…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!


…fit for a king

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a desk like the one a client brought me to refinish a few weeks away. She found it off Craigslist and it’s dual-sided and filled with cubbies, drawers & even filing cabinets. What a find!


The top of the desk had three leather in-lays that she wanted to keep as is. My DH is my expert taper and we used the Frog Tape that Miss Mustard Seed gave to me at Luckett’s. Thanks, again!

It worked great, but more importantly it was easy to remove.



Taping is not easy and you do need to take care and be exact. Especially if you are painting for someone else.


Check out the detail on this thing!




The leather was in pretty good condition, but she will need to find a leather product to really clean it up and keep it protected. FYI – this type of leather in-lay can be painted if you are not fond of the look.


She asked me about a dome chair that she also found on Craiglist (!!!) as a pair for the desk. Imagine the work you could get done on a piece like this? Love it.IMG_2739

I would have photographed it in the morning light, but honestly I think it weighs 3,000 lbs!

Need a piece refinished & refreshed? Email me for an estimate: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com




…Favorite Things Friday – Miss Mustard Seed’s Book

I have been following Miss Mustard Seed for a while and she’s such an inspiration in her craft & her faith. As you know she recently came out with her Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line, which I am very excited about trying soon!

Just as exciting is her new book, Inspired You, that I just got in the mail last week. I pre-ordered it months ago and it showed up on my doorstep in the Amazon box.

I have to admit that I have not had a chance to sit down and read it, but I have flipped through the beautiful pages and looked at all the images. I think my favorite quote goes something like, when you see a gorgeous, glossy design book don’t get jealous get inspired. (I’m obviously paraphrasing)

Marian will be signing books November 2nd & 3rd at the Luckett’s Holiday Open House 10-5. See you there!