I thought I would share some small projects using milk paint. Milk paint is not necessarily all about painting furniture! Little items like this mason jar are super simple and fun to paint.
The blue one above is painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in french enamel. I added Bonding Agent to ensure the paint adhered well to the glass. I put on two coats of paint and then using a medium/fine sanding block to sand the entire jar, sanding more heavily where the words were to remove most of the paint. I then gave it a quick coat of Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax to help protect it.
Not really fair, but Dawn stepped it up a notch and was way more creative with her mason jars. She painted them with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in boxwood and curio and then added torn napkins to cover part of the jars. She then embellished them with odds and ends - keys, old jewelry, a vintage crystal and cool rusty stuff. Dawn has lovingly named the green jar with the peace sign "the hippy jar".
Dawn has several boxes of old jars in my shop and everytime she has left over paint she paints up a jar. Smart girl with cool ideas. So, if you are on her Christmas list, guess what you are getting this year!
Ever get an email that just makes you smile?
Recently I had a milk paint demo and a lovely gal, Wendy Aaltomaa (from Kaministiqua), attended. Wendy bought some paint that evening and was anxious to go home and start painting some projects.
A few days later I received an email from Wendy that included some wonderful photos.
"Thanks so much for the demo on Thursday. You did a great job! Yesterday I ran around the property looking for things to paint (which I found!) and covered everything with a coat of curio for starters."
"I bought some second hand, gold finished mirrors and made them look a little more 'country'. I am hoping to use the big one in our new bathroom above our vanity."
"I even painted a brass light fixture. (I wish I had taken a before picture ...but brass sconce, you get the idea.). Super fun, is all I can say!"
"I have also included a tool box. It was full of grease and cobwebs, but after a good wash with TSP, it painted up nicely. The door is from my antique hutch. I plan to paint the rest of the hutch, but wanted to experiment with the door first. This was using ironstone without bonding agent. I love the way it turned out."
I must say, I was thrilled to meet Wendy. She is super enthusiastic, fearless to try something new and she takes great photos!
Thank you so much Wendy for sharing your projects! I can't wait to see your antique hutch finished.