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MMSMP Featured Artisan – MaryJane Jones Art

How many of you absolutely drool over the sweeping landscapes that Miss Mustard Seed paints on her furniture pieces?

You know what we’re talking about…

The clouds in this one get us every time!

And the cute fluffy sheep on this one?  Stop. It. Right. Now.

Well if you love these landscapes, then you’re going to be obsessed with our newest featured MMSMP artisan, MaryJane of MaryJane Jones Art.

MaryJane is a fabulous artist happily situated in coastal Georgia and we first discovered her beautiful landscape furniture through one of our retailers, Cottle & Gunn.  We were scrolling through their Instagram feed and we saw this.

Isn’t it scroll-stopping?!

The brush strokes.  The color.  The blending.  Everything made our Milk Paint loving hearts jump for joy!  That’s when we started learning more about the fabulous MaryJane and we just had to share her with all of you!

Painting has always been a part of who MaryJane is.  She was born and raised in New Orleans and her mother is an art teacher there.  Her mother cultivated an interest in different styles and techniques in her heart at a young age to the point that by the age of six, MaryJane was taking oil painting classes from a local artist who lived in her neighborhood!  She describes it as love at first brushstroke!

(We feel the same way about her work!)

MaryJane found so much inspiration from living in New Orleans.  Many cities claim to be “melting pots” but in her travels, she has found that it truly was the most unique blend of people groups in the US.  Between the jazz brass bands playing alongside the honking of car horns, technicolor homes with classical architecture, and Mardi Gras beads dangling from the limbs of hundred-year-old oaks as if they were chandeliers are all par for the course in her city and all of the pieces of the NOLA puzzle influence her works.

This influence is obvious in MaryJane’s vibrant color palettes and bold brushstrokes. She says that in New Orleans, there’s beauty in the weird, the unexpected and the different; it empowers a person to have confidence in being themselves.

About two years ago, MaryJane was approach by Deb Cottle about showing her artwork at Cottle & Gunn.  Deb’s shop is located in historic St.Marys, Georgia, and this partnership gave MaryJane the opportunity to branch out in the fine art world.  She was an admirer of Miss Mustard Seed’s rural landscape dressers, so she approached Deb about possibly painting a scene on one of the dressers in the shop. She showed Deb some sketches and she let her run wild!  Like all of our retailers, Deb is very generous with her knowledge of MMSMP products and her vintage workshop inspires creativity.  MaryJane knew it was only a matter of time before she used our Milk Paint as an artist’s medium!

Deb, we’re so glad you took the time to open up MaryJane to our products!  She love how our paint has a very natural feel.  The colors are bright without feeling artificial.  Also, because MMSMP is pigmented powder, it allows her (and you) to get varying color values in one brush stroke.  She loves seeing this striation in color because it truly gives each piece its own unique look.

One of her favorite pieces is this dresser titled “Golden Marsh”.

One of her favorite parts of residing in coastal Georgia is the beautiful marshland and the abundant wildlife.  The Marsh Dresser allowed MaryJane to chance to showcase this affinity for nature.  She used plenty of Shutter Gray along with Mustard Seed Yellow. She loves the juxtaposition of the cool blue with the warm yellow and she had to sneak in a pair of roseate spoonbills.  (Birds are one of her favorite subjects to paint!)

Plus, the “canvas” of “Golden Marsh” was amazing to work on.  It was a gorgeous turn-of-the-century dresser with distinct hand-carved pulls, which MaryJane chose to leave unpainted.

MaryJane tries to make every brushstroke count in her artwork.  She likes them to be deliberate and expressive, giving a sense of life and movement.

We asked her what advice she would give to someone who is too intimidated to pick up a paintbrush and try painting for the first time.  Here’s what she wrote:

“Don’t focus on the final product.

Just enjoy the creative process and only adhere to your own timetable.

A project is only complete when you want it to be.  

And most importantly, have fun!”

We quite agree with her and we hope you are inspired to think outside the box and experience something new!  Perhaps you’ve never given Milk Paint a try.  Maybe you have always wanted to paint a landscape like MaryJane and Marian.  Or perhaps you simply want to try tackling a focus wall in your home.  Whatever your canvas that’s waiting in the wings, we hope you have been inspired to give it a go!  Who knows where it will take you!

For more inspiration from Mary Jane, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and visit her website.

We would be remiss not to give a huge shout out to Deb of Cottle & Gunn for partnering with MaryJane and fostering a love of Milk Paint in her heart.

Our retailers are dedicated individuals who love our product and want to help you discover your inner artist.  Find your closest retailer here.

Do you know of a fabulous artisan who is using MMS Milk Paint in beautiful ways?  Share their work with us by emailing Jenn Baker at [email protected]  We love seeing what you’re up to with our products!

June’s Product of the Month – Bonding Agent

Happy June, Milk Painters!  This is Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture, and I’m so excited to highlight June’s Product of the Month, Bonding Agent!  This super-versatile product is the perfect addition to your Milk Paint collection because it allows you to have a bit more control over whether you want a chippy finish or not.

To show you Bonding Agent in action, I thought I would share a recent furniture makeover where Bonding Agent was absolutely essential!

Here’s where it all began.

This piece looked pretty terrible, didn’t it?  This was actually a METAL hospital desk that I picked up from one of my local antique stores.  It was painted in such a way where it appeared to be wood, but upon closer inspection, (and after picking it up), I learned it was metal.

The paint job was in poor condition but it was structurally sound and the drawer slid in and out well, which is always a plus!

Now we all know that Milk Paint lends itself well to raw wood surfaces.  It soaks in like a champ and provides a rich and saturated stain rather than simply laying on the surface.  It also can resist existing finishes when painted over surfaces that have been previously painted.  It will randomly chip and flake off, which we’re all familiar with.

The thing is, the chippy look isn’t always the ideal finish for certain furniture pieces.  And some folks don’t care for this style of furniture.  So how can you get the beautiful finish of Milk Paint without the chippy patches?

The answer is June’s Product of the Month, Bonding Agent (and a bit of prep work)!

Bonding Agent is a water-based concentrated acrylic emulsion that is milky white in appearance and is added in to mixed Milk Paint to help it adhere to glossy, slick, and smooth surfaces, such as metal hospital desks!

Bonding Agent can be mixed in a 2:1 ratio – one part bonding agent to two parts mixed Milk Paint.  Or, for an even stronger grip, mix in equal parts.  To ensure that the Milk Paint adheres, mix the bonding agent in with all of the coats you apply on your piece.

For my metal hospital desk, I decided to mix equal parts Milk Paint to Bonding Agent.  I settled on the color, Kitchen Scale, because I pictured this desk as a “landing zone” when you first come in the door.  I thought a nice pop of color would serve well.

Here’s the desk after 1 coat of Kitchen Scale with the Bonding Agent.

Things were looking better already!

I find that mixing the Bonding Agent into Milk Paint does a few things:

  1. It helps all of the powder dissolve and mix together.
  2. It provides a creamier and thicker texture, causing the Milk Paint to feel a bit more familiar to thicker paints such as latex.  (Note that Milk Paint will never quite reach the exact thickness and viscosity of modern paints.)
  3. It lightens the color of your Milk Paint in your container slightly, but the color still dries true.  This tends to shows up with darker colors like Tricycle, Artissimo, and Typewriter.
  4. Bonding Agent does cause Milk Paint to have a slightly smoother appearance on your furniture, but it’s a gorgeous effect and it expands the versatility of the paint.

My desk wound up needing 2 full coats of Kitchen Scale with the Bonding Agent mixed in, plus a few touch ups.

The Milk Paint adhered wonderfully and it’s all thanks to the Bonding Agent!

Bonding Agent isn’t just limited to being an additive to MMS Milk Paint. (You know Marian wouldn’t have a product that can only be used for one purpose!)

Bonding Agent can be painted on in full strength directly over pieces as a primer, similar to our Tough Coat.

It can also be used as a chip-fix!  If you are in the middle of painting a piece and you get unwanted chipping, you can sand back the chipping spots and paint Bonding Agent directly over the area.  That’s what I did for these patchy and unruly chippy patches on one of my Mustard Seed Yellow dressers.

Allow the Bonding Agent it to dry and then paint over the patchy areas with a few more coats of Milk Paint with the Bonding Agent mixed in.  All of those bald spots painted up beautifully and my dresser turned out beautifully!

Bonding Agent is the stuff that’s in most modern paints that allows them to stick to most surfaces.  Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint has 5 simple ingredients (chalk, clay, limestone, milk protein, and pigments) and we sell the Bonding Agent separately – it’s not mixed in for you.

This gives you the freedom to choose to use it if you wish and to adapt your batches of Milk Paint to suit the look you want to achieve.

Marian filmed an excellent video detailing how to use Bonding Agent on her YouTube channel.  You can watch it here!

Hopefully this post and Marian’s video have helped answer any questions you may have about June’s Product of the Month.

Shop for Bonding Agent, and all of our MMSMP products from your local retailer.  Find the closest retail location to you here or shop from any of our wonderful online retailers here.

MMSMP Featured Artisan – Designs by Donnie

Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we’re always on the lookout for talented artisans who use our products in unique, creative, and beautiful ways.

One day, we were scrolling through Instagram and we noticed a woodcrafter who made the most gorgeous furniture out of reclaimed wood.  We drooled over pictures like these:

See why we literally “slowed our scroll”?

These gorgeous creations were made by the wildly talented, Donnie Galli of Designs by Donnie.

Growing up, Donnie had many memories working with his grandfather.  Whether they were painting, drawing or building, his grandfather helped to foster a love for making something out of (what felt like) nothing.  Pieces of scrap wood became valuable to him in an instant!

Fast forward nearly forty years and Donnie found himself unemployed during the holiday season. While his kids were at school and his wife was at work, he was alone.  Instead of drowning in his own sorrows, he walked into his garage and began to make a mess.  He started taking old furniture apart and rebuilt it with a vision he had in mind.  Just like that, he was on the path that his grandfather paved years prior.

“Designs by Donnie” was born in a garage during (what he considers to be) the lowest point in his life.  Every day since then has been a training session for him as he continued to build his dreams one piece at a time.

Donnie’s family is his number one priority and he feels blessed to be able to use his craft and his own to hands to provide for them.

This passion makes every tear, every ER visit and every sore muscle worth it for him!

Donnie has always had an interest in drawing, sketching, and painting, but he could never figure-out how to incorporate that talent into his life on a level more than hobby.  (A feeling many of our readers often share with us!)  Donnie found that his love for sketching actually fit quite well with his love for designing furniture.  He wanted to set himself apart from other furniture makers and learned that only a select few were using curved shapes in their designs, so he started sketching furniture with contoured shapes and eventually that lead him to a ton of inspiration and possibilities.  When his clients come to his workshop and describe the style they want, he immediately begins sketching an idea for them.  Donnie says it’s incredibly rewarding to see his sketches come to life – literally!

One aspect that makes Donnie’s designs unique is his use of reclaimed lumber.  He says this medium allows him to offer his clients custom designed furniture with amazing stories about where the material came from.  He says it’s essentially, furniture with a soul!  Donnie’s favorite is river/swamp rescued “Sinker Cypress.”

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Donnie has been using our MMSMP products on some of his projects and he love how it bonds to wood with significant strength.  It doesn’t seem peel or fade, which is a huge benefit for his products.  The fact that MMSMP sinks in like a stain rather laying on the surface of raw wood makes this possible!  In addition, our paint comes in a powder form, so Donnie gets to play with the amount of water he mixes into it.  Sometimes he mixes more water than needed so the Milk Paint will be slightly transparent, acting like a stain or a wash.  He also loves the fact that it doesn’t have any VOC’s and it’s non-toxic.  Considering how often Donnie is around stains, sawdust, and fumes, it’s very important that he use products that will keep his lungs healthy and protected for years to come!

Donnie’s favorite MMSMP product is our Hemp Oil (which we have to agree with)!

Because he mostly works with reclaimed lumber, our Hemp Oil gives a complimentary finish to the old wood.  The Hemp Oil doesn’t change the color tones or the natural weathered look to the wood at all.  Rather, it simply enhances what’s already there.

Most wood is very porous and Hemp Oil will seal the top and penetrate inside the pores as well, offering extra protection. Donnie has tried many sealers on furniture, and he says that none of them can measured up to MMSMP Hemp Oil.  In his opinion, it’s a superior product!

One of Donnie’s most popular designs using our Milk Paint is his whitewashed look.  The bench below is actually one of his most favorite pieces he’s created so far!

We shared some of his pieces that were painted in our Farmhouse White and our social media blew up with positive comments, likes, and loves!

We asked Donnie if he would share his secret with us, and he obliged!  First, he suggests using this technique on pieces of furniture that have drastic highs and lows in the grain.  Old barn wood would be a perfect choice!  After he has his grainy wood selected, he covers the entire piece in Farmhouse White mixed to normal rations (1 part MMS Milk Paint powder to 1 part water).  He doesn’t do any prep work to the lumber i.e. no sanding or milling.  He says this part is critical to achieving his signature look because if you sand the board smooth, then the grain will no longer pop.  The wood needs the “highs and lows.”  Next, he uses a paint scraper and begins to scrape away the paint.  If the blade is sharp, it will remove the paint from the “highs” of the grain and will leave the remaining paint in the “lows.”  He recommends scraping about 10 minutes after the Milk Paint is applied, not allowing it to fully dry because its more difficult once completely cured.  The scraping works as a smoothing agent as it knocks down the high points of the wood.  Once the Milk Paint is totally dry, he applies our Touch Coat or Hemp Oil to seal the piece.  Finally, he uses a dry cloth to hand-buff the whole piece using “a bunch of muscle”.

As you can see, the effect is absolutely stunning!

We can’t get enough of Donnie’s designs, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting him in his furniture ventures.  You can follow Donnie on Facebook, Instagram, and visit his website to learn more about his inspiring creations!

If you are an artisan who loves using MMSMP products, please reach out to us so we can share your beautiful work!  Email Jenn Baker at [email protected] and share your love of Milk Paint!

 

June’s Colors of the Month – Kitchen Scale and Grain Sack

We love the beginning of the month here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  Why?  Because it means the time has come to feature two new gorgeous colors and one of our fabulous products for the month!

For the month of June, we’ll be highlighting Kitchen Scale and Grain Sack.

Let’s begin with Kitchen Scale.  This color falls in our blue/green family and is a deliciously deep teal.

Kitchen Scale got its name and color inspiration from this sweet scale that Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) had in her kitchen.

Doesn’t it have the most amazing patina?

Kitchen Scale pops against any of the whites in our line and it can be layered underneath of colors as well.  Marian painted her custom Lucketts checkout counter in Kitchen Scale followed by Boxwood overtop.

See how it pops?

Kitchen Scale is right in the middle between green and blue.  Here it is next to Boxwood:

And here it is nestled next to a brighter blue, like Flow Blue:

Like we said, it’s the perfect teal!

Here’s how Kitchen Scale looks with some of our finishes.  Big thanks to Allison from The Golden Sycamore, as usual, for her helpful photos!

In addition to our lovely Kitchen Scale, we’re also featuring Grain Sack this month.

Grain Sack got its name from the faded color you find on an old nubby antique grain sack.  It’s a member of our neutral family.

It’s a bit of a chameleon color.  Sometimes it looks white while other times it looks gray or beige.  It all depends on the colors that surround it.

Grain Sack can also take on different looks with our finishes.  We think it looks absolutely divine with our Antiquing Wax!

Grain Sack is an excellent color choice if you aren’t sure if you want the creamy yellow undertones of Linen, or the bright white of Ironstone or Farmhouse White.  If you know you want a neutral but aren’t 100% sure which way to go, choose Grain Sack!

For more June Colors of the Month inspiration, visit our color boards on our Pinterest page.

Click here for Kitchen Scale’s color focus board.

Click here for Grain Sack’s color focus board.

Be sure to share your Kitchen Scale and Grain Sack masterpieces with us on social media.  Tag us on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to use our hashtags (#mmsmp, #mmsmilkpaint, #iheartmilkpaint) as well!

Eulalie’s Sky & Linen Chippy Wall Cupboard

May’s Colors of the Month are simply gorgeous, wouldn’t you say?

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They are beautiful all on their own, but I recently completed a piece where they happily combined together to create the most amazing look!

It all began with this rather sad looking wall cabinet.

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Isn’t it the most pathetic thing you’ve ever seen?  Those handles…ick!  The outside wasn’t looking too promising, however check out the beauty on the inside.

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Dear friends, it was storage heaven!

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These little glass-front cubbies swung out if you pushed on the corners.

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Each side had tons of pegs, which led me to think it was some sort of antique sewing cabinet.

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They’re quite narrow though and a spool wouldn’t have fit on them.  A few hours of Google searching revealed nothing, so I was absolutely stumped as to what it was originally used for.  Despite its mysterious origins, it was in desperate need of a MMSMP makeover!

I started on the inside.  It was musty, smelly, and unbelievably dirty!  A thorough vacuum took care of most of the problem spots, but I wound up going into the tight spaces with a toothbrush to properly rid them of spider nests and dirt.

After everything was clean, I attacked every corner with hydrating Hemp Oil.

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The wood was so dry and thirsty and it looked amazing when I was finished.  The glass-fronted cubbies got a few squirts of Windex too!

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The outside was in desperate need of paint.  I wasn’t 100% sure what color to use, but I had a feeling I would wind up with bleed-through no matter what color I picked.  My first step was to apply a layer of Tough Coat to seal in the dark stain.

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In the end, I decided to paint the cabinet with Eulalie’s Sky.  I thought that most people probably have white walls in their homes, and this cheerful color would add a lovely vintage pop to their space.  The color brushed on perfectly, but I had an obvious problem after I distressed.

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The top I made for it was cut from a pine scrap board, and it didn’t match the doors at all.  They were constructed from plywood and the dark stain caused the Eulalie’s Sky to appear slightly darker and more saturated than the pine.  Nothing changed even when I added more coats of paint to the top.  I couldn’t leave the cabinet uneven, so I turned to my jar of Beeswax Finish.

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I decided to do a Beeswax resist with the Eulalie’s Sky and a coat of Linen.  I mixed up my Linen on the thicker side, not taking too much care for the texture.  I had some lumps and sediment, which I did on purpose.  I wanted the Linen to create a crusty top layer, giving the illusion of time-worn paint.

Once my Linen was mixed up, I used a heavy hand with the Beeswax Finish and applied it over a small section.

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I immediately picked up the Linen and painted it on thickly, taking care not to overbrush it.  My goal was to simply lay it overtop of the Beeswax finish, not to work it in.

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You could immediately see the Linen pulling away from the Beeswax underneath.  This was exactly what I was looking for!

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I repeated the process all over the cabinet, making sure to work in sections.  It took about an hour for the Linen to completely dry because I painted it on thick and it was a rainy humid day outside.  Things were starting to look perfectly chippy!

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After a healthy sanding, my cabinet was proudly wearing Eulalie’s Sky and Linen in chippy perfection.

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Now there was no color discrepancy between the top and the bottom.

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Because the finish was textured and chippy, I sealed it with Tough Coat.  This is an ideal product to use over chippy MMS Milk Paint.

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I staged my cupboard to be used as a jewelry cabinet.  I thought the pegs would be perfect for rings and necklaces.  Plus, I’m not a sewer and my pathetic stash of sewing supplies would have made for poor pictures.

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Here are my rings all lined up and eager to be chosen for the day.

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One of the drawers has dividers built in, so I thought they would be perfect for watches and bracelets.

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The swing-out cubbies could hide bracelets too.

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No tangled necklaces here!

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The finishing touches on this piece were the (unfortunately non-working) key and a pair of glass knobs.

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This piece drew 4 or 5 buyers within a few hours of posting it.  I’m happy to say that it has been sold and is awaiting its new owner with eager anticipation.

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For more MMSMP inspiration, visit my website and subscribe to receive furniture updates at www.eighthundredfurniture.com.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram too at eight.hundred.furniture for other MMSMP tips and tricks!

How are you using Eulalie’s Sky and Linen this month?  Be sure to tag Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on social media so we can share your beautiful handiwork!  Use our hashtags for easy searching.  #mmsmp #mmsmilkpaint #iheartmilkpaint

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May Product of the Month – Lavender Wax

Our Furniture Wax is pretty awesome.  It’s creamy, easy to apply, and provides excellent protection for your furniture pieces.

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What could possibly make it any more amazing?

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How about adding the soothing fragrance of lavender?

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Our Lavender Wax still has all of the goodness of our Furniture Wax with the addition of a heavenly lavender aroma.  Now you can protect your MMS Milk Painted masterpieces and enjoy an aromatherapy session at the same time!

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Simply use a clean cotton cloth or brush to apply the wax in a thin layer.  Allow it to dry for 3-5 minutes then buff to a shine with a clean lint-free cotton cloth.  For additional shine and durability, apply a second coat.  Clean your wax brush with grease-cutting soap and warm water.  Follow up with our Brush Soap to keep your brushes hydrated and moisturized!

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Visit your local retailer to scoop up some Lavender Wax today!  Click here to find you closest brick-and-mortar MMSMP retailer.  Don’t have a retailer nearby?  Click here to order from our fabulous online retailers!

May Colors of the Month – Eulalie’s Sky & Linen

May is upon us and it’s brought blooming flowers, warm breezes, and birds nesting in the trees. It’s also brought two new MMS Milk Paint colors to highlight and explore!

Our first Color of the Month of May begins with a cow.  The wildly talented Cindy Austin offered to paint a picture of a cow for Marian because she wanted one for her home.  Cindy worked on it for a few weeks, and then one day Marian received a huge box on her doorstep!  Inside was the now famous cow, Eulalie.

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The color of the sky in the painting was so beautiful, that Marian added it to the Milk Paint line, and it’s appropriately named “Eulalie’s Sky”.  This soft aqua looks fantastic when paired with any of the whites in our line.

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It’s a fun color to mix too!  The powder appears creamy white in the bag, but once water hits it, it turns into the beautiful shade of aqua that we all know and love.

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Thanks to Allison of The Golden Sycamore, we can show you how Eulalie’s Sky looks when paired with our waxes and Hemp Oil.

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Pair it with White Wax for a coastal look or with Antiquing Wax to add depth and contrast.

Here are some of our favorite Eulalie’s Sky pieces:

This is the dresser that Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture painted during the filming of Marian’s “Prove Yourself Wrong” video.

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Here’s a cabinet that Marian painted with Eulalie’s Sky and Ironstone.

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Stacey of Embracing Change paired it perfectly with orangey-pink flowers for a nice pop!

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Melanie of Mango Reclaimed shared this layered beauty!  It’s proudly wearing Eulalie’s Sky, Dried Lavender, and Grain Sack.

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Our favorite probably has to be this stunner by Knot Too Shabby.

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Just look at all of those drawers!

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This color was actually a bespoke mixture of 1/2 cup Eulalies Sky, 1/4 cup Kitchen Scale, and 1/4 cup Ironstone.  The framework was painted in Ironstone.

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Our second Color of the Month is our creamy Linen.

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Linen was created to echo the color of aged and antique linen fabric.

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Linen has more yellow undertones than Ironstone or Farmhouse White, however it’s not quite as creamy and warm as Marzipan.  It also doesn’t have the subtle gray of Grain Sack.  It’s the perfect off-white!

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Linen looks fabulous in each of our finishes.

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It’s especially delicious when it chips over dark wood.  Check out how Breida from breida with a b painted her piano in Linen!

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Linen is also a cornerstone color to have in your stash because it can lighten colors and add warmth to your bespoke mixtures.

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Make sure you’re sharing your Eulalie’s Sky and Linen pieces with us on social media.  We love seeing what you are creating!  Tag @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram and @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook.  Use our hashtags too so we can find your posts – #mmsmilkpaint #mmsmp #iheartmilkpaint

Cheers to May!

April Colors of the Month – Mustard Seed Yellow & Lucketts Green

April is here and with it brings two new gorgeous colors to feature!  Whenever someone mentions Spring, we automatically think of the color green.  It’s simply where our mind goes.  With that image in mind, it’s only fitting that our first color for the month of April is our very own Lucketts Green.

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This shade of green got its name and color inspiration from the green siding on the Old Lucketts General Store.

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Marian was a vendor here for years and still sets up a booth at The Lucketts Spring Market every year.

Lucketts Green is the perfect color to add a pop of vintage charm.

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Thanks to Allison at The Golden Sycamore, we can show you what it looks like with our various finishes.  We just love that she makes these photos available to her customers and readers!

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Our second color for the month of April is our buttery Mustard Seed Yellow.

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It’s bright without being too bold and is the happiest shade of yellow, in our opinion!

Marian was inspired by one of her yellow dresses and she painted a dresser to match!  Watch her feature here:

Mustard Seed Yellow looks amazing when paired with dark wood tones, like this dresser by Karla and Amanda of Vintage Hip Decor.

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Check out how Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture paired Mustard Seed Yellow against a Curio/Typewriter stained interior on this gorgeous wardrobe.

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Mustard Seed Yellow can be lightened to achieve a whitewashed look with our White Wax, or deepened to show age and time with our Antiquing Wax.  It also darkens and takes on a more rich tone when Hemp Oil is applied.

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Here are some inspirational pieces from other MMS Milk Paint enthusiasts and retailers that showcase April’s colors of the month.

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Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

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My Painted Door

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D.D.’s Cottage and Design

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We hope you are feeling all of the Spring vibes like we are, and feel inspired to use our featured colors to move mountains in your home!  Share your masterpieces with us on social media by using our hashtags #mmsmp and #mmsmilkpaint.  Tag us on Facebook and Instagram too!

MMSMP On Metal – A Vintage Cart Makeover

Did you know that you can use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on metal?  With a little bit of Bonding Agent and creative vision, you don’t have to limit yourself to only wood projects!

When I last visited Marian at Mustard Seed Studio, I made a stop to a nearby antique shop and picked up this vintage metal cart.

 

As you can see, it had a lot of rust spots and a rather sad looking paint job.  Despite its rough appearance, I envisioned it wearing one of the more vintage shades in the line such as April’s Color of the Month, Lucketts Green or perhaps Eulalie’s Sky.

 

This aqua shade is perfect for the summer and it thought it would brighten up my rusty cart.  I made a video detailing the makeover process, including tips and tricks for using Tough Coat as a finish.

To make sure my Milk Paint adhered, I mixed equal parts Bonding Agent to mixed Milk Paint.

 

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After the cart was painted and sealed, I took a trip to my local Habitat for Humanity store and found the most adorable china set.

 

 

The tea set matched the color of my cart perfectly!  Here is the hallmark on the back.

 

Staging the cart was a lot of fun.  I took this shot so you could see how I set everything up “behind the scenes”.

 

I took the cart out onto my balcony and put a piece of leftover bead board paneling behind it to hide the door to my apartment’s utility closet.  Using some double-sided tape, I adhered my linen bunting to the top so the panels wouldn’t flap in the wind.  I shot all of my pictures this way and cropped them during the editing process.

 

Don’t the dishes look amazing up against Eulalie’s Sky?

 

I really couldn’t have found a better pairing!   

 

I just love the pop of aqua glazing inside the teacups.  It compliments Eulalie’s Sky so well!

 

To add some more floral elements, I took some lavender and arranged it in an old ball jar with some moss to hide the stems.

 

Despite the fresh coat of paint, this cart still has plenty of vintage charm including the original wooden caster wheels,

 

and lots of texture peeking through the metal.  This is the main reason why I used Tough Coat as my finish of choice.  With the texture of the metal and the use this cart will be getting, I wanted a finish that would hold up to drinks, cookies, plates, and lots of summer evenings.

 

I used 150 grit sandpaper to wear the edges down so the cart feels fresh but not 100% brand new.

 

I’m over the moon with the way everything came together on this piece and I’m so glad that Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint has Eulalie’s Sky in their collection.  It was the perfect color choice on this vintage cart.  I’m also so pleased with the way Bonding Agent allowed the paint to stick with no chipping, and Tough Coat sealed everything in like a champ.

 

Do you have any metal pieces that you could paint?  Share your projects with us by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook, @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram, and use our hashtags #mmsmp and #mmsmilkpaint so we can find your gorgeous photos!

April’s Product of the Month – Tough Coat

In addition to featuring Lucketts Green and Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint this month, we’re also featuring our beloved Tough Coat as our Product of the Month.

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Tough Coat is one of the newer finishes in the line and it has proven itself to be invaluable when painting pieces using MMS Milk Paint.  It’s a water-based finish that dries to a matte sheen.

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It is non-yellowing and is self-leveling for minimal brush strokes.  It is also low odor and low VOC which makes it safe to use indoors.

Application is pretty straight forward.  Simply squeeze the amount needed into a dish and brush on with a paintbrush or a foam applicator.

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Tough Coat is ideal for sealing chippy pieces of furniture – whether they are painted with MMS Milk Paint or if they have the original paint such as this mantle from the 1700’s.

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Kriste recently used it to seal the chippy original paint on her barnwood cupboard in her bedroom.

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Marian has used it to seal her crusty counter.

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Kriste also painted Tough Coat on this Victorian settee before Marian made it over.  Tough Coat can also act as a sealer to prevent bleed through.

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This is especially helpful if you’re painting a light color over dark wood.

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Tough Coat is also ideal to use on areas that are high traffic such as table tops, dresser tops, shelves, and doors.

Marian sealed her Eulalie’s Sky stepback cupboard with Tough Coat for this year’s Lucketts Spring Market.

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Can you see why we have fallen completely in love with this product?

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What is your favorite application of Tough Coat?  Have you been able to enjoy it yet?  If not, pick some up at your local Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint retailer.  Find your closest location here.