Whew, I’ve been MIA around here for so long I just about forget how to operate this blog! Truly I didn’t mean to desert you so completely but there has been a lot going on around here the past few days. If you have read here for very long, and if you have a very good memory, you might recall a mention now and then of a furnace installation that was supposed to be happening. Prep for that has been in FULL SWING the past week – the actual installation is slated for Thursday. I know you just cannot wait for some great photos of that 😉
I spent Friday and Saturday painting. Finally!
My pile of paint and stuff-to-paint had been growing and I was quite tired of it all sitting in my dining room. So Friday morning I started in, after fixing breakfast for my hubby who was home prepping for that furnace installation. And after getting the kids started on school work.
This wood box was up first. I already told you my shipment of milk paint arrived and I was so excited to use it. I can’t believe how long it sat there before I got at it. After watching MMS tutorials I decided to forgo the blender to get it smooth. If Marian mixed it by hand I could surely at least give it a try 😉
I’ve never been a fan of the color blue. But ‘Flow Blue‘ really stood out to me when MMS showed it off for the first time. And it was one of the colors that found its way into my shopping cart when I was ordering milk paint. And ‘Flow Blue’ became the color I tried first – I know, I know, you can’t believe I didn’t try out the white color I also bought. I will, I will! I have a BIG project coming up that I’m using ‘Grain Sack’ on.
I had several projects going at once, and just had to snap a photo of this open can of ‘Duck Egg’ ASCP beside the ‘Flow Blue’ MMS Milk Paint. The milk paint went on this box beautifully. I didn’t expect much chipping because the wood was rather rough and felt more like raw wood than painted wood. I was overjoyed when I did get a tiny bit of chipping – yes I wanted my milk paint to chip – that’s one of the fun things about milk paint. You can get that worn-for-years look with this stuff that you just cannot get with sanding and distressing by hand. But you never know for sure when or if it’s going to do it.
See the streakiness as the paint was drying? The depth of this paint is just awesome. It doesn’t look streaky when it is dry but there is enough variation to give it a wonderful, rich depth. Watch Marian’s tutorials for how to mix and use this paint. No need for me to reinvent the wheel The paint will be thin and runny – it won’t be thick like chalk paint or latex paint. It is different – but a very good different. A VERY VERY VERY good different. I am in love.
Saturday morning this big monster came and made these glorious deep ruts in my front yard. I was so excited to see him pull in. Most beautiful yard ruts I’ve ever seen. (I am thankful I’ve not done the landscaping I so badly wanted to do last fall!)
We have some very wonderful friends. A couple of them who live not-so-far away were willing to come by at 8 Saturday morning to help with the concrete pour. So late Friday night I made a batch of Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls. Well, I only made half a batch – the rest of the dough is in the fridge waiting to be made. Travis wanted me to go buy donuts early Sat. morning. I decided Friday night that I would prefer to make cinnamon rolls to going out to buy donuts. And since I had the stuff on hand I made them. It only took till midnight and I had other stuff to finish up anyway.
Another thing that made my painting projects really fun is these great new stencils. I won a giveaway for $50 towards whatever I wanted from Royal Design Studio. The giveaway was hosted by Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life. I was pretty excited when she emailed me to say I won! I will be doing another post about this but I wanted to mention it here because I used a stencil on this ‘Flow Blue’ box.
The large wreath and torch stencil included this small wreath. I think I could get carried away using this it’s just so cute!
And ‘Flow Blue’!!! OH. MY. I can’t say enough good stuff about this color! And remember I don’t even like blue that well! But this is in a whole different class all its own. The wreath I painted in ASCP ‘Duck Egg’. I also used MMS antiquing wax on the whole thing. That stuff is awesome too! It soaks into the paint and wood and is so subtle. Way different to use than ASCP dark wax but again, it’s a good different!
I am really liking this pop of blue with my all white. I didn’t paint the box intending to keep it though, so I may have to find something else to paint ‘Flow Blue’. I’ll share with you real soon the details about the event I’m doing! Emma informed me when I was finished with this, “It’s gonna sell, Mom”!! Great praise from a 13-year-old!
What do YOU think of ‘Flow Blue’? Are you a fan of the color blue? What color of milk paint would you like to try?
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