Welcome back to our series, The Power of Paint. In the first part of the series, we talked about how wall color can really transform a space. We showed you several client before and afters, see here if you missed it!
Today we're going to dive into transforming furniture with the power of paint. The exciting part about today's topic is this is something totally achievable for a weekend project or during quarantine.
All of the pieces below were refinished using Amy Howard's Chalk Paint line. We carry this at The Mill if you're looking to rehab some pieces now! If you've never used Chalk Paint, you are missing out.
It really is as simple as:
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Black Glossy Finish
Not all chalk paint finishes have to be "Shabby Chic." For this space below, I did a simple sleek finish to tie into this modern, lived in space.
What I did: Black Chalk Paint, Gloss Sealer.
We also reupholstered the cushions in a textured black leather.
Amy Howard finishes can be as simple or as complex as you want. For this fireplace below we refinished EVERYTHING, tile and all in Amy Howard. This was a bit more complex and something I would recommend after you've done a few smaller projects.
What I did: Refinished the mantel with Black Chalk Paint, distressed with light antique wax, dark antique wax, dust of ages, liming wax to give a little more depth and gilding on the details. For the tile, I refinished in a light gray chalk paint with a darker gray glaze to give a marbled look in the crevices and sealed with gloss sealer. I feel like I could do an entire post on just this mantel, it turned out great!
Easy Peasy Distressing
This is our most common refinish. It is simple and can be tackled in an afternoon or weekend.
What I did: Refinished the frame in a gray chalk paint, covered with light antique wax, distressed with dark antique wax and dust of ages to give a antiqued look.
We also reupholstered the cushion to give this chair a whole new life.
Grab a chair, side table, or a chest of drawers and let's get to painting!
Have questions about refinishing? Leave a comment below so others can see too.
Welcome to our new series “The Power of Paint.” Over the next several posts we are going to dive into just how powerful paint can be when transforming your space. We’ll talk about the power of paint on walls and refinishing furniture/accessories in your space.
Getting a little cabin fever? These are all things you can tackle when in quarantine.
We’re kicking off this series with a dramatic start. This post is going to show you how paint can drastically transform a space. Paint has the ability to make a space feel closed in and busy but it also has the power to make a space feel much larger, brighter and fresh.
Let’s dive in to a before and after in one of our client’s homes.
This is a super fun space for little girls but what happens when those girls grow up and want a more neutral space to hang out. Simple. Slap on a few coats of fresh paint. Now that the girls are grown, we wanted to visually clean and freshen up this space. So, we updated this space using a neutral color on the walls and adding a few new pieces to really tie it all together.
I know in my home, the guest room sometimes gets the leftovers and that's A-OKAY. Luckily, paint is one way to make your guest room feel intentional and new. In this guest room, you’ll notice we kept most of the existing furniture and just updated the color palette with new window treatment, textiles and paint. I think this room proves how a few new elements can really elevate your existing furnishings and space.
Wow. Isn’t it crazy how much brighter, larger and more luxurious this master bedroom feels with fresh new walls. While we did so much more than just paint the walls, this Master feels like a completely new space.
In this space, we updated the wall color, lighting, window treatment, furnishings and decor.
Where in your home could use a facelift? Find a neutral color that plays well with the rest of your home. Pro tip: make your home a fluid continuation space to space. Meaning in most scenarios, carrying a color throughout the home will help with the flow and make your space seem bigger and more finessed.
We look forward to seeing you guys in the next part of “The Power of Paint”
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner … whether you’re into sleek, simple styles or a more feminine, flirty look, we’ve rounded up some irresistible Valentine’s Day outfit ideas to help you celebrate the night in style.
Join us this Thursday with Lemon Dried Designs as we kick off The Mill After Dark. Shop, sip and enjoy the debut of Reagan Gibson’s collection of ceramic jewelry.
There’s something about the organic sculptural forms being translated into jewelry that we absolutely love. We can’t wait for you to see the collection and find a piece that speaks to you.
We know you are as antsy as we are to learn more about her inspiration - so here’s a sneak peek inside.
The Mill: We’ve seen a few pieces but we can’t wait to see what other styles you launch during your pop-up with us this Thursday. Can you spill the beans a little bit? What can we expect to see? And what inspired this collection?
Reagan: I am so excited for the opportunity to share these designs through a pop up! The Mill embodies a minimal, timeless style and I believe these pieces have that same simplistic and statement making design that we love. With the current Autumn / Winter seasons, this collection will reflect those warm, crisp earth tones that draw us in to this time of year while also maintaining a minimal touch.
The Mill: Without giving away too many secrets, do you have any behind the scenes info you can tell us? Or show us? Seeing the work an artist puts into pieces gives you that emotional connection - so we want to know and see what makes your pieces come to life. Do you have a vision before you start each piece or do they kind of evolve as you go?
Reagan: As I am sure you can relate to also, it can change from day to day. Once I’m in the flow of things and working on shaping, a lot of new designs will come to me as I’m piecing them together and I can continue to build on from there. I’ve never been much for drawing, but there are times that while I’m at work or even at home cooking in the kitchen, I’ll think of certain patterns and shapes that I have to be sure to draw out before they slip my mind. It is sort of funny how once you’re so invested in a project, you’ll get new creative ideas to elaborate on even when you’re not necessarily in the middle of working on that project!
The Mill: Traveling and fellow creatives are a huge source of inspiration for us at The Mill. Where/what do you find you are most inspired and influenced by?
Reagan: Anyone that has met me knows I have a huge heart for nature and plants, so I tend to find a lot of inspiration from those ethereal textures and tones and is why I feel so lead to work with clay. Also, I am really inspired by artists like Bobby Clark, Renne Gouin, and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. I find it intriguing when artists create pieces purely driven by a texture or pattern, or tones that speak to them to create a new contrast. Something as simple as my mom’s rosemary bush in her front yard, or seeing an abstract painting that resonates with me can all be inspirational when deciding new pieces for a collection.
The Mill: I know for me personally, there a few things that spark creativity and get those juices flowing. Do you have any workspace must-haves? Like a cup of coffee, or a certain kind of music playing in the background that help make the process more enjoyable?
Reagan: One of the greatest things that I love about working with clay is that it is such a change from a usual day working on my computer! I can put on a Phoebe Bridgers or Brother Bird playlist, cozy up with a latte and really get immersed in working. Of course, I always have to make sure my favorite candle from The Mill is lit in my work space too, the Prosecco candle from Antica Farmacista.
The Mill: If you had to, could you pick a piece you’ve created that is your favorite? What draws you to this piece?
Reagan: Large, detailed earrings haven’t always been a common find in my jewelry box, but these clay jewels are so lightweight, it is easier to gravitate towards the more intricate and eclectic shaped pairs. Anything I can make in a lush, rich green will always be my favorite. Maybe because it reminds me the most of foliage and what inspired me to launch Lemon Dried in the first place... A combination of these tones with a unique, funky shape quickly grab my heart.
In love and can’t wait to get your hands on a pair? Join us Thursday from 5-7pm.
If you’ve popped into The Mill anytime recently, you know we have curated some of the sweetest baby essentials for you and your little one (or the grand-littles). We are all about providing safe, eco-friendly products and that is no exception when it comes to our babies. While it is easy to ooh and ahh over our great children’s selection, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to give you a peak for new nursery accessories or the perfect gift for those baby showers coming up!
Designed with delicate, modern simplicity in mind, each pattern brings just enough whimsy to add joy to baby’s wardrobe, yet maintains the classic color palette and uncomplicated design that we love.
These teethers + pacifier clips are a perfect size and shape for little hands to grasp, and has the ideal combination of soft and smooth textures of the silicone beads to massage gums.
Set a solid reading foundation from the start with our wide selection of interactive and entertaining children’s books. Learn about the compelling life of Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, and Georgia O’Keeffe, or dive into prehistoric history with a lush watercolor array of dinosaur friends!
Pack it up and pack it in with these new diaper bags! This mama-cessory lets you fit literally everything you need for you + baby with 10 pockets and a spacious central compartment, easy access magnetic front flap, a grab-and- go handle, an electronics sleeve, and straps that let you wear it three ways: as a shoulder purse, backpack, or cross-body bag.
knit animal friends
From rattles, stuffed animals to loveys, these precious collections of knit creatures are as soft as they are whimsy. Give your little one the sweetest companion for newborn cuddles and toddler adventures.
Love what you see here? Shop for your little one here or pop into the The Mill and check out our brand new baby section!
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We bought a house!
As a young interior designer, one of the things I’ve looked forward to the most is having the chance to be my own client. Before I was married, I couldn’t make myself commit to a home or invest in pieces because I knew at some point I would have to mesh those with my better half. Now, as newlyweds - we are so excited to be homeowners! My husband is a civil engineer so he’s all on board for a little renovation and can see (and execute) my vision…match made in heaven.
Having myself for a client will likely be the hardest challenge yet. But I am so excited for this experience to be on the other side as a client and in turn, learn so much to better myself for my clients. As we go through this process, I want to share some of the behind the scenes of our design. We just closed on our home a few weeks and are doing a few things (like painting) before we move in. During the house hunting process, in order for a house to speak to me I had to have them designed in my head to really sell me on the home (ridiculous, I know). But this house spoke to the both of us and we have a vision that I can’t wait for you guys to see.
To kick off this series of #themcgoughhome - I’m sharing some inspiration for our new home!
Even though I am not much of cook, a kitchen is an extremely important feature in a home. It holds a lot of value in resell, is a place to gather and is where a lot memories are made. Thankfully, Nelson is like my personal chef - so he also sees value in a well designed kitchen.
One of the first big projects we will take on in our new home is the kitchen. So I’m sharing below some of the styles that are currently speaking to us and are on our vision board.
We have another surprise coming (more on that later), so we will likely live in the house for a bit before we do the kitchen remodel - eventually we will take out the wall dividing it from the living space. While updating the home, we want to ensure we keep the charm and character that attracted us to this home to begin with.
This space is great and cozy. At first, it’ll just get the touch of cosmetic things like furniture, art, lighting and accessories. But in the future, we’re thinking about a master bath renovation.
This is the space that really stole my heart and I can’t wait to share it with you! You’ll see so much of The Mill : Design + Home translated into this space.
Nooks & Crannies
This house isn’t perfect and there are some design challenges I can’t wait to take head on. We’re ready to take every nook & cranny and work magic on it.