Miss Mustard Seed's Workshop


I told you I was going to spend the day in Atlanta with Miss Mustard Seed and boy was it fun. Here are some pictures from the day. We could not have asked for more perfect weather for this event.

The workshop took place in the historic part of Roswell in the Founders Hall.

Founders Hall is a beautiful historic building used for events such as weddings, receptions and milk paint workshops.

I arrived pretty early and was able to take some pics as the room filled up.

By nine o'clock when it was to begin you can see the room is full. This is the largest workshop Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed has held.

Here's Marian autographing her book.

This is the screen Marian used for her presentation.

This is Mary Ann of Brush Strokes by Mary Ann who hosted this event introducing Marian.

Marian talked about the paint and then we started painting.

This was at my table and mine is the green one. We were painting cabinet doors and turning them into trays.

This is one of Marian's samples of what we could create.

My door peeled and peeled and peeled.

I was like stop peeling already. I wanted it to peel some so I didn't use any bonding agent and I should have on this slick finish. 

The other ladies at my table were doing a beautiful job. The bad thing is I was the only one at our table who had even used Miss Mustard Seed paint before.

While everyone worked Marian came around and offered help. Here she is showing some free hand design.

I wish you could have heard all the chatter at this point. Several were walking around admiring each other's work.

I love how this one turned out by my neighbor at the table, sorry can't remember her name since I am so bad with names. She didn't even want to come, but her daughter made her and it turned out great especially for her first time ever painting and waxing.

Then it was time for lunch and we walked down this cute street to where the restaurants were. These sidewalks and street were full by the time we finished lunch.

We ate at this place and sat outside. Like I said it was picture perfect weather. A little windy, but it is March.

Here are the ladies I ate with. Do you recognize a certain blogger on the left. Yep, that's Rhoda of Southern Hospitality. I was surprised to find out some of these ladies already follow my blog.

After lunch we walked into one of the antique shops on the street, but only had a few minutes before we had to return for the rest of the session. I spied these knives and almost bought the set of eight in the center, but I resisted even though it is hard to find a set of eight like that. I was dying to take them home and polish them. Great detail on the handles.

After we returned Marian spoke about DIY designing and making the home you love to live in without spending a fortune. I didn't stay for the book signing which was next because I already have a signed book. So I came home and this is a picture of my finished tray that will need to be redone because it will be completely naked before long.

You can see here how it is all lifting off. I do like the flower stencil though. I may have to pick up one.

I want to thank Mary Ann and Marian for extending an invitation to me to join them for this workshop. I had a blast.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. looks like a lot of fun. Hugs, Marty

  2. It's times like this I wish I lived in the USA, I miss out on all the great blogger activity, although I have just spied your tour of France in September on the side bar and about to head over to read more about this.

    I love the blue tray above, what a shame yours peeled so much, still it looks pretty. I now must go and check out "Miss Mustard Seed" blog as I don't think I have been there before.

    Lee :)

  3. oh how fun ....and good luck with your naked tray!! :)

  4. Fun day! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations with MMS paint! :)

  5. How fun that you were able to attend the workshop! I thought to myself when I saw your tray/door,"She will repaint that when she gets it home." LOL!!!! Cute idea....can't wait to see where you use it :o)

  6. Cool!
    I am a sucker for silver knives - not sure why - they seem so practical (?)!

  7. What a fun day! I read on another friend's blog yesterday that their milk paint did the same thing...peeled and peeled and then peeled some more. She was hoping for a little peeling, like you, so she didn't use a bonding agent. I'm so glad I could learn from your mistakes! You'll be a pro at milk paint in no time. Oh, and I would have bought the knives! Did you get a chance to go back and get them? Thanks for sharing your day trip with us. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  8. Wow, that was a pretty large crowd and what a gorgeous place to have a workshop!!..I remember that place in the past travels through Roswell.....Sorry about your tray...it looks pretty, but I guess it won't be for long????...Glad you had a great time...gorgeous day to be out....I have had the priviledge of attending one of Marian's workshops and she is such a wonderful person!!

  9. Oh what a great day you had!! Now were these doors wood or mdf. ???Why did the paint keep lifting??
    Love how it turned out!! Great ideas!!

  10. Looks like a fun day!
    I think your door tray turned out great, Kim!

    Thanks for sharing the day with us.

  11. What a fun day! We had gorgeous weather here, as well. Windy, but gorgeous. Got up to 80° here.

    Sorry about your tray experience. It is a bit chippy for my tastes, too. :) Naked it will be, no doubt.

  12. Looks like a fun class! Your try looks great too bad it is flaking so much.


  13. What a fun day to connect with other bloggers plus bring home a project. Great use of an old cabinet door:)

  14. Looks like you guys had a blast and the weather cooperated too!

  15. Fun day!! To Marian: your boots rock!!

  16. Looks like a beautiful day for the workshop! I am sorry about your tray, YOU are the queen of painting for goodness sake!!!! I know you will make it gorgeous. I figured ERhoda would be there, I think she lives pretty close by. XO, Pinky

  17. Kim, this sounds like a fun day, but you are already a master with milk paint. Oh, I'd go back and buy those knives. Gorgeous! ~ Sarah

  18. Sounds like such a fun day Kim! :-)

  19. Looks like a lot of fun.....I like the idea of a tray from the doors...

  20. Kim,
    Staci here. I sat with you today with my mom, Susan ....the one who hated painting and was forced to come, on her birthday no less. So for those of you who are wary about trying it, I believe hers was the best today. I didn't even finish mine.
    So glad to have shared a day with you and will enjoying following along with you and your adventures.

  21. Looks like you had a very fun day!

  22. What fun and a perfect spot for a workshop! I don't know how you resisted those knives :)

  23. That was a wonderful Day you had. Everyone need a fun break. The afternoon sidewalk cafe looks like fun. It is to darn cild in Maine for that.
    Thanks for sharing. yvonne

  24. Looks like a fabulous day Kim!! Such fun! V

  25. What a fun day! I'm so jealous! Sorry about the tray but you can fix it! Scrape off anything that comes loose and reprint using bonding agent. You may get the benefit of the areas that weren't loose before scraping off after the reprint which might be nice but the adhesion WILL be better. On a shiny surface you can also sand off the sheen before painting with NO bonding. You'll get some chipping then if that is a look you want. The thing to remember is 'how dry is the wood?' So, an old, worn, painted surface will have good adhesion without bonding agent and will give you just some nice, sporadic chipping. Raw wood will also give good adhesion with little chipping. By sanding a shiny piece down, you are trying to replicate the dry, old finish. You'll fix it! You know what you're doing!

  26. If someone took a picture of you, Kelly, and MMS everyone would believe you all to be sisters. Particularly you and MMS.


  27. What a fun day all you ladies had. I actually pinned your tray because I so love the color and would like to try one myself . . . with bonding agent. I like the peeling look but I guess not if it won't stop! Thank you for allowing us to live vicariously through you today. Blessings, Patti

  28. You just never know what milk paint is going to do! But when it turns out great, it's really wonderful! Looks like a great time was had by all! I'm hoping to have Marian out before long, although it won't be a huge event like this one, I'm sure!

  29. Wasn't yesterday just the MOST beautiful day ever??? You were lucky to have the perfect weather for that meeting. Looks like there was a good turn-out and a lot of fun! You'll have to share your tray makeover when you re-do it.

  30. It seems it was such a fun day. It was nice to see pictures of Marian in action!

  31. Looks like it was such a fun day.

  32. Sounds like a blast! Yes, recognized Rhoda right away! I got the milk paint look accidentally while redoing a chest of drawers. I like a little peeling paint but am not a huge fan of the look. Haven't tried milk paint because I'm still loving Annie Sloan Chalk paint.

  33. Looks like it was a lot of fun! Hate that I missed her when she was here in Houston.

  34. Well it looks like so much fun. You know she came to a town near Houston, but I don't think she realized it was in the middle of nowhere, in an area, no one wanted to go to. I'm so glad you went, and I would have loved to have been there. It looks like you had a blast.

  35. How fun Kim..this was the perfect event for you. Really looks like fun paint to work with once you get the tricks of it. Great pics of a great day!

  36. You guys are so cute and read I follow all your blogs. You are so wonderfully creative! I know you had a good time that day and looks like pretty weather. Looking forward to seeing more of your fresh ideas. I marvel at how talented so many of you bloggers are. I'm lucky to draw stick people but so blessed to see your work and ideas. Keep it up ladies