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    Milk Paint: Colors of the Month, and Upcoming Workshops!

    Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Color of the Month | Mora + Shutter Gray | Available at Carver Junk Company   Every month, Miss Mustard Seed features two colors as Colors of the Month. September's COTM are Shutter Gray and Mora.

    Say Hello to Shutter Gray

    Shutter Gray is one of Marian’s {Miss Mustard Seed} favorites.  It’s a French blue/gray that has a faded quality about it.  It’s named for a pair of old gray shutters Marian found at an antique store. For a pale blue gray, mix Shutter Gray with Grain Sack.  It pairs well with Mustard Seed Yellow and Linen.
     Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Shutter Gray | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Shutter Gray | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM

    Say Hello to Mora

    Mora is named for the famous curvy clocks made in Mora, Sweden.  It is a whisper of a color – a neutral with gray, blue and green undertones. Pair it with French Enamel or Boxwood green to bring out the hints of color, or with Layla's Mint to create a soft, neutral palette. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | European Line | Mora | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | European Line | Mora | Milk Paint Colors | Available at Carver Junk Company | September Color of the Month COTM   Try out these colors - or any color of your choice, at one of our upcoming workshops! Sept 8th - learn the basics of milk paint while creating a MN-shaped wall art piece! you'll stain, seal, and paint using exclusively milk paint products, and take home a great new piece of decor, along with all the skills to paint your own furniture. Sept 25th - in our string art, dinner & drinks workshop, you'll start out by painting or staining your wood background with our milk paint products. you can make your wood look aged, or paint it with a pop of color before learning to string your design. dinner & drinks provided! Oct 11th - only 2 spots left in our bring your own piece workshop - we've combined the milk paint basics & advanced techniques into a single four-hour workshop. you'll leave with a small, finished piece of your own furniture, and the confidence that you can paint anything!   Here are a few more examples of real pieces painted in the Colors of the Month: Mora Collage Color of the Month Carver Junk Company Shutter Gray Milk Paint Collage Carver Junk Company

    Advanced Milk Paint Workshop: Bring Your Own Piece

    We've been having so much fun at our Milk Paint Project workshops recently, we haven't had time to think about scheduling an advanced workshop. Now that we've trained hundreds of you in the last 12 months on the basics of Milk Paint, we thought we should get some Advanced, Bring-Your-Own-Piece Workshops on the calendar! Some Q&A on the Advanced Workshops:

    1. Can I sign up for the Advanced Workshop if I haven't taken a Basic workshop?
      • We require a Basic workshop before taking the Advanced workshop, so that everyone receives the best of the instructors' time during the Advanced workshop. You learn how to mix & apply paint in the Basics workshop, so that we can focus on advanced techniques and larger pieces during the Advanced workshop!
    2. What sort of piece can I bring to the Advanced Workshop to paint?
      • You should bring a small piece of furniture, that can be carried in one arm. Have a larger piece of furniture you want to paint? Bring a drawer and a door, or a picture frame you can paint in the same style. The piece you bring in should be sturdy, solid, and ready to paint.
      • Workshop time is limited to 4 hours, which is plenty of time to paint and top coat a small piece. Anything larger, and we can't guarantee you'll have time to finish it during the workshop. We'd really hate to kick you out with an unfinished piece! If you have questions, send us a photo of the piece you'd like to bring: info@carverjunkcompany.com.
    3. I'm bringing my own furniture, what do you provide?
      • A small group setting, and tons of hands-on instruction.
      • All of the painting supplies you'll need to complete your project.
      • Light snacks and refreshments, and a really fun 4 hours.
      • Ongoing support for any questions you have after you leave the workshop.
    Check out these photos for examples of pieces that would be perfect for a Bring-Your-Own-Piece workshop!    Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC   Photos & Furniture courtesy of Cotton Seed Designs, LLC. 

    New Milk Paint Colors: MMSMP European Color Line!

    New colors for the New Year! Miss Mustard Seed, aka Marian, has created a whole new line of colors for the European retailers that carry her paint. Lucky for us, she's also allowing select US retailers to carry the new colors as well, and we should have them in stock in late January, early February. She's releasing the colors one at a time via posts on her blog, so we're sharing as they are available! The most recent release is called Arabesque, and it's a "soft, dusty pink." Pink is a tough color - it certainly doesn't go in every room, or with every style, but in typical Miss Mustard Seed fashion, it's really a fantastic shade that complements the other colors in the line! While it may seem a natural fit for a baby girl's nursery, I wouldn't pigeon-hole it into girly-themed decor just yet. Here's a look at the dresser Marian created for the color launch. I'm a big fan of the before & after shot, and that gorgeous quilt! Arabesque Dresser |Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Dusty Soft Pink | Carver Junk Company   Introduced in October {not available in stores until Jan/Feb}, Bergere is yet another blue in the MMSMP line of colors. Clearly, she's a huge fan of blue, and who can blame her, when they look this good? It's no secret that blue is not a personal favorite for me, though I am completely in love with Artissimo, the deep navy in the MMS line. Pronounced "bear-zhair," Bergere is described as a "smokey blue/gray" that may look a bit more of one or the other, depending on the light. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | All the Blue Colors in the Line | Flow Blue | French Enamel | Shutter Gray | Artissimo | Bergere I think these photos do a nice job of illustrating the blue vs. grey {or gray, if you like} of Bergere. [caption id="attachment_1408" align="aligncenter" width="467"]Bergere Blue Grey | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Blue | European Line | Empire Dresser | Carver Junk Company blue tones[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1407" align="aligncenter" width="467"]Bergere Blue Grey | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Blue | European Line | Empire Dresser | Carver Junk Company grey tones[/caption]   Did you scroll up and down a few times to compare the difference in color in each photo {like I did. haha}?? Four more colors are yet to be announced/released, but you know we'll share them as soon as we're able!  In the meantime, we've also created a couple of Pinterest boards inspired by each of these colors- some examples below, but you can access the full board for Arabesque here, and Bergere here.

    Arabesque Inspiration

    [caption id="attachment_1413" align="aligncenter" width="426"]dusty pink ornate bathroom Can you see why Arabesque was added to the European line? Can't you just picture it in gorgeous, ornate settings with furniture from the 18th century?[/caption]  

    Bergere Inspiration

    [caption id="attachment_1415" align="aligncenter" width="395"]How French How French[/caption]

    Eulalie's Sky Corner Table

    Eulalie's Sky is the Color of the Month {along with Linen} for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, in May. So, of course, I just had to try it out {admittedly, for the first time}!  And, much like the piece I did in Luckett's Green last month, I am unexpectedly, crazy in love with it! First, Eulalie's Sky is named after the sky in a painting of a cow that hangs above Marian's {Miss Mustard Seed} buffet. The cow in the painting is named Eulalie, and her sky is this perfect pale blue color, with a slight hint of green. [caption id="attachment_426" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Eulalie's Sky Collage |Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint[/caption] I wanted to paint a small piece, to check the amount of coverage I could get from one of our new sample size jars. Each jar has about 3 Tbsp of milk paint powder. Seriously, how cute are these tester jars?!  {on a side note - can you see that the color sticker on the bag isn't quite true to color? And neither is the powdered paint? It comes together when it's mixed, though!} Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Eulalie's Sky | 1 quart and Tester jars |Carver Junk Company Here is the table I decided to paint. Chad picked it up from a thrift store, and I thought it would be about the perfect size for the 3 tbsp of paint in a tester-size jar. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="2448"] Small Corner Table Before Milk Paint | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="2448"]Small Corner Table Before Milk Paint | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Small Corner Table Before Milk Paint | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.[/caption] Here is Eulalie's Sky in powder form. It's a creamy color - not at all bluish/teal! But don't worry.... Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. As a reminder, you should plop the powder onto another surface, add your water, and then put the powder back in - the water should always go into the container first! Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. That's more like it!  This is 3 Tbsp of powder, and 3 Tbsp of water - a 1:1 ratio that's used for a general paint finish. Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Then, I added bonding agent. After mixing the powder into the water, I had about 1/2 jar full of paint. So I filled it the rest of the way with bonding agent. You saw how shiny that table was - if I didn't use bonding agent, I surely would have had a chippy mess {vs. a cute intentionally-chipped table} on my hands. Can you believe this all fits in that perfect little jar??  Oh, and yes - the Target bag is my very sophisticated way of spill-proofing while I'm painting in the dining room. Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Sample Size Jar | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. I finished her up, sanded with a 100-grit sandpaper in a circular motion to get that crazy-distressed look, added some antiquing wax to the detailed parts, and then finished the whole thing with clear furniture wax!  We didn't offer her up for sale until the store opened the following Saturday morning, and she was the FIRST THING out the door!  <3 Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint Corner Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. We used to sell tester/sample size bags with 2 Tbsp of paint for $6 each. We decided we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to try out this paint, so changed over to the jars, with an extra Tbsp of paint, and they are only $4.99 each at the store! Stop in during our May 15-18 sale, and try a color you might not otherwise have tried!

    Coffee Table Color Wash with Luckett's Green Milk Paint

    I picked up this coffee table at a local thrift store, with every intention of refinishing the top in a dark stain, and painting the base in a neutral shade of white. As with many well-laid plans, the end result was nowhere near my starting vision! And, thank goodness. I went waaaaaaay outside of my comfort zone on this one, and....surprise!....I sort of love her. This is how she started {well, sort of}. Why am I so bad at taking Before photos??  So, 3/4 of the photo is how she started. The other 1/4 was step 1 of my mission to refinish the top. It's obviously a veneer top, so I had to be careful not to sand too far down - just enough to remove the beat-up old finish. That also meant she was left with some scars from deep scratches I just couldn't fully remove. We call those Character. 20140421-180943.jpg I was too impatient to sand the whole top before seeing how it would polish up. I ran out to the garage and grabbed my can of Dark Walnut stain. Mixed it up, applied it, and ..... it didn't look anything like Dark Walnut. Turns out, I left it out in the {un-heated} garage all winter, and it'd gone bad. Chad had all of the good cans across town in our workshop. Ugh. 20140421-181000.jpg   Before I jumped to a decision on the top, I thought I'd try a color wash {a paint mixture with high water content, that goes on like a stain} on the base of the table, using some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Luckett's Green that I happened to have in the house from a birdhouse painting project I did the previous week. 20140421-181014.jpg   Hm. Not in love. Maybe with another coat. 20140421-181032.jpg   It's a terrible photo, but nope - still not the look I wanted. So, a complete change of course, I decided to sand down the remaining top, do the color wash on the now raw wood, and a full-color paint on the base. 20140421-181048.jpg   Here she is, after painting and sanding, but before a finishing coat. 20140421-181105.jpg   I did not use a bonding agent on the base, so I got some nice chippyness over the original table finish. Awesome! 20140421-181120.jpg   Here she is, after a top coat of clear furniture wax. Look at how much more the color pops on her base after adding that finishing coat! Perfectly springy and green, feminine and functional. 20140421-181136.jpgLuckett's Green Milk Paint Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.   Luckett's Green Milk Paint Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.   This lovely lady still needs a home! Give us a shout if you have the perfect place for her! Have a piece of furniture that needs to be rejuvenated? We offer a few avenues to help: Take a Milk Paint workshop, and learn various techniques for painting your own pieces! Request a quote for custom painting {you supply the piece, we paint it to your vision}. Email info@carverjunkcompany.com with a photo of your existing piece, dimensions and details on what you'd like for it to look like!