March 05, 2012

Reimagined Monday: Miss Mustard Seed's Painted Desk

Anyone who loves to paint furniture, get crafty or be inspired by the creativity of others will know Miss Mustard Seed.  Her real name is Marian and her business, Mustard Seed Interiors was borne from a love of antiques, furniture refinishing and decor on a budget.  What started out as a way to supplement the family income has now become a force to be reckoned with in the best possible way.  Marian is a mom, a wife, a business owner and as down-to-earth as they come.  And her talent is huge.

This week, Reimagined Monday features a painted desk by Miss Mustard Seed.  I love this piece because it is very much a style you would find in Alberta, and it is a shining example of just how incredible (and doable) a transformation like this can truly be.

Here it is before, a humble little desk that has seen better days:

In Miss Mustard Seed's own words, "I painted it in Annie Sloan's Louis Blue with Old White on the body.  The top was stripped and refinished in a dark walnut stain and Fiddes Wax." 

"I chose to keep the original hardware, since it was in good condition and still worked with the painted piece." 

"Some light distressing prior to waxing brought out the detail." 

And finally, the full reveal:

I've imagined myself sitting at this desk late into the evening, dreaming up the plot for my first great novel; infusing the characters with deep secrets and endless panache.

Thank you, Miss Mustard Seed... I'm inspired already!

Here is how to share your reimagined paint project at On the Apple Box:

Send us a description of how you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get from your vision to the reimagined piece, before and after pictures, pictures of your project in progress or a couple of it in its finished state, and you may be highlighted on our blog!


  1. That desk is beautiful! I love the look of chalk paint and the feel of waxed furniture, but it's not yet in the budget. ;-)

    1. When I first heard the price of the paint, my eyes got a little wider, too... but one can goes a long, looooong way.

      Lots of blogs about it if you Google the paint, but I also reposted about it here:

      I love the feel of the waxed pieces, too! Nothing like going back to traditional methods :)


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