Hope you had a great week end and a wonderful Mother's Day.  I have a couple of things to share with you.  I did my first Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Project this week end.  It was fun and easy and very unpredictable!!! I was at Tattered Tiques and they sell the Milk Paint so I thought I would give it a try in my guest room redo.

Here are the projects I did with the Milk Paint and a few pictures of the reveal of the new guest room.

I thought I would start small and work my way up to a bigger project.  I mixed Ironstone and French enamel to get a lighter beach blue.

I learned something interesting about Milk Paint if the surface does not have a finish on it already then it will not chip.  This old piece was just natural wood so it did not chip at all.  Good to know for the next item I moved onto.

Old vintage white dresser.  Did the same thing mixed French Enamel which is a darker blue and added the white ironstone to lighten it. You just mix the powdered milk paint with warm water and you have yourself some paint.  You can just mix what you need and store the rest.  If you have any paint left over that is already mixed it will keep in an air tight container for about a week.  It does not take much paint.  I mixed 3 tablespoons of milk paint to 6 tablespoons of water and it painted the whole dresser.

This dresser chipped!!!! Yeah!!!! I would have liked it to chip a little more but for a first project I thought it came out beach/lake weathered.

This is the only problem I could see with Milk Paint is you just never know how much it will or will not chip.  I wanted a weathered look to the dresser so I am pretty happy with it. A little more chipping and I would have been super Happy but I liked the way it came out.

Here is a closer look.  It kind of just chips where it wants. You put the milk paint on and then let it dry and it will begin to chip.  You use a spackle scraper to help remove any flakes or chips.  Then you vacuum the piece for any dust and then wax it and you are done.
Pretty Easy to do.

While  we (the hubby and me)  were working on the Lake Guest Room  my husband had to run to Home Depot and when he came back he had these beautiful white roses for me for Mother's day.  He said I needed a little pretty vase of flowers for the reveal!!! He is the sweetest. He also helped with painting the dresser and scraping of the dresser. Milk paint was a new one for him too.
I then moved the roses out to the living room by my angel. So pretty how the flowers and the angel caught the sunlight coming in the window today.

I hung some old chippy shutters for a head board.  I got these  at Tattered Tiques .  Of course I brought home only 3 of the 4 and then realized if I wanted them for a headboard I would need the 4th so back to Tattered Tiques to get the 4th one!!!! They were perfect and chippy to give that lake weathered look.   I polyurathene them so they would not be chipping anymore and it made them a little darker than I would have liked.  I will fix that with some white wash paint. Plus I feel they need something either around them or on them.  I guess I will have to figure that out. I do like the weathered look they give the room.  I imagine shutters like these on a cute little beach cottage.

Originally I had thought about making the old door into a headboard but I liked the shutter look better.  So my hubby just re hung the old door back up for me and we added some more old knobs to the door for my guests to hang things.

There's Little Midge getting into the pictures.  She is always "monkeying around".  She likes her new digs.  Now her bikini and hat match the room!!! 

My old chippy farmhouse mail box.  Love that old chippy piece. Such character!!!

Beach this way sign it is pointing toward the actual direction of the lake and beach in our town.

 Over my window I have a vintage street sign that says Sunset Dr.  I love that this window faces West and we get the sunsets in that window.  So the sign was perfect for over this window.

Had one more of the ladders in the shed like I put in my living room so I thought it would be good in the guest room for hanging my throws on. 

I added blue to this room for a lake theme.  My sheets are blue and white stripes and I have a duvet that is a retired Rachel Ashwell's British Blue Roses design.  I had that from awhile ago and thought I would use it when I redid this room.   So happy I held on to some of that bedding.  I also found the blue and white stripped country curtains in the same box that I had the bedding stored so I basically redid this room and did not have to buy anything new.  Just used what I already had.

Of Course my beautiful Angel that watches over my guest is still hanging on the door to greet my guests as they enter.  I love that beautiful sweet angel.

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  1. Just beautiful, you all did a great job! Love every little detail. Di@Cottage-wishes

  2. Love how your guest room turned out so perfect and beachy oh and happy mothers day to ya xoxoElle@sweetpeaschicnshabbies

  3. Like your shutters as headboard, I have seen them on Pinterest covering a whole wall too! I used ASCP for the first time too and just finishing up another guest room too. Still need to paint the walls before the final reveal. Hope you had a great weekend.

  4. omigosh! I adore this room! That blue is divine and you have the most fabulous pieces. I want that row house wall hanging!!!!! Did you make it? I seriously want that, I am so going to make one if I can.



  5. what a gorgeous and welcoming guest room! love how the dresser turned out.

  6. Evening Kris! I'm glad you had a wonderful experience with your new paint! I love the blue and it turned out so pretty! Your shutters are perfect for your room, they are awesome. I get a kick out of the old mailbox with the aluminum sign holder top....I came across one over a year ago with the mans name still in it!! It was very unique, as in yours!! Your room has turned out beautiful ( I too, have the same shams of R. Ashwell) I'm sure your daughter will enjoy sleeping in that room when she visits!! Have a wonderful and blessed week....from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

  7. Love your room. It is so warm and peaceful....the perfect guest room!

  8. Love it all, Kris! I think the shutters look great behind the bed, and appreciate the comments on using milk paint. I would love being.a guest in that room, and I would bet many others would too! Happy Mother's Day and have a great week!

  9. I am loving that bedroom! British Rose is one of my favorites Simply Shabby Chic fabrics. The shutters looks fantastic. I love what you did with the dresser--I want to give milk paint another try on something with a finish. The blue color is so pretty. Those white roses are gorgeous--Happy Mother's day!

  10. Again Kris - you did it again - everything you touch ....................
    Love all of it - and interesting to know about how the milk paint interacts with the finish on the wood - didn't know that!
    I think the blue dresser has a perfect amount of chippiness to it -
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's day,
    ( rooms to let, 50 cents :)

  11. How adorable is that blue in the room! It turned out so well and what a good guy your husband is to help out and to bring flowers for you and for the staging. Can't beat that! Now, about Midge. She is shameless little thing, always flaunting it in that bikini! But then, if you've got it, flaunt it! So cute. Congrats on some successful first milk paint projects. They really do add a sweet pop of color to the room.

  12. Just love this whole room! Your dresser turned out great and I LOVE the shutter headboard!! (Midge is such a little 'ham' but so cute :)

  13. Oh my goodness...and I thought tthis room was beautiful before....now even more so! I absolutely love the blue and the giveaway you won from me will go perfect in here! Just send me your address and I will get that package out today. ;) Always a pleasure to see what you've done!

  14. Both pieces turned out great, Kris! Love that color. The dresser definitely has a beach cottage feel to it.

  15. Love that term "beach blue" Kris. and that bed with the mix of stripes, florals and ruffles just screams "snuggle down time"

  16. Your room looks fantastic. Love all of your ideas and projects. A truly lovely , cozy room!

  17. Oh my word, what a fabulous room. I love all of your wonderful accessoies, so fun and unusual. You have created such a lovely space. I would love for you to link up this afternoon to my Inspire Me party. Hugs, Marty

    1. Thank you Kris,
      I noticed right away that you were included in the artful Blogging Banners we love and knew I was in good company.
      I have been sick that last few days and meant to come by to congratulate you as well. The feature will be amazing and cannot wait to see you in your magazine best.

      Thank you fondly for taking the time to visit, your make overs look amazing love your finishes.
      Will be back to snoop around and steal some of your ideas :)


  18. Oh my, this room is charming to the max. I would love to come over...ha...ha!!! Midge is way cute...I love that sweet monkey!


  19. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit. I am delighted to see that in all of your remodeling, you have kept that little row of beach huts. I love those:)

  20. This is absolutely stunning! What a fabulous redo! Love that shade of blue you mixed with the milk paint! So fresh!Looks like Midge approves too! I am completely crazy insane over that shutter headboard! I want something like that for behind our night stands, so I'm on the hunt! Take care and thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

  21. Everything looks so pretty, Kris! Just love your milk paint project, too! Love how you leave beauty everywhere you go!!
    Have a wonderful week!

  22. Kris, You have created such a pretty, inviting guest room. I really like your blue accents and the color blue on the little chest of drawers. The shutter headboard is fabulous too! Looks like you're having a lot of fun fixing up this room.
    Mary Alice

  23. I love all the things you've done to your guest room! The old weathered shutters make a fabulous headboard and your milk painted dresser is charming!

  24. Everything is so beautiful! I adore those shutters.
    I'm visiting you today from a Stroll Thru Life. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat). I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
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  25. Please .. take the room 4 rent sign down ..and just put Rented up .. I'll be on my way to take a mini vacation in that absolutely beautiful Guest Room !!!

    Love all the blues and whites together so calm and so peaceful !

    You truly have a gift for decorating !


  26. Nice, relaxing feel to your guest room. The blue and white are so serene. How about a wreath hanging on your shutters?

  27. Hello!! I'm new to your blog and glad I found it. Love how you transformed this room. It's gorgeous.

  28. I just found our site via Cozy Little House. This room is amazing. I love everything in it! I agree with Sara, you truly have a gift!

  29. Perfect, amazing, space. Everything you do is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin's BUDGET DECORATING PARTY.

  30. What a pretty, cozy room. Your guests may not want to leave! ~Zuni

  31. Love that you are bringing in a little blue . . . Midge is looking cute in there . . . I noticed that I have every one of the books in your little stack of books - great minds think alike.

  32. Your guest room is so...inviting!
    I love the blue tones you used-so calming.

  33. Kris,
    You are amazing! I love the dresser and the shutter headboard. The guest room is beautiful. I have to ask if you ever relax and sit down. You have the energy of three people. Can't wait to see whats next.

  34. Your room looks great! I love the blues mixed with the whites. So fresh and pretty. The dresser looks great painted blue and the chipping looks like authentically aged.

  35. Amazing! Love everything about the room ;-)

    With A Blast

  36. Good Morning Kris! Your piece turned out fantastic. I have been thinking about using that paint for our pantry door..I want it to look old and rustic, but not sure about it. Love the color you chose too! The shutter headboard is awesome too!~ Win win all the way around. Have a great day.

  37. the shutters are awesome, kris! and i love the extra knobs on the door:) the whole room looks cozy and pretty!

  38. Oh man! I just love those chippy shutters and ruffled pillow shams! Really love. The old door, too. :)
    Great room!

  39. Your guests will never leave! I would love to curl up on that ruffled cloud of a bed and sleep for days! Everything is adorable!

  40. Wow Kris...the room is fabulous!!
    My favorite is the headboard...going back to peek again!

  41. Your redone room is so lovely. Your daughter will love to come visit! The angel is darling. Nancy

  42. The dresser came out perfect. I love the mix you came up with. I think it is the perfect amount of chippiness to go with the shutters. Great guest room--are you taking reservations?

  43. You have done a beautiful job decorating this bedroom with such sweet shabby finds. I love the blue dresser, the shutters and the door. They look really sweet and all the other elements make this a pretty and restful room. I'm visiting from Country Whites Weekend. Pamela

  44. Can I come stay?!!! Such a beautiful room, looks so soft and cozy! Love your bedding and the angel is amazing...love her!
    Just back from spending a week with family and my mom, we had a great time together. Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll pop over to share at this weeks party...

  45. What a gorgeous room! Love the pops of blue. I'm seeing more and more pastels these days. Sure do like them. . .Thanks for sharing with Country Whites Weekend!
    Hugs from the Farmhouse,

  46. Thank you kindly for embracing your country whites and sharing your guest room at Country Whites Weekend. My favorite color combo of blue and white. That bedding is pretty sweet!
    Farmhouse hugs,

  47. ciao anche io partecipo al linky party di http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/ ma mi iscrivo al tuo blog, perchè sei eccezionale e fai delle cose assulutamente fantastiche!!!