Something to Quilt About

I'll admit it. I am a quilt addict. I haven't always been this way. But I've recently fallen in love with the workmanship, creativity, and fabrics of quilts. I love a soft colourful quilt, and now all of the beds in my home are covered in them. But I have amassed quite the collection. So what's a girl to do with her beautiful quilts? Paint a piece to display them of course. 

Actually this is a piece I picked up with the intention of selling, but inspiration hit. It started out as a dark wood that was beautiful in it's own way, but definitely not my style. I started by painting the inside white. I wanted to have the quilts have a neutral background. 

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Arabesque Detail

The cabinet is painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Arabesque, and I just love it. I enjoy everything about this piece, from the soft pink that highlights the quilts, to the chippy finish. 

Cabinet detail
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I love to decorate with flowers and rusty heirlooms.

Midnight Confessions

I must confess, I am always amazed at the interesting pieces people bring in  to the Paint Your Own Piece Workahops we host.  

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I called this a secretary top but now Cate has shared the After photo, I'm not sure. The top is much like a dry sink.  We left the drawers natural, enhancing them with Hemp Oil from Homestead House. Hemp Oil is a natural and safe product that hydrates the wood and brings out the richness of the stain. Cate painted the top at the workshop and finished the cupboard at home.

She is very pleased with the results and will be painting her kitchen cabinets in Raw Silk and Midnight Blue. I can hardly wait to see them. 

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A Homemaker's Humidor

 I was reading that in the first half of the twentieth century there was usually a Humidor "beside the husband's favourite chair." It was used to store tobacco and pipe  stands. Frequently they were lined with copper to keep tobacco fresh. I fell in love the minute Mary-Ann walked into our Paint Your Own Piece Workshop. Her Humidor is likely mahogany or walnut and had some turned spindle legs and some carvings, even in the small knob.  Mary-Ann choose Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain and I immediately thought we should dry brush Champagne Metallic to give it dimension.

Mary-Ann successfully completed  her first Fusion Mintal Paint project. Bravo!  This little beauty will be beside  her favourite chair to place her teacup on.

Beautiful carvings  

Beautiful carvings  

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I Love You To the Moon and Back !

Donna came to our Paint Your Own Piece Class on Sunday .She brought a little kindergarten table and we made a custom pink with Fusion Mineral Paint to match her granddaughter's bedroom curtains.  We mixed a Casement and added Fort York Red until we had the right hue. We also added a few drops of Little Star as I had seen yellow added in Fusion Mineral Paints custom recepies.  The metal feet were missing but we dipped the end of the legs in Fusion Metallics and the Pale Gold was perfect.  I suggested Donna stencil her piece so she came back on her day off.  Oh so cute and she's giving it to her 2 year old granddaughter this weekend when they come to visit. 

Donna gave me a big hug when we packed it in her car. Thanks I need a big hug today! 

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The kindergarten table with The Tones For Tots stencil  I love you to the moon and back. 

Donna has not stencilled before . We used the Fusion Mineral Paint stencil brush .  There are no issues with bleed through if you use minimal paint on your brush and stencil a few times to get the coverage. 

Donna has not stencilled before . We used the Fusion Mineral Paint stencil brush .  There are no issues with bleed through if you use minimal paint on your brush and stencil a few times to get the coverage. 

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The table leg end is dipped in Fusion Pale Gold Metallic

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Donna stencilling the table. 

Jackie and Ryan's Kitchen

 

 

This week's Home Story began when Jackie attended a project class that I had enrolled in as well.  While we made our burlap door wreaths, Jackie expressed an interest in any classes at Fred & Bessie's. So our association began. She enrolled in a Painted Ladder Class and was chatting about her interest in purchasing her partner's grandmother's home.  

In December, Jackie attended a Kitchen Cupboard door demo and class at the store. She and Ryan had put in an offer and were just waiting for all the purchase conditions to be met. I remember before we bought my husband's family home, I would sit and imagine how I was going to refurbish it too.

Jackie felt the wood cupboards were of high quality (they were oak) and she could renew them with Fusion Mineral Paint. She learned to prep her cabinets, use Ultra Grip and paint the door. In the demo class, she painted 2 cupboard doors The first was painted in Tones For Tots , Little Lamb and the second painted in Penney & Co, Soapstone, two of our Fusion Mineral Paint popular greys. Jackie viewed Soapstone at home in the natural light and "lived" with it for a day or two, and she was sold. Returning to the store, she armed herself with everything she would need.

I wasn't expecting to hear from her again but she was experiencing some difficulty with brush stokes in the Tough Coat finish. We gave it a very light sand and then "sandwiched" Tough Coat between the two layers of paint. Jackie preferred the matte paint finish over Tough Coat finish which has a very slight sheen. She has the extra protection without sacrificing the look. 

The cabinets are now complete...oh I love love love the Soapstone from the  Penney & Co Collection..  With a few hiccups along the way, Jackie did a fabulous job.

The moral of the story?  Yes You Can! Jenna and I will be there for you every step of the way, to ensure you get the best results and "paint it beautiful."     

In progress.  Cabinets require some prep for the most successful job! Wash with a TSP substitute and degloss with a 220 grit sanding sponge. If you are changing handles or hinges fill in any undesired holes at this step. New knobs or handles may not fit your current holes. 

In progress.  Cabinets require some prep for the most successful job! Wash with a TSP substitute and degloss with a 220 grit sanding sponge. If you are changing handles or hinges fill in any undesired holes at this step. New knobs or handles may not fit your current holes. 

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The After. So impressive.

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Love the rich undertones. 

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The couple changed the fan and installed a new cooktop.

So many grey based neutrals to select from. Jackie and Ryan's kitchen  is so light filled and grey is the perfect choice.

So many grey based neutrals to select from. Jackie and Ryan's kitchen  is so light filled and grey is the perfect choice.

Want to share your project? Send us some photos and we would love to share your Home Story with our followers! 

It's so beautiful

The ballet dresser was painted by my daughter Jenna. Her little girl loves ballet and dancing. So when it came time to redecorate her room the new decor was dancers. A few years ago we attended the Degas exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The dresser pays homage to his works.  Emerson loves purple so the colour scheme is Miss Mustard Seed's Dried Lavender and Farmhouse White. And what French inspired painting wouldn't have Arabesque.

The Ballerina Desser
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Degas often painted the same image over and over to perfect his craft. This practice sketch and painting was the inspiration for this dresser. 

This ballerina was painted on watercolour paper using French Enamel, Dried Lavender, and Arabesque. 

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Cute as a button!

This little IKEA piece was dropped off for an update.  Although the green was a fun colour, the little girl is now 2 1/2.  The customer brought it in to have it painted beautiful. 

A laminate usually needs Ultra grip to increase adhesion. So after a light sand and a wash, I rolled a thin coat of Ultra Grip on.  Best practice is to let it dry overnight.

My next step was painting with Casement from Fusion Mineral Paint's Classic 18 collection. I normally would recommend using Concealer as a first coat to save paint if it was a bigger project. Concealer is a product to use when going from dark finish to light. It is made from left over pigment and is half the price of Fusion. What a great idea to save you money. Not only that, but did you know none of the left over all natural hand ground pigments go into the waste water during the manufacturing of Fusion Mineral Paint?

Your next coat would be your choice of colour in Fusion Mineral Paint (and third coat necessary). Whites can require 3 coats of paint, so Concealer can be a great product to have in your arsenal. The dresser was small so I decided I would just use the paint. It only took a 1/2 pint of the Casement. I also had to paint the interior and the big knobs.

 After it was dry, I waxed it to give a softer appearance and polished it silky smooth with a 600 grit sandpaper.

Anyways, I think it looks cute as a button.

The little dresser. 

The little dresser. 

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Casement is our most popular white. And chosen by the father for his little girl's dresser.

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The before.  

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I changed the knobs to stage the dresser but painted the big wood ones the customer is keeping. 

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So there it is painted beautiful. I'm inspired to move on to my next project.  

Jenna and Janice are able to guide you through your use of Fusion Mineral Paint or we can paint it for you so you can love that piece again.  

I think new knobs give it a quick and inexpensive update ! 

I think new knobs give it a quick and inexpensive update ! 

Fusion can be purchased at Fred & Bessie's 432 Hamilton Road London, Ontario  or shop on line www.fredandbessies.com.

The Pastoral Dresser

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And in this case it's true. I fell hard for a dresser painted by Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed and her sidekick/assistant Kriste. I was so inspired by her dresser that I had to create my own version. The pastoral scene on the dresser is hand painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. And I'm just thrilled with how it turned out. 

I started the dresser with four basic colours. First I painted the whole dresser in Mora. It's the perfect soft blue with a grey undertone. Next I used Boxwood and Luckett's Green for the landscape.

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 I layered different shades whites in the line to achieve fluffy clouds. The mountains were painted with Shutter Grey. 

The trees were painted using Boxwood, Luckett's Green, French Enamel, and the trunks are done in Curio. 

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These cuties were painted with Ironstone, Grain Sack and Typewriter. 

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The pastoral image is wrapped on the sides of the dresser. The whole dresser was finished with Miss Mustard Seed's Tough Coat, to give this piece some extra protection. This was my first time using the Tough Coat and I LOVED it. It's a beautiful and durable matte finish. 

I'll be sad to see this one go, as it was a labour of love. Emerson was a big fan of it in our house, and she was quite devastated when she realized that it was gone. Not to worry, I have a fun project in the works for Em's dresser. I'll post that project soon. 

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This beauty will be going to Art in the Barn on July 9, 2016! 

what's in a name?

It's hard to believe that 2 years have flown by since opening the doors of Fred and Bessie's. We are a mother daughter team and in many ways best friends. In our family, we were always known as "The Girls". Now that title is now passed down to Jenna and her daughter Emerson . 

We had always talked about being in the décor business together, but didn't really know how to start. Jenna's natural artistic talents combined with a visual arts degree and studies in photography were perfect for this business. Janice retired from a career in the social services field, and this was an opportunity to pursue new dreams. 


Our adventure began after we painted a kitchen and were thrilled with the results. We loved the look of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint so much, we dove right in and attended retailer's training.  We opened our doors in May 2014. 


It was a struggle deciding on the perfect name. Nothing we brainstormed felt quite right. Then inspiration hit us, and we chose Fred and Bessie's after Janice's grandparents. Fred and Bessie were newcomers to Canada from England in 1901. Fred became an auctioneer and was a "picker" across the province of Manitoba. After they retired from the farm, Fred opened a second hand store.

 

 

 

Farmhouse style and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint has beauty in it's simplicity. That lifestyle is what we wanted to share with our customers.

It's been an amazing two years. We love sharing Milk Paint with others. This has been quite the journey with Miss Mustard Seed. We look forward to the future.  

Janice and Jenna

"Chippy Goodness" Hutch

"Chippy Goodness" with a straight from the farmhouse feel! This cute vintage cupboard was discovered in a local thrift shop. It was originally a dark brown wood. The whole piece was dark and needed a little makeover with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. 

I chose my two favourite colours in the line, Grain Sack and Eulalie's Sky. I love the combination together. I love how the Eulalie's Sky chipped on the frames of the doors! I couldn't have planned it better myself. This piece is finished in Antiquing Wax and Furniture Wax. 

We filled this beauty with vintage bowls, tins and milk bottles. The Eulalie's Sky make the white china 'pop'.

New handles add a special touch to the hutch, that gives it the look it needs. 

 

Girls Night In! MMSMP Painting Party!

Girls Night In! MMSMP Painting Party

Have a Girls Night In at Fred and Bessie's! You bring the wine and some friends, and we'll bring the paint! Join us for a fun Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint workshop. During this fun and informative evening, you will learn all the basics of painting with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, including mixing paint, using bonding agent, decorative finishes with waxes and hemp oil, as well learning to create that authentically "chippy" look! We promise that you'll leave with the knowledge and confidence to paint that piece you've been dying to do something with at home. You'll also leave with a painted project, in the colour of your choice, that you take home. Plus, the night of the workshop, all Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Products will be 10% off for workshop attendees. 

The cost of this workshop is $45.00. Workshop is May 15, 2014 from 7:00-9:00pm. 

Please see the workshop page for a form to contact us with any questions or to sign up! You can also call Jenna at 519-657-5337. 

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, 

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, 

Just add water and mix! 

Just add water and mix! 

Miss Mustard Seed's Paint Mixers can be used as well. 

Miss Mustard Seed's Paint Mixers can be used as well. 

Gently mix with this electric frother, which is so easy to use. 

Gently mix with this electric frother, which is so easy to use. 

With either method of mixing, make sure to mix well, and wait for paint to fully dissolve in water. 

With either method of mixing, make sure to mix well, and wait for paint to fully dissolve in water. 

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MMSMP is here!

Yeah! It's here! We're so excited to share that our first order of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint has arrived. Now comes the fun part... Painting! We're going to start with that beautiful cabinet at the store, which will be the perfect display case for Miss Mustard Seed. Oh the colours to choose from. We did a couple of sample boards already. And I must say, I fell in love all over again. The colours are so rich, and vibrant! And the finish is silky smooth. Here are some quick pictures from our first night. 

Milk paint bags in the box. 

Milk paint bags in the box. 

Small bottles of Bonding Agent

Small bottles of Bonding Agent

We put the extra paint in from the bags in the mason jars. The bags are resealable, but the paint is too pretty not to look at. 

We put the extra paint in from the bags in the mason jars. The bags are resealable, but the paint is too pretty not to look at. 

Beautiful Miss Mustard Seed's logo on the paint brushes. 

Beautiful Miss Mustard Seed's logo on the paint brushes. 

How I came to love chippy paint....

Jenna and I have loved decorating and painting furniture for a long time. When she was going to be off on Maternity Leave we thought, "Wow we will able to paint some furniture all summer!" Well Emerson had other plans...we could hardly get dressed for the first few months. We took 2 hour shifts for the first month and boy we were sleep deprived. Slowly life returned to some routine and we started painting with a chalk paint brand. Jenna painted some amazing pieces. She told me about milk paint which was popular back in the 70s.  I made some of my own and we read  up on the Internet.  Turns out they have developed things like bonding agents and using hemp oil along with waxes. I contacted Homestead House in Toronto. Jennlynn invited me to attend a Retailers training course. Well I Love Milk Paint...I loved Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint so much, we decided to apply to be retailers. 

Well Jenna and I are excited to tell you we have been accepted as a retailer for the London area. We have our first order coming and we can hardly wait to share it with you! The colours are amazing and the finish is like silk. If you love painting furniture , then you will be thrilled with this paint. Stay tuned for class schedules...we hope to see you soon at our new store at 432 Hamilton Road in London.

At the same time we were looking at other chalk and mineral paints...we found Country Chic another Canadian manufacturer of furniture paint and waxes. The colours are rich and well saturated with pigment. The waxes are all natural. Other waxes we used had solvents in them and we did not feel comfortable using them around the baby. We are proud to be carrying the Country Chic line, not only can you purchase at the store but also Online.