Gentleman’s Wardrobe in Farmhouse White Milk Paint

Firstly – I’m so excited about 2016 and new colours and products and all that good stuff! Speaking of new colors – Miss Mustard Seed will be bringing out a new white – Farmhouse White. More about it in this post …

The Storage Wardrobe

I bought this perfectly good wardrobe from ebay and it has been used for storing some of my “to do” pieces of smaller signs and rustic wood decor in my workshop for a long time now.

It appears to be mostly silky oak and for die-hard wood fans, you are already cringing at the fact that I painted this. But it was sitting there calling my name and BEGGING to be the next star attraction here on the blog, so here goes …Wardrobe Wardrobe side

Farmhouse White

I mixed together some Farmhouse White which will be a new colour in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint range coming to our online store early in 2016. It’s made from a perfect blend of the three whites in MMSMP’s colour range.

I’m really LOVING this colour and you will see me paint with it a lot since I’ve discovered how lovely it is – with slightly better coverage than Ironstone white.IMG_1583After painting a couple of coats of Farmhouse White, I thought it looked a bit plain and bare, so I decided to dress it in full vintage vibe with one of Donna, from Funky Junk‘s Stencils which we hope to be able to stock in our online store in 2016 also!IMG_1895

Stencilling – a Great Addition!

Donna has created a range of beautiful old world sign stencils, some of which we use in our Sign Making Workshop (Book here).2015 Retailer Training-1228Taping down your stencil with painter’s tape is important to keep it from moving as you work.

Then dry brush (meaning dip then wipe off most of the paint on paper or cloth) onto your stencil in almost a perpendicular swirling motion or you can stipple – up & down. I chose a mix of Fusion Mineral Paint‘s Soap Stone & Casement for the gray colour.IMG_1898For a great shadowing effect, see the pic below. When your stencil is dry, move the stencil slightly left and down (or choose another direction if you wish) and choose a contrasting colour, either darker or lighter to go over the stencil again. I chose to just create a shadow on the word “Coffee” (see next image) using Fusion MP Soap Stone.IMG_1901See the slight adjustment makes a shadow effect:IMG_1904And there you have it – a lovely stencil to finish of your piece of furniture or create a rustic sign with! I did the same shadowing effect on the Antiques sign below, using Fusion Mineral Paint colour Ash as the gray, and Fusion’s Fort York Red as the final colour on top of the gray, slightly shifted.


Farmhouse Wardrobe-1965

Farmhouse White – MMSMP

I gave the wardrobe coffee stencil a light sanding over with my SandiHands sanding glove and it was as good as old – new but old! Then a wax over the entire piece with MMSMP Furniture Wax (my fav) and I was finished.
Farmhouse Wardrobe-1959IMG_1896And a peek inside …Farmhouse Wardrobe-1953I love the naturally chippy happenings of Milk Paint!Farmhouse Wardrobe-1909


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This little beauty is up for sale! (Brisbane/South East Qld)

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    Linda from q is for quandie
    December 21, 2015 at 2:27 am

    I absolutely love the makeover of your cupboard. The stencil was the perfect addition and took the cupboard from slightly ho-hum to fabulous!

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    January 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Your piece looks great! Thanks so much for the stencil tip. I’m definitely going to try that sometimes.

    I host a “Best of the Weekend” party each Friday night and I’d love it if you would stop by to add a project or two. I really think that my readers would like your work.

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      January 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you Paula! I’d love to join your “Best of the Weekend” party. Thanks for the invite. I’ll head over to take a look!

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    February 6, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Okay … that whole shadow effect thing is super cool! I never knew about doing that … I’m stencil challenged anyways but that is a great tip! I love your wardrobe! I haven’t had the opportunity to try the new MMS color but I can’t wait! If you are interested in joining up to one more link party each week I host Making Broken Beautiful. It runs every Thursday thru Sunday and is a furniture and decor party. You do beautiful work and I’d love it if you would come inspire! I hope you have a great weekend!

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      February 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Thanks so much Terry. I’ll def hop over and take a look at your link party!

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    Jen @ Girl in the Garage
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    I adore your cabinet makeover! I’d love to feature it on my 2nd blog – DIY Furniture Makeovers (http://diyfurnituremakeovers.com). Let me know if that would be alright. Thank you!

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      February 10, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Jen, that would be an honour, thank you so much.

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