Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oh milk paint {you're working it}

Let me just start off today by declaring that Miss Mustard Seed changed my life. She is not only a painting diva who can make any piece of furniture look good, but now she has her own line of milk paint that seriously helps you to find you inner milk paint goddess! Having never worked with it before, I wasn't quite sure as to what to expect (but her video tutorials helped the hubs and I whenever we had a question).  I would strongly recommend checking out her blog and reading the specifics before using it. She explains consistency, bonding agents, and the ability to cover without stripping or priming. However, that is not what we did. Why? Because we're not the best rule followers.

In a nutshell, this was the overall process for our dresser overhaul.



Now these next few steps I must admit were a little intimidating to me (at first). I kept feeling like I could mess the furniture up when distressing it. The truth is that milk paint is so forgiving that you really can maintain some control over what paint flakes off when distressing it. After a few minutes I had the hang of it. 





It really was a simple project even though there were a lot of different little steps. The best part for me was how cost friendly I felt her line of paint/antique wax/soft wax was, and I was lucky enough to find a retailer 20 minutes away in Petaluma. You can find retailers near you on her website.

Here was the cost breakdown for our project:
$20 for stripper and "after wash" from Home Depot.
(we already had paint brushes and sanding supplies)
$22 per box of milk paint
We used 1 box of Ironstone as a base-coat then 1 box of grain sack for the cream color & 1 box of Shutter gray for the blue/gray color.
$13 antique wax
$22 soft wax (which is your top coat)

A very reasonable budget to revive an old piece of furniture. And the project only took us two weekends.


I am really pleased with the results...however, I may have some plans to change the top and change out the knobs at some point...'just sayin'. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the process but feel free to also consult the Diva herself Miss Mustard Seed.

I look forward to seeing you crazy kids tomorrow & thanks for all of the sweet comments yesterday. Made my day!

10 comments:

  1. totally pinning this process for future reference, I have a hutch I am working on and wanted to try the milk paint thing., we'll see

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  2. I can't wait to try this (and get to an actual computer to pin it). Bravo!

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  3. Looks awesome!!! You have inspired me to go find a piece of furniture to try milk painting!

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  4. i love miss mustard seed's blog and i have been curious about trying her new line of milk paint. glad you gave it a good review!

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