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:  www.facebook.com/thepaintedchest

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!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Luckett's Green

This is just a quick post to show off a piece that I recently finished using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Luckett's Green.  

When I purchased this piece, it was covered in two different colors of spray paint.  A bright blue was covered with black and then distressed with the blue showing through.  Definitely not my style.  

I knew I wanted to try to stain the top if at all possible.  My husband set to work trying to strip the old paint off with a heat gun.  Usually the paint hardens and chips right off.  This time it was a gummy, sticky mess. Yuck!  So we busted out the Zinsser Magic Strip Citrus Action.  Hands-down the best stripper out there!

I stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut and finished it with several coats of wipe-on poly.  I painted the base of the table with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Luckett's Green.  I wanted this piece to have some natural distressing, so I did NOT use the bonding agent when I mixed it up.  I finished it off with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil.

Isn't this just a lovely color?  It reminds me of Spring and we surely need a little Spring weather around here.

Do you like a chippy, distressed look or do prefer a solid finish?

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Aubusson Blue Vanity

I picked up this vanity last summer.  My husband was a little grumbly about it.  I had recently hit an estate sale and we were pretty overloaded with furniture at that point.  He did not want to bring home yet another piece.  But it had good bones and was structurally sound.  No repairs were needed.  I had to have it!

Yet, I had no thoughts or ideas as to how I would refinish it.  The finish was VERY orange in color and I knew right away that it had to go.  I sat on this piece for a long time waiting for inspiration to hit me.

One day I just randomly grabbed a can of paint from the shelf and started painting.  The color I chose was Annie Sloan's Aubusson Blue.  I liked this color, but I had never used it on anything before.  As I began to paint, I decided that I wanted to see wood against the Aubusson Blue.  I stained the drawers and the vanity top in Minwax Dark Walnut.  Dark Walnut is one of my favorite stains and I use it quite often.  

This piece is lightly distressed and finished in clear wax.  I replaced the large wooden drawer pulls with distressed bronze knobs and pulls.

I have to say, I am thrilled with the results.  I love all of the little details and character in this piece.  It has become one of my favorite pieces.  So without further ado, here is the final result!

Are you a fan of two-toned furniture or would you rather see the piece completely painted?


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Antique Drum Table in Florence

My husband picked up this lovely little table at a local estate sale.  I kind of have a "thing" for drum tables.  This little lady had great details!

She had good bones, but her finish was a little worse for wear.  The apron was really dry and had chipped in a few spots and there were water rings on the top.
I sanded and stained the top in Minwax Dark Walnut.  One of my favorite stains!  Then put two coats of wipe-on poly to seal it.  The base of the table received two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Florence.  I lightly distressed and finished it with clear and dark waxes.

And another before and after picture!

I'm really loving the color Florence lately.  Can you see this color in your house?

Long time no post...

Do you ever feel like I'm always telling you how busy I am and I'm always apologizing for the lack of posts?  Well, I'm doing it again.

I did have a very busy Fall preparing for Blue's Fall Gathering, the Murphysboro Fall Walk, and I've been just overwhelmed with commissioned pieces.  In fact, I hoped to be finished with commissioned pieces for the year by December 1st and they just keep coming in.

There will also be some new and exciting changes here at The Painted Chest in the new year.  I can't wait for the details to be hammered out so I can share them with you.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing many before and afters of the pieces that I've been working on for the last couple of months.  So be sure to stop back by!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Antique End Table

The new owner of the antique empire wardrobe picked up a neat little end table and asked me to refinish it for her.  It had previously been painted red with a heavy dark stain on top of it.

My client wanted the red paint removed and to have it repainted in Old White with some distressing.  I decided to try something a little different this time.  Instead of using a chemical stripper, I used the Wagner Heat Gun.  It was such a time saver and definitely less messy.  It does come with its own quirks though.  You need a lot of ventilation (outside is best) because the smell of burning paint is not pleasant at all.  You also need to keep the heat on the paint as you are scraping.  Now this isn't too hard on a flat surface, but it was a little tricky on those legs.

Here is a video of the heat gun in action!


And this is what the little table looked like after I removed all of the paint.  The top was pretty rough.  It had a good sized split and lots of bumps and bruises.  But those legs...those legs were just gorgeous!!

Old White chalk paint is a little tricky to use.  It is a little thin and I'm going to say 90% of the time you will have bleed-through when using it.  Something about the chalk paint really pulls the tannins out of the wood.  It makes your paint look like it has a pink fungus growing out of it.  So before I put even thought about painting this table, I put a coat of poly on it.  Poly is the only thing that will block the tannins from leaking through.

I still ended up using 3 coats of Old White on this piece.  I painted the inside of the drawer in Antibes green.  Then I finished this piece off with a new to me wax, CeCe Caldwells clear wax.  It is made of all natural ingredients and safe for the environment.

 I just love the way it turned out.  Old made old again!

What great pieces have you found lately?


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