Monday, 4 February 2013

1st Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Project

Its been a long time... and lots has happened - I moved house at the beginning of December * note to self - never move house again in December!.
Also I now have a live website selling Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, and I am excited as to where my journey will lead.
I have also been on the most amazing course - Preparing to Run Your Own Business, through the Prince's Trust - PRIME - Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise. I have learnt so much and have put together a business plan - something I would never have been able to attempt if I hadn't attended the course. I met some amazing people and I'm looking forward to putting all I have learnt into practise!
Anyway, it's long overdue but here is my first Milk paint project, I chose the colour 'Typewriter' after a long time deliberating, my choice was based on the fact I had to keep the wood grain showing on this piece, it is so beautiful I just could not bring myself to paint over it, although I hadn't even noticed it until I had sanded off the old lacquer that was on it - it had started to bubble and crack, this is why I got the sander out, after I sanded it I left it in my dining room for a couple of days and the beautiful wood grain jumped out at me every time I looked at it, so I decided  - it would be Typewriter and Hemp Oil for this project. 
Here she is before:

You can see from the pictures, inside there was fake leatherette which I really didn't like and I was a little undecided as to what I would do with it. Anyway in the end I took the plunge and ripped it off! underneath was old glue, so I gently rubbed it back with wire wool and the gorgeous wood grain was inside the 'drop down' front door too.  To add a finishing touch I added some little brass labels on the pigeon holes, which i really like.

The Milk Paint just gave a little bit of 'chippyness' but in the right places and the Hemp Oil really brought the wood grain to life, it really is so smooth and such a gorgeous rich colour. I was really very pleased how it turned out. 
Now working out which Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colour I will choose for my next project.
Bye for now