My First Market, A Graduation & Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – Artissimo

We DID IT!! I Restore Stuff’s very first market stall.
What a load of fun – even after a HUGE week of High School awards evening, graduation ceremony for our oldest child (sniff, sniff), and his “Formal” (ie. Senior Prom).
I felt like I was running on about “2% battery” and so was my amazing friend who helped me set up and who’s daughter also graduated the night before.

Here’s my friend, Sharene and I and this was before we even got started!!

She’s a trooper! Such a solid hard worker and “will do anything for you” kind of friend! Everyone needs at least one of those!

Here’s us all set up. I also had a few things in front of the camera that you don’t see in this pic.
We sold a lot of stuff, but still took a lot back home, and I’ve been told this is normal. You need to have your space quite “full”, so I think I accomplished that look.
This little ticking fabric covered school sold very quickly. I had given it a makeover the week before market, so I thought I’d do a quick “how to” right here.
Here it is before its new look:
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colour – Artissimo. I knew it would be the perfect combination with the ticking fabric I’d purchased to make cushions for the market.
I had a sample pack of MMS Milk Paint in Artissimo (around 2 Tablespoons), so I mixed it up using a mason jar.
You can check out my video here on mixing MMS Milk Paint:
After two coats, I still had more left over for a couple of other things. 
You can see my video on how far 2 Tblsp of Milk Paint will go, HERE.
Here I’ve sanded back on the edges to give a distressed look:
Then waxed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax. You can see I’ve waxed the top half of this leg to show you the difference waxing makes:
I love ticking fabric!

The cover had been removed with my trusty flat head screw driver lifting those pesky staples.
With a little help from our cute dog, Zac, I also cut out some wadding to add some fresh padding to the foam top that was already on the stool.
Staple it carefully in place. You can staple it underneath, but I stapled it to the side edges so that more room would be left under the stool to staple the fabric.
Measure the fabric you’ll need by placing the stool upside down on the fabric and lifting all the edges up and over to approx. where you’ll need to staple it, leaving room to tuck under all the edges neatly.
You could actually measure it all out, but that seemed WAY too complicated – ha ha!
Staple the centres of each side first, pulling the fabric taut as you go, then staple out to the corners, folding and tucking them under at the corners like you might wrap a present (this is one method, there are several ways to do corners which you can find searching around on the internet)
Artissimo is a deep navy blue colour and I think the legs came up nicely!
Here’s a basket I had laying around, so I thought I’d try some left over paint on it.

It actually comes up a little darker on this wicker than it did on the stool legs.

I left it like this, almost like a wash.

Here it is with the stool so you can see the colour difference:

And now, because I’m a proud mother of a high school graduate this week, here are a couple of pictures our son after his graduation ceremony … woohoo! 13 years of school finished! We did it!
And here he is all dressed up for the Senior Formal, and below, with his beautiful Formal partner:

… so handsome, but I AM biased!

So glad to be on the other side of such a busy, but rewarding week!!
Now on to Christmas – who’s excited?! I LOVE Christmas!
See you on Facebook.
Happy Painting!

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  • Reply
    Loretta Thomas
    November 18, 2013 at 2:16 am

    What a great setup…I love the baskets you’ve repurposed and the blue stools are lovely. It will be a treat shopping your booth to get all these fab goodies!
    Wishing you all the success…Have Fun!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Just found your blog via Start at Home – congratulations on your market stall, your set up looks beautiful! I haven’t tried Miss Mustard Seeds paint yet, do you get it from someone here in Australia? Would love to know 🙂

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