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    Milk Paint Colors of the Month: Luckett's Green & Dried Lavender

    Every month, Miss Mustard Seed features Colors of the Month {it used to be Color, but now with the European line, there are 24 colors, so each month gets two.} While these two are the least likely to make an appearance in our home, they {like every color in the line} coordinate beautifully with the other 22 colors, and are absolutely stunning on the right pieces & in the right homes! They are both also excellent colors to mix with others, creating some brilliant custom colors. Check out the collages below for inspiration, and head on over to our online shop {or either of our stores in the Minneapolis area} to pickup some paint for your own projects! Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Luckett's Green Color | Furniture Paint Projects | Milk Paint Collage | CarverJunkCompany.com1. Luckett's Green & French Enamel mixed for a custom color, by All Dolled Up. 2. Luckett's Green in a wash and chippy finish on a coffee table, by Carver Junk Company. 3. Luckett's Green on a two-tone empire-style buffet, by Dust and All Vintage. 4. Luckett's Green chippy perfection dresser, by All Things New Designs. 5. Luckett's Green on a primitive hutch, by My Urban Retreat. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Dried Lavender Color | Furniture Paint Projects | Milk Paint Collage | CarverJunkCompany.com1. Dried Lavender with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint wax and hemp oil top coats, by Golden Sycamore. 2. Dried Lavender nightstands made from an old desk, with MMSMP Antiquing Wax, by Fab Rehab. 3. Dried Lavender end table, by Golden Sycamore. 4. A repurposed dresser in Dried Lavender as a bathroom vanity, by Dear Emmeline. 5. A vanity/desk in a mixture of Dried Lavender and Trophy, by Fab Rehab. 5. Milk Paint powder by Miss Mustard Seed.  

    Which colors in the Miss Mustard Seed line are your favorites?

    Anniversary Month & 20 Favorites of our Second Year!

    It's only been two years? It's already been two years? Is it possible to feel both of those things at once? Throughout this month, we'll be sharing anniversary-related updates, revealing the fun plans we have for the coming year, and giving away some free stuff! Be sure to follow the blog by subscribing on the right side of the page, to ensure you get all of the updates, and the opportunity to win fun stuff this month! First, let's do a year-in-review by taking a look at our 20 favorite furniture pieces from the last 12 months!  {aka, the 20 things we wish we had kept for ourselves!} RubbishRebourneWalnutTables WhiteButterflyMediaStand WhiteButterflyLibraryTable VintageEstateCurioRepurpose VintageEstateCabinet RedefinedBarCart ReclaimedGiantDresser FabRehabRockingHorse FabRehabDresser CountyTablesPubTable CottonSeedBarrister CottonSeedApronStrings CJCUnionDepotDesk CJCTwoToneChestonChest CJCSleds CJCScoreboard CJCPolkaDotRocker CJCBicycleCabinet FabRehabYellowChairs CJCFrontCounter Here's why we love them each so much! 1. These reclaimed, live-edge, black walnut slab tables were made by Aaric of Rubbish Rebourne {more coming about them in our Dealer spotlight later this month.}  These tables were stunning, and the prices on them were less than you'd usually find on a single slab of black walnut alone! Swoon.... RubbishRebourneWalnutTables | Carver Junk Company 2. This media stand by White Butterfly is one of our favorite repurpose projects of the year. It was sooooo popular on Facebook, we've been begging Kirsten to find another vanity to turn into a TV stand! WhiteButterflyMediaStand | Carver Junk Company 3. Hands down, the coolest desk we've ever seen. And we've seen a few {check out # 13 below}. This is an antique partner desk from a bank in North Dakota. Another White Butterfly find, this has the original leather on the top, and wrapped around the sides, as well as the original knobs on the drawers - which are on BOTH sides of this massive desk! We debated taking it home to use as a dining table, but at the time of posting this, it's still available at the store! WhiteButterflyLibraryTable| Carver Junk Company 4. This classy, chicken-wire curio cabinet by The Vintage Estate. It's not often that you can use classy and chicken wire in the same item description, which is part of the reason we love this sooooooo much! VintageEstateCurio| Carver Junk Company 5. This cabinet is a favorite because we've never seen another quite like it. So functional with the legs Aimee added to the bottom, super cute, and really modern-looking for a vintage piece - our favorite combo! VintageEstateCabinet | Carver Junk Company 6. We're not sure what this was originally used as, but it made a great bar cart. Before we started CJC, we had been on the hunt for a red metal cart to use as a bar in our previous home. If only we'd known Jen & Erica from Redefined Design in those days.... RedefinedBarCart | Carver Junk Company 7. We have a rule about not offering pre-sales on items we post specifically for upcoming sales. It helps to make sure the customers that drive a long way and line up at the door get all of the best finds when we open for the weekend. This piece from ReclaimedMpls made us question breaking that rule, and buying it ourselves. We didn't, and it went to a great home with a family that drove THREE HOURS to purchase it. We're still kicking ourselves... ReclaimedGiantDresser | Carver Junk Company 8. Brandy is a horse lover, and the month this rocking horse sold, she told Allison she was taking it home if it survived the sale. Of course, it sold that day. It was hand-carved and had the original tail hair still in tact. Baby Delainey would have had the coolest rocking horse in the world... FabRehabRockingHorse | Carver Junk Company 9. We don't know what it is about this tall chest-on-chest dresser that makes it a fav. We've had other, similar pieces in the store nearly every month, but the craftsmanship on this one just stands out. Not to mention the painting! The drawers were in such perfect condition {even inside} that FabRehab just couldn't paint them - and if you follow us at all, you know we're suckers for that two-tone vibe {see also, #14}! FabRehabDresser | Carver Junk Company   10.  County Tables started as our exclusive Farm House Table Builder in 2014, and we couldn't be happier! Our favorite set to-date? This pub table and stool set! CountyTablesPubTable | Carver Junk Company We're halfway through the list. Take a minute to wipe up the drool before we move on. And remember, if you're in the market for something specific for your home, we do custom work. Email us at with some inspiration photos, and we can hunt down and finish a piece for you! 11. Gabe from Cotton Seed is another new face to CJC in our second year in business. Her quality is superb, and we love her attention to detail, because she brings us things like this antique lawyer's bookcase {barrister} that she painstakingly took apart, rebuilt the mechanisms for, painted in Milk Paint, and staged so brilliantly. CottonSeedBarrister | Carver Junk Company 12. And then Gabe brought this in, and it was instantly one of Brandy's favorite pieces. She's been on an Apron Strings {Milk Paint color} kick since we found out we were having a baby girl, and this piece would have been perfect for their nursery! And, hello, two-tone plus birdseye maple? LOVE! CottonSeedApronStrings | Carver Junk Company 13. Remember that desk we mentioned above? It's this gorgeous beast from the Union Depot in St. Paul. Finished on all sides, with the original brass feet and a framed train schedule from 1940, we were glad this one stayed close and went to a home in Carver. We haven't visited it yet, but we might.... CJCUnionDepotDesk | Carver Junk Company 14. In other two-tone news....this dresser inspired the first-ever CJC blog post {over on our old blog} and was in our bedroom for over a year. We only got rid of Chester when we decided to remodel, which meant ripping up our upstairs down to the joists, and since we didn't have a place to store him in the meantime, we sent him off to a new home. We still miss him. CJCTwoToneChester | | Carver Junk Company 15. Though not technically furniture, this huge lot of vintage sleds ranks right up there with our favorite finds of the past year!  We weren't sure we'd be able to sell them all in one winter, but they flew out the door in a single weekend! We're hunting for more for this winter... CJCSleds | Carver Junk Company 16. Oh, the scoreboard. Chad is still crying. CJCScoreboard | Carver Junk Company 17. This polka dot rocker might not be the most incredible piece of furniture you've ever seen, but it did spark a lot of conversation and a fun new game we play at the store. Chad hates polka dots. Brandy adores them. The agreement was, she could reupholster this chair in polka dots, but if it didn't sell, she had to re-do it for the next sale. Even THAT agreement took a lot of sweet talkin' on her part. And then it sold about 15 minutes after the doors opened! So we've agreed to disagree on some of the things we bring into the store, but now we take small side bets on those things to see how fast they'll sell {ie, how quickly we can prove the other person wrong...} Totally healthy relationship behavior, right? ;) CJCPolkaDotRocker RubbishRebourneWalnutTables || Carver Junk Company   18. We didn't have a ceiling tall enough in our house. For real. This antique cabinet had the coolest wood front, metal-frame drawers of all sizes. It was from a bicycle shop in Chicago, and will forever be referred to as "The Bike Cabinet that Got Away." CJCBicycleCabinet | Carver Junk Company 19. FabRehab finds the best chairs. These yellow upholstered beauties are our favorites, and they look even better in their new home - thanks to their owner for sending over a photo so we could reminisce! {we love "where are they now?" photos - feel free to email them to us at, so we can add them to our FB photo album!} FabRehabYellowChairs | Carver Junk Company 20. And this. This is the one we ACTUALLY kept for ourselves. An antique counter, found at an estate sale in Minneapolis, that was originally in an elementary school in South Minneapolis. It's huge, and gorgeous, and the perfect storage/checkout counter for our current Carver building. We found it a week before we opened in the historic fire station, and it was clearly just meant to be... CJCFrontCounter | Carver Junk Company   Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. We'll be hosting a giveaway this week on the blog! Don't forget to sign up for email updates on the right side of the website. No spam, we pinky swear!

    "Up North" Pinspiration, and Our Weekend Plans

    If you live in Minnesota, you know what Up North means. It's cabin season around here, and Memorial Day weekend is officially "open season."  We are headed up to a big junk show in Brainerd, MN - about 150 miles north of Carver. We're packing up two large trailers this week {thankfully, Chad's parents are hauling one up for us} and heading North for a long weekend. Here's the detail on the sale, if you'll be Up North, too! While we've been busy stocking the store for our regular sales, we've been keeping an eye out for cabin-style goods as well. Here's some of our Pinspiration:

    Rustic, Vintage Cabin

    Source: Better Homes & Gardens |Vintage Lakeside Cabins sign makes an easy cabin decor piece!  | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin Source: MidWest Living |Cute, Rustic Camping gear for Cabin Decor  | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin   DesignSpongeCabin | Cottage Room | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin

    Sunny, Vintage Cottage

    Source: Bees Knees Bungalow |Great Shabby Chic Oar Paddle Headboard | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin Source: Better Homes and Gardens |Vintage Equestrian Decor | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin Source: Better Homes and Gardens |Colorful Vintage Books to decorate a bookshelf | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin MidwestLivingPorch  |Sunny Cabin Cottage Porch | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin Check out the whole Pinterest board here, or search #vintagecabin on Pinterest for more of our ideas! Have more ideas you think we should add to our Pinterest board? Tag  @carverjunkco in the comments on Pinterest, and we'll add it!

    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!

    New Furniture Pieces for April!

    Here are a few of the new furniture pieces in the store for April! Check the caption of each to see whether it's available now, or if it'll be available at the sale only. [caption id="324" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Antique Blue Tufted Balloon Chairs by Fab Rehab Designs | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available at the April sale in Carver - April 16th to 19th.[/caption] [caption id="325" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Dried Lavender Milk Paint Dresser by Fab Rehab Designs | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available at the April sale in Carver - April 16th to 19th.[/caption] [caption id="326" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Reclaimed Warehouse Cart Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="327" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Tractor Wheel Bench in Dark Walnut | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="328" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Dresser by Cotton Seed Designs | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="329" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Petite Artissimo and Grain Sack Milk Paint Buffet | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] [caption id="330" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Harvest Buffet Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption]   [caption id="331" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Milk Paint Trophy Dresser | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Available immediately: 612.615.8650 or at the April sale the 16-19th.[/caption] Have questions? Leave them in the comments below, call us at 612.615.8650, or email at! We hope to see you April 16th from 6-8:30 pm, or the 17th - 19th from 10 am to 4 pm!     Linked up to: [caption id="attachment_336" align="alignleft" width="150"]Milk Paint Masterpiece Monday | Carver Junk Company Linked Up Milk Paint Masterpiece Monday Linkup[/caption] [caption id="attachment_338" align="alignleft" width="150"]That DIY Party That DIY Party[/caption]