…miss mustard seed’s milk paint – the difference

A big question that may have come up for you during this series on milk paint is – what is the difference between Chalk Paint and milk paint. Great question! Glad you asked.

The main & HUGE difference between Chalk Paint and any kind of milk paint is that Chalk Paint (a copy-written name by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) is liquid paint that comes in a can.

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Milk paint, including Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, starts out in powdered form. This is the first major difference. The second big difference is that they act completely different on your wood piece. I have worked many times with both types and they are equally special. It really depends of the type of look you are going for.

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As you know I have used ASCP almost exclusively for many years now. The reason I have an allegience to her product is that the vision I want for my home seems to align with her aesthetic. When using Chalk Paint you do not need to prep your piece. You simply open the can, stir and start painting. You can easily do touch-ups without having to re-paint the entire piece. This is rare and makes the product special and easy to use.

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Miss Mustard Seed's product is also tasteful, clean, and inspiring. Yes, there is some prep, but there is also reward in the end. It comes in a bag in powder form. You mix with water and then apply. She makes what is called a "bonding agent", which basically will help the paint to adhere and not flake off. However, the special quality of milk paint is that it DOES flake. People who use this product will most likely want to acheive a cottage, aged look. Her colors are also fabulous.

Both paints are very exciting and can transform your home and furniture. You will want to experiment when you dive into each product, but that does not mean you should be intimidated.

PS - Tomorrow I'll talk about the waxes for each line and show you the chicken cabinet that I refinished in MMS Milk Paint.

 

 

…miss mustard seed’s milk paint – the paint

I watched MMS’s Tutorials here. Don’t you just love how calm and articulate she is? Makes me feel like a three-ring circus with all the craziness of my kids, cats, 100lb dog. In one of her series of videos she uses a plastic cup cup and a stir stick. This way feels less intimidating. Using measuring cups and rulers and tape measures is just not my forte. Just ask DH. I was never meant to be an architect no matter how much I appreciate design. If you are the same way then just trust her when she says nothing has to be exact. IMG_6940

Here's how to start:

1. Select a color from her rainbow of paints.

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2. Open the bag and use a scoop to put the powdered paint into your cup/jar/Tupperware (Yes, I grabbed one of these too). Start with one part powder and one part water.

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3. Add your one part water to you one part powder in the vessel you are using.

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4. Stir. She uses a stir stick. I grabbed a plastic spoon out of haste. Yes, my cup is embarrassingly messy.

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5. Keep stirring. She says a few clumps are okay. I had probably too many. Have I mentioned that patience is not my forte? This is what it looks like on her site, which is much prettier than what mine looked like. She does say "Be at peace with the lumps."

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Note the plastic fork.

6. Apply one coat and let dry. Go back for a second/third/etc if you want more coverage. MMS recommends two coats. FYI - I did not use her bonding agent because I wanted as many flakes as possible. If you do not want this variable then you will want to mix her bonding agent into your vessel.

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Here is my first coat. You will see that it is very thin and I got a ton of drip marks because my consistency was too watery. And too lumpy, frankly. I ended up lightly sanding these parts to eliminate any drip marks. It became less streaky once I went over it with my second coat.

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7. Paint on your second coat. Once the paint has dried you will want to try to peel the flaking paint. MMS recommends using a small putty knife like this one.

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My second coat made it a bit thicker. You can see that I have a ton of lumps here. I kept them because I was excited to see what was going to happen when I was ready to flake off the paint. Again, I was going for chippy.

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This is exactly what happened and I was trilled. I chipped of the lumpy areas with my putty knife and then took some light sand paper to the rest of the piece. I literally sanded off all those little bumps all over the piece and I was left with a really cottage-y, rustic look.

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Here is where I have it in my home at the moment.

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I will talk about her finishing wax that I used and also the differences between milk paint and Chalk Paint tomorrow.

Got questions about Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint? Email me or post and she is going to answer for us!

Oh! And remember my chicken cabinet? I ended up repainting it with MMS. To be revealed.

 

…miss mustard seed’s milk paint – the piece

Let me start off by saying that if I were to take a class offered by MMS I am not sure I would get an A. I have a tendency to throw out directions and just play. So, when I was finally ready to experiment with her beautifully-marketed product/s that is just what I did. (I don't think she'd mind :))

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(Image via Pinterest via MMS)

Miss Mustard Seed was kind enough to send me some of her MMS paints, waxes & other goodies, gulp, about a year ago. I have truly been too busy to experiment. I have also been waiting for the perfect piece to try it out on. My mover brought me a great little, antique cupboard a few months ago. I knew I wanted to try something new, different and very rustic on this sweet piece. I think sometimes older pieces crave an older look.

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Cute, right?

I painted the piece Annie Sloan Old White. Then I painted over it with Duck Egg. Then I painted over that with Graphite. Hmmmm.

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Nothing was really making sense visually to me. Then I remembered my MMS Milk Paint/s. I went on her site and watched all her tutorials - okay, most of the tutorials. I dove in with Ironstone on my little piece.

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Just as MMS will tell you on her site, milk paint is a different beast all together. It was actually the very first furniture paint that I experimented on many moons ago when I started out. Here are the kitchen chairs that I milk painted.

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The paint has rubbed and worn in areas, but this just enhances the shabby look. I still love them. It took me a ton of experimenting and 2 weeks to land on a look that I liked with my milk paint.

In my experience, milk paint takes on a life of it's own. It's going to perform on your wood and texture the way it wants to. Sometimes I don't want this variable and sometime I am game. If you are willing to lend yourself to the process then you will reap amazingly cool results. Here's a hint of what happened with my little piece.

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If you love shabby you are drooling from looking at those chippy areas.

Tomorrow I'm going to talk more about my experience with MMS's Milk Paint and using it. In the meantime, here is a really helpful cheat sheet on her site. About Milk Paint.

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Miss Mustard Seed has also kindly offered to answer our questions about her paint so please post any you may have. I know I have several!