Hello friends!! I hope your week is off to a great start! Thank you so much for all your kind words on our Christmas Housewalk tour this year! It’s one of my favorite tours to be apart of, and when I started decorating for christmas this year, I knew I wanted to keep things simple, but something felt missing. While that something was all my fresh garland I added around our home. Because it’s fresh the earliest I can put it up is the week after Thanksgiving if I want it to last up until Christmas, and I would be so bummed not to have it up in our house when my family comes to celebrate Christmas with us, so that is why I wait. Even when blogland wants christmas photos before thanksgiving, there are some elements I just have to wait on, and making my fresh garlands is one of them.
In case you missed the tour, you can see it HERE. I have to say I’m really loving this whole less is more thing for Christmas this year. It feels so relaxing, and I think a lot of that has to do with visually I didn’t clutter the space. I typically don’t use fresh flowers on our coffee table in the winter, but this year I opted for some fresh seasonal greens in cedar, rosemary and eucalyptus. I just threw them all in a vase, and called it a day, and I have to say they make me smile every time I walk into our living room. That and our new “real-looking” faux tree. I love our flocked tree we’ve had the last 2 years, and someday I hope to have a house big enough I can have 2 christmas trees up. Until then I’ll just sit back and admire the one.
I’m so excited to share, that for the final post in the Seasons of Home series, we’re all sharing projects completed with MMS Milk Paint! You may remember when I shared our new dining room updates I mentioned our new table arriving “unfinished” in the sense that it was raw wood. So no poly or any protective layer to keep from damaging water rings, or other stains. I knew I wanted to use something that wouldn’t greatly alter the look of the wood, but I also didn’t want it to make the wood feel any warmer, which some products will do. I will put this disclaimer out first I’m a wax over poly person. Just am. That’s my preference, and I can’t say 100% why, I just like it better. When I apply a wax finish to wood it seems to make the richness in the wood come out, not to mention it also makes it buttery smooth – like silk, something poly just doesn’t do for me. I’ve tried a few waxes in the past, but when it came to the white wax, it either went on too think like stain, or barely showed up at all. I was so excited with the opportunity to try some of Miss Mustard Seed’s products from her paint line. I had always heard her talk about how nice the wax was, and easy to use. So without any hesitation, I got some of her white wax to try on our table.
First impression, right after I opened the can, is it was a much softer wax than others I had used before. Which made it really easy to apply. It felt like room temperature butter, which made it easy to get out of the can, and the instructions said I could apply it with either a clean cloth or a brush.
I opted for the clean cloth. I tested a small area out, underneath the table on the back side of one of the legs, this way if it changed the color of the wood too much it wouldn’t be super noticeable. It didn’t, and went on super easy.
I was so happy with the first glimpse’s I was already beginning to see, I started applying the wax to the entire table. While I loved our table before, it had some warm spots on it, that I knew I wanted to address. In overall photos it’s hard to see them, it was more of a “in-person” noticeable thing.
Here’s a close up of the side of the table:
And then after Miss Mustard Seeds White wax is applied:
I did notice that as I applied it, there was an initial “wet look” to the wood from the wax being applied, but as I rubbed it in, making sure there was no access, it cured in minutes with almost a pining effect to the wood.
Here is a side by side comparison of the a look at one of the warmer spots, and right after I applied the wax :
You can see some of the variation in the wood tones before, which again weren’t super noticeable in pictures, and maybe not to everyone. I joke that sometimes I can be a little sensitive to warmer tones, lol. On the right you can see just after I applied the wax, but then it cures, and evens everything out.
The result afterwards is not only a table that is now protected and silky soft to the touch, but a piece that looks more like it’s aged overtime, without compromising that wood tone I loved so much.
Check out some of the projects my friends did using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, there are some great ideas! I also think that it would make a great christmas gift for anyone who is crafty on your list, or the avid DIY’re. Its so fun to get gifts that spur on your creativity, and this would be a perfect fit!
Stay in touch!