Monday, November 4, 2013

Eulalie's Sky Milk Paint and a New Booth

I'm back in the saddle again!  After not painting furniture for a couple of months because of the move and closing my booth in Raleigh, it felt good to work on new project with a new color.  I'm sort of a product junkie when it comes to paint and supplies.  I love to try new colors and brands of paint, wax, etc and when Miss Mustard Seed came out with the Eulalie's Sky color for her line of milk paint, I knew I had to try it since I gravitate to blues.

I picked up this cute dresser at a local auction... I loved the shape, key holes and was a prime candidate for painting.  Here's the before (taken with my phone):
If you've worked with milk paint before, you'll know it's a bit unpredictable, but there wasn't any crackling or flaking this time around.  The more "thirsty" the wood is, the more likely the paint will adhere and not chip (without the bonding agent).
Normally I lightly sand the finish smooth after two coats of paint, then seal with wax, but this time I distressed after waxing just to have a little more control over the process.  I also painted the drawers out in Old White Chalk Paint and waxed with Howard's wax because I had them on hand... Don't be afraid to mix and match brands, types of paint and topcoats!  There is nothing in the rules that says a piece of furniture has to be all Chalk Paint, milk paint, latex, acrylic etc.  Most of my furniture makeovers are mix...
You may have noticed that I no longer have my perfect little furniture staging area in the foyer of my house any longer.  I used to lug every piece in, style it, photograph it before hauling it away to the shop, but there isn't one wall where I can do this in the rental... I'll have to figure something out :)
Speaking of shop... I've been gathering goodies for the past couple of weeks in anticipation of moving into Shirley's booth at the Melville Trading Company in Mebane, NC.  I really wasn't looking into starting another booth anytime soon, but since downsizing to our rental and the prospect of moving again next Summer makes me cringe at the amount of antique/vintage goods that I have in storage.
I've been buying and selling for a while now so letting go of my favorite things is really no biggie to me anymore.  So if you're local the Greensboro/Raleigh area and you've ever had an eye on any of the furniture from my old home, you're likely to see it in the booth!  I'll also be finding and working on new projects too.
Shirley and I worked on the booth this past weekend...fluffing and having fun.  I didn't get any great pictures because of the lighting at the time.  We have a mix of rustic items like tobacco baskets, olive buckets, demijohns, blue seltzer bottles, ladders, painted furniture, industrial bar stools, street signs, etc.  Shirley also brought in her show-stopping upside down flocked Christmas tree that is filled with her beautiful ornaments. Mebane, NC is a great little town with the cutest street (Clay St.) full of boutiques so make sure you check it out if you're in the area.

Kristen

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13 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the way you painted that chest and the booth looks fab. Show us more.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Great colors and the booth looks amazing. How much for the demijohn in the photo? ~ Angie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so excited for you!!!! yay! and that dresser is GORGEOUS.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Kristen,
The chest looks great...I have planned on getting that color and after seeing this chest...I will be sure to buy some soon. Looks like you and Shirley are having fun with the booth...looking forward to seeing more of it.

Blessings,
Linda

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

That beauty is a must see in person!....you did a fantastic job as usual!!!...Had so much fun fluffing the booth together!!

Denise Stain said...

This is really beautiful! The colors are so soft yet cheery at the same time. Gorgeous!

Kelly said...

I bet you're having a lot of fun setting up a new booth with Shirley. I'm sure it helps relieve the stress having a friend to help with it! I love the items you're showing for sale. That tobacco basket is wonderful! The dresser you painted is so charming too. I think ya'll will have lots of success in your booth. Wish I could shop there.

Kirby Carespodi said...

I will have to get over to Mebane soon! Looking forward to seeing everything you all have in store!

Jane H said...

Oh, how I wish I were there! You have some really wonderful pieces that I would love to own!

SWEET HAUTE for Sweet Haute said...

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Katherines Corner said...

the booth looks terrific. I really like the blue and white makeover too. Hugs!

Jenny@thelavendermagnolia said...

Everything looks great! Not only is the dresser beautiful, but now I have to drive to Mebane to see your booth!

(I knew you would either go in with Amy or Shirley.) Glad you are back to having a booth. It's in your blood!

Jenny

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love that dressers makeover...your booth looks fabulous!

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