Painted Weathered Sign Tutorial

I found this great old wood sign in need of a little color and a lot of love!  Lucky for me it already had an interesting texture from layers of paint built-up on the surface. 

Eat Sign Before

I decided to paint the sign a more appetizing color—Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle Red.  I also planned on distressing the painted finish to give the sign a weathered look.

Tricycle-Collage1 Photo Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

The white surface would probably require multiple coats of red paint to get full coverage—typical of most bright red paints over a light base.  Since I would have to use multiple coats of paint anyway, it was a great chance to make the project more colorful.  I started by painting the sign a dark red color using Primer Red Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Primer Red Paint

Once dry, I painted over Primer Red with Provence Chalk Paint® –not trying for perfect coverage.  The combination of paint layers and a more gentle approach to distressing the paint will allow me to avoid revealing the ‘original’ white finish later.

Provence over PR

When the surface was dry, I ran a wax puck over some of the edges of the sign so it would resist the Milk Paint allowing some of the underlying color to show through.


Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle (the perfect Americana red color!) and painted the sign being careful not to overwork my brushstrokes.  

Tricycle Milk Paint Mix

Taking a cue from resist techniques used in watercolor paintings, I quickly sprinkled sawdust over areas of wet paint varying the amount I used from heavy to light. 

Sawdust Distress

The sawdust absorbed the watery Milk Paint and, once removed, gave more of an eroded look to the finish.

Letter a

As the sign dried, I rubbed the areas of dried paint and sawdust working the particles off the surface (at least most of them!) 

Rustic Distress

I also removed some of the sawdust in the wetter areas to work off larger amounts of paint for a more rustic appeal.

Sign Edge Detail

I carefully scraped the edges (where the wax puck was used) and lightly sanded areas to create an aged effect without revealing the white paint underneath.

Eat Sign Close Up

The sign was sealed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax.  The wax really brings out the rich redness of the painted finish!


Bon appétit!


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2013 – A Year in Review

Looking back on 2013, it was a fun and event-filled year at Sea Rose Cottage!


In January we welcomed in 2013 with a new product line from Artisan Enhancements.  A favorite is the Pearl Plaster medium which adds a pearlescent quality to a variety of painted surfaces.


A beautiful example is Victoria Fonseca of Revival & Tea at the Belvedere‘s work on a feature wall in their new Tea Room.  She used the Pearl Plaster and our Moroccan Trellis Stencil with amazing results.  Pictures cannot do it justice, on your next visit to Bristol you will have to see it in person!

feature Wall pearl plaster

All year we enjoyed mixing up custom colors in the shop, made much more efficient with the introduction of our new paint bar!

 Paint Bar

Our favorite color match was pedal car pink.


Late Winter and early Spring brought the planning for and the the kick-off of Art Night Bristol Warren!

Final_logo with new color copy

As a 2013 business partner Sea Rose Cottage was so proud to host talented local Artists throughout the year including Kelley Carey MacDonald (April), Kathrine Lovell (May), Joan Daly (June), Stacey David (August), Lauren Enjeti (September) and Jane Lavender (November).

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Black Pug by Kelley Carey MacDonald

Our workshop schedule was full this year and we had a wonderful time exploring paint and color with all of our attendees.  We enjoyed customizing private workshops for several painterly groups as well.  We hope you learned from us as much as we learned from all of you!


May had us prepping for our last Brimfield Show (for now) at the New England Motel Antiques Market.   We were happy to have finished our set-up a little early and were able to venture out for a little shopping.  I picked up some vintage letters from HGTV’s Cari Cucksey of the Repurpose Shop who was partnering with Worthpoint for the May Show.

Brimfield 2013 Cari

It has been quite an adventure participating in our favorite antique show the past several years.  We had a great show and great fun with all of our friends!


In June we partnered with Simply Vintage to bring Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to Cape Cod.  It was amazing to host free demonstrations to a packed house at our new location!  We will be moving with Simply Vintage to a bigger location in Centerville, MA in January.  Check here for more details.


We were lucky to get away for a bit of training and development ourselves this year.  April found us in New Orleans for the Annual Annie Sloan Stockist Conference.  It was great to see Annie Sloan, Lisa Rickert, and oh so many more!  The hospitality in New Orleans is unparalleled and we came away with a wealth of new information to put into practice.

ASU Stockist Conference 2013

Annie Sloan Unfolded Stockist Conference, New Orleans 2013
Source:  Annie Sloan Unfolded

September found us at Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer Training in Ellicot City, Maryland.  A highlight was meeting Marian Parsons of the Miss Mustard Seed Blog.  She is  as delightful, authentic and inspiring in person as she is in blogland!

Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Marian was joined by three talented ladies Jennylyn Pringle, Abbe Doll and Laura Cote Destin.  Needless to say I was so busy learning that I forgot to take photos but Marian has a nice recap here.  It was great to spend time with this creative and energetic group, to catch up with some old friends and to meet some new ones.

Abbe and Jenny LynnAbbe Doll and Jennylyn Pringle

We were able to spend a wonderful day in September with our friend Sally Barker at Counting Sheep Antiques in Berlin, MA.  Sally hosted a 1-day workshop bringing the Artisan Enhancements Team to New England for some specialized training.  We spent a creative day along with our fellow Stockists learning from Michelle Delgado and Stinelli Castaneda O’Leary.

Michelle_DelgadoMichelle Delgado

In November we celebrated Sea Rose Cottage’s 3rd Holiday Preview & Book Party with friends & special guests author Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures and home & lifestyle blogger Danielle Driscoll of Finding Silver Pennies.  It was a fun and a festive event and a wonderful way to celebrate the Holiday Season!  Danielle featured highlights of the evening here.


Holida Preview Book Party Nov


December allowed us time to sneak in our last and favorite project of the year.  A painted subway car dresser!  As of this writing, the dresser is still available for sale with all proceeds being donated to the One Fund Boston.  More details here.

Subway Dresser Sideview After

It is true it takes a village to raise a child, but also to run a small business!   Behind the scenes every event, every trip and major undertaking required much support from friends and family for which I am eternally thankful!  Looking forward to more adventures in paint and color in 2014. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!



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Holiday Hours – Bristol & Cape Cod

Thank you all for supporting Sea Rose Cottage and Shopping Small in 2013, we appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the coming year!

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Please note we will have limited business hours during the Holidays.

Our Bristol location will be closed for the Holidays and will re-open January 3rd, 2014.

Our Cape Cod location will be moving over the Holiday break and we will have limited hours in late December and then closed through our re-opening scheduled for mid-January (details below).

Our Online Shop will be open for the duration but please check our shipping policy for any revised time frames.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous Holiday & New Year!

01_South_Elev_1Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Tel: 401-254-1166

Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI will be closed for the Holidays starting Tuesday December 23rd.  We will reopen on Friday January 4, 2014 from 10am -5pm.  We will also be open Saturday, Jan 5th from 10am-5pm and resume normal business hours the following week.

Our online store will be open for the duration.  Please check our shipping policy for any revised delivery time frames.

simply vintage entrance

Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod

Current Location (December, 2013):
5 Main Street, Cotuit, MA
Tel: 508-420-3500

New Location (Opening Mid-January 2014):
1600 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA

We are so excited to announce our new Cape Cod location—Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod is moving to Bell Tower Mall in Centerville, MA!  It is a larger and more convenient location in terms of parking and amenities and we can’t wait to share the new space with you.

Over the Holiday Break we will begin the move and are looking forward to a fun re-opening sometime mid-January.  We will keep you posted!

In the meantime, check out the pre-move sales event (excludes Annie Sloan Products) at our Cotuit, MA location.  Special Holiday Hours include Friday & Saturday December 27th and 28th.  Call us at 508-420-3500 for the details!

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Painted Subway-Car Dresser Tutorial

Feeling nostalgic for all things Boston (my hometown), I hatched a fun plan for a makeover of a waterfall-style dresser to look like a Boston Subway Car.

Dresser Plan Workbook

The dresser I sourced had some issues with the finish making it a good candidate for painting.

Waterfall Dresser Before

Waterfall furniture was mass-produced from the 1920′s-1940′s with new plywood construction techniques that made it affordable to introduce curvilinear elements into furniture construction.

Waterfall Dresser Before Side

I usually avoid painting waterfall style furniture at all costs! That was until I came across a vintage postcard of a Boston Street Car when a more playful plan for the dresser came to life.

Trolley Postcard

Seeing this postcard evoked so many happy memories for me!  Growing up in Boston, the MBTA Green Line was a lifeline to many activities in the city.  My favorite green line station is KENMORE or Kenmore Square– home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.  Images of the big green wall, the iconic CITGO sign and the hustle and bustle of this vibrant section of the city immediately came to mind!

Dresser Plan WorkbookP2

Once I had the subway-car inspired design plan mapped out in my Workbook, I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to paint the design onto the surface.  I started with an under-painting of Graphite and Paris Grey.


I also planned on using Annie’s Sloan’s Old White but needed to get into some mixing for that signature subway-car green.

Antibes + Florence          Custom Green Mix
An equal mix of Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green and Florence did the trick.

Taping Off

I taped-off areas of the dresser as I went to keep the lines more clean.  At this point I decided to forgo adding the mirror and back support.  The mirror was in pretty bad shape and the support just didn’t look right without it.


For the lettering, I made my own stencils– printing them on card stock and cutting them with an X-Acto knife.

Stencil Print Out             Kenmore Stencil

I did some dry brushing of Old White and Graphite on the windows and headlight to add shading and dimension.  A script liner brush was used to free-hand the curved lines.


To add character and grittiness to the piece, a wet distress technique was used to reveal some of the Graphite under the custom green mix.   A wash of Graphite was also used to add to the effect.

Graphite Wash

Once the trolley was all detailed, it was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear & Dark Soft Wax.

Subway Car Dresser After

Just in time for its maiden voyage…

Subway Dresser Sideview After


This dresser is for sale at Sea Rose Cottage – proceeds to benefit the One Fund Boston.  Please contact us for more information.

Linking up to:
Furniture Feature Fridays

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Go with the throw this Holiday Season!

Go with the throw & give the gift of coziness this Holiday Season with Dash & Albert 100% premium cotton woven throws–now available at Sea Rose Cottage!

They make great gifts and are a wonderful way to add warmth and personality to your home for the Holidays–adding color and style to any room.

 dash throws

Source: Dash & Albert

We stock a cheery collection of colors and patterns.


Lucky for us the throws are hand-loomed for added durability, so why not take them on the road? Dash & Albert throw blankets are great companions for that car ride to ski country and in warmer weather perfect for the nap on the hammock, picnic at the lake or day at the beach!




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Shop Local and Win!

Get a FREE Bristol Snowflake RAFFLE TICKET for every $25 you spend at Sea Rose Cottage and at participating Bristol merchants between NOVEMBER 22nd & DECEMBER 23rd!

Bristol Snowflake Raffle

The Bristol Snowflake Raffle makes it easy to support your local business on Small Business Saturday November 30th and throughout the Holiday Season.

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This year, the 2013 Bristol Snowflake Raffle is awarding 6000 in cash prizes !*


SECOND PRIZE (2): $1,000

THIRD PRIZE (2): $500


*Ticket holder must be present to win.  No rain date.  One prize per participant.  Max 50 tickets for any purchase.  Raffle drawing will take place at 5pm on December 22nd on lower State Street in Bristol. 

Snowflake Raffle time is a great time to shop at Sea Rose Cottage!  Shop in-person or for your convenience check out our online shop.


We are happy to put together a custom gift basket for you or a gift certificate for that special someone.  Need it shipped?  No problem.  Give us a call and we will help you with some fun and creative gift ideas.

Tinkering Basket

If you are hoping for something special from Sea Rose Cottage this Holiday season, call us with your Wish List and send your gift buyers our way!


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Pop Up Workshop – Black Friday 11/29/13

Brighten up your Holiday Weekend this Black Friday at Sea Rose Cottage with a fun Pop-Up workshop! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm and paint an unfinished 5-light candle holder with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.


 Choose one of 18 beautiful colors to finish this vintage style candle holder…

milk-paint-colorsPhoto courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

…fashioned on an antique sugar-mold design.


We will be mixing it up with some milk paint …


 our selection of vintage merchant crate stencils…

Hemp-Oil-534x800-534x800Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

and sealing it with a natural hemp oil finish.


We hope you will join us for this fun Holiday project.  The cost to participate is $50 per person including materials, supplies and instruction fee (glass votive inserts and tea candles included.)  Do pop in!

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Holiday Preview Giveaway Winners!

What a fantastic time we had at our Holiday Preview & Book Signing Party last night with Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures and Danielle Driscoll of Finding Silver Pennies!


Holida Preview Book Party Nov

Thanks to all who stopped by to chat and tinker and join in the fun–including entering our Giveaway for a Holiday Preview Tinkering Basket!

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The lucky in-person winner of the Holiday Preview Basket is Rebecca Moulton Schneider!  Congratulations Rebecca, we can’t wait see to the magic you make with your new tinkering supplies.

To find out about our two online contest winners, hop on over to Tinkered Treasures and Finding Silver Pennies!  Thanks to all who entered.

Don’ t worry if you missed the fun– we are gearing up for a second night of Holiday Preview festivities at Sea Rose Cottage from 5-9pm this evening.  We will have nibbles & sips and a fun hand-painted ornament activity ($10 each).  The paint bar will be open. Do drop in!


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Holiday Preview & A Giveaway!

In celebration of our HOLIDAY PREVIEW & BOOK PARTY, Sea Rose Cottage is co-sponsoring a special GIVEWAY with our friends craft author Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures & Danielle Driscoll home and lifestyle blogger of Finding Silver Pennies.

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First, we hope you will join us at Sea Rose Cottage on Friday November 22nd from 5-9pm for a festive book signing and tinkering event with Elyse and Danielle. The night promises to be full of good cheer, inspiration and conversation! (More details here)


Now, on to the GIVEAWAY.  As we celebrate the joys of tinkering this Holiday Season we are happy to be sharing some of our favorite tinkering tools, tricks and treasures with you in the form of a freshly picked TINKERING BASKET ($170 value).


THREE baskets will be given away.  To enter the online drawing for the first 2 baskets, follow the how to enter instructions below.  To enter the in-person drawing for the 3rd basket come tinker with us at the HOLIDAY PREVIEW PARTY!

The lucky winners will receive a signed copy of Elyse Major’s new Tinkered Treasures book,

tinjered treasures book

a beautiful hand-made ornament and set of notecards from Danielle Driscoll,


and some vintage ornaments and fun tinkering supplies from Sea Rose Cottage featuring Miss Mustard Seed Products.

Miss Mustard Seed GiveawayMilk Paint & Mixer, Furniture & Antiquing Wax, Bonding Agent, and Paint & Wax Brush



1. Leave a comment and tell me what you’d like to create.

2. For a second chance to win, like my facebook page and leave a comment to let me know.

3.  For a third chance to win, share this giveaway on a social media of your choice and let me know you did.

4. For even more chances to win, enter at the Silver Pennies & Tinkered Treasures blogs!

This GIVEAWAY will end November 22, 2013 at 9pm EST.*

Two winners of the online giveaway, to be selected randomly, will be announced Saturday November 23, 2013 at the Finding Silver Pennies Tinkered Treasures blogs.   The winner of the 3rd basket (must be present at the Holiday Preview Party to enter) will be selected by random drawing at the Sea Rose Cottage HOLIDAY PREVIEW PARTY.

Good luck and HAPPY TINKERING!

*The GIVEAWAY is only open to those living in the continental US and readers who are 18 and older.



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Meet Artist Jane Lavender Nov. 30th!

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage for HOLIDAY ART DAY on SATURDAY, November 30th from 11am-5pm, Bristol Warren’s last Art Night event of the 2013 Season!

Art Night Bristol Warren celebrates the arts by featuring monthly Gallery & Open Studio Tours from April through November. Visitors can meet featured artists in their studios or at partner galleries/businesses for an inside peek at how their work is created.

A free trolley service runs between the towns of Bristol and Warren with stops at participating locations.   Follow this link to learn more.

We are honored to be hosting friend and Artist Jane Lavender for this very special event.

 Jane_Lavender_photoJane Lavender


Jane Lavender has worked in many mediums for several years.  She studied watercolor with Paul George, Bernard Gerstner, Paula Beaulieu and Tom Sutherland–artists from the Massachusetts North Shore Area.


Jane_Lavender_photo2Shiny & Bright by Jane Lavender

Jane was drawn to the richness of oils by teachers, Sue Dragoo Lembo and Kelley MacDonald.

Jane_Lavender_photo1Chocolate Kiss by Jane Lavender


As a resident of Bristol, Jane thoroughly enjoys the town’s thriving artist community. “My paintings are a reflection of many of the things and places I love the most.  Bristol offers such inspiration with its beautiful landscapes and historic downtown.”

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol) as we welcome Jane Lavender and feature her beautiful works.  Jane will have a mix of small paintings perfect for holiday gifts available for sale as well as some larger seascapes and some of her favorite framed photographs of historic Bristol.

The shop will be open from 10am-5pm as well for retail sales.  Stop by for some inspiration, conversation and a festive day of shopping!


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