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November Colors of the Month – Curio and Schloss

Over here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we feel as if we blinked and October was gone!  Since November is now upon us, we’re so excited to feature two of our dreamy and comforting shades with you to warm up those cold November nights!

Everyone, say “hello” to Curio and Schloss:

Don’t they remind you of hot cocoa and warm fuzzy blankets?  Well, they should because both of these lovely colors have comforting warm undertones.  Let’s dive into Curio first.

Curio got its name from the rich warm brown color you often find on curio cabinets.

It’s an incredibly versatile color to have in your MMS Milk Paint collection because it can be used as a toner, stain, and a full strength color.

To use Curio as a stain, mix 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part milk paint powder.  Use it to stain raw wood on the tops of dressers, buffets, console tables, and photo frames.  Here are a few of our favorite Curio-stained projects:

This church pew bench was painted by Abbe Doll of Doll Design Co.:

This upcycled chicken coop coffee table by Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture was stained with a mixture of Curio and Typewriter:

Annie of Simply Chic Furniture used Curio to stain this southwestern hat rack:

My Painted Door shared this sweet dresser that is proudly sporting a Curio painted top and a Trophy/Ironstone body:

You can even mix in some Curio to tone down other colors in the MMS Milk Paint collection.  Mix it with Tricycle to get a lovely muted barn red.

If you want more color inspiration for Curio, you can visit our Color Focus Pinterest Board by clicking here.

Curio is lovely to use as a full strength color.  Here, you can see how it takes on different personalities with our various finishes.  (Thank Allison of The Golden Sycamore for this graphic!)

However you use it, Curio is a must-have!

Next, let’s chat about our deliciously warm gray, Schloss.

As most of you know, Marian grew up in Germany when she was a little girl.  Her love for the culture and German decor is still with her today, and it manifests itself perfectly in Schloss.  The word “Schloss” is actually German and it means “castle”.

Marian wanted a warm gray in her European Collection that would mimic the faded stones that one would find on the old castles scattered throughout Germany.  It’s THE perfect “greige”!

It’s an ideal color to use if you want gray, but your decor leans warm.  Here, you can see Schloss nestled up against our cool gray, Trophy.  Can you see how Trophy is much cooler than Schloss?  Trophy has more blue undertones, while Schloss has more yellows and browns.

Schloss looks absolutely divine when topped with our Antiquing Wax (which happens to be November’s Featured Product of the Month).

Thanks as always to Allison of The Golden Sycamore for this graphic showing how Schloss looks with our various finishes.

Marian first featured Schloss on this gorgeous caned-back sofa.

She painted Schloss on the frame and allowed Milk Paint to do its thing.  Click here to read the full featured post on Schloss.

For more Schloss color inspiration, visit our Pinterest Color Focus Board here.

We would love to see how you are using our cozy and warm November colors this month.  Tag “@mmsmilkpaint” on Instagram and “@MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint” on Facebook so we can see your creations!

November Product of the Month – Antiquing Wax

We’re all about warm colors and cozy shades this month here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  November is upon us and it has come in with blustery days, chilly winds, and rainy days.  If you’re like us, and you’re craving some warmth and comfort, then you’re going to love our featured product this month!

Our Antiquing Wax is based on an old family recipe.  It’s made from beeswax and has a little bit of carnauba wax added in for superior workability.  If you have ever struggled with applying wax, then you should try ours!  It’s not stiff at all and it has the consistency of cake frosting or face cream.  Our Antiquing Wax has been lightly tinted to a rich brown, which is perfect for creating an authentically aged finish on a piece of painted furniture.  Best of all, it doesn’t have a harsh odor AT ALL!  So if you’ve ever opened a stinky tin of furniture wax, you can rest assured that will definitely not be the case with ours!

Antiquing Wax can be a wee bit intimidating to apply if you’ve never done it before.  It looks dark, scary, and overpowering.  Don’t worry!  We have lots of tips and tutorials to help you realize how easy it is to apply!

First, we recommend applying it with a wax brush.  This allows you to work it into any cracks, crevices, or carved details on your piece.  If you don’t have a wax brush, grab one of ours!

Work the Antiquing Wax all over your piece, again paying special attention to cracks and carved details.

Then, take a clean lint-free cloth and wipe away the excess until you’re happy with the look.  You’ll notice that the Antiquing Wax will settle into the recessed areas of your piece, giving you an authentically aged finish.  Can you see how it settled into the nooks on Marian’s Bavarian Bed?

Here, you can see how bright her bed was before, and how much the Antiquing Wax toned everything down and gave it a soft aged patina.

Here’s the before:

And the after:


Here’s a super helpful tip – if you apply Antiquing Wax and the look is a bit too strong, rub a bit of our clear Furniture Wax over the heavy areas and it will “erase” the Antiquing Wax for you.  How about them apples, eh?

Here are some of our favorite colors paired with Antiquing Wax:

All of these lovely images are courtesy of Allison at The Golden Sycamore.

Which color combination is your favorite?  We’re partial to Tricycle, ourselves.  If you’d like to see Antiquing Wax in action, click the video to watch Marian apply it to an adorable Tricycle dresser.

Not so intimidating now, is it?  We’d love to see your pieces that are proudly wearing Antiquing Wax this month.  Share them with us by tagging “@mmsmilkpaint” on Instagram and “@MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint” on Facebook.  Show us your handiwork!

MMSMP Bespoke Colors

We love each and every one of the colors in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint palette.  They have been carefully chosen and formulated, and Marian has lovingly named them based upon things that inspire her.

While our colors are gorgeous to use right out of the bag, they’re even more fun to mix together to create new bespoke colors!  We have found a few lovely combinations from some of our retailers and regular users that we wanted to share with you.  Maybe their Milk Paint mixture will inspire your next project!

Let’s begin with Sharon’s beautiful French Blue.  Sharon is the owner of I Restore Stuff in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  Sharon mixed equal parts Farmhouse White and Bergere to get a gorgeous French Blue.

The subject for her makeover were these sweet nightstands.  Didn’t they turn out fabulous?

Sharon’s recipe is different from our Eulalie’s Sky in that it’s not as aqua and it definitely retails the smoky blue quality of Bergere.  And let’s face it…that’s why we love that color, right?

Here’s what Sharon’s tables looked like before:

Quite the transformation, eh?

When you mix two or more Milk Paint colors together, Sharon has some wonderful tips to help you in the process.

Our next custom color example is one that you’ve definitely seen before.  This is the vintage chalkboard mix that Allison of The Golden Sycamore developed.  It’s 3 parts Boxwood and 2 parts Artissimo.

What you may not have seen before is the gorgeous dresser that Chelsey of Shop A Cozy House painted using Allison’s Chalkboard Mix.

Isn’t her staging so simple and sweet?  This color combination looks fabulous on small chests of drawers and tables.  It’s incredibly versatile too because you can “season” the piece to be a chalkboard, like Marian did on this one:

Or you can seal your piece with any of our finishes and enjoy the gorgeous color as-is.  It’s to die for during the holidays!

Next is a beautiful Swedish Blue that Goedele of Dala Muses mixed up for an adorable chest of drawers.  To get her bespoke hue, Goedele mixed equal parts Mora, Grain Sack, and Trophy.

Here is the resulting color:

It’s soft, sweet, airy, and simple.  Can’t you see all of the colors showing a bit?  We can and we loved it!

Finally, we’d like to share a divine neutral combination that Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture mixed up.  Take equal parts Marzipan and Schloss to create a lovely “putty”.

Jenn painted it on a round oak pedestal table with empire legs and a vintage china cupboard.  Sometimes it leans gray and other times it leans beige.  Either way the light shines, we thought it’s a lovely neutral to add to your palette.

We hope these bespoke mixtures have inspired you to try your hand at mixing your own custom color.  If you discover one you fall in love with, share it with us!  Tag “@mmsmilkpaint” on Instagram and “@MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint” on Facebook.

MMSMP Featured Artisan – Olive Branch Woodworking

If you follow us on Instagram, then you’ve probably seen us sharing adorable milk painted children’s kitchen play sets like this one.

They are the workmanship of our newest featured artisan, Olive Branch Woodworking!

The faces behind Olive Branch are Chris and his wife Helen.  They actually named the business after their first son, Oliver.  Helen had his name picked out years before he arrived.  They both love the solid vintage feel to it (and you know we highly approve of all things vintage).  It reminded Chris and Helen of newsy caps and suspenders!  The underlying namesake of an “olive branch” also struck a cord with them.  In a time seemingly filled with hatred, bigotry, and intolerance, they view the olive branch as a representation of all that is good, peaceful, and loving in the world.  And of course, the obvious fact that a branch comes from a tree was also not lost when they named their woodworking business.

We asked Chris and Helen how they got into making children’s play sets.  It came back to Oliver, just like the name of their business. When he lost interest in plastic toys and wanted to play with Chris’ power tools, Chris had an idea to build Oliver the original “Kids Workbench”.  It was a huge hit, and when Chris posted a few photos of it on his Facebook page, he had friends immediately asking him to build one for their children.  Helen had the idea to launch a side business, so they gave it a shot and set a few goals to test the waters.  A college friend commissioned Chris to build a craft table for LEGO’s.  That, combined with a few workbenches and commissioned Christmas gifts tripled their initial goal for the year.

We asked Chris why he and Helen prefer to use our non-toxic Milk Paint over any other type of finish for their products.  Being an environmental scientist by trade, Chris is acutely aware of the chemical exposure risks brought into the home from mass produced toys.  Together, they researched the most kid-safe and eco-friendly paint and sealer options on the market and landed with our Milk Paint!  From there, they found their local MMSMP retailer, Annabelle Rector of Reinvented Vintage, in their hometown of Little Rock, and she introduced them to the MMSMP product line.

The non-toxic aspect of our Milk Paint is at the top of Chris and Helen’s list of favorite things about our products.  They can pronounce all five of our simple ingredients too!  They love how our Milk Paint absorbs like a stain and becomes part of the wood.  It allows the beautiful grain to show through and it won’t ever chip or peel.  As an added bonus, their burned-in logo comes out crisp compared to typical craft paints that just bubble and melt.

Tricycle, Farmhouse White, and the lighter blues and greens like Eulalie’s Sky and Layla’s Mint have been unbelievable hits with Olive Branch’s customers.  They create that vintage heirloom quality that Chris and Helen strive to achieve with their work.

As a husband and wife team, Chris and Helen balance one another out perfectly.  They both felt it was important to have a woman-owned small business to promote their belief in shattering stereotypes and the glass ceiling.  Helen works miracles every day, managing Olive Branch, running her own business with Young Living, and corralling their two boys all day every day.  (Can any of you relate?)

From a logistics perspective, Helen runs the business administratively and financially, Chris builds the toys, and they both have late night painting parties!  Oliver and his little brother, Elliott, are both great at testing out the toys for quality assurance.

Helen is also a hobbyist photographer, which is immensely helpful in their product photography.  Their business partnership stems from a driving force to secure financial freedom for their family, doing what they enjoy.  Chris absolutely loves creating heirloom toys and gifts that will hopefully be passed down for generations, and they are both passionate in creating a safe and healthy home, free of toxic chemicals.  Together, they feel they are on a path to success and they can’t wait to see what new adventures they will share together.  We’re pretty excited to watch them grow too!

We asked Chris and Helen if they had any advice to share for folks who may be new to using our Milk Paint.  Chris emphasized the importance of a good mix.  When he first started using Milk Paint, he wasn’t mixing the water and powder together well enough and ended up with a speckled appearance on a Lucketts Green piece.  It took one phone call to his local retailer, and she suggested all sorts of tips, like using an old mixer for large batches, keeping mixed paint in the fridge, using a small mason jar (or something with a flat bottom) and mixing often when painting.  They haven’t had a single problem since!

Chris reports, “the [Milk Paint] retailers are extremely knowledgeable about the MMSMP product line so absolutely reach out if you have any questions!”  We quite agree with him!  Regarding the price of the products, he views everything from a lifecycle perspective, cradle-to-grave.  When he paints with MMSMP, he never doubts that the child playing with his creations on the other end is safe from toxic chemicals.  He can’t put a price on that.  Health benefits aside, Chris says, “the quality of this paint is superior to anything else on the market.  The bonding properties of the milk paint to raw wood are really incredible, and for painted furniture, the MMSMP Bonding Agent works amazing – no sanding or prep necessary!  Plus, the sample size bags offer a great way to test the waters with Milk Paint.”

To see more of Chris and Helen’s creations, visit their Etsy shop here.  You can also follow them on Instagram and  too!

Are you a fabulous artisan who is using our Milk Paint products in unique and creative ways?  We want to know about it!  Do you know someone who is wildly creative with our Milk Paint?  Share them with us!  Send an email to [email protected] with their information so we can feature their beautiful work.  We’re all about helping you and others move mountains in your homes!

  

October’s Product of the Month – Aprons

Hello fellow Milk Painters!  I’m Jennifer Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture and I’m so pleased to be sharing October’s Product of the Month with you.

Before we begin, I have a question.  How many of you are messy painters?  If you’re anything like me, you’re probably raising your hands in agreement!  (And they’re probably paint-covered too, right?) Well I have good news for you fellow messy painters.  Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we’re featuring our MMSMP Aprons for the month of October!

Aprons are an essential part of my day-to-day operations as a retailer and as a professional furniture painter.  I keep them handy for my workshop participants to wear, so they don’t get any paint on their clothes.

I also wear them when I’m doing Milk Paint demonstrations.

Each apron has 2 deep pockets which perfect for storing screws, rags, cell phones, and any other goodies you want handy while painting!

Seriously…those pockets are life savers!  I’m always removing hardware or extra nails from old furniture pieces and sometimes I forget where I put them once they’re needed again!  I know I can always dig in the pockets of my MMSMP apron and find them safely stored away.

The aprons also have an adjustable neck strap, making it easy to customize it to fit your body. You want to be comfy while you paint, right?

And with the MMSMP logo printed boldly on the front, everyone will know you heart milk paint!

My aprons take a beating throughout the day and I can easily toss them in the washer to freshen them up. I like to hang mine up to dry, but you can tumble dry them on low if you like.

So join the cool kids and pick up your own MMSMP apron from our brick and mortar retailers or online!

 

October’s Colors of the Month

Hay rides, apple picking, scarves, boots, cozy sweaters…Fall is here!  Rejoice!  With a new month in hand, we have two new gorgeous colors to feature in October.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

Ah yes, the quintessential colors for October…black and orange.  Now that we have a super awesome orange in the Milk Paint line, we can feature it for prime pumpkin season!  Let’s explore Typewriter and Outback Petticoat individually.

Our Typewriter is the soft black in our line.  It’s named after the color you would find on vintage typewriters.  The worn black patina of metal typewriters immediately inspired Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) when she was naming colors for the line.

Typewriter is ridiculously versatile and a must-have in your MMS Milk Paint collection.  Not only is it gorgeous all on its own, but it can be added to other colors to darken and tone them down.  Mix it with Tricycle to achieve a subdued brick red.  Add it to Farmhouse White or Ironstone for a charcoal gray.  Whatever color you mix it with, Typewriter will darken it in the cool direction.  Want a warmer feel to your darker shades?  Use Curio instead!

Speaking of Curio, Typewriter can be mixed with our warm brown and used as a dark stain on raw wood.  It looks like a rich walnut and you can play with the ratios to suit your taste!  Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture used a 1:1 ratio and added 2 parts water to 1 part paint for her custom “walnut” Milk Paint stain.

You can read about what she stained here.

Typewriter takes on various personalities when you use our different finishes.  It looks absolutely divine when sealed with our Hemp Oil!  This awesome graphic is courtesy of Allison of The Golden Sycamore.  Make sure you swing by her page and give her a follow on social media!

Typewriter also looks divine when nestled up against warm wood tones.  Here is a dresser that Miss Mustard Seed hand-painted.  She used Typewriter for the body and painted a design on the drawer fronts.  It’s subtle and rich, don’t you think?

Here are some of our other favorite Typewriter projects:

Finding Silver Pennies

 

Oak and Olive

 

The Golden Sycamore

Our next featured color for October is actually our newest addition to the MMSMP line.  It’s our rusty Outback Petticoat!

Outback Petticoat was created in conjunction with some of our Australian retailers.  The name comes from the orange soil of the Australian Outback.  Early settler women would stain the hems of their white petticoats orange from the soil as they walked the terrain, so this paint is a nod to Australia’s past.  Plus, petticoat is such a fun word to say and it evokes images of days gone by.  You know we love all things antique!

Outback Petticoat happens to be the best orange to use for painting pumpkins!  Whether they’re paper mache, wood or ceramic, it is the most gorgeous shade to use to bring Fall into your home.

Check out our full tutorial on how to Milk Paint pumpkins here.

Outback Petticoat is so much more than an orange you use once a year for pumpkin painting though.  Just look at these stunning examples:

For The Love Creations

Fun fact – This piece was painted by someone who was BRAND NEW to Milk Paint!

Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture

For The Love Creations

Miss Mustard Seed

However you use them, Typewriter and Outback Petticoat make the perfect pairing for the month of October.  Make sure you share your projects using these two colors with us on social media.  Shop for all Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Products at our brick and mortar retailer locations or online.

MMSMP Featured Artisan – Simply Chic Furniture & Interiors

If you love gorgeous furniture makeovers, California sunshine, and adorable corgis, then you’re going to fall head over heels for September’s MMSMP Featured Artisan!  Everyone, meet Annie Looysen of Simply Chic Furniture & Interiors!

Annie started painting furniture back in 2011, a year after she got married to her husband, Chris. Annie and Chris needed a table to set a bird cage on for a pair of finches they had just welcomed into their home. She was able to find an old table that needed some work and she wanted to make it her own. Annie had never painted before, so she did research and watched a lot of YouTube videos. She bought all her supplies and surprisingly enough, the process was fun and her table turned out great! Unfortunately, Annie and her husband had to find a new home for the birds, which meant her table didn’t really have a use anymore.  Annie decided to sell it along with a matching chair she found at a garage sale. She put the set up for sale on Craigslist and it sold within 3 days!  Annie thought she was on to something!

 

Looking back, she remembers how she prayed that God would give her a hobby or passion for something that she would truly enjoy. She had always loved to paint and do crafts but she wanted something more. God more than delivered, and Annie wouldn’t have believed in her wildest dreams that she’d be painting furniture full time!

Almost a year ago, Annie was working a job and sitting at a desk.  Her job wasn’t creative in any way and she wondered if this was all she went to school for.  Annie’s father also passed away during this time, and it caused her to put her whole life into perspective.  She started to think deeply about whether she was happy with her career choice. She was working on furniture part time while maintaining full time hours at her other job. Sometimes, she would actually come home and sell furniture on her lunch break!  She knew that her father would have wanted her to be happy, so she got brave and put in her two weeks’ notice.  Annie felt incredible and terrified at the same time.  Now she was solely responsible for her income, which is a feeling a lot of entrepreneurs have when they first get started.   Annie was fortunate to have a good number of customers asking her for custom pieces – almost to the point where she couldn’t keep up with demand!

Eight months later, Chris was laid off from his job.  Annie said that God completely provided for her because that month was the busiest she had ever been!  While he was job hunting, Chris was able to make her workshop more efficient, help with furniture deliveries, and help Annie move a huge bedroom set so she could paint it.  (The folding cabinet pictured below will be getting a makeover soon, so keep your eyes open on Annie’s blog!)

Chris also helped Annie rescue a piece of fence that her father painted years ago.  It was picked out of the weeds at her parent’s home and now serves as a beautiful backdrop for Annie’s Milk Paint photos.

Annie started using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in 2014.  She was at her favorite antique store, Deja Vu, in Old Orcutt.  One of the vendors, Seashells & Sawdust, happened to sell MMSMP and Annie saw a piece painted in Kitchen Scale. It was love at first sight! She had to know the brand of paint and where the beautiful color came from. She was hooked and Annie only painted Kitchen Scale for a couple months afterwards on everything!

Here’s an example of one of her gorgeous Kitchen Scale pieces.

This dresser was painted in a custom blend of two parts Kitchen Scale and one part Grain Sack.

All of the intricate details were painted in Grain Sack.

We can see why Annie loves using this color!

Even though Annie didn’t have any hands-on training with our Milk Paint, watching Marian’s YouTube videos were enough!  Annie taught herself simply by using the paint and through a bit of trial and error.

Annie loves the fact that Milk Paint contains no VOC’s and has 5 simple ingredients.  It makes for a healthier painting environment for her and she isn’t passing anything toxic on to her customers.  She also loves how our paint comes to life after a finish is applied.

Annie’s favorite MMSMP product is our Beeswax Finish (which happens to be September’s Product of the Month!)  The Beeswax Finish is the perfect product to ensure you get a chippy look.  It eliminates the guess work of whether or not your piece will chip.

One of Annie’s favorite tricks for mixing our Milk Paint is to strain it with a metal sieve to remove all the solids from the bottom once it’s mixed.  This helps her eliminate any sediment and keeps her finishes super smooth and consistent.  For more tips on mixing MMS Milk Paint, watch this video:

One of Annie’s favorite quotes is, “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” (Edwin Land)  When you are being creative, Annie doesn’t believe there are any mistakes. (We second that sentiment!)  Failures are opportunities to learn and grow.  This lesson was learned through a rather funny story of her first project using MMSMP.  She was making over a 60’s French provincial desk with plastic feet.  She painted Milk Paint on and stood in amazement as all of the paint fell off!  Annie didn’t realize that she needed to prep smooth and glossy surfaces or that the Bonding Agent would have helped with that particular project.  Looking back, she can laugh about it and we’re sure some of you have had this happen to you!

One of the most important things Annie has learned from MMSMP is how to give up control. Yes, you read that right! Annie shared that she was so incredibly particular and everything had to be just perfect – no paint missing on any of her pieces. Our Milk Paint gave her the freedom to let go and allow the piece and paint to do whatever they want to do. Annie is learning how to be more free and creative with her makeovers.

Annie’s absolute favorite piece she painted with MMS Milk Paint is this dresser.

 

The piece had a lot of missing veneer, but Annie knew it had tons of potential.  She was excited when a customer wanted her to custom paint it. It humbled her that the customer had total faith in her to make it look amazing.  They wanted it painted in French Enamel with a heavy distress.

The new look really brought out the beautiful Hepplewhite handles, which weren’t really noticeable before.

Today, Annie is a proud merchant at Deja Vu and you can see her gorgeous booth in person if you’re in the Old Orcutt, California area!  You can also follow Annie’s makeovers on Instagram.  She also posts adorable photos and videos of her two corgis.

This is Rosie.

And this handsome fellow is Wrangler.

We’re pretty much obsessed with them!

You can also shop Annie’s online store on her website and follow her on Facebook.

Do you know a local artisan who is using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in beautiful and unique ways?  Let us know!  We’d love to feature them here on our blog.  Send recommendations to Jenn Baker at [email protected]

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September’s Product of the Month – Beeswax Finish

We could sing the praises of our Beeswax Finish all.day.long.

This versatile product lends itself to tons of uses and we’re so proud to be featuring it for the month of September!

Let’s talk about what’s in our Beeswax Finish first, and then we’ll move on to its applications.  The wax used is 100% beeswax which is mixed with kosher mineral oil in order to make the wax workable.

Our Beeswax Finish is non-toxic and food safe so it can be used on wooden cutting boards, utensils, butcher block counters, salad bowls, children’s toys, etc.  You can also use it on leather shoes and boots to keep them hydrated and protected!

Kriste of Rosemary & Thyme wrote a wonderful post detailing how she cares for her leather shoes using MMS Milk Paint products.

Our Beeswax Finish provides a “livable” finish, meaning that scratches and blemishes can be sanded out and more Beeswax can be applied.  It’s a great finish for busy households and most touch-ups can be completed in 10 minutes or less.

This product can be used as a sealant for milk painted surfaces or as a finish for raw or stained wood.  If you choose to use Beeswax as your topcoat over Milk Paint, your piece must remain an indoor-only piece.  Wax will melt in the heat, so our Beeswax Finish is not intended for outdoor use, furniture shows, porches, etc.

One of our absolute favorite uses for this product is as a resist in between layers of Milk Paint.  Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture used Beeswax as a resist in between Eulalie’s Sky and Linen on this repurposed sewing cabinet.

Here’s the inside:

The texture and layers of color were all thanks to a layer of Beeswax.  You can read her full tutorial here.

Kriste also used Beeswax to create a chippy finish on a piece in her home.

You can read how she achieved this stunning look by reading her original post here.

Shop for Miss Mustard Seed’s Beeswax Finish at your local brick-and-mortar retailer or online.  We would love to see how you are using our Beeswax Finish this month.  Share your projects with us on social media and tag us in your photos.  We love seeing what you’re up to!

 

September Colors of the Month – Shutter Gray & Mora

September is finally here, and we’re ready to highlight two new colors all month long.  They’re soft, subtle and completely gorgeous!

Everyone, let’s get ready to enjoy Shutter Gray and Mora!

Let’s dive in to Shutter Gray first.  It’s a member of our signature color collection and it’s one of Marian’s favorites!  Shutter Gray gets its name and color inspiration from a pair of shutters Marian found at an antique store.  They had the most beautiful original gray/blue color, and it inspired her to create a similar shade.

Shutter Gray is a French blue/gray that takes on different looks depending on what’s surrounding it.  In this photo, Shutter Gray takes on more of a gray tone when surrounded by stronger blue colors.

Shutter Gray is a chameleon color in that sense, which makes it so much fun to paint with!  Marian used it on the outside of this cupboard and she decided to leave it unfinished (or raw, as we say).

Allison of The Golden Sycamore created superb graphics of all the Milk Paint colors in our various finishes.  You can see how Shutter Gray changes personality depending on the products you put on top.

It looks fantastic when paired with whites.  Marian painted the body of this dresser in Shutter Gray and used creamy Linen to hand-paint some decorative flourishes along the drawers.

The contrast is soft and perfect.

Shutter Gray is the perfect color to pick if you’re trying to decide between a gray and a blue.  It’s a very responsive tone and takes on different personalities depending on what’s surrounding it.  You really can’t go wrong with this color!

Along with Shutter Gray, we’re featuring one of the colors from our European Collection.  Let’s dive into the dreamy softness of Mora.

Mora was named for the Swedish town of Mora, which is famous for gorgeous curvy standing clocks.

This clock was actually painted in the color, Mora.  How fitting!  Marian used Linen to accent some trim pieces and finished it with both Antiquing and White Wax.

Mora is another chameleon color.  It’s a pale blue/gray/green color that can look entirely different depending on what it’s next to.  It also looks fabulous when paired with soft whites.

Marian hand-painted the flowers on the front of this Mora dresser using Linen and Farmhouse White.

Marian also used it to paint the interior of this wood wardrobe.

See how it takes on more of a greenish tone when surrounded by dark wood?  That’s one of the aspects of using our Milk Paint that you should keep in mind.  Because Milk Paint soaks in to wood more like a stain rather than laying on the top, it will take on the tone of whatever is underneath it.  You could paint two dressers in the same color of Milk Paint and finish them with the same topcoat, and each will have a slightly different finished color.  That’s one aspect of Milk Paint that we absolutely love!  It offers you the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else can replicate!

Once again, we thank Allison of The Golden Sycamore for this graphic showing how Mora looks in our various finishes.  Aren’t they so helpful?

Mora is an excellent choice to use if you want a soft whisper of a color.  It’s light enough to be a neutral and its calming tone is incredibly versatile.  Pair it with blues, grays, sages and pale yellows for a winning combination.

You can shop for Shutter Gray and Mora at your local brick-and-mortar retailer or online.  Make sure you share your Color of the Month projects with us on social media as well.  We love seeing your creations!

Outback Petticoat Pumpkins

Outback Petticoat is the newest color in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint collection.

It’s a gorgeous rusty orange that gets its color inspiration from the soil of the Australian Outback.  Settler women would get orange stains on their petticoats as they walked over the soil, so a group of our Australian retailers determined this would be the perfect name for the color.  How fun?!

As Fall is approaching, we thought it would be super fun to share a quick, easy, and Fall-themed DIY project using Outback Petticoat.

The subjects of our project are these sweet little pumpkins.

You can grab these at any craft store in your area, or shop for them online through Amazon or Etsy.  We wanted to show you two different types of pumpkin makeovers so you can see how Milk Paint looks on paper mache…

and on ceramic!

Milk Paint soaks in well to porous surfaces including raw wood, concrete, clay, ceramic, and paper mache.  To begin, you’ll need a few materials – Outback Petticoat Milk Paint, Curio Milk Paint, cups to mix your Milk Paint in, stir sticks, paint brushes, water, and Hemp Oil.

Next, measure out 3-4 tablespoons of Outback Petticoat and dump it into a mixing cup.

Then add the same amount of water and watch the pale orange powder turn into rusty orange goodness!

Using a stir stick, mix the Milk Paint for about one minute straight, making sure to scrape the sides and the bottom of your cup.

Stir well until all of the powder has been mixed into the water.

Once the Milk Paint has been mixed for a minute or two, set it aside to rest for five minutes.  This will give the Outback Petticoat powder a chance to absorb more water.

The ideal consistency you’re looking for is that of melted ice cream.  You want the Milk Paint to run off of your stir stick in a steady stream.  If it drips off, then the paint is too thin and you need to add a touch more powder.  If the Milk Paint is clumpy, then add a touch more water.  Don’t stress about this part – you really can’t mess it up!  It’s just like mixing pancake batter.  For more tips on mixing Milk Paint, you can watch this video from Miss Mustard Seed’s YouTube channel!

Once your Milk Paint is mixed, begin painting your pumpkins!  It may help to hold the ceramic pumpkin in the hole on the bottom so you can paint the body.

Outback Petticoat is the prettiest color to use.  It looks amazing as you brush it out.

As you get near the top of the stems, switch to a smaller brush so it’s easier to get a clean edge.

You don’t have to paint the bottoms if you don’t want to.  (As a tip, you may want to put tiny felt feet on the bottoms of the ceramic pumpkins to avoid scratching the surface of your wood furniture.)

As the paint dries, keep an eye out for spots that sparkle in the light.  That’s the limestone in the Milk Paint!

Allow your first coat of Outback Petticoat to completely dry before applying a second.  We applied two coats on our pumpkins and the coverage was just right!  As the Outback Petticoat is drying, you can mix up a small bit of Curio to use on the stems.  One tablespoon of powder and water will do the trick, as the stems are relatively tiny and you won’t need that much paint.

We advise using a tiny brush for this part so you can create clean lines and wiggle your way around the shape of your pumpkin stems.

We applied two coats of Curio to the stems and allowed our pumpkins to dry for about thirty minutes.  The air was humid on the day these were painted, so a little extra time was needed to make sure everything was dry.

You could leave your Milk Paint pumpkins raw at this point, but both Outback Petticoat and Curio look amazing when finished with our Hemp Oil.

We advise pouring a small amount into a separate cup and using a paintbrush to apply it all over your pumpkins.

As you apply the Hemp Oil over the Milk Paint, you’ll see the magic happen!

Can you see the depth and richness that Milk Paint takes on when it’s sealed with Hemp Oil?  This was our absolute favorite part of this DIY project!  Here are the paper mache pumpkins side-by-side  The left is raw and the right has fresh Hemp Oil on it.

And here are the ceramic pumpkins.  Again, the left is raw and the right has Hemp Oil on it.

Once the pumpkins are covered, gently wipe away the excess Hemp Oil with a lint-free cloth.  Don’t use a paper towel – trust us!  You’ll get little fuzzies all over your pumpkins.

We staged our pumpkins on a wood slice with buds of cotton tucked in.  It doesn’t get more autumnal than that!

While this DIY project used Outback Petticoat as the primary color, you can use any of the gorgeous Milk Paint shades on your pumpkins.  Miss Mustard Seed mixed some bespoke color combinations on a tutorial she shared back in 2013.  She painted real white pumpkins and wrote all about her steps on her blog.

Just make sure you mix in our Bonding Agent if you’re going to paint real pumpkins or else this will happen:

One of the benefits of painting faux pumpkins is that you can use them year after year!

Thanks to Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC. for the beautiful photos and the fabulous tutorial.  We also wanted to thank Brenda Shirk of Painted Table Designs for her staging pieces and the beautiful setting of these photos!

Hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to create beautiful Milk Paint pumpkins to add to your Fall decor in your home!

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