What a complex title I chose. By the end of this post you will get completely what those three items have in common: paint! You may have read one of my posts about the vague idea of opening a shop again. It was a couple of weeks ago and I decided to go for it! I almost forgot to mention it on this blog. I’m stealing a bit of room in my husband’s shop so I can host my own workshops about painting furniture and repurposing thrift store finds into beautiful home decor. I returned to my old love: I will be selling Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint again (just like in Belgium), but … I also added another line of furniture paint: Fusion Mineral Paint. I’m super happy to start this cute ‘butik‘ (Swedish for shop)!
I have always loved the authentic character of milk paint, but I’m also very fond of the endless possibilities Fusion Mineral Paint offers to creative people. With both paints you can create a beautiful unique home and that’s what I want to show and teach people. That’s also what I’m doing with my own home now.
I found a lamp for my hallway at a local ‘loppis’ or flea market and was immediately attracted to the tulip-shape. The colour and material on the other hand were not my style. I envisioned it in a soft, dreamy, romantic, rustic style, which was probably triggered by the flower shape.
I painted it in two layers of Grain Sack from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Milk paint wants to soak into a porous surface. The material was definitely porous, but some glue was used to hold the different ‘leaves’ together. This glue would have never absorbed the milk paint and the paint would have probably chipped. That was not the look I was going for. I therefore added a bonding agent to my paint so it would adhere properly to the lamp.
I drew a few leaves with Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Champness. Well, to be precise, I stenciled the leaves: I drew them by hand on a sheet of mylar, and cut it as a stencil.
At this stage I had a lamp that was soft, dreamy, romantic but still not rustic enough. Milk paint is made of a powder mixed with water, but if you add a lot of powder, you get a thick crumbly paste. It’s definitely nothing you would want to paint a large surface with, but perfect for a rustic or textured finish. I dabbed the paste carefully onto the whole surface and sanded with a 100grit sandpaper.
A lot of pigments were exposed through sanding and I really liked that. Every colour of milk paint is made of several pigments, and this was very visible now: I saw streaks of white, red, yellow and even dark blue or black. Talking about how complex a ‘simple’ grey as Grain Sack is!
I’m happy with how it turned out and my youngest is happy that there’s finally some light in the hallway ;-).