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Not Too Shabby Workshop

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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
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Today I learned about Milk Paint. I'd been following Sharon's Facebook "I Restore Stuff" and blog for about a year and I finally decided to do a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Workshop.

Everything you need to start painting..

It was great. It was a small group of four so it was friendly and very personal. No getting lost in the crowd here. Firstly we learned how to mix the paint and were able to try out several different colours and techniques on some strips of wood. I promised Sharon I wouldn't mention whether or not some things didn't go exactly as they were supposed to. So I won't.

Small groups are less intimidating.

We were taken on a tour of the house to see some of her many projects... coffee tables, chairs, frames, an absolutely gorgeous old ice chest and a sewing table.

This ice chest made me nostalgic for camping holidays as a kid. Our ice chest was painted chartreuse.

Legs are painted with Milk Paint, table top is done with Hemp oil.

After morning tea, which was lovely, we were given a photo frame each to paint using whichever techniques we chose. My advice here is: check all the lumps are out before you start painting. 'Someone' didn't and it looked awful. However a bit of sandpaper, a bit of help from Sharon and some wax and it was fine and dandy.

We each painted a frame to take home.

The colours of the milk paint are soft and subtle and all go together nicely. It is really easy to use and very cheap to try out. A sample pack is only $8, which is enough to do a small project. For those of us who have outlaid large amounts for crafts we never got around to doing, this is very good news.

If you get hooked - a distinct possibility - Sharon has all the necessary supplies. She has a stall at the Cleveland Twilight Makers Markets, an Etsy Shop and an Ebay Shop and has just set up a web site for sales.

Sharon is a patient, encouraging teacher.

I called in at the Tip Shop on the way home and found a solid wood CD tower to practice on and I have a magazine rack which is also from the Tip Shop. I also found a stand in the kerb side cleanup. I can't wait to get started. If it works out ok , I plan to milk paint a large dresser that I'm bored with. Wish me luck. I'm a bit of an 'all thumbs' crafter.

My 'guinea pig' items waiting for paint.
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Why? Learn to paint shabby chic style.
When: Friday April 11th 2014, 9:30am-12:30pm
Phone: 0411 654 570
Cost: $95
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