Have you tried Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, yet??? Ever since this post, I have been anxiously awaiting it’s release. Mike and Laurie from Red Posie kindly sent me some to try and I am in love with this stuff. I know it’s a bit more intimidating to use because of it’s powder form, but what it does on it’s own when it’s applied to wood is worth dealing with the adjustment! I know Marian has said it before, but it really does have a mind of it’s own.
As soon as I received my sweet little package of Shutter Gray, I knew exactly where it was going. Oliver’s changing table/dresser had really taking a beating over the past two and half years.
The changing pad buckle had really scratched up the finish on the top, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a little paint. 😉 Plus, all the furniture in his room is stained the same color so I figured it might be fun to have something a little different in there.
I threw caution to the wind and didn’t measure the powder and water. I just mixed it until I got the right consistency that I wanted. For all of you Type A personalities, you can mix 1 & 1/2 parts powder to 1 part water. The package says to mix it with a blender, but I just used a brush to mix it up and it turned out great. You will get some lumps and clumps and some of it will settle at the bottom, but just continue to stir and mix it up…it doesn’t have to be perfectly thinned out like regular paint. I, personally, kind of like the clumps because when you brush them on, you get such great color variation. It really is beautiful and adds so much dimension.
Then I went to town. I didn’t do ANYTHING to this piece of furniture before painting it, besides wiping off a little dust and removing the hardware. It really is so easy. Slap your first coat on there and don’t freak out because it will look a little crazy. I like to think of the first coat acting almost like a primer. It doesn’t have to be a solid coat. It doesn’t have to look good. The brushstrokes don’t even have to go in the same direction. Just get it on there and allow it to dry so your second coat has a little something to “grip” onto other then the old finish. Here is what my piece looked like after the first coat. Scary, right? Just remember this is normal.
My first coat was literally dry in 5 minutes…milk paint is awesome like that. Then, I started my second coat. My timing was less than stellar because right after I finished the second coat, Oliver was ready for his nap. Seeing how I was super lazy and didn’t even move the dresser from his room prior to painting it, I was forced to take a break.
And this next part is why I get so excited about this milk paint. After his 2 hour nap (thank you God for blessing us with good sleepers), I went it and the dresser looked like this!?!
Milkpaint.is.awesome. It totally did this on its own…the crackling, chipping, peeling awesomeness. This was totally the look I was going for and what’s better is I didn’t even have to do anything to make it happen. Even though, I loved the chippiness, I really wanted to do another coat because some spots were just not dark enough for me. So, I just took my brush, dipped it into my paint and painted right over it. Some of the paint flaked off, but I just kept putting on my third coat. Here is what the top looked like after the 3rd coat.
After that was dry, you can see it still was crackling in a few places. I took some Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ in Old White and painted around the outside of the drawers.
Then I waxed the whole thing with Clear Soft Wax, really making sure to rub it into the piece with a old cut up t-shirt. I often hear about people painting and waxing a piece only to say that they ended up with some shiny and dull spots…almost like a discoloration. I showed an example below on the top of the dresser where I didn’t really rub it in on the back right corner.
See? Using an old t-shirt or piece of cheesecloth to rub the wax into your piece will prevent all of that. It helps distribute the wax evenly across the furniture and gives it the best finish. While doing this some areas of the paint flaked away or crackled further which I loved.
This was taken right after I finished covering it in clear furniture wax. Perfectly chippy in my opinion. If you want to distress it more, then all you have to do is use a fine and medium sanding sponge or sandpaper to “sand” off more of the paint.
If you take this route and distress your piece more, you may want to do another thin coat of wax after your finished to “seal” your piece. For those of you who do not want a “chippy” piece of furniture, you can use a bonding agent to get a solid finish, too, as Marian did here.
Don’t be intimated with this stuff. It is fun, quick, easy and best of all INEXPENSIVE. A bag of this (will make 1 quart of paint) is only $18.70 from Red Posie. I didn’t even use a 1/4 of my package to paint this dresser.
And I can easily store the leftover powder in the bag and not have to worry about hammering lids back on paint cans or finding room for all those paint cans. If you have a piece that needs to be freshened up, what do you have to lose? $20 will get you a whole new look. Plus, there are plenty of videos featured in the sidebar of Red Posie’s website that will help you along the way.
To order Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint or to view all 12 colors, visit Red Posie by clicking HERE or on their button below and have fun painting!