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painting with milk paint...


Bonjour from a very windy SW France,
We started the morning with a trip to a local Brocante in a nearby village. The village is perched high on a hill so you can imagine the chaos that the wind caused hence sun umbrellas had to be tightly secured and you could hear items falling to  the ground. Nice to see so many friendly faces but alas no tresors for us this morning.
This week I received a surprise package in the mail from a dear guest of ours. Inside the lovely box was some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint samples. You all know me by now and how I love to paint.
Our house is a shrine to Farrow and Ball and I have transformed many items in  the house using Annie Sloan Chalk paint. I have heard that Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is currently the rage in London so was eager to try it out.
I hunted in the garage for something to paint and came up with an old barometer. I decided to try Shutter Gray and as the item had been varnished instead of mixed the powdered paint mixture with water, I mixed it with the bonding agent adherent.
The mixture looked a bit thick but went on surprisingly well and I ended up using only one coat.
Whilst painting the barometer French Boyfriend arrived and commented on the mixture, he is a painter of landscapes etc. and has sold over 4 000 paintings hence he prefers canvas to furniture....

This is the finished result which I have now hung in the stairwell of Maison No. 20.

I love the colour and cannot wait to try out the other colours but need to find some times that need transforming first.

Mille mercis to "Madame X" for sending me such a thoughtful gift but I think that you have created a painting monster as I am now in the mood to paint......

très bon week-end à tous, Leeann

p.s. I will be back tomorrow to announce the winner of the fabulous book giveaway.


  1. That is such a lovely work of artistry!



  2. Love the effect, Leeann. Must get some of these samples for myself and some items from the vide greniers to try them out. Sounds like a spring project in the making. Love your ideas.

  3. The barometer looks great. I wish I could locate some milk paint to but in France as I have a bench full of brocante buys that are waiting to be transformed - unfortunately there isn't a lovely barometer like yours. Warm regards


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

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