Emilia: painting furniture with intuition

Naming your milk painted furniture - Dala Muses

Today I would love to introduce you to Emilia, my newest Swedish cabinet. I gave her this name because I couldn’t figure out how to paint her. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how to listen to intuition when decorating. You can read it here, if you missed that one. I showed you an exercise to get in touch with your intuition when interior decorating.

When painting furniture, I have another fun exercise to get in touch with ‘the muses’. I give every piece of furniture a name and an interesting personality before I paint it. I’m definitely not the first one who’s naming their furniture. Furniture painter I Restore Stuff  comes to mind immediately, and there are probably more people doing this (maybe secretly :)).

I let a piece speak to me for a while before I decide on the colour and technique. If it doesn’t give me an answer I take the time to think about a name and to describe its personality. This exercise really taps into creative thinking and your intuition. It brings you from default thinking to a whole new way of looking at things. Like a new pair of glasses.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Swedish cabinet - Dala Muses

This sweet little cabinet was originally a beauty in pine from the hills of Southern Dalarna. I loved the shape and the beautiful legs, so typical for Swedish style. I envisioned her in a neutral grey, in a dark blue and even in a very weathered chippy look, but I couldn’t settle for any of those ideas. I got the ‘aha’-moment when I called her ‘Emilia’.

Emilia is a young Swedish girl, with a beautiful large smile. When you walk into the room, Emilia is the first one to say ‘hej!’, that’s how sweet she is. She wants to chat all day and she loves to dance. You see here often dancing through the hallway practicing one of her latest dance moves. Emilia is also strong-willed and dreams of a wild, adventurous and interesting life. And she’s right, there’s a special calling for her in this life, though nobody knows yet what that will be.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Swedish Furniture - Dala Muses

And that’s when I decided she had to be painted in a custom colour, specifically mixed for her. I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, and mixed equal parts of the colours Trophy, Grain Sack and Mora. The colour Kitchen Scale is on the inside and gives her a pop of colour and a little surprise when you open the drawers. Emilia is a natural beauty, so she deserves nothing less than a treatment with 100% natural hemp oil to protect her from those awful things called dust, humidity and grease.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint - painting furniture with intuition - Dala Muses


I think she’s going to thrive in my home!

8 replies
  1. Sharon Hankins
    Sharon Hankins says:

    How Beautiful, Goedele. She looks beautiful. I’d love to see a pic of the inside of the drawers in Kitchen Scale! Thanks for the mention. Of course we should name our furniture if it speaks to us. 😉

  2. thea hutchings
    thea hutchings says:

    That’s a beautiful colour – I’m a huge fan of the clean scandi look and I really enjoyed using Miss Mustard Seed paint recently in colour “Typewriter” (which goes on as a grey but you can darken it to a smidge under Black by using the hemp oil she also sells) on a really old and battered sideboard. You can see the results of my (lots of weekends!!) work here – in a blog I wrote about using Art as Therapy. http://jolizcoaching.com/art-as-therapy/

    • Goedele
      Goedele says:

      Hi Thea, thank you for your comment. I checked out your post, really interesting and I hadn’t realised up until now how much painting has been my own therapy. Inspiring!


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