A vintage china cabinet painted in a custom blend of flow blue and artissimo milk paint by miss mustard seed
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color stories – Flow blue & artissimo
Flow Blue is a vibrant shade in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line.
It’s a striking tone of blue that got its inspiration from the color of antique flow (or flo) blue china.
Artissimo, on the other hand, is a rich and deep midnight blue.
This color got its name and inspiration from the fabric shown in the photo above. This was a shower curtain that Miss Mustard Seed had in her old Pennsylvania master bathroom. The name of the pattern is “Artissimo”.
layering flow blue and artissimo
Flow Blue and Artissimo look absolutely divine when layered on top of one another. I did this very combination on this antique empire dresser.
This combination was also repeated on a spinet desk.
While these colors look very beautiful layered on top of one another, I chose to mix them together on my china cabinet.
vintage china hutch
Mixing colors together in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line is easier than you think! Here’s a quick little video to teach you the process:
My plan was to mix up a custom color that worked well with the warm tones of the interior of the cabinet.
The original finish on the inside was in pretty good shape, so I didn’t see the need to paint it. All that it needed was a hydrating coat of Hemp Oil. Once it was shined up, I knew that mixing a bit of Flow Blue and Artissimo would look dynamite up against the natural glow of the wood.
I painted two coats of my custom color on and gently distressed the high points of the piece to reveal some of the warm wood tones underneath.
The original hardware was in great shape, but it needed to be shined up a bit. I used Rub N Buff metallic wax (affiliate link) to add some gold back into the metal. It pops now up against my custom Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color!
Rub N Buff is seriously the easiest product to use to shine up the finish on original hardware. It’s my go-to product when I need to add some “oomph” back into my knobs, handles and latches! You literally rub it on and buff away the excess with a cloth – easy peasy!
staging the interior of the china cabinet
I’ve been hard at work painting furniture and gathering up unique vintage and antique finds for my upcoming antique market event in October. You can read more about that here.
Some of these finds have been great props to have on hand for staging my furniture pieces. I had a ball staging the interior of the china hutch with my treasures!
These silver pieces look beautiful up against the warm wood tones of the cabinet interior. I actually like their tarnished patina!
This camera actually belonged to my maternal grandfather who I never met. He died long before I was born. My aunt recently bequeathed his camera to me, which still has a roll of film inside! I’d love to get it developed and see if there are lost pictures inside.
The bundle of carpentry books were a great find at Morgantown Market and the contraption on top was actually found inside the cabinet!
Find it at homestead studios
The piece is $325 and it measures 68 inches tall, 44.5 inches wide and 17 inches deep. Delivery and shipping are available if needed!