Happy June! I can't believe how fast May flew by. It's been busy here. For starters, I've been having fun re-stocking my Etsy shop with vintage treasures and handmade pieces. The creative muse is on overdrive! Also, my family had a fun expedition to the local flea market and I found something I've long been searching for - a vintage wood trunk. Actually, my husband spotted it when we were about to leave. I wanted the trunk to be something we both liked, and this one fit all our criteria. It is definitely old, well-made of solid wood, large, and has a flat top to double as a coffee table and storage.
I painted the trunk using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint for the first time. It came out just as I had envisioned with a nice chippy patina. I ended up mixing equal parts Shutter Gray with Grain Sack to get a light grayish color. Love it!
Here is a photo of the trunk prior to painting. I may replace those dirty old rope handles with something new eventually:
Although the wood was definitely worn down, I discovered as I painted that I did need to sand some patchy areas that still had a bit of glossy sheen. The milk paint had fallen right off of those areas once it dried. But the second coat of milk paint stayed after I sanded.
Here are some more lilacs to share with you...bunches of the white variety in our dining room:
They smelled wonderful while they lasted!
Another fun outing our family had this May was to a book sale at the library. I got some wonderful vintage books there and this one is my favorite - a vintage Charles Dickens' children's book!
I adore the sweet cover:
Inside are the most delightful illustrations as well:
Speaking of sweet....the best news to share is that our daughter received her First Communion in May! Tears welled as I watched her receive Jesus for the first time in the Sacrament of Eucharist. My heart just...swelled. I love that girl.
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