Fit for a Princess

I recently painted this vintage French style dresser. It’s a good example of a different look for milk paint. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Kitchen Scale for the top and details and a mix of Kitchen Scale and Grain Sack for the bottom. I also used gold gilding wax to highlight the details. It makes me think of Jasmine from the Aladdin movie. Just right for a princess of any age. It’s available at Blue Bird Salvage in Fallston, Maryland.






Pretty Little Secretary

A while ago I picked this sturdy little secretary desk at an auction. It was already painted blue but the color was dated and worn. I had just painted another secretary in a similar combination and it sold before the shop even opened. I painted it with American Paint Company’s Navajo white and Voyage blue. The cubby holes on the inside are done in Annie Sloan’s Aubusson. What really makes it stand out are the knobs. I picked them up from Anthropologie a while ago not sure what I would use them on but I think I found the perfect fit.






Chippy Goodness

One of my favorite things about milk paint is that you can never be sure exactly how your piece will turn out. Sometimes when I think I’ll get a lot of chipping I hardly get any or the opposite can happen. The first piece is an antique pine server with what I’d call a medium amount of chipping and it’s just right for the piece. The second piece is a mid-century dresser which chipped a lot, especially where it’s painted white. I think it makes the dresser really unique.







Blue Bird Salvage

Last time I left off I was in the process of setting up an area in my dining room to photograph furniture. Well that small plan turned into a an entire shop full of furniture. For about the last year and a half I have been painting furniture and selling it at a local consignment shop. It has been a lot of fun and a source of a little extra spending money. Well it got to the point where I had more furniture( 2 enclosed trailers and a dining room full of it) than I could possibly sell through consignment. Meanwhile my sister- in-law had been thinking how much she’d like to have a little shop full of pretty furniture and all that goes along with it. So the search began for a location and one was found and over the course of a few weeks we transformed dingy brown paneling and ancient carpeting into a fresh white canvas to fill with all our finds. We’ve been working since the beginning of December and we hope to open February 1st. Look for Blue Bird Salvage in Fallston Maryland.




A Little Gallery

Hello there! I’m in the process of setting up an area to photograph my furniture projects so I thought I’d show a few of my recent milk paint pieces. The first one is a vanity from the late 1920’s that I painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s French Enamel. I got just a little chipping with this one and I used clear wax and antiquing wax. I refinished the top and sealed it with dark wax. It’s darker in the photo than it really was. I sold it at the shop where I take most of my pieces.
The second one is a tall dresser that I painted Lucketts Green. I didn’t really get much chipping with this one but that is what makes working with milk paint fun. One thing I really like about Lucketts Green is the variations in color you get. It really make a piece look like a well loved old piece of furniture when the day before it was just a plain brown dresser.
The third piece is a side table painted in Dried Lavender milk paint. It is a very subtle grayish purple. I highlighted some of the detail in the legs with white chalk paint. I’m sure you will notice that the drawer is a different shade of purple. That is what happens if you don’t stir the milk paint frequently while you are painting. The pigments settle to the bottom. I painted the drawer last and didn’t notice it until I put it back in the table. I decided to go with it and leave it that way. We’ll see if anyone likes it as it’s currently for sale.




Number One

Hello and welcome to Farmhouse Blue. I’d like to share my first time using milk paint. I’d been using chalk paint for a while and following Miss Mustard Seed’s blog so when she came out with her own line of milk paint I was eager to try it. I found this old desk at an estate sale and it seemed like a good candidate for Lucketts green. I started by cleaning it up and making a small repair to the side where some of the trim was loose. I mixed the paint and put on the first coat. As it dried it began to chip I had to resist the urge to brush the flakes off but I waited until it was dry and put on the second coat. When it was dry I used a putty knife to lightly scrape off the flaking areas and lightly sanded it to smooth it out. I used Miss Mustard Seeds furniture wax to seal it and it went on so smooth a buffed out to a nice satin finish that is very smooth to the touch. I think it has a really great authentic chippy look.