Friday, July 18, 2014

How to make Rag Bunting

So I got sucked into the time warp that is Hobby Lobby yesterday.  I'm getting my workshop room ready to host my first Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint workshop.  It's just a plain room with white walls and I felt like it needed a little pop of color.  I decided to whip up a cute rag bunting with some fun, colorful fabrics.

I picked out 4 coordinating fabrics and had a half a yard of each one cut.

I made a small cut in the edge of the fabric and then tore the fabric into strips.  My strips were approximately 1" wide.  Some were a little wider.  I was okay with that.  My fabric strips were 18" long.

I folded them in half and tied them to some jute twine that I already had on hand. After the fabric was tied on, it hung approximately 8 1/2 to 9" long.

Don't laugh, but I used 2 paint cans to hold my twine on my desk so I could tie the fabric on it. :)  That's why you see all of the wires in the background.  You could easily tie it between 2 chairs or something similar, but sitting at my desk seemed like as good a place as any.

You can make your rag bunting as long or as short as you would like.  I decided to stop mine at 3 feet long.  I still have plenty of fabric strips left over to make another small bunting.

These rag buntings are super easy to make and really make a big statement.  You can hang them above your bed, a gallery wall, in a child's room, use in coordination with birthday party decor, etc.  The possibilities are endless!!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Waterfall Dresser painted in Laurentien

This dresser just couldn't decide what color it was going to wear.  I didn't have a vision for it when I bought it.  I started painting it with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Tricycle red.  Then I decided I would do a hemp oil resist and paint the final coat in Kitchen Scale.  Going for a two-toned, chippy look of Tricycle and Kitchen Scale.  But that didn't feel right either.  It sat in my living room unfinished for nearly 4 months! Gah!

While in Wisconsin for a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint retailer training at The Ironstone Nest, I picked up a can of Homestead House Paint Company's acrylic furniture paint in Laurentien.  (Side note:  Homestead House is the manufacturer for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.)

Laurentien is a beautiful, soft, minty-turquoise.  It looks different in different lighting.  I was really itching to try this paint, so I pulled out the waterfall dresser and got to work.  Wow! This color was made for that dresser!

I loved the original pulls on it, but they were showing their age and needed a little update.  They received a coat of Rust-Oleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze.

Is it bad that I really want to keep it?  I'd be in trouble if I kept every piece I love...and that's many!  So, this one is for sale.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Workshops

You've always been curious about Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.  You've been scared to try it because the thought of mixing paint seemed scary.  Applying wax to your finished piece seems so daunting.

Well fear no more!  The Painted Chest is now teaching Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Workshops!  We will teach you all about Milk Paint and its companion products.  We will teach you step-by-step how to mix, apply, and seal your painted pieces.

Classes will be held at Amazing Grace & Accents Boutique in Murphysboro, Illinois.

Click HERE to register for your class today!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Colors of the Month

It's June 1st and you know what that means...we have new Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Colors of the Month!

June's Colors of the Month are Kitchen Scale and Grain Sack!  As always, you will receive 10% OFF the Colors of the Month.

Grain Sack is one of Marian’s favorite colors, named for the color of antique European grain sacks.  It’s a chameleon color, meaning it looks different depending on what is around it.  Sometimes it looks white, sometimes gray and sometimes more beige.
Grain Sack is a great color to mix in order to lighten without making the color too pastel.  It pairs well with the other grays in the line – Shutter Gray and Trophy.

Kitchen Scale is a rich teal, named after an antique scale Marian once owned in her kitchen.  
Kitchen Scale can be mixed with Linen to achieve a soft, robin’s egg blue.  It pairs well with Grain Sack.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Spring Gathering by Blue's Junk & Primitives 2014

It's been a while, but I've been busy, busy preparing for the annual Spring Gathering by Blue's Junk & Primitives.  It is this Saturday and Sunday, April 26th (9am to 5pm) and 27th (9am to 3pm) in Creal Springs, Illinois.  So pack up the family and head on down to this awesome vintage market.  There are over 75 vendors with primitives, handmade, antiques, collectibles, and good old rusty junk!  Make sure you bring a truck or trailer to haul your goodies home!  Oh and don't forget to stop by the big, red BBQ barn to have some of Sam's BBQ and beans!  Those beans are the best!

This is one of 2 of my big shows a year.  I will be filling a 10 X 20 booth full of my hand painted vintage and antique furniture.  I will also have Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and coordinating products for sale, too!

It is supposed to be a gorgeous weekend with 70 degree weather!  I hope to see you all there!

If you would like to see some previews of the items I'll be taking, visit my Facebook page at:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Painted Chest is now a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Retailer!!

The Painted Chest - by Tricia Mueller is now a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint certified retailer!!!! I'm proud to bring these products to you. Our first shipment should arrive within the next 10 business days.

Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces. It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc. Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint comes in 18 beautiful colors. One quart of milk paint covers approximately 70 sq. feet. Simply mix this powder with water- it’s that easy! A Milk Paint finish is unique and can range from a solid color to a stain, it all depends on how much water you add! It can be used on any porous surface without a primer. It will never chip or peel on porous surfaces as it soaks in and binds with the substrate.

I can't wait to show you how awesome this paint really is!!  Milk Paint workshops will be starting soon!