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MMSMP Featured Artisan – Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture

Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we are always on the lookout for talented artisans who are using our products in beautiful and unique ways.  It seems that every time we check our Instagram feed, incredible pieces are popping up left and right from a consistent and uber talented furniture painter.  We’re talking about ridiculously pretty furniture, like this Outback Petticoat stunner:

How could you not slow your scroll with eye candy like this?!

These gorgeous creations all hail from the talented Kristie of Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture in Innisfail, Alberta.

Now you may be wondering why her business is called “Lee.Marie” if the owner’s name is Kristie.  (We were too, so we asked!)  The name “Lee.Marie” came from combining Kristie’s middle name with her sister’s middle name. Ever since they were little they would pretend they were store owners, and regardless of what kind of store they owned, it was always called “Lee.Marie”.  So when Kristie discovered her passion for refinishing furniture, it was easy to make the choice for a name!  Kristie ran it by her sister first, of course, and she was given the “thumbs up” to use it!

Kristie’s journey to painting furniture started when she was little.  As a young girl, she was always asking her dad to paint the walls of her bedroom a different color every year or so, until her father showed her how to do it herself.  When she moved out and got married, she drove her husband crazy with the same obsession of wanting to paint the walls and change the decor and switch everything up all the time.  (Can any of you relate?)

Eventually, Kristie got into painting canvases and it solved her creative itch (for a little while). She also took up playing multiple instruments and attending lessons, but she still felt like she was always looking for another project to do.

One day, she came across a Pinterest post about painting furniture, and knew she had to try it!  Kristie’s mom offered up a small side table and bookshelf.  Kristie painted them white with some light distressing and the rest is history.  As is the case with a lot of our MMS Milk Paint users, Kristie was completely hooked!  She had finally found her creative outlet and developed a love of photography along the way. It solved her constant itch to create something, and she knows her husband is happy that the home projects have slowed down!  Her cello is now used as a furniture prop these days.

Without the help of her husband, Kristie says she couldn’t paint and sell furniture.  Between the physical demands of the profession and being a Mom to an adorable young boy, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all.  Everyone who is a parent knows that it is hard to get anything done throughout the day with a little one in the home, and it’s even harder to take time to work on extra things like hobbies.  Kristie is fortunate enough to have an amazing husband who is always happy to tire out her toddler while she paints.  He also helps with the heavy lifting and repairs that come along with painting furniture.  She literally couldn’t do it without him.

While it may seem that her business takes her away from her family life, it has actually done the opposite.  Kristie and her family often make day trips out of picking up pieces that are further away and visit family if the pickup is at the opposite end of the city where they live.  Sometimes they’ll hang out at a new park or try a new restaurant along the way.  Painting furniture has allowed Kristie to have a creative outlet that she so desperately needed, and provides a way for her to make some extra money while her baby sleeps.  We call that a win-win! 

Kristie started using MMS Milk Paint when she visited one of our fabulous retailers, The Vintage Verandah, in Cochrane, Ab.  The owner of Vintage Verandah, Tanya, gave Kristie a confidence boost by asking her to be in a vintage market and Tanya always had kind words and encouragement for Kristie every time she frequented the shop.  (See?  Aren’t our retailers amazing?!)

Kristie always saw MMS Milk Paint on the shelves but she was too scared to try it.  She wasn’t exactly sure why, but as she joined Instagram and started seeing tons of authentically chippy pieces, it inspired her to buy her very first pouch of Milk Paint the next day.  Kristie was amazed at how simple and easy it was to create the chippy look, which was exactly what she was going for.  We encourage you to take this step as well, dear readers.  Every so often, we hear how intimidated folks are to try our paint, and we encourage you to prove yourself wrong and give it a go.  It’s not as hard as it appears to be.  We promise!

We asked Kristie if she had any advice to pass on to a brand new users of MMSMP.  Here’s what she said:

“For anyone wanting to try milk paint but hasn’t yet, I encourage you to try it. I was apprehensive because I heard it was unpredictable and hard to mix. As far as those two go, the unpredictability is actually why I love it the most and you really can’t mess up the mixing!  It’s easy, and I wish I discovered milk paint sooner!”

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Kristie is always amazed at how every single MMSMP color turns out prettier than she imagined. She swears every shade looks good in her house, and she loves how mixing and matching colors always turns out beautiful.  She says that the MMSMP color pallet is exceptional, and of course, we have to agree with her!  Her most favorite aspect of our paint is how it takes on a mind of its own and it almost “decides” where and when it wants to chip.  She has learned to roll with the unpredictable nature of MMSMP and she says that the paint is always right.  It’s like magic!

While Kristie has used a wide range of our colors, her favorites are our Farmhouse White, which is a classic, or any of the other neutrals in the line.  She truly believes that furniture should enhance and hold a space together.  A dresser in a bedroom should be handsome but humble, all the way down to the hardware.

She always imagines her pieces covered in dishes, picture frames, lamps, books and other trinkets of life, so she tries to make pieces that are subtle statements without adding to the clutter and chaos of the average home.

The same is also true for her colorful pieces too. Outback Petticoat and Boxwood have been her favorites, especially on something like an entryway server welcoming guests as a bold surprise in a neutral setting.

The finish she uses about 99% of the time is our Hemp Oil.

She loves that it’s non-toxic and extremely easy to apply.  The finish it creates is always extremely smooth and durable.

Kristie sells her gorgeous hand-painted furniture in her booth at The Old Creamery Antiques in Innisfail, Alberta.

The store is owned by her father-in-law, and she is lucky enough to learn from his knowledge of (and access to) antique furniture.  Kristie would highly recommend renting a space in an antique mall.  Even though The Old Creamery is family-owned, she still pays rent and commission just like everyone else.  She finds it to be a good trade off for the advertising, storage space, showcase room and storefront hours that she simply couldn’t provide on her own.  About 75% of Kristie’s sales are through the antique mall, and the rest is through her social media, so The Old Creamery is a huge help to her!  Kristie enjoys the community of being with other like-minded creatives and having a whole new audience and exposure.  So, if you’re wondering if you should begin selling your MMS Milk Painted furniture in an organized way, renting a booth in an antique mall or market is an excellent way to begin!  Many of our MMSMP retailers sell out of antique booths, so you’ll be in good company!

You can follow Kristie’s furniture makeovers on her Facebook and Instagram feeds, or visit her space in person at The Old Creamery Antiques in Innisfail.

Are you a talented artisan who is using MMSMP products in beautiful and unique ways?  Do you know of someone we should follow?  Tell us!  Send Jenn Baker an email at [email protected] with links to social media feeds and photos, and who knows – maybe you’ll be our next MMSMP Featured Artisan!

MMSMP Featured Artisan – Designs by Donnie

Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we’re always on the lookout for talented artisans who use our products in unique, creative, and beautiful ways.

One day, we were scrolling through Instagram and we noticed a woodcrafter who made the most gorgeous furniture out of reclaimed wood.  We drooled over pictures like these:

See why we literally “slowed our scroll”?

These gorgeous creations were made by the wildly talented, Donnie Galli of Designs by Donnie.

Growing up, Donnie had many memories working with his grandfather.  Whether they were painting, drawing or building, his grandfather helped to foster a love for making something out of (what felt like) nothing.  Pieces of scrap wood became valuable to him in an instant!

Fast forward nearly forty years and Donnie found himself unemployed during the holiday season. While his kids were at school and his wife was at work, he was alone.  Instead of drowning in his own sorrows, he walked into his garage and began to make a mess.  He started taking old furniture apart and rebuilt it with a vision he had in mind.  Just like that, he was on the path that his grandfather paved years prior.

“Designs by Donnie” was born in a garage during (what he considers to be) the lowest point in his life.  Every day since then has been a training session for him as he continued to build his dreams one piece at a time.

Donnie’s family is his number one priority and he feels blessed to be able to use his craft and his own to hands to provide for them.

This passion makes every tear, every ER visit and every sore muscle worth it for him!

Donnie has always had an interest in drawing, sketching, and painting, but he could never figure-out how to incorporate that talent into his life on a level more than hobby.  (A feeling many of our readers often share with us!)  Donnie found that his love for sketching actually fit quite well with his love for designing furniture.  He wanted to set himself apart from other furniture makers and learned that only a select few were using curved shapes in their designs, so he started sketching furniture with contoured shapes and eventually that lead him to a ton of inspiration and possibilities.  When his clients come to his workshop and describe the style they want, he immediately begins sketching an idea for them.  Donnie says it’s incredibly rewarding to see his sketches come to life – literally!

One aspect that makes Donnie’s designs unique is his use of reclaimed lumber.  He says this medium allows him to offer his clients custom designed furniture with amazing stories about where the material came from.  He says it’s essentially, furniture with a soul!  Donnie’s favorite is river/swamp rescued “Sinker Cypress.”

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Donnie has been using our MMSMP products on some of his projects and he love how it bonds to wood with significant strength.  It doesn’t seem peel or fade, which is a huge benefit for his products.  The fact that MMSMP sinks in like a stain rather laying on the surface of raw wood makes this possible!  In addition, our paint comes in a powder form, so Donnie gets to play with the amount of water he mixes into it.  Sometimes he mixes more water than needed so the Milk Paint will be slightly transparent, acting like a stain or a wash.  He also loves the fact that it doesn’t have any VOC’s and it’s non-toxic.  Considering how often Donnie is around stains, sawdust, and fumes, it’s very important that he use products that will keep his lungs healthy and protected for years to come!

Donnie’s favorite MMSMP product is our Hemp Oil (which we have to agree with)!

Because he mostly works with reclaimed lumber, our Hemp Oil gives a complimentary finish to the old wood.  The Hemp Oil doesn’t change the color tones or the natural weathered look to the wood at all.  Rather, it simply enhances what’s already there.

Most wood is very porous and Hemp Oil will seal the top and penetrate inside the pores as well, offering extra protection. Donnie has tried many sealers on furniture, and he says that none of them can measured up to MMSMP Hemp Oil.  In his opinion, it’s a superior product!

One of Donnie’s most popular designs using our Milk Paint is his whitewashed look.  The bench below is actually one of his most favorite pieces he’s created so far!

We shared some of his pieces that were painted in our Farmhouse White and our social media blew up with positive comments, likes, and loves!

We asked Donnie if he would share his secret with us, and he obliged!  First, he suggests using this technique on pieces of furniture that have drastic highs and lows in the grain.  Old barn wood would be a perfect choice!  After he has his grainy wood selected, he covers the entire piece in Farmhouse White mixed to normal rations (1 part MMS Milk Paint powder to 1 part water).  He doesn’t do any prep work to the lumber i.e. no sanding or milling.  He says this part is critical to achieving his signature look because if you sand the board smooth, then the grain will no longer pop.  The wood needs the “highs and lows.”  Next, he uses a paint scraper and begins to scrape away the paint.  If the blade is sharp, it will remove the paint from the “highs” of the grain and will leave the remaining paint in the “lows.”  He recommends scraping about 10 minutes after the Milk Paint is applied, not allowing it to fully dry because its more difficult once completely cured.  The scraping works as a smoothing agent as it knocks down the high points of the wood.  Once the Milk Paint is totally dry, he applies our Touch Coat or Hemp Oil to seal the piece.  Finally, he uses a dry cloth to hand-buff the whole piece using “a bunch of muscle”.

As you can see, the effect is absolutely stunning!

We can’t get enough of Donnie’s designs, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting him in his furniture ventures.  You can follow Donnie on Facebook, Instagram, and visit his website to learn more about his inspiring creations!

If you are an artisan who loves using MMSMP products, please reach out to us so we can share your beautiful work!  Email Jenn Baker at [email protected] and share your love of Milk Paint!

 

April Colors of the Month – Mustard Seed Yellow & Lucketts Green

April is here and with it brings two new gorgeous colors to feature!  Whenever someone mentions Spring, we automatically think of the color green.  It’s simply where our mind goes.  With that image in mind, it’s only fitting that our first color for the month of April is our very own Lucketts Green.

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This shade of green got its name and color inspiration from the green siding on the Old Lucketts General Store.

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Marian was a vendor here for years and still sets up a booth at The Lucketts Spring Market every year.

Lucketts Green is the perfect color to add a pop of vintage charm.

Lucketts Green Cabinet

Thanks to Allison at The Golden Sycamore, we can show you what it looks like with our various finishes.  We just love that she makes these photos available to her customers and readers!

Lucketts Green Finishes

Our second color for the month of April is our buttery Mustard Seed Yellow.

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It’s bright without being too bold and is the happiest shade of yellow, in our opinion!

Marian was inspired by one of her yellow dresses and she painted a dresser to match!  Watch her feature here:

Mustard Seed Yellow looks amazing when paired with dark wood tones, like this dresser by Karla and Amanda of Vintage Hip Decor.

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Check out how Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture paired Mustard Seed Yellow against a Curio/Typewriter stained interior on this gorgeous wardrobe.

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Mustard Seed Yellow can be lightened to achieve a whitewashed look with our White Wax, or deepened to show age and time with our Antiquing Wax.  It also darkens and takes on a more rich tone when Hemp Oil is applied.

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Here are some inspirational pieces from other MMS Milk Paint enthusiasts and retailers that showcase April’s colors of the month.

Embracing Change

BE INSPIRED | lucketts green dresser

Circa Dee

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Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

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My Painted Door

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D.D.’s Cottage and Design

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We hope you are feeling all of the Spring vibes like we are, and feel inspired to use our featured colors to move mountains in your home!  Share your masterpieces with us on social media by using our hashtags #mmsmp and #mmsmilkpaint.  Tag us on Facebook and Instagram too!