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Our retailer spotlight this week is Melissa, owner of Freshly Worn Furniture.

389 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 915-2743

Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm 


I have been a stay at home mom for almost 10 years. My beautiful girls are 8 and 10 years old and still keep me busy every minute.  We are holding steady at 2 cats and 1 dog – there have been a lot of furry friends at our house in the past.  Freshly Worn Furniture opened in October 2016.  It has been my dream to share the joy of painting with others.  Sharing the experience of creating something beautiful brings joy to me but also my workshop participants.  It inspires me to teach more and find new techniques to share. 

I have always looked for things to keep me busy.  Painting fulfills my creative side and inspires me with the color and texture.  I get inspiration from the furniture pieces themselves.  My husband laughs at me but I always say the piece will tell me what color it wants to be and I wait until it does.  My collections change but right now I am drawn to vintage padlocks with the original keys, old paint brushes (that was inspired by Marian) and vintage chalkboards.  Boxwood is my fast favorite MMSMP color with Luckett’s Green very close behind. I adore the brilliant pigments and tones that pop up when painting with milk paint.  I am surprised by the beauty milk paint brings every time I use it.



I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram! Check out these lovelies!

We’d love to see what you’re doing on Instagram. Don’t forget to use #iheartmilkpaint #mmsmilkpaint #mmsmp

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE seeing all the MMSMP inspiration on Instagram! Check out these lovelies!

We’d love to see what you’re doing on Instagram. Don’t forget to use #iheartmilkpaint #mmsmilkpaint #mmsmp

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How to Achieve a Non-Chippy Finish

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is a great paint choice if you want your piece to have an aged, chippy look.  This can range from a subtle chip here and there, like the finish on this Flow Blue depression era dresser.



Or it can be more pronounced like these pieces.



Sometimes the chippy look is just the ticket to make a piece look aged and old, but what do you do if you don’t want a chippy finish?  How do you get MMS Milk Paint to look more like this?


The answer is Bonding Agent.

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Bonding Agent is a liquid additive that is used to increase the adhesion of Milk Paint.  It’s milky white in appearance and is low odor/VOC.  It’s perfectly safe to use indoors and is just the right product to use if you desire a non-chippy finish.  When using Bonding Agent, mix a 1:1 ratio to mixed Milk Paint.  In other words, if you have 1 cup of mixed Milk Paint, add in 1 cup of Bonding Agent.  You always want to add Bonding Agent to mixed Milk Paint, not the powder alone.

This video shows Marian using it on a Boxwood green piece.

Bonding Agent is best used on pieces that have a smooth or glossy surface.  It’s also helpful to gently scuff the surface of your pieces to add some “tooth”.  This will help your Milk Paint grip the surface.  You don’t have to use an aggressive grit like 60 or 80 or drag out the orbital sander.  Just hand-scuff the surface enough so the existing glossy finish has some scratches in it and isn’t so shiny.

When you mix Bonding Agent into your Milk Paint, you’ll notice the consistency will become more creamy.  Milk Paint won’t ever be as thick as a chalk-type or latex paint, but Bonding Agent will create a consistency that is reminiscent of these types of paint.

Watch Marian show Kriste how to use Bonding Agent in this video from Kriste’s Milk Paint Journal:

Even if you use Bonding Agent in your Milk Paint, it may not stick to oily or greasy surfaces, so it’s best to clean your piece with TSP or a degreaser prior to painting.  This is a good step to take regardless of the paint you’re using, as these oils and grease may seep through your paint and bleed up to the surface.  You definitely don’t want that after all of your hard work!


Bonding Agent isn’t necessary when painting raw wood surfaces, as MMS Milk Paint will soak in like a dream all on its own.

milkpaint on raw woodHopefully you feel a bit more confident about using this product to achieve a smoother, non-chippy finish on your pieces.  Make sure you check our website to find your local retailer so you can give Bonding Agent a try!  Also, make sure you share your photos with us on social media.  Tag us @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram and on Facebook so we can see your gorgeous handiwork!


This fall, I asked my dad if he would come and stay with us for a week to get some projects done around the house. One of the big ones on my list was to get a cabinet built for our bedroom that would hide our TV and bed linens. We were originally going to make the piece out of new wood but we figured we would just stop in our favorite booth at my local antique shop to see what the salvage guy had. To my delight, he had stacks of old barn doors priced really well. So we picked them up and after a few days, my dad had completed the project!

I love how chippy the original white paint is on this guy! The wood below had gone gray so the colors worked perfectly for the palette of the rest of the room. What was a challenge with this piece was just how chippy it was. I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave it the way it was so I decided to coat the whole piece in MMSMP Tough Coat to seal all the chippy goodness in.

You can see how dramatic the cracking and chipping is! Something I would never want to paint over.

The piece sealed wonderfully and since I used the new matte Tough Coat, there’s no shine or gloss. So it looks like I just hauled this beauty out of a barn while still remaining perfectly sealed. Win-win in my book!

I also used a bit of MMSMP Antiquing Wax on the fresh cut edges so that they would blend seamlessly with the patina of the rest of the piece. All it took was a rag and about five minutes and I had it matching perfectly!

While the Tough Coat makes a perfect sealer for those pre-chipped pieces, it also works really well to seal pieces that you’ve painted with MMSMP that have begun to chip. We also love to use it as a barrier between slick poly finished that would otherwise resist milk paint. In addition, we’ve been loving using it as a top coat on lots of different pieces around the studio! The matte finish is smooth as butter and glides on like a dream with a few quick brushstrokes.


RETAILER SPOTLIGHT | Annette and Monic @ RAPUZE Möbel

Our retailer spotlight this week is Annette and Monic, owners of RAPUZE Möbel.

Monic Acconcia & Annette Zahn GbR
Herzbergstr. 122/123
10365 Berlin

Monic: +49 (0) 163 68 61 496 (German handync.) Costs vary depending on provider.)
Annette: +49 (0) 178 923 06 27 (German handync.


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Monic started the company Rapuze Möbel in 2014, after searching a partner, she is founding me and we get together for Rapuze Möbel since April 2016. So we are a team of two: Monic and Annette. We are both mothers. Monic has a five year old son. She lives with her husband, her son and her cat in the middle of east Berlin. I have a daughter and a son.They are grown up and both on their way to become psychologists. I live with my husband and my sweet little doggy Theo on the other side of the city in an outskirt of Berlin.

Our backgrounds are very different, maybe that is the reason why we get on so well and it never becomes dull in the workshop.   Monic was born and raised in East Berlin in the former GDR. She`s 34 by now. I`m 58, born in Hamburg, West Germany. Monic had various professions before we opened up our business. She was a drafts(wo)man, a media clerk and even a flower sales women. I am a historian and journalist. I have worked for a big broadcast station in the TV section for many years, where my special field were economy and social policy.

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Monic loves interior design and is into yoga. I am interested in films, art and antiques and of course in design.

We like to run a business like Rapuze Möbel for two main reasons. We love old furnitures and have great fun to restore and upcycle them with organic paint. We still enjoy each time the creative moments in giving a furniture a new look. Besides we cherish the idea and the challenge of establishing a business from the first step on by our selfs.

They come from journeys to south Europe, the US and Canada, from films, magazines and artworks – and from our clients too! And of course our hometown Berlin is an eldorado for creative inspirations with it`s growing population of interesting people from all over the world.    

Monic is not the typical collector person but she loves plants and flowers and turns her flat and her balcony every spring into an other kind of urban plant oasis. I collect vinyl records and analog b/w photographs. 

Monic is a great fan of Layla ́s Mint, she loves this color for it`s positive charisma which reminds her of the spring time. Mint is her favorite color anyway but she likes all the other shades of the mms milk paint colors too. I am  right now a lover of the color Artissimo because I appreciate it`s elegance and smoothness although it is a dark color. I wish there`ll soon come a client who wants me to paint his Furniture in this wonderful shade. 

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Gray is one of those colors that just about everyone can get behind.  It’s cool, neutral, and easy.  It’s a safe color choice if you’re undecided and it adds instant calm to any space.  This month, we’re highlighting our true gray, Trophy.

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We have a few grays in the MMS Milk Paint line – Shutter Gray, Schloss, and Trophy.  You can see how they compare on the color chart.

2.3.17color chartSchloss is much warmer than Trophy and has brown undertones.  It’s more of a gray and a beige mixed together.  A “greige” if you will.

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Shutter Gray has blue undertones and is a total chameleon color.  It can lean blue, gray, or even a bit lavender depending on what’s around it.  Here are Trophy (right) and Shutter Gray (left) next to one another.


Trophy was named after the patina found on antique silver trophies.  Marian displayed a small collection on the top of this Depression era dresser.  She painted this piece when she first debuted Trophy.

MMSMP Trophy Dresser

This pretty piece was painted by Sada of For The Love Creations.  Trophy pairs well with wood tones and provides a cool balance to the warm stains of finished wood.  Sada finished Trophy with Antiquing Wax on this piece to further enhance the overall warm feel.
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Melanie of Mango Reclaimed paired Trophy with Ironstone on this hutch.

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Breida of Breida with a B painted these two nightstands with Trophy and sealed them with Hemp Oil.  Aren’t they perfect?


This secretary desk was painted by Olive & Maud and has a pop of our retired Apron Strings inside.

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Trophy can also be used as a base coat when painting with white.  Olive & Maud painted two coats of Trophy on these doors and then applied Ironstone as a top coat.  The Trophy helped to reduce the amount of coats of Ironstone that were needed.


This is a great tip when you’re painting with any of the whites in our line – Ironstone, Farmhouse White, or Linen.

Trophy Base Coat

We would love to see your Trophy pieces this month!  Share with us on Facebook by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint, on Instagram @mmsmilkpaint, and by using our hashtags – #mmsmp #mmsmilkpaint, #iheartmilkpaint, #Trophy, #movemountainsinyourhome, or #proveyourselfwrong.

Happy painting everyone!

March Colors of the Month – French Enamel

Hello Milk Painters, and happy March!  Spring is just around the corner, and we have two beautiful colors to feature this month.  Let’s take a look at our first color, French Enamel.

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This shade of blue was inspired by the gorgeous color you find on French enamel pitchers, like this one.

Marian's Pitcher

Marian’s eye is always drawn to the brilliant blue of French enamelware.  The pitcher in the photo above belonged to Marian.  She sold it a while ago, and received the pitcher in the collage below as a gift from Maria of Dreamy Whites.

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Marian has created an entire color board on Pinterest filled with inspirational French Enamel colors.  You can check it out here.

French Enamel is a vibrant mid-tone blue and you can mix it with Tricycle to make purple.

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Marian layered French Enamel and Flow Blue on this jelly cupboard.


Here are more inspirational pieces painted with March’s Color of the Month.  This one was painted by Mango Reclaimed.


This crate cabinet from My Painted Door is just adorable.


This sweet chest was painted by Sharon of i-Restore Stuff.


Are you feeling inspired yet?  Share your French Enamel photos, blog posts, and videos with us on social media by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook, @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram, and by using our signature hashtags, #mmsmp, #mmsmilkpaint, #iheartmilkpaint, #frenchenamel, #movemountainsinyourhome, or #proveyourselfwrong.

Happy painting everyone!


How long has it been that I’ve been using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint?

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I had to go back into my own blog and search for my first MMSMP project…it was the in the Fall of 2013. So, I’ve been painting (almost exclusively) with MMSMP for close to 4 years.

See – my very first MMSMP project…not so impressive…

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My point?

Even though I’ve been using it for that long, I am still learning new things about MMSMP almost every time I mix up a cup of paint powder and water. I still really enjoy pushing the envelope and trying new things. In fact, the longer I use it, the more confidence I have in my experimentation.

So – what’s my number one rule suggestion, for learning new things about Milk Paint?

Whether you are a Milk Paint beginner and just trying to get a feel for the basics of how to mix the paint and see how it behaves, or you’ve got tons of experience and you’re just wanting to try a new technique, achieve a new result, or even play with custom color mixing…

Don’t try it out on your grandmother’s piano!

And by “your grandmother’s piano”, I just mean any item that is extremely precious to you. The reason for this is NOT because you might “ruin” it. I’ve never ruined a piece – even with my worst mistake. And yes, I have made a few!

I messed up here and ALL of the paint fell off of this cabinet!

It was definitely extra work – but I figured it out – and it was one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever done.


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No, you won’t ruin anything, but you will be hesitant. Trying out new ideas on an inexpensive thrifted piece or a curbside find, or even, in some cases, scrap wood, will free you up to be bolder and go for it.

I have had a particular effect in mind – almost since I started using this paint and I had yet to achieve it. I wanted to have one solid (non-chippy) color of milk paint (Luckett’s? Boxwood?) as my first layer – and then, without having the wood show through, a second layer of extremely chippy (most likely white) milk paint on top.

Here is one of my inspiration pieces. I bought this painted display cabinet at an estate sale a few years ago and it’s similar to the look I’ve been thinking about.

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Typically, if you have a solid – non chippy layer of milk paint and you paint another layer of paint over it – the second layer will not be chippy either. There are techniques for sanding, distressing, or using different resists between the colors (vaseline, hemp oil, a wax puck), but none of those have brought me the look I was going for. I wanted to force the chippy.

And I think I’ve figured out how to do it!

I’ve had different ideas for making the chippyness happen before – but the thing that got me to this place was using a “junky” item from Goodwill that I bought years ago and never put to good use. Most of the time I am working on items that I plan to sell, and I get very focused on having it come out a certain way – a way that I think my customer will want to pay for…and I lose my nerve for experimentation.

But this:




What could I possibly have to lose?


Up next: My new (reliable?? man, i HOPE so!!) method for forcing the chippy!


Back soon with a full explanation on the method I used and some more experiments I did in order to verify the result!


March’s Product of the Month – MMSMP Furniture Wax

How many of you completely loathe waxing furniture after you’ve painted it?  You have a blast painting a piece of furniture and when it comes time to add your finish, your smile turns to a frown. Cue the dramatic music. It’s time to wax. And cry.

Believe us, we completely understand because we’ve totally been there.

There are some brands of wax on the market that are stiff, smelly, and very difficult to manipulate and spread. There are special techniques that you need to learn and special brushes you need to apply it. By the time you’re ready to go, you’ve spent close to $100 just on supplies alone!

We have good news for you! Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax can win your waxing heart back if you give it a try. Formulated with a blend of beeswax and carnuba wax, it’s super creamy and soft – almost like coco butter.


You’ll feel and smell the difference immediately too!  Upon opening your wax container, you’ll notice it smells like a natural lotion.  There are mineral spirits in the wax to help it be spreadable but you can’t smell them at all!  This wax is completely safe to use indoors and it won’t stink up your home.

When you’re ready to apply Furniture Wax, you can use a soft cloth or a brush.


It doesn’t have to be a super expensive and fancy wax brush.  Your local MMSMP retailer may carry an assortment of brushes to choose from but if you have an old t-shirt at home, that will do the trick too.  When you apply the wax, treat it like lotion.  If you grease up your hands with lotion, how do they feel?  Sticky, right?  Your furniture will feel the same way if you use too much wax.  A little goes a long way, and work it in while you’re applying it – just like lotion.

After you’re done, give your piece a gentle buff and wipe away any excess Furniture Wax from the surface.  You can apply multiple coats of wax and build it up for extra protection.  The key is to allow your piece 30 days to fully and completely cure (just like any of our finishes).  If you apply two coats of Furniture Wax to the top of a table and start using it the next day, don’t be surprised if you get marks on the surface.  Give the product time to cure and set up properly.  After all, you put in all that hard work to paint it.  Don’t ruin it by using it prematurely!

DSC_0593So don’t write off wax finishes too soon.  Think of all the places where wax is used as a sealer – bowling alleys, dance floors, etc.  It’s a strong and protective finish that is an excellent option for your painted pieces.  Give our Furniture Wax a try and eliminate your wax-phobia for good!