Paint Options

I was recently in California visiting my sister. She has never used the Miss Mustard Seed Paint before so we thought we would go on a search and find some. We checked the Miss Mustard Seed website to find retailers in her area. The first store in Vacaville we went to had discontinued carrying it. I couldn’t understand why as I absolutely love the results using this paint. We were told that it was too time consuming and more difficult to use than the Annie Sloan paint. We also went to Napa, and again the store there had stopped carrying it for the same reason. While I agree that it does take time to mix the paint yourself and it is entirely different than the ASCP, the end results are fabulous and well worth the effort put into it.
I use many different types of paints, including Miss Mustard Seed and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I don’t think that one paint can do everything! While they are quite different to use, they both have their uses and applications.
Here is a great article from Miss Mustard Seed. Milk Paint vs. Chalk Paint

Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed
Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

So whatever paints you choose to use, know that they are all different in their qualities, colours, and end results. But have fun trying different paint options!

Treasures Found and Memories Kept

This has been an awesome weekend so far.

Yesterday I went hunting for new treasures at a local thrift store.  These 2 small candle holders caught my eye because of the colour (I love green) and texture.  Just something small to sit amongst other items.  I picked them up and when I looked at the bottom it brought tears to my eyes.  They were made by my grandmother (Nanny) in 1976.  I was just a teenager… She is no longer with us so I can’t tell you the feeling I had to be holding a part of her creativity.  She had a small shop in her home where she taught ceramics and sold pieces she created.  Some of my fondest memories were going to Parry Sound on summer holidays and her letting us “create” with her.  I will cherish these…



I also found on Kijjiji…(much like Craigs List for you Americans) an awesome find of old glass top Crown jars.  Not only were they a great price, there were 9 of the green glass ones in the box!  I’ve already given 2 away to someone who appreciates them like me! (I can see them on your shelf now Dayna).  I have so many ideas for my collection of jars….



Last but not least, I went to St George, ON this morning for their annual community yard sale.  I got the most amazing deals on some wonderful furniture pieces that I can’t wait to start.  First of all though I need to empty what is in my garage now.  My sister Kim and I had to make 3 trips back to her house with my treasures!  Thanks Kim for letting me know what a great day that is and for storing it all in your garage until we get Mark’s truck to pick it up.

It’s really the small things that can make us happy, and I think that if we keep that perspective in our lives we will be content and happy!

Have a great long weekend everyone!

Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood Green


So I am loving the Miss Mustard Seed line of paints.  Although it’s a lot different from your average paint, (you have to mix the powder & water) the end result is wonderful!  I finished my new coffee station for my kitchen.  This is one of the only pieces I have kept for myself in all of the refinishing I do.  It filled an empty spot in my kitchen and it has great storage for all my coffee’s and tea’s.   Continue reading “Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood Green”

Loving this new hobby!!

I’ve always loved painting furniture.  In our previous home I was constantly changing things up with paint.  I have to say, my love of painting hasn’t stopped.  I have been busier than I ever thought I would be with this venture I started.  Who would have thought.  I just thought I would show you some before and afters of what I have been working on, which is why I’ve been so absent from blog world…

I love making these chalkboards…what a wonderful welcome!!

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Blog Absence…

If you peruse my blog at all, you will have noticed I haven’t posted in a while.  I have been so busy !  I can’t complain though because I love what I’m doing and feel so fortunate to be doing it!  I tell everyone that I have always liked to paint.  The instant gratification of painting something and seeing it transform is wonderful.  I even like painting walls…I know people call me crazy.  But to see the change in either a wall, a piece of furniture, anything, in such a short amount of time is so refreshing!
So I have to show you what I’ve been up to with my Pleasant Pickin’s refinished furniture.  These are just a few things I’ve been working on…make sure to visit my Pleasant Pickin’s Facebook Page to see more!
And how true is this message…

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From Grandma’s House to Our Home

My husband Mark amazes me.  We have wanted a harvest table for a while now, so he found some old pine and built one!  We just got it in the house today.  The pine is 3 inches thick, and what makes this table special is that the legs are made from pillars off of the front of his late grandmothers house.  We had used the pillars at our previous house in our landscaping, but when we sold the house that was one of the things that we were taking with us!  We love the table and the special meaning it has for us.

Pillars in the garden at our other house.

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The Turquoise Door

The house we moved to is on 2 acres and it came with a shed.  Now it wasn’t “oh good there is a shed”, we didn’t know whether to tear it down or burn it.  But Mark saw the potential in it and just had to fix it up right away.  His words were, “I can’t look at that thing all winter long”.  So we moved in March and by July, even though we still had renovating to do in the house, we were renovating the shed as well.  See for yourself the before and afters….

We have beautiful sunsets in the backyard, but that shed!!

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