Painted Weathered Sign Tutorial

I found this great wood sign in need of a little color.  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.

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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/textural techniques used in watercolor paintings (often achieved with salt, sand or sawdust), 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.

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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!

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Bon appétit!

 

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.

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

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…fashioned on an antique sugar-mold design.

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We will be mixing it up with some milk paint …

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 our selection of vintage merchant crate stencils…

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and sealing it with a natural hemp oil finish.

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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!

And the Winners are….

The winner of the Sea Rose Cottage Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Giveaway is…

Jeri Kard Patton!

The winner of the Giveaway hosted by Finding Silver Pennies is…

Michelle Mobley Robertson!

Congratulations Jeri and Michelle! Please email nan@searosecottage.com with contact and shipping information for your prize package.

Thanks all for participating in this Giveaway–it was truly twice the fun!

Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

If you didn’t win the Giveaway, don’t fret. Sea Rose Cottage is stocked with the full range of Miss Mustard Seed Products!

When you are ready to revive your own vintage castaways just visit Sea Rose Cottage and order away!

Before Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

After Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Hope you visit soon and Happy Painting!

Nancy & Danielle

MMS Milk Paint Giveaway & Before/After

I announced in an earlier post the good news about Miss Mustard Seed’s new Milk Paint line. Well my first shipment is in and I am happily stocked with all the goodies!

In celebration, I will be doing TWO Giveaways.  One here on my blog, and another hosted by my good friend Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies.  It promises to be twice the fun!

Each Giveaway package (worth over $100 each) will include a full sample set of Miss Mustard Seed’s 12 Milk Paint Colors….

as well as her Antiquing Wax and Furniture Wax.  For good measure, it will also include some Bonding Agent should you decide you need it for one of your projects!

To enter:

*  For a chance to win leave a comment on this Giveaway post.
*  For a 2nd chance to win comment on the Sea Rose Cottage Facebook Page.
*  For a 3rd chance to win, share the Giveaway announcement and let me know you did.

To double your chances…

Visit the Finding Silver Pennies blog & check out Danielle’s latest Milk Paint project!

*  For a 4th chance to win leave a comment on her Giveaway post.
*  For a 5th chance to win become a follower of her blog.
*  For a 6th chance to win visit her Facebook Page and like/comment on her Giveaway post.

Entries must by received by Tuesday, October 16th at midnight EST.  The winners will be announced here and at the Finding Silver Pennies Blog on Wednesday, October 17th.  Good luck!

A Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Before & After

Now to share my first Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint makeover – an antique spool table.

I bought the table from a friend who had stored it in his garage.  He had hoped to restore the wood finish but given the passage of time he was more than pleased for me to take up the challenge.

Luckily, he had stripped off most of the old finish, but the spool legs had some remnants of black paint.  I decided to restore the wood finish on the table top and paint out the rest. First I sanded the wood top and then moved on to paint color selection….

Photo Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Once I unpacked the pigmented Milk Paint powder, I could not resist mixing a new color!  I combined Flow Blue, Mustard Seed Yellow, and Lucketts Green.  Here is the table with its new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint finish and with the table top sanded.

The first coat of paint was mixed with water and then applied with a brush.  The paint took better to some sections of the table than to others. For the second batch I added Bonding Agent to the mixed paint and that did the trick. The paint went on very smoothly and evenly working more like a stain.  I loved the luminosity of the color!

Even though I wrote the color formula down, the second batch of paint ended up being a slightly different color than the first so I mixed enough to finish the project.  I suppose with the powdered mix it matters how you measure…loosely or tightly packed powder.  I just took a relaxed approach and had fun with it.

I used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax on the painted table base.  As the Antiquing Wax was applied, it toned down the bright color working more like a glaze.  It was very easy to use!

I used Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax to stain the newly sanded wood table top.  I added a few simple wooden knobs to add interest, staining the unfinished knobs as well.

I love how a fresh coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint revived this old spool table while the top remains true to the original (and now restored) wood finish.

Do you have any unfinished furniture projects lurking in your garage?  October is a great time to bring them back to life!

Linking up to….

Furniture Feature Fridays

Coming Soon-Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!

I have been so busy with the Brimfield Antiques Show and Workshops that I haven’t had time to share the exciting news.  I will be carrying Miss Mustard Seed’s new milk paint line!

As many of you know I am a big follower of Marian Parsons and her popular Miss Mustard Seed Blog.  I am thrilled to be working with her as a retailer on her latest undertaking–the launch of her new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint line!

Marian’s products will be available at Sea Rose Cottage by early August  (if not sooner!)

If you have followed her blog, you know that Marian loves to restyle furnishings with a variety of paint (including Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan), but she has always had a special place in her heart and her practice for milk paint.

She has achieved stunning results using this medium but has often longed for a bit more variety in the color palette.  Now, with her hand-selected custom colors she will have everything she needs at her fingertips.

 

The best part–she is sharing it with the rest of us!  Not only through her retailers but also through her series of Tutorials on how to use her milk paint to achieve a signature finish.

Marian has been revealing her colors one by one with a blog series of painted dressers in her new milk paint colors.  One of my favorites is Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle!

Right now I am busily working to get ready to launch the paint line in my retail and online shops.  As soon as I receive my first shipment, I want to be ready to go!  In celebration, I will be doing a special giveway with my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies to make it twice as fun.  Stay tuned for the Giveaway and more news!

In the meantime, if you want to reserve any product from my first shipment, please email me at nan@searosecottage.com.