Thursday, April 18, 2013

My thoughts on Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

Back when I was freshly pregnant and still possessing enough energy to paint, 
I tried out Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. I chose this paint because it is fume free and green. Plus, I had been itching to give it a try because of it's amazing distressing capabilities. 

The first piece I worked on was an old dresser that once belonged to my husband's great grandmother. I applied the milk paint directly on top of thick brown lacquer that was originally on the dresser. Since I was wanting to achieve a chipped/aged look, I did not use the bonding agent that Miss Mustard Seed sells. 


As you can see, the paint randomly chipped off where it did not fully adhere. Working with this paint is much different than ASCP because you have little to no control where the distressing will occur. It's kindof nerve-racking and exciting at the same time!

The dresser was painted in Linen and waxed (by my hubby) with Annie Sloan's clear wax. 
We think this piece would make a lovely changing table.
It's the perfect height and size. Plus, I am thrilled with how it turned out 
and love the random chipping....

And then there is the next piece I painted.

Holy chipping Bat Man! This thing went nuts!

I picked up this solid oak antique dresser at a garage sale for $80. 


I knew from the start that I wanted to leave the beautiful oak top untouched. Again, I used Linen milk paint with no bonding agent. Little did I know that this piece would have been a great candidate for the bonding agent... It is still chipping in my living room! It took a few weeks of looking at it to decided if I really like it or not. Verdict: We love it. It's just heavily distressed and needs to be vacuumed around a few times a week. 

To protect this piece, I decided to try Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil. I chose this because it is safe for me to use while prego and super easy to apply. You simply pour a little oil on a clean cotton cloth and rub it in. If I compare it to clear wax, it is not as durable and is best suited for very porous furniture. 

Overall, I love using milk paint. It's a bit messy and nerve-racking but the natural distressing that occurs is gorgeous. To help the chipping along on both pieces, I used a plastic scraper and sanding block to flake off large cracks. 

I hope to start feeling better soon and get back into my garage to try out my new color, 
Shutter Gray.


Jamie said...

I really like your pieces! The changing table idea is great. I like the crackle look on the second dresser. Thanks for explaining it all so clearly! Hope you're feeling well my blogger friend! P.S. Great idea on getting the hubby involved with the waxing part of it! ;) ~ Jamie

bonniegetchell said...

They're both gorgeous pieces! I really want to try her milk paint soon-- everything I've seen looks fabulous! I'm visiting from Serenity Now... hope you'll stop by and say hello! Have a great weekend!

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

michele said...

how awesome and truly distressed does that bad boy look???? bravo on this transformation.

stop by when you have a moment for eye candy and lovely, we'd love to have you.

smiles and peace to you.


Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the MMS Milk Paint. I have been reluctant to try it because of the unpredictable nature of it...maybe I NEED to try it to have some excitment in my life! I saw your post over at "Weekend Bloggy Reading" party.

Old Red Barn said...

You can also protect the piece by using a poly. That would really stop the chipping!


Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

Both of them are great, but I really love the white one. I am loving that super chippy look. And i totally agree with you that it's nerve racking. I did a piece that chipped way more than I expected. When I bought the milk paint the lady at the store was so surprised that I wasn't buying bonding agent to go with it!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your pieces turned out absolutely amazing! Big congratulations on Little Tea!!! It's all sooo worth the discomfort! Blessings.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Super cute~ love how that chippy piece turned out!! Sharing at the party- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

First of all.... congrats on the baby! You will get your energy back, in like 18 years! Second.. great tutorial on the milk paint! I love the random chipping! And the pieces you picked are perfect!

Sweet Tea Junkie said...

This is really interesting paint, I love the look of the pieces after painting. Really does have that old/vintage feel to it as if the furniture has gotten years of use.

MMS Milk Paint is going to be added to my shopping list!