Quick reminder, everybody! It is not too late to submit your transformations to win our giveaway product this month! We are giving away a pint of General Finishes Java Gel Stain to our favorite transformation! If you haven’t tried it out, now’s the time…and what better way to try out a new product than by winning it! All you have to do to enter is share your transformation via instagram using #SPPaintPro. Our winner will be announced at the end of the month! Check out some of the previous winners here for a little inspiration!
We are SO excited to announce the winner of this month’s giveaway! The very talented Courtney Cole of Twig & Thyme Design transformed this secretary desk for one of her clients. Courtney is a Northern Virginia native who currently lives with her fiancé and their two dogs in the suburbs of DC. Curating a collection of vintage pieces was always a hobby of Courtney, who collected painted furniture and antiques while working in fashion. So naturally, when she decided it was time for a career change, this seemed an obvious choice! She loves more traditional styles of furniture, with Empire style being a particular favorite. But, like us, she loves to blend the old and new to create her own eclectic style.
Courtney has a true talent for looking past what may look like a dated or tired piece and seeing it’s good bones. She pulls inspiration for her pieces from her everywhere, from her travels to different cities and countries to her fellow artists to help her clients transform their pieces into something they are proud to display in their homes.
This gorgeous drop front secretary was made in 1937 and had been passed down for three generations. So naturally, it had seen its fair share of wear and tear and was a great candidate for a full makeover. Courtney was commissioned by her client to refresh this piece, while still maintaining a more classic look. The first step was a pretty extensive cleaning to remove the built up grime and worn finish. She sanded down some surface imperfections and repaired the drawers, tip trim, and foot to make sure the piece was ready for painting!
To achieve this polished look, Courtney applied layers of General Finishes’ Enduro Black Poly on the exterior, following each coat with a light sand to help achieve this flawless finish. The inside of the pieces was primed with the General Finishes Stain Blocker (which is a great way to prevent bleed through from stains!) and painted with General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White. To help maintain the classic look of the piece, they left the original hardware and lightly distressed along the edges to highlight some of the lines and details. The final step was applying a layer of the General Finishes Enduro Lacquer for an added bit of protection!
The results are absolutely stunning aren’t they?
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This week’s color feature is Aviary, a new color from the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Line! It is shown here on a piece painted by Miss Mustard Seed and was featured on her Instagram. We thought sharing this color inspiration would be the perfect way to announce that we now have this gorgeous blue grey color in stock, along with her other classic shades and a couple of our other favorite MMS products. Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed) was inspired to create this stunning smokey blue grey after purchasing a antique birdcage that featured the shade. And we just have to say, we are so glad she found that bird cage, because we are crushing big time on this color! You can learn more about this completely natural paint and which kinds of top coats to use here!
New to the DIY world or intimidated by the idea of trying out a new product? Sign up for one of our upcoming classes! You can view the full schedule and register here!
Meet Trophy, another gorgeous milk paint color from Miss Mustard Seed! We LOVE this color and we love how it looks on this gorgeous dresser painted by Stacey of @blessed_nester.We are such huge fans of light distressed looks like this piece features. It’s such a great way to bring out details on your pieces, add interest to a simply piece, or even to blend in some of the imperfections on your piece that come with working on vintage pieces. These “imperfections” by the way are what make your piece one of a kind and tell the story…embrace them!
This week, we thought we’d feature another beautiful color from Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, as shown on a piece by Chelsey of Shopacozyhouse, whose buffet makeover is proof that Milk Paint is a great product for achieving a modern finish OR a distressed look. This stunning piece, painted in Typewriter, is right on trend with the two-tone look and proves the mixing of black and brown taboo is officially antiquated. This piece really is giving us all the feels!
To achieve a similar modern finish with milk paint, you may need to add bonding agent to the paint and give your piece a light sand. It’s an easy step that can help you to achieve beautiful results at home. Learn more about using Milk Paint when you register for our Furniture Painting Basics class!
Saltwash® is a product, invented to create a unique weather worn, layered sun and salt air soaked look in just two quick steps. Saltwash is made with real sea salt, so you will notice it dries quicker and adheres to almost any surface that takes paint. It was designed to be mixed into any brand or type of paint and used as the base coat. When mixed to the desired consistency, it can be applied to almost any surface that takes paint. Originally intended for furniture, Saltwash also has found to give a unique look to walls, flooring, metal and even plastic.
Saltwash is offered in two sizes, a large tin at 42oz and a mini tin at 10oz. The large 42oz tin will extend to do about two large dressers, depending on the preferred consistency or mix into about a half a gallon of paint. The 10oz. mini tin is preferred for small projects and is good for first introductions to Saltwash.
Saltwash is a low voc product and all of the ingredients in it are considered safe in a working environment. We at Saltwash LLC., are very concerned with safety, so we recommend to always take precautions, and because Saltwash is a powder, we suggest wearing proper respiratory and eye protection when mixing and sanding.
You can order the product online or come and see us in the shop!
I have included a handy youtube video for you to check out in action! We will be doing an Advanced class using this product in September stay tuned for details!