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Eulalie’s Sky & Linen Chippy Wall Cupboard

May’s Colors of the Month are simply gorgeous, wouldn’t you say?

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They are beautiful all on their own, but I recently completed a piece where they happily combined together to create the most amazing look!

It all began with this rather sad looking wall cabinet.

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Isn’t it the most pathetic thing you’ve ever seen?  Those handles…ick!  The outside wasn’t looking too promising, however check out the beauty on the inside.

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Dear friends, it was storage heaven!

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These little glass-front cubbies swung out if you pushed on the corners.

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Each side had tons of pegs, which led me to think it was some sort of antique sewing cabinet.

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They’re quite narrow though and a spool wouldn’t have fit on them.  A few hours of Google searching revealed nothing, so I was absolutely stumped as to what it was originally used for.  Despite its mysterious origins, it was in desperate need of a MMSMP makeover!

I started on the inside.  It was musty, smelly, and unbelievably dirty!  A thorough vacuum took care of most of the problem spots, but I wound up going into the tight spaces with a toothbrush to properly rid them of spider nests and dirt.

After everything was clean, I attacked every corner with hydrating Hemp Oil.

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The wood was so dry and thirsty and it looked amazing when I was finished.  The glass-fronted cubbies got a few squirts of Windex too!

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The outside was in desperate need of paint.  I wasn’t 100% sure what color to use, but I had a feeling I would wind up with bleed-through no matter what color I picked.  My first step was to apply a layer of Tough Coat to seal in the dark stain.

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In the end, I decided to paint the cabinet with Eulalie’s Sky.  I thought that most people probably have white walls in their homes, and this cheerful color would add a lovely vintage pop to their space.  The color brushed on perfectly, but I had an obvious problem after I distressed.

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The top I made for it was cut from a pine scrap board, and it didn’t match the doors at all.  They were constructed from plywood and the dark stain caused the Eulalie’s Sky to appear slightly darker and more saturated than the pine.  Nothing changed even when I added more coats of paint to the top.  I couldn’t leave the cabinet uneven, so I turned to my jar of Beeswax Finish.

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I decided to do a Beeswax resist with the Eulalie’s Sky and a coat of Linen.  I mixed up my Linen on the thicker side, not taking too much care for the texture.  I had some lumps and sediment, which I did on purpose.  I wanted the Linen to create a crusty top layer, giving the illusion of time-worn paint.

Once my Linen was mixed up, I used a heavy hand with the Beeswax Finish and applied it over a small section.

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I immediately picked up the Linen and painted it on thickly, taking care not to overbrush it.  My goal was to simply lay it overtop of the Beeswax finish, not to work it in.

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You could immediately see the Linen pulling away from the Beeswax underneath.  This was exactly what I was looking for!

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I repeated the process all over the cabinet, making sure to work in sections.  It took about an hour for the Linen to completely dry because I painted it on thick and it was a rainy humid day outside.  Things were starting to look perfectly chippy!

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After a healthy sanding, my cabinet was proudly wearing Eulalie’s Sky and Linen in chippy perfection.

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Now there was no color discrepancy between the top and the bottom.

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Because the finish was textured and chippy, I sealed it with Tough Coat.  This is an ideal product to use over chippy MMS Milk Paint.

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I staged my cupboard to be used as a jewelry cabinet.  I thought the pegs would be perfect for rings and necklaces.  Plus, I’m not a sewer and my pathetic stash of sewing supplies would have made for poor pictures.

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Here are my rings all lined up and eager to be chosen for the day.

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One of the drawers has dividers built in, so I thought they would be perfect for watches and bracelets.

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The swing-out cubbies could hide bracelets too.

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No tangled necklaces here!

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The finishing touches on this piece were the (unfortunately non-working) key and a pair of glass knobs.

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This piece drew 4 or 5 buyers within a few hours of posting it.  I’m happy to say that it has been sold and is awaiting its new owner with eager anticipation.

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For more MMSMP inspiration, visit my website and subscribe to receive furniture updates at www.eighthundredfurniture.com.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram too at eight.hundred.furniture for other MMSMP tips and tricks!

How are you using Eulalie’s Sky and Linen this month?  Be sure to tag Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on social media so we can share your beautiful handiwork!  Use our hashtags for easy searching.  #mmsmp #mmsmilkpaint #iheartmilkpaint

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May Colors of the Month – Eulalie’s Sky & Linen

May is upon us and it’s brought blooming flowers, warm breezes, and birds nesting in the trees. It’s also brought two new MMS Milk Paint colors to highlight and explore!

Our first Color of the Month of May begins with a cow.  The wildly talented Cindy Austin offered to paint a picture of a cow for Marian because she wanted one for her home.  Cindy worked on it for a few weeks, and then one day Marian received a huge box on her doorstep!  Inside was the now famous cow, Eulalie.

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The color of the sky in the painting was so beautiful, that Marian added it to the Milk Paint line, and it’s appropriately named “Eulalie’s Sky”.  This soft aqua looks fantastic when paired with any of the whites in our line.

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It’s a fun color to mix too!  The powder appears creamy white in the bag, but once water hits it, it turns into the beautiful shade of aqua that we all know and love.

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Thanks to Allison of The Golden Sycamore, we can show you how Eulalie’s Sky looks when paired with our waxes and Hemp Oil.

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Pair it with White Wax for a coastal look or with Antiquing Wax to add depth and contrast.

Here are some of our favorite Eulalie’s Sky pieces:

This is the dresser that Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture painted during the filming of Marian’s “Prove Yourself Wrong” video.

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Here’s a cabinet that Marian painted with Eulalie’s Sky and Ironstone.

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Stacey of Embracing Change paired it perfectly with orangey-pink flowers for a nice pop!

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Melanie of Mango Reclaimed shared this layered beauty!  It’s proudly wearing Eulalie’s Sky, Dried Lavender, and Grain Sack.

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Our favorite probably has to be this stunner by Knot Too Shabby.

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Just look at all of those drawers!

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This color was actually a bespoke mixture of 1/2 cup Eulalies Sky, 1/4 cup Kitchen Scale, and 1/4 cup Ironstone.  The framework was painted in Ironstone.

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Our second Color of the Month is our creamy Linen.

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Linen was created to echo the color of aged and antique linen fabric.

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Linen has more yellow undertones than Ironstone or Farmhouse White, however it’s not quite as creamy and warm as Marzipan.  It also doesn’t have the subtle gray of Grain Sack.  It’s the perfect off-white!

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Linen looks fabulous in each of our finishes.

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It’s especially delicious when it chips over dark wood.  Check out how Breida from breida with a b painted her piano in Linen!

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Linen is also a cornerstone color to have in your stash because it can lighten colors and add warmth to your bespoke mixtures.

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Make sure you’re sharing your Eulalie’s Sky and Linen pieces with us on social media.  We love seeing what you are creating!  Tag @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram and @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook.  Use our hashtags too so we can find your posts – #mmsmilkpaint #mmsmp #iheartmilkpaint

Cheers to May!

MMSMP On Metal – A Vintage Cart Makeover

Did you know that you can use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on metal?  With a little bit of Bonding Agent and creative vision, you don’t have to limit yourself to only wood projects!

When I last visited Marian at Mustard Seed Studio, I made a stop to a nearby antique shop and picked up this vintage metal cart.

 

As you can see, it had a lot of rust spots and a rather sad looking paint job.  Despite its rough appearance, I envisioned it wearing one of the more vintage shades in the line such as April’s Color of the Month, Lucketts Green or perhaps Eulalie’s Sky.

 

This aqua shade is perfect for the summer and it thought it would brighten up my rusty cart.  I made a video detailing the makeover process, including tips and tricks for using Tough Coat as a finish.

To make sure my Milk Paint adhered, I mixed equal parts Bonding Agent to mixed Milk Paint.

 

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After the cart was painted and sealed, I took a trip to my local Habitat for Humanity store and found the most adorable china set.

 

 

The tea set matched the color of my cart perfectly!  Here is the hallmark on the back.

 

Staging the cart was a lot of fun.  I took this shot so you could see how I set everything up “behind the scenes”.

 

I took the cart out onto my balcony and put a piece of leftover bead board paneling behind it to hide the door to my apartment’s utility closet.  Using some double-sided tape, I adhered my linen bunting to the top so the panels wouldn’t flap in the wind.  I shot all of my pictures this way and cropped them during the editing process.

 

Don’t the dishes look amazing up against Eulalie’s Sky?

 

I really couldn’t have found a better pairing!   

 

I just love the pop of aqua glazing inside the teacups.  It compliments Eulalie’s Sky so well!

 

To add some more floral elements, I took some lavender and arranged it in an old ball jar with some moss to hide the stems.

 

Despite the fresh coat of paint, this cart still has plenty of vintage charm including the original wooden caster wheels,

 

and lots of texture peeking through the metal.  This is the main reason why I used Tough Coat as my finish of choice.  With the texture of the metal and the use this cart will be getting, I wanted a finish that would hold up to drinks, cookies, plates, and lots of summer evenings.

 

I used 150 grit sandpaper to wear the edges down so the cart feels fresh but not 100% brand new.

 

I’m over the moon with the way everything came together on this piece and I’m so glad that Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint has Eulalie’s Sky in their collection.  It was the perfect color choice on this vintage cart.  I’m also so pleased with the way Bonding Agent allowed the paint to stick with no chipping, and Tough Coat sealed everything in like a champ.

 

Do you have any metal pieces that you could paint?  Share your projects with us by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook, @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram, and use our hashtags #mmsmp and #mmsmilkpaint so we can find your gorgeous photos!