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.

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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.

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