Friday, January 17, 2014

Milk Paint & Stenciling Fun

You've already seen a pic of the bookshelf I redid. I really wish I had a picture of it before. It was a rustic pine bookshelf. But for reference, it was very similar to this one here. We've had this bookshelf for about 14 years now. I started our with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Ironstone. Because the armoire is done is a Shabby Chic style, I wanted to match the book shelf to the look, but I didn't want the distressed edges that is so popular with the look. So I used Miss Mustard Seed's bonding agent with the milk paint and then did 3 coats of Ironstone to get a good solid opaque coverage. I then used the clear wax and white wax to finish it off. But before that fun could happen, I stenciled the back. OMG! What a nightmare! I bought stencil's from Hobby Lobby and then I had to cut them up to get the tops and sides. Absolutely horrible! You're probably thinking, just take the back piece off and then put it back on. But it was not an option for this shelf, you can't take the back our as it is built into the shelf. I have since found stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils that have side and top pieces to make stenciling easier. I already have a project lined up to try their stencils out with and I can't wait! I'll do an actual how to start to finish with those stencils. 

 Here is the book shelf done, without the shelves being put back in. 

 I'm still not sure if this will be the final decorations of the shelf, but so far this is how it looks.

Zero couldn't figure our why I was taking pictures of the bookshelf and not him. 

 A close up of the chevron. You can see there was definitely some room for improvement  on the stenciling. Just focus on the beautiful bowl my mother in law got me for Christmas instead! Cute story there, I found this gorgeous dish in the design of this bowl at TJ Maxx last year. My MIL is always asking what I want for Christmas and I always come up empty handed. So I texted her a picture of the serving dish and told her if she could find the plate, I would take that! So last year I got the serving dish and imagine my surprise to receive a matching bowl this year! How cool is that! (Side note: Is it texted or sent a text to? Damn all this new proper English to learn!)

I also had some stuff to return to TJ Maxx last week and I found my chair for the computer armoire! Told you they had them there all the time.  Now to find an actual comfy big chair for the living room. 

Here is the corner of the living room now. I call it John's office, since the armoire houses his computer and this is where he spends most of his nights when he is working for the Cult after hours. I would just also like to point out that he wrote Passionate Dreams sitting here, so clearly the space is inspirational.

Speaking of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, this was my first time using the milk paint. And I may have gone overboard, if there is a such thing. But since I am trying to redo the living room and create a more cohesive look, I decided I should also milk pain the end table in the living room using Ironstone as well. I did the bookshelf, end table and the mirror on the shelf all in Ironstone and it took just over one bag of the paint to do it all. I probably could have done it with one bag, but there was a bit of a learning curve going on. Now I feel like I could make a bag last a bit longer. 

I kept the look consistent with the bookshelf by not distressing the end table either. Our coffee table will most likely have a distressed look and I'm undecided on how I will refinish the TV dresser. 

 The basket under the end table houses Zero's toys. We spend our time picking up his toys from the living room floor and he spends his time coming up behind us and taking them all back out again.

Want to see what I did with the mirror? 

Here is the mirror before. It was white and gold. I have had this mirror for probably about 10 years now. It has been on various wall sin various homes, then here with my accessories, and most recently in the garage waiting on a garage sale. I am still trying to figure out how I want to decorate the top of the bookshelf, but I think the mirror was a perfect accent piece, just in the total wrong color.

I spray painted the mirror with silver spray paint. I let it dry to the touch only and then washed most of the silver with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Ironstone. I wanted the white wash to blend with the silver and I was hoping for a streaky grey effect with some silver shining through. I wasn't sure if it would work, but I figured, what did I have to lose? I was so excited to see it turning out. I did have to go over some areas with spray paint and milk paint while I was figuring it all out. But I love it!

Once it completely dried, I went into the areas where it was already cracked from it's previous paint job and rubbed in Miss Mustard Seed's White Wax. I left it on for about 5 minutes and then rubbed it in.

 The edges where the detailing is, I barely went over it with the milk paint. I just did some spots so the silver could shine through in other spots.

I am so in love with how everything came out! I can't wait to start on the TV Dresser and coffee table! One of the two is supposed to be our January project, but this weekend Kat has a cheer competition out of town and since I was working on all this well into the first few weeks of January, we are going to tackle on of the two in Feb and the other in March. I may have a few projects in the middle too. 

I know this probably reads like some big Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint sponsored post. But I bought all the paint and products on my own. I'm pretty sure Miss Mustard Seed doesn't have a shortage of design bloggers willing to review her products. The last place she is probably looking is to some nail, beauty, lifestyle blog that just took the world's longest blogging break. Although if she wants to send me more paint, I would totally use it. Ha!

Although I did just totally stock up on some back ups while at a Vintage Market last weekend, so I can have a lot more fun in my near future! (It's a sickness this milk and chalk painting and house redoing! Pinterest, it's all Pinterest's fault!) 

 Since I have you here, Don't forget to order your pre-sale of the Passionate Dreams collection. You can see swatch pics I took here and read the accompanying story here. Hopefully we will have some blogger photos and reviews to show you soon. We'll let you know as soon as we do!


  1. Love it! Love it all, but that mirror is gorgeous! I wish they'd had that milk paint stuff years ago when I was working on things like that for my home. It looks so pretty the way it all ties in!

    I didn't realize btw that Zero is so tiny. He's precious!

    1. Jacky - I am so addicted to the Milk Paint. Apparently it's been around at least 50 years, but regaining it's popularity. I am so glad it is! Since today is a Holiday and both John and I are off, I think it's a great time to start a new project! WAHOO! And yup Zero is just about 5 lbs. He may gain a lb or so as he fills out and ages, but he is pretty much full grown now. I never wanted such a small dog, but now I can't imagine my life without that little peanut!

  2. You've given me a LOT of inspiration for my office and really my entire house when we start to decorate and re-build the inside! I really love it all!

    1. OMG - it totally makes me want to re-do my office! Shhh don't tell John! LOL

  3. i love your DIY project posts so much!!! that mirror is gorgeous!

    1. Thanks! I always worry people will be like, "Um what does this have to do with polish?" But I think I am going to post some kind of house/DIY or similar post once a week. Let's see.

  4. Hi Maria! I've enjoyed you sharing your home projects with us. My husband and I have been remodeling our kitchen. We had recessed lighting in the ceiling. When we took it out we had to put corner bead to finish the uneven edges. This is where I wanted to tell you about an unorthodox use for Cult Nails Tempest. The corner bead was white and the nail heads were not. They were sticking out like sore thumbs, so I used Tempest to cover the nail heads. It worked perfectly!!!

    Also, wanted to thank you for the Cult Nails master list. I'm missing 3 colours. They are Always Winning, Awakening, and Tied Up. Do you have any ideas or blogger friends that might have an extra bottle of those colors laying around? I NEED to complete my Cult Nails Collection!!!!