my first.

I haven’t been painting with the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint for all that long.  I was determined to live without it because, let’s face it, it is pricey.  Then last summer at the Oronoco Gold Rush, I purchased a sample of Eulalie’s Sky.  Just a tiny sample, mind you.  I thought I would try it out on a picture frame, or some similar small item.  Just to see what all the fuss was about.

Then I came across the most darling little toy cupboard at a garage sale.  I so wish that I had taken a before picture of this for you, because it was in terrible shape.  The door was falling off, it had been painted black which was crackled to show white underneath.  It had giant fluorescent yellow knobs on the drawers.  Worst of all, it was $20.  In garage sale money, this is a lot.  You know about garage sale money, right?  OK, it’s just regular money, but it’s the concept that prices that would seem a total bargain at a shop are outrageous at a garage sale.  I’m pretty sure that Jeanne thought I was nuts when I picked it up to purchase.

I decided this was the perfect candidate for a test of the milk paint.  I sanded the black paint off, mixed up the milk paint and gave it a go.  If I remember correctly, I ended up doing about 4 coats of paint.  I may have definitely added a little too much water.

first cupboardIsn’t it sweet?  Inside you will find my grandmother’s tiny toy tea set, and some vintage toy kitchen utensils.

I was really impressed by how easy it was to distress this paint.  No more heavy duty sanding, this just needed a light touch of hand sanding and gave these results.

first collage

P.S.  I seem to have a penchant for tiny furniture.  I also found this cute little pink cupboard at a garage sale and it works perfectly for housing my collection of washi tape in my craft room.  So, if you see any fab vintage toy furniture at a garage sale … just back off.  It’s mine.

tiny shelves

12 thoughts on “my first.

  1. How adorable Linda! Love the cabinet and the color! And I bet you think of your Grandmother every time you see the tea set. The only thing I have of my Grandmother are photos and wonderful memories of baking biscuits together. The tea set is charming it adds so much character and personality. You just cannot get
    that from big box stores.


  2. I’m beginning to think you are a lost sister. Sometimes, when I’m falling asleep, I am actually thinking about small vintage wooden furniture. (You know, when your trying to fall asleep and you start thinking about something you like?) And I really like those vintage tin stoves and ovens, too, with the fun colors and graphics. You know, pink, mint green, turquoise, red, blue…
    The two pieces you showed are so charming! Perfect distressing. Love them!
    I don’t see those pieces at auctions often, if ever. Finding one is a treat. You were lucky that day!


    1. So, instead of counting sheep, you count tiny furniture? I love it! I still have vivid memories of playing with a toy sized wringer washer at my grandparent’s house when I was little. Grandma gave me a bunch of scraps of rag and some soap, and I would fill the washer from the hose. There was a little crank to turn the agitator, and then you could put the ‘clothes’ through the wringer, and then I would hang them on the clothes line to dry. Ah, those were the days! When laundry was fun.


      1. I remember being with my Grandma down in her basement washing while she used a real wringer. She said, “This will break the buttons if I’m not careful.”
        I never forgot that for some reason. (?)


  3. So adorable! My Great-grandmother had a similar small cabinet that I played with as a child, alas, my cousin Sandy got it! I also remember using the wringer washer with my Grandmother in her basement. I think she was more afraid of me breaking my arm instead of her buttons tho!


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