…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.


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.


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


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


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.






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


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 :))


(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.


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.


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.


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.

Small Room Design

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.


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.


(Image via Pinterest via MMS)

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!


…the chicken cabinet – painting

I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with this cabinet. I wanted it to be really country. Raw and peeling and farm-ish. I wanted t0 maybe try a new color and the interior a contrasting color. Hmmmm.

Of course then I saw in live-and-in-person and found out that it was oak! What is the special thing about oak you may ask? Well, because it has a real texture to it you can use a Weathered-Wood Painting Technique as outlined in Annie Sloan’s book and in my YouTube Tutorial. I was so excited when I figured out how to do it because it really creates that coveted Restoration Hardware look. It is an aged and weathered wood look even if the wood is not old. Here’s the link:

The deal is you really need oak to make this technique work. This is what my piece looked like when it arrived. Oak.




Sun-stained and not very inspiring, if you ask me. Ah, but there is such freedom when you can paint! This piece could turn into anything! I wanted to try something new. A new color. I asked you all on Facebook if you had tried AS Versailles. You posted some gorgous photos of your work. Thank you! Just for reference, let’s take a look at Versailles and AS’s inspiration for the color.


Wow. That’s pretty incredible, yes? I had to try the paint out after seeing this space.


For those of you that have not tried it either, this color has a bit of a yellow/greenish undertone. It’s very pretty, but less in the brown family. 

Once you have your oak piece and your paint you will then need a clean rag handy.


Dip your brush sparingly in your paint.


Brush lightly WITH the grain.



Then take your rag and wipe the paint off lightly WITH the grain.


The paint still stays in the crevices of your wood, but come off a bit on the raised areas.


It will start to look like this (above). If you want less paint on your wood then get a damp cloth and wipe some of the excess paint off. This looks a bit heavy here, but keep in mind that it still has to dry.



Paint loves wood detail and so do I! Don’t paint the crevices. Let them be the natural wood color for contrast.


Brush strokes enhance the look. Just make sure you are consistently light in your painting.


This is still wet so it looks a tad dark. It will lighten. Time for the hutch & interior! Big reveal & my thoughts on it tomorrow.

FYI – this entire piece took me about 45 minutes.