Hands down, this is one of my all-time favourite blog posts! My shop is starting to come together and the real fun is beginning. My walls are all up and (almost) completely painted, my new windows are in, my chandeliers are hung and I have added a bunch more electrical outlets. Goodbye extension cords everywhere! Sending a big thank you to Matt and Tanner from Allied Electric. You guys rock!
So, it's finally time to paint some of the cabinets that I have been collecting for paint displays. I am so excited! I have three great cabinets that I am using for my Miss Mustard Seed's paint and products. This is the first one.
You know that I always have a story. My sister, Sheila, hauled this old cabinet all the way from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay a couple months ago when she came for a visit. Her intentions were to paint it and take it back home. She never painted it and she never took it back home. Zero for two. She decided that it belonged here and I couldn't agree more!
The cabinet was handmade many years ago using wood crates. She's a little saggy in the middle, but she still has many good years left in her.
I chose to paint her with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in french enamel. I may add some antiquing wax later on to give it a more aged appearance, but I wanted to live with the vibrant colour for awhile first and then decide. I also have to find the perfect cabinet knobs for her. I am a hoarder of many things, but unfortunately I am running low on old cabinet hardware.
My old dress form was a perfect addition to my display. I had a rusty old wire that I threw around her neck that is my whimsical version of a necklace. I tucked a pair of vintage gloves into her pocket (because I have a collection of about 25 pairs and I figured I better start doing something with them).
Although I am not much of an apron kinda gal (I don't really cook much), I love my mms apron. I have a tendency to lean against wet paint and my apron has saved me more than once. Did you know that I sell the aprons for $12? Cheap compared to buying new clothes.
Yup, I collect alot of things. Scales too! I think I have about seven at this point that I am going to use around the shop.
I love the patina on this one!
I have a thing for old mason jars and I found these ones in the attic when I bought my building. They are all painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint using bonding agent and a wax puck over the lettering for easy distressing. I have a tutorial about painting on glass if you want more details. The colours of these jars are: french enamel (top left), dried lavender (top right - colour is no longer available) and artissimo (bottom left).
The milking stool is also painted in artissimo. The little chair is a recent score that I paid $5 for. Sweet!
I love this cute little cubby hole.
And a before and after side by side. I am loving the colour!
I took some photos as I was painting the cabinet and will do a quick tutorial soon. The way I figure it, you must be getting tired of me by now and I don't want to make this the never ending blog post.
Edit: I have now completed Part 2 (tutorial on painting with milk paint).
Just two more quick things to share ...
I had to show you this adorable little sign that my sister gave me. Sending my love back to you sister. Thanks for the cabinet! Okay, that sounds just bad. I would love my sister even if she hadn't left me the cabinet. Although I do think I love her a wee bit more now (haha).
This cabinet is the second piece that I am going to use for my Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint display. I have almost finished painting it in one of the new European Collection colours from Miss Mustard Seed called marzipan.
Marzipan is a lovely, soft colour and I think it will be perfect.