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MMSMP Featured Artisan – Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture

Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we are always on the lookout for talented artisans who are using our products in beautiful and unique ways.  It seems that every time we check our Instagram feed, incredible pieces are popping up left and right from a consistent and uber talented furniture painter.  We’re talking about ridiculously pretty furniture, like this Outback Petticoat stunner:

How could you not slow your scroll with eye candy like this?!

These gorgeous creations all hail from the talented Kristie of Lee.Marie Antiqued Furniture in Innisfail, Alberta.

Now you may be wondering why her business is called “Lee.Marie” if the owner’s name is Kristie.  (We were too, so we asked!)  The name “Lee.Marie” came from combining Kristie’s middle name with her sister’s middle name. Ever since they were little they would pretend they were store owners, and regardless of what kind of store they owned, it was always called “Lee.Marie”.  So when Kristie discovered her passion for refinishing furniture, it was easy to make the choice for a name!  Kristie ran it by her sister first, of course, and she was given the “thumbs up” to use it!

Kristie’s journey to painting furniture started when she was little.  As a young girl, she was always asking her dad to paint the walls of her bedroom a different color every year or so, until her father showed her how to do it herself.  When she moved out and got married, she drove her husband crazy with the same obsession of wanting to paint the walls and change the decor and switch everything up all the time.  (Can any of you relate?)

Eventually, Kristie got into painting canvases and it solved her creative itch (for a little while). She also took up playing multiple instruments and attending lessons, but she still felt like she was always looking for another project to do.

One day, she came across a Pinterest post about painting furniture, and knew she had to try it!  Kristie’s mom offered up a small side table and bookshelf.  Kristie painted them white with some light distressing and the rest is history.  As is the case with a lot of our MMS Milk Paint users, Kristie was completely hooked!  She had finally found her creative outlet and developed a love of photography along the way. It solved her constant itch to create something, and she knows her husband is happy that the home projects have slowed down!  Her cello is now used as a furniture prop these days.

Without the help of her husband, Kristie says she couldn’t paint and sell furniture.  Between the physical demands of the profession and being a Mom to an adorable young boy, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all.  Everyone who is a parent knows that it is hard to get anything done throughout the day with a little one in the home, and it’s even harder to take time to work on extra things like hobbies.  Kristie is fortunate enough to have an amazing husband who is always happy to tire out her toddler while she paints.  He also helps with the heavy lifting and repairs that come along with painting furniture.  She literally couldn’t do it without him.

While it may seem that her business takes her away from her family life, it has actually done the opposite.  Kristie and her family often make day trips out of picking up pieces that are further away and visit family if the pickup is at the opposite end of the city where they live.  Sometimes they’ll hang out at a new park or try a new restaurant along the way.  Painting furniture has allowed Kristie to have a creative outlet that she so desperately needed, and provides a way for her to make some extra money while her baby sleeps.  We call that a win-win! 

Kristie started using MMS Milk Paint when she visited one of our fabulous retailers, The Vintage Verandah, in Cochrane, Ab.  The owner of Vintage Verandah, Tanya, gave Kristie a confidence boost by asking her to be in a vintage market and Tanya always had kind words and encouragement for Kristie every time she frequented the shop.  (See?  Aren’t our retailers amazing?!)

Kristie always saw MMS Milk Paint on the shelves but she was too scared to try it.  She wasn’t exactly sure why, but as she joined Instagram and started seeing tons of authentically chippy pieces, it inspired her to buy her very first pouch of Milk Paint the next day.  Kristie was amazed at how simple and easy it was to create the chippy look, which was exactly what she was going for.  We encourage you to take this step as well, dear readers.  Every so often, we hear how intimidated folks are to try our paint, and we encourage you to prove yourself wrong and give it a go.  It’s not as hard as it appears to be.  We promise!

We asked Kristie if she had any advice to pass on to a brand new users of MMSMP.  Here’s what she said:

“For anyone wanting to try milk paint but hasn’t yet, I encourage you to try it. I was apprehensive because I heard it was unpredictable and hard to mix. As far as those two go, the unpredictability is actually why I love it the most and you really can’t mess up the mixing!  It’s easy, and I wish I discovered milk paint sooner!”

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Kristie is always amazed at how every single MMSMP color turns out prettier than she imagined. She swears every shade looks good in her house, and she loves how mixing and matching colors always turns out beautiful.  She says that the MMSMP color pallet is exceptional, and of course, we have to agree with her!  Her most favorite aspect of our paint is how it takes on a mind of its own and it almost “decides” where and when it wants to chip.  She has learned to roll with the unpredictable nature of MMSMP and she says that the paint is always right.  It’s like magic!

While Kristie has used a wide range of our colors, her favorites are our Farmhouse White, which is a classic, or any of the other neutrals in the line.  She truly believes that furniture should enhance and hold a space together.  A dresser in a bedroom should be handsome but humble, all the way down to the hardware.

She always imagines her pieces covered in dishes, picture frames, lamps, books and other trinkets of life, so she tries to make pieces that are subtle statements without adding to the clutter and chaos of the average home.

The same is also true for her colorful pieces too. Outback Petticoat and Boxwood have been her favorites, especially on something like an entryway server welcoming guests as a bold surprise in a neutral setting.

The finish she uses about 99% of the time is our Hemp Oil.

She loves that it’s non-toxic and extremely easy to apply.  The finish it creates is always extremely smooth and durable.

Kristie sells her gorgeous hand-painted furniture in her booth at The Old Creamery Antiques in Innisfail, Alberta.

The store is owned by her father-in-law, and she is lucky enough to learn from his knowledge of (and access to) antique furniture.  Kristie would highly recommend renting a space in an antique mall.  Even though The Old Creamery is family-owned, she still pays rent and commission just like everyone else.  She finds it to be a good trade off for the advertising, storage space, showcase room and storefront hours that she simply couldn’t provide on her own.  About 75% of Kristie’s sales are through the antique mall, and the rest is through her social media, so The Old Creamery is a huge help to her!  Kristie enjoys the community of being with other like-minded creatives and having a whole new audience and exposure.  So, if you’re wondering if you should begin selling your MMS Milk Painted furniture in an organized way, renting a booth in an antique mall or market is an excellent way to begin!  Many of our MMSMP retailers sell out of antique booths, so you’ll be in good company!

You can follow Kristie’s furniture makeovers on her Facebook and Instagram feeds, or visit her space in person at The Old Creamery Antiques in Innisfail.

Are you a talented artisan who is using MMSMP products in beautiful and unique ways?  Do you know of someone we should follow?  Tell us!  Send Jenn Baker an email at [email protected] with links to social media feeds and photos, and who knows – maybe you’ll be our next MMSMP Featured Artisan!

July’s Colors of the Month

July is here along with strawberry shortcake, blueberries, fourth of July picnics and family vacations!  To celebrate this month, we have two new gorgeous MMS Milk Paint colors to feature!

In honor of the fourth of July, we’re highlighting our deep navy, Artissimo, and our perfect red, Tricycle.

Artissimo got its name and color inspiration from a fabric pattern that Miss Mustard Seed had in her master bedroom.

The pattern is P.Kaufmann’s “Artissimo” pattern and when Miss Mustard Seed spotted it on Joann Fabrics’ website, she knew it would be a perfect fit for her style.  (To read how Miss Mustard Seed applied this fabric to the wall in her master bedroom, click here for her full HGTV tutorial.)

The name and color were an easy choice when it came to creating a navy blue for the MMS Milk Paint line.

Artissimo is deep, rich and classic.  It looks stunning when paired with brass or gold hardware on furniture pieces, such as this tallboy by Shades of Blue Interiors.

Or on this buffet by Stacey of Embracing Change.

Artissimo doesn’t always have to be classy though.  You can allow it to chip and flake away (as MMS Milk Paint does so beautifully) and have a more casual look, like this dresser by Helen Nichole Designs.

Whenever you paint with our richer colors, such as Artissimo, Typewriter, Tricycle, or Boxwood, you may notice they seem dull at first.  It isn’t until you apply a finish, such as Hemp Oil or our Furniture Wax that they come to life.  Sue Sikorski of My Painted Door hit this nail on the head in her blog post on this chippy little milking stool.

Artissimo is complimented by bright pops of Mustard Seed Yellow, Outback Petticoat, and Boxwood.

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You can see more color inspiration on our Pinterest Artissimo Color Focus Board!

Next, we have our vibrant Tricycle red.  Miss Mustard Seed worked hard to create the perfect color red for her line.

Tricycle isn’t too bright like a fire engine and it’s not dull like a brick.  It’s the perfect pop of color.  Reds intimidate a lot of people, but it’s a lovely color to use in your home.  Red is another classic color that can lend itself to a variety of looks.

Let it chip for a casual farmhouse look, like this empire dresser that Miss Mustard Seed painted when she first debuted Tricycle in her line.

Or apply our Antiquing Wax to tone the red down, like she did on this antique dresser.

You can compare the red in her flag to the red on the dresser.  See how the Antiquing Wax helps to bring the vibrance down a few notches?

When you first mix Tricycle, the pigments will resist combining with water for a few seconds.  Don’t be alarmed though, this is totally normal!  Keep stirring or maybe even use a hand blender and it will mix for you just fine.  As usual, you’ll want to keep stirring your Milk Paint as you work to keep the pigments suspended and blended.

To be inspired by more vibrant reds, like our Tricycle, you can visit our Tricycle Color Focus Board on Pinterest.  Red isn’t just limited to Christmas decorating and autumnal mantles!

We love seeing, reading, and hearing about how you are using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products on your projects through social media.  Make sure you’re tagging us in your photos and using our hashtags (#mmsmp, #mmsmilkpaint, #iheartmilkpaint) when you post pictures of your gorgeous handiwork!

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If you enjoy reading about our featured colors of the month, you should give this video a watch!  Miss Mustard Seed herself takes you through some of her “core” colors in the MMSMP line and describes each one to you.  It’s like a personal Milk Paint tour straight from Marian to you!

Enjoy July, dear friends!

Milk Painted Chalkboard Tutorial

Hello Milk Painters, this is Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture and I have a fun tutorial to share with you!

Chalkboards are the perfect project to try if you are brand new to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  They’re fast, easy, inexpensive, and versatile!  Even if you’re a veteran and can Milk Paint with your eyes closed, chalkboard projects are a fun way to paint the day away!

I recently acquired a fantastic chalkboard “specimen” from a local antique market and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!

This antique wooden ironing board couldn’t be used for its original purpose anymore because it needed some structural reworking.   The legs were all wonky and it was missing a few parts.  It didn’t sit upright properly, as you can see.  Downward facing dog was about all it could do (much like the sun bathing cat in the background).

I used my flathead screwdriver to completely remove the legs along with their hinges.

I needed to use a tiny head attachment because the screws didn’t have a very deep channel.  Getting adequate torque was a bit challenging, but they all came off eventually.

See?  No more hinges!  (P.S. – Isn’t that wood yummy?!)

Now that the legs were off, I could flip the top over and begin painting it.  I saved the set of double legs that are in the top right corner of the photo below and reattached them so the sign propped up like an easel.

I chose Typewriter for my chalkboard because I wanted a traditional black background.  This was going to go in my antique booth to compliment one of my MMS Milk Paint display, and I wanted it to pop.  My plan was to write upcoming demonstrations and workshops on it so shoppers can take part in the fun!  You could also use a mixture of Boxwood and Artissimo to make a vintage green chalkboard.  The formula is 3 parts Boxwood with 2 parts Artissimo.

Here’s what that vintage green chalkboard mixture looks like.  Isn’t it dreamy?

Like I mentioned, I was using Typewriter, so I would have a traditional black look to my chalkboard.

I mixed up about 3/4 cup of Typewriter powder with the same amount of water in a handleless ironstone cup.  Because I was painting on raw wood, I knew it would be thirsty and soak up a lot of Milk Paint.

I painted two coats of Typewriter on the front and along the sides of the ironing board.  Typewriter has excellent coverage and soon, all of those scratches, nicks, and dings were gone!

Things were looking beautiful about half way through the first coat.

It didn’t take very long to dry either.  Milk Paint soaks in more like a stain rather than laying on the surface like modern paints such as latex or chalk-type paint.  It dries pretty fast on raw wood.  Each coat took about 20 minutes to dry.

After the board was dry, I went over it with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth away some of sediment that didn’t brush out.  I wanted a relatively smooth writing surface, so the 400 grit sandpaper helped.  I did get wind up getting some white specks from the dried pigments, but I was going to season the board with chalk anyway so it didn’t matter.

“Seasoning” a chalkboard is essential to prevent your words from being burned onto the surface.  This is also called “ghosting”.  Basically, you take a piece of chalk, turn it sideways, and rub it all over your new chalkboard.  Here’s Miss Mustard Seed herself demonstrating this step on one of her HGTV tutorials.

After seasoning the chalkboard, I wiped it back with a paper towel.  My last step was to rework the legs so the ironing board stood up more like an easel or a sign.

And voila!  Milk Painted chalkboard complete!

If you would like to make your own Milk Paint chalkboard, here’s a list of materials you’ll need:

  • MMS Milk Paint (Typewriter or 3 parts Boxwood and 2 parts Artissimo)
  • Wooden chalkboard surface (Or you can even use glass!  Just add our Bonding Agent in)
  • Piece of chalk
  • Rag or paper towel
  • Paintbrush
  • Stir stick or mini whisk
  • Mixing cup

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!