so the existing glossy finish has some scratches in it and isn’t so shiny.

When you mix Bonding Agent into your Milk Paint, you’ll notice the consistency will become more creamy.  Milk Paint won’t ever be as thick as a chalk-type or latex paint, but Bonding Agent will create a consistency that is reminiscent of these types of paint.

Watch Marian show Kriste how to use Bonding Agent in this video from Kriste’s Milk Paint Journal:

Even if you use Bonding Agent in your Milk Paint, it may not stick to oily or greasy surfaces, so it’s best to clean your piece with TSP or a degreaser prior to painting.  This is a good step to take regardless of the paint you’re using, as these oils and grease may seep through your paint and bleed up to the surface.  You definitely don’t want that after all of your hard work!

 

Bonding Agent isn’t necessary when painting raw wood surfaces, as MMS Milk Paint will soak in like a dream all on its own.

milkpaint on raw woodHopefully you feel a bit more confident about using this product to achieve a smoother, non-chippy finish on your pieces.  Make sure you check our website to find your local retailer so you can give Bonding Agent a try!  Also, make sure you share your photos with us on social media.  Tag us @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram and on Facebook so we can see your gorgeous handiwork!

TOUGH COAT

This fall, I asked my dad if he would come and stay with us for a week to get some projects done around the house. One of the big ones on my list was to get a cabinet built for our bedroom that would hide our TV and bed linens. We were originally going to make the piece out of new wood but we figured we would just stop in our favorite booth at my local antique shop to see what the salvage guy had. To my delight, he had stacks of old barn doors priced really well. So we picked them up and after a few days, my dad had completed the project!

I love how chippy the original white paint is on this guy! The wood below had gone gray so the colors worked perfectly for the palette of the rest of the room. What was a challenge with this piece was just how chippy it was. I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave it the way it was so I decided to coat the whole piece in MMSMP Tough Coat to seal all the chippy goodness in.

You can see how dramatic the cracking and chipping is! Something I would never want to paint over.

The piece sealed wonderfully and since I used the new matte Tough Coat, there’s no shine or gloss. So it looks like I just hauled this beauty out of a barn while still remaining perfectly sealed. Win-win in my book!

I also used a bit of MMSMP Antiquing Wax on the fresh cut edges so that they would blend seamlessly with the patina of the rest of the piece. All it took was a rag and about five minutes and I had it matching perfectly!

While the Tough Coat makes a perfect sealer for those pre-chipped pieces, it also works really well to seal pieces that you’ve painted with MMSMP that have begun to chip. We also love to use it as a barrier between slick poly finished that would otherwise resist milk paint. In addition, we’ve been loving using it as a top coat on lots of different pieces around the studio! The matte finish is smooth as butter and glides on like a dream with a few quick brushstrokes.