Our Story

Hello and Welcome to Carts & Millie. We are so glad you’re here.

My Name is Tarnya; Owner, Creator, Entrepreneur, Supermum. I used to be a Contracts Administrator, but now I’m designing and producing quality, Australian-made furniture paint without the nasties; just for you. I believe it’s important that your home reflects your individuality, and painting your furniture and décor is such a simple way to do it; regardless of your budget. There is nothing better than breathing new life into discarded, unwanted furniture; seeing old become new again. Enter, Carts & Millie.

In 2018, I launched my signature paint line of Boutique Furniture Paints, hemp oil and finishing waxes. From there we have grown to 41 colours, 10 water-based stains, primer, brushes, and soon new lines of Clay Paints and Milk Paints. My goal was to produce a paint with great coverage, minimal coats at an affordable cost; using premium quality ingredients right here in our Queensland home.

Carts & Millie is named after my two youngest children, Carter and Amelia. My family is so important to me, and most of my paints are named after special places and people. Carts & Millie was born from my love of handmade items (mainly sewn), furniture restoration, upcycling and painting.

My desire to upcycle began when my husband, Patrick, built a cot from spare parts, and to unify the look it received a lick of paint. Using standard house paint however, left me with terrible headaches and flared my asthma. My family's  and my own health is very valuable to me, so I needed to find something very low in VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and asthma and allergy friendly. As I researched, I discovered the wide world of furniture painting and knew I was destined to create my own paint. From there, the rest of the furniture in the home was fair game, there was just no stopping me!

We have formulated the perfect marriage of chalk and mineral paint; saving you time, giving exceptional coverage and durability without breaking the bank. In a world teeming with chemicals at every side, we make sure you don’t need to compromise on your health in order to surround yourself with beautiful things.

With hundreds of customers Australia-wide using our products, we are thrilled to see what a difference an easy paint finish can make to furniture saved from landfill. I hope to inspire you to do the same. Come with me on this journey to transforming one piece of furniture at a time, and love your house into a home.

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