Dec 16, 2014

Mustard Seed Yellow Dresser

I think I am finally back in the swing of things around here, just in time for the kids to get out for Christmas break. :) I'm going to keep it short and sweet today, but wanted to share this piece I just finished up.

This piece just seemed to beg to be painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint and I love how it turned out. Sorry, I don't have any before pictures.

This piece didn't need much prep work. I sanded down the top to the natural wood and then sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil. I was shocked at how dark the original wood turned. After sanding the wood looked very bland, but the hemp oil really brought out the color of the wood.

To give a little more character to the piece I painted the recesses with Miss Mustard Seed's Ironstone Milk Paint, then added some knobs that I found from Hobby Lobby. I finished everything off with a mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Antique & Furniture wax.

I am not a huge pop of color kind of gal, but I really like the way this dresser turned out. What about you? Are you more of a color or neutral kind of person?

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Dec 3, 2014

It's been a long tough year.

It has been a long and tough year this year. My mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma in January. After completing several months of chemotherapy it looked like things were going well, but then her scan came back showing that the lymphoma had metastasized to her brain. She went back on chemo, but the tumor doubled in size and they finally ended up removing the tumor. Shortly after the brain surgery she was in a car accident that tore the optic nerve in her right eye and her body just started shutting down from there on out. She passed on November 23rd. I went out and stayed with her for the last week of her life and watched the horrible slow process of her dying. I relive the trauma every couple of days through horrible nightmares. I have always been plagued with nightmares. I guess that's just the way my mind processes things.

So that's why things have been super quiet around here. I just haven't had time to take pictures and blog about anything and haven't really wanted to either. I am in the process of finishing up a dresser that has been in the works for the past 3 months so hopefully I'll have something to share on it here pretty soon.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Sep 19, 2014

Turning a Child's Folding Chair into a cute Farmhouse Chair

I actually completed this project quite a while ago, but never got around to writing up the blog post. Maybe because I'm missing some pictures. For this project I started with a simple child sized folding chair and painted it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Tavern Green.

I then created a grain sack image using my Silhouette software and cut it out onto sticker paper. Once the chair was prepped I peeled away the sticker backing and stuck my stencil to the chair back.

Next I mixed up a small but thick batch of Miss Mustard Seed's Linen Milk Paint and used a small stiff brush to stipple the paint onto the stencil.

Once the paint was dry I removed the stencil which pulled up a little bit of the paint leaving a nice aged look to the chair. I sanded everything down and added a coat of hemp oil to finish it off.

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Sep 17, 2014

Workshop Organization and Storage

Here's a little peek into my wood shop.

I recently did a little cleaning and organizing. The first thing I did was purchase a bunch of plastic buckets for the items I want to keep as dust free as possible. The tubs also keep mud daubers from making nests in the motor assemblies your tools.

For instance my Kreg Jig and my air nailers.

I keep everything together so all my pocket hole screws and Kreg Jig accessories are stored in the same box and all my nails are stored with my nail guns, etc.

I also have a bucket for the following:
Orbital Sander w/ Sanding Pads
Mouse Sander w/ Sanding Pads
Miter Saw Accessories
Router Bits and Accessories

I then customized my workbench to fit my router and the plastic tubs.

For my other tools I found a scrap piece of peg board that was just right for the spot left of the window. The barn has a loft and a shelf that is just right for storing my wood. On the edge of the loft I have several hooks that I use to store the pipes for my bar clamps.

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Sep 15, 2014

Fall French Country Farmhouse Mantel & Free Fall Printable

I am very slowly decorating for Fall. I don't have a lot to decorate with and pretty much need to do so on a budget of $0 so I am working with things found around the house or that are in my store. My favorite part of fall is decorating for Halloween, but I don't want to jump into that until the 1st of October. I also don't want to get ahead of what the season is actually doing here in Texas.

I have a large gold framed chalkboard already on the mantel so my first step was to update the chalkboard. I saw the below idea from Cottage in the Oaks and decided to tweak it a little for my chalkboard.

 Click here for a free downloadable pdf of the image I used on my chalkboard.

After I finished the chalkboard and set it in place I took my plant and placed it in an old crock and painted a fake orange pumpkin with a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to make it a bluish green. I then grabbed an old blue window frame that was in my store and sprayed the window panes with Rustoleum Looking Glass Spray paint. Next I topped the window with my favorite straw hat (that I never wear) and yesterday hubby found a $10 orchid that helped balance everything. The only thing left that I would like to add are some mini white pumpkins.

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Sep 12, 2014

Vintage Inspried Workbench Part 2

I recently finished up the second workbench for the loft in my barn. 

For this workbench I needed:
  • space for the mini fridge
  • drawer for my sewing machine
  • drawer for my canned items such as polycrylic, wood conditioner, stain, bonding agent, etc.
  • drawer for my waxes
  • drawer for my knobs
  • drawer for my tools such as sanding pads, paint scraper, can opener, scissors, tape, etc.
  • dividers for my frames

The workbench below was the inspiration for my workbench. It was an image I found on Pinterest and the link did not link back to the original site so I do not know who to give credit to.

I used Minwax Special Walnut on the top and the custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Dried Lavender, Linen, and Typewriter from the first workbench. You can find the mix ratios here.

 I realized while I was editing this pictures that I forgot to distress the handles.

And here's a picture of the 1st workbench.

I am really loving having a sink and refrigerator right there in my loft. It makes things so much easier and gives me more time to spend on creating. One of these days I will finish out the floors and walls, but that just isn't in the budget right now. I envision wood floors and either light grey or white walls. The next step right now would be to add some shelving in the space between the windows and add some blinds to help with the morning sun.

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The Golden Sycamore
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Sep 11, 2014

Before & After >> Green French Country End Tables

These end tables have a little bit of a french country/mid century vibe to them, but I was able to allow the french country vibe to shine through by painting them with Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood Milk Paint. Here's the before picture of one of them.

The wood on the legs and sides was very pretty, but the top of both tables was pretty scratched up and one of the decorative pieces on one of the sides was missing. To fill the gap from the missing side trim I used JB Weld Quick Wood epoxy putty. This putty fills better than regular wood filler and leaves a much smoother surface but takes a little more time to work with. I can't seem to find the picture of the repair, but here's the after picture.

I figured that these tables might have a glass or two placed on them and felt they needed a more durable finish than wax so I used Minwax Polycrylic as my final sealant. I am not a huge fan of polycrylic, but it did the job.

One of the tables chipped a little more on one side than the other and the other table didn't chip at all on the sides.

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The Golden Sycamore
AKA Design
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Miss Mustard Seed
French Country Cottage
Pieced Pastimes
Finding Silver Pennies
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
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Elizabeth and Co.
Upcycled Treasures

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