I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed Christmas!

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

I am so excited because I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed Christmas this year! I wish I could tell you that Marion (Miss Mustard Seed) invited my son and I for Christmas dinner, but that would be untrue. How amazing would it be to spend some time at Marion's home over the holiday season? I have been drooling at all of Marion's blog posts revealing photos of her home decorated for the Christmas season. Marion is an inspiration to many of us and I truly appreciate all the time and effort that she takes to share her amazing home, ideas and photography with us.

My Miss Mustard Seed Christmas started with one sad looking chipboard fireplace complete with plastic molding.

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

I painted the fireplace with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in ironstone and topcoated it with MMS furniture wax. All of my customers who have seen it cannot believe it is not real wood. Ah, the magic of milk paint!

Next Christmas I think I will use some MMS antiquing wax on it and create a whole new look for my little fireplace. 

To add some character to the fireplace, I placed a rusty antique ceiling tile inside of it. I absolutely love rusty old things!

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

I painted other smaller items with MMS paint. The little rocking chair is the colour tricycle and the milking stool is artissimoBoth were topcoated with MMS hemp oil.

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

The wooden box in the fireplace is painted in ironstone and I added a stripe and the letter P to the old bucket with tricycle. Why the letter P? Good question. I bought a vintage set of brass stencils that I assumed was a complete set of the entire alphabet. I wanted to paint the word "joy" on the bucket, but when I opened the box, half of the alphabet was missing. Although I tried, I couldn't spell anything. So, the letter P worked. It can stand for paint, party or presents.

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

The last thing that I painted was the little tree in boxwood

Once the painted was done, the real fun began. I wanted to come up with a whimsical idea for decorating, so I wandered into my back 40 looking for ideas and stumbled across my old swing. It was perfect! I then decided my vignette should have a children's theme.

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

I added a tin toy and several old children's books to the swing. The swing did not have a rope on it, so I borrowed a blue and red rope from an old sled I have.

I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint Christmas! - via My Painted Door (.com)

I love fresh evergreen trees and boughs. I cut the boughs at my friend Karen's place and she cut the little tree for me. It sure is wonderful to have such lovely trees right in my own backyard (or should I say Karen's backyard)?

Handpainted sign using milk paint - via My Painted Door (.com)

The last thing I added to my vignette was this sign that was handpainted by my pal Dawn.

The wood walls in the background of all of the photos are oiled with MMS hemp oil and recently I wrote up a tutorial on my hemp oil walls.

I have before and after photos of some of these painted pieces and I will share some painting tips with you soon.

Posted on December 11, 2014 and filed under milk paint.