Such a beautiful Arabesque Dresser by Stacey (Embracing Change)!!  See all the details here and stop by her Facebook page.

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Color inspires me.
I am oftentimes out and about and see a sign or object and its color strikes me.
I think to myself I just have to paint in that color!
It is weird and random and creatively wonderful.

I think that is how my desire to paint in pink came about.
I saw something that inspired me.
I just had to paint something pink!
Then….I had to find the right piece for it.
It takes a special piece to carry pink.
Then just like that…
there it was!

(I swore I had a before picture, but it cannot be found …
I’m sorry :( )

I painted this adorable dresser in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Arabesque without the Bonding Agent as I was open to see what would happen.
I got a bit of chipping, but not too much.
You just never know…it is fun to find out though!
I distressed her and then sealed her in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
I added some gorgeous pink cut glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.
Aren’t they fantastic???

And this pink…it is so soft and pretty…like a ballet slipper pink.
I adore it.

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A Lucketts Green Cabinet Makeover

Hello MMSMP enthusiasts!  This is Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC. and I have quite the transformation to share with you.  If you’re like me, you see potential in the roughest and downright ugliest of pieces.

The subject of this furniture makeover is a cute retro-style cabinet with glass doors.


This piece was purchased in conjunction with an oak washstand.


The couple that was selling it had a few pieces that weren’t uploaded to Craig’s List yet and I was able to swoop in and scoop it up before anyone had a chance!

It was in pretty sad condition.


The inside of the cabinets had lots of chipping paint, so I scraped them down (after doing a lead test) and smoothed everything out as best I could.


It looked a bit scary at first, but I had a Milk Paint plan!green-dental-cabinet-5

I broke out my can of primer and sealed in the stains and water damage.  Plus, the cabinet had a bit of a musty smell.


Yep.  Priming was definitely in order!green-dental-cabinet-2

After priming, I mixed up some Farmhouse White and painted the inside.


It took 2 coats to get full coverage. I’ve heard that priming helps to reduce the number of coats of white you need to apply to get full coverage, and I definitely found that to be true!  This photo is after 1 coat of Farmhouse White.

green-dental-cabinet-15 After the inside was taken care of, I mixed up some Lucketts Green.  This color is named after the outside of the Old Lucketts General Store where Marian was a vendor for a bit.


It’s the perfect soft green that has a bit of a 1950’s feel.  It suited my piece perfectly!


Lucketts Green is really fun to mix because the powder is actually yellow.  It doesn’t turn green until water hits the pigments.

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This piece was looking better already!


After applying milk paint, I needed to turn my attention to the glass in the doors.  One pane was completely broken and the other had so much crusty old paint and a few stickers on it that it wasn’t worth cleaning.  Luckily, my local Ace Hardware cuts glass pieces to size and it was a perfect solution for my cabinet!  I try to support my local hardware stores as often as I can.  Not that I have anything against the larger stores, but now that I’m an entrepreneur, I want to try to shop as local as possible to help support small businesses.


It fit perfectly and was the final addition to making this piece look amazing.


After being sealed with Tough Coat, my cabinet was ready to go.


I staged the inside with some pieces of ironstone that I have been accumulating over the past few weeks.  I had the opportunity to go shopping with Marian when I traveled with her to New York and she gave me some tips on what to look for.  (That, and I’ve been compulsively reading her ironstone blog posts!)


Here’s a cute little creamer pitcher with some wheat designs on the top,


and a larger pitcher,


and some saucers, bowls, and mugs.


I really like the crackled texture of the ironstone.


Doesn’t it look so pretty inside?


I just love how bright and happy this cabinet looks now.  The glass is now securely held in place with glazing points.cabinet-21

While the piece looks neat and tidy from afar, it actually has quite a bit of texture.  Some of that is due to the original finish and some is due to my milk paint crackling when I applied it.  Either way, I like how it looks new but still maintains an old feel.

Here’s the bottom:


That texture is my favorite!

There’s lots of storage in this piece and I painted the lower cabinet area in addition to the top. cabinet-25 Overall, I say this piece has had quite the MMSMP transformation.  Here’s the before, during, and after:


Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint seems to have the perfect color for every project!  Lucketts Green was the just the right choice for this cabinet makeover.


Loving all the chippy goodness on this Linen Washstand by Stacey (Embracing Change)!!  See all the details here and stop by her Facebook page.

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I know the before picture I saw of this piece doesn’t show much, but I could see the underlying beauty right away.
Did you notice the carved details and the cuteness of this piece?
I did and I knew I had to make her over.

I promise she turns out pretty fantastic despite that very ugly picture.
A little love, glue and time and she was all ready for some paint.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen Milk Paint to be exact.
I was inspired by some washstands she recently made over for her home and I wanted to have my hand at it.
I mixed up a batch of linen milk paint without the bonding agent … it was risky.
You just never know what this paint will do sometimes and that is a bit like an adventure.
I was game.
I painted several coats as the whites in the milk paint line generally need a bunch of coats.

I was patient.

I noticed the wood on the top was in fairly good condition so I decided to refinish the top in a dark walnut stain from Minwax.
The top turned out so nice and I was glad I didn’t just paint over it.
That would have been easier, but I love to maintain some wood on a piece if I can.

She was missing the original pulls when I got it and I wasn’t able to quite match it up with my something from my hardware stash so I decided to try out some of my new black cup pulls from D. Lawless Hardware.

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What a stunning buffet in Typewriter by Stacey (Embracing Change)!!  See all the details here and stop by her Facebook page.

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My word.
When I saw this beauty for sale, I pounced.
Finding beautiful buffets to refinish is very difficult as EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR THEM.

Good gracious.
I was more than excited to see what I could do with her.
I hesitated a bit to paint her…but then decided to go for it because I knew she was just going to be even more pretty.
If that is even possible 🙂


I wanted to be sure the color I chose suited her stately and elegant demeanor so I chose to go with a deep black.
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Typewriter.
I added the Bonding Agent as I wanted a smooth, non-chippy finish on this gal.

She is sealed in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
I also used Hemp Oil inside to wipe down her tired drawers and made them shine.
That stuff is magic!
It made the wood come back to life.
It is amazing!


Typewriter is a deep, pure black that suits her so well.
I distressed her to highlight all her gorgeous details and show off her pretty wood tones.


Just look at those legs.
Oh my.


She is just stunning.
I think black was the right color choice, too.
If you want to see her in person or are looking for a fantastic buffet, feel free to swing into Blue Dandelion by Tiffany in quaint Strasburg, PA.
She is available for purchase there.


As I said in my last post, I’ve heard that MMS Milk Paint can be used on metal. And, while I had no reason to think it wasn’t true, I will admit that I had some difficulty imagining how that would work. About two years ago I bought a bunch of “metal things” out of someone’s yard for $5 each with a plan to experiment on them – but I just felt like it was going to be…difficult or…something…and I never got around to working on them.

Here is where they ended up…


How’s that for a before picture?

Now, after I painted the antique handsaw (because it jumped off the barn wall at me), I was so impressed with how the milk paint behaved that I was encouraged to dig this rolling cart out of my barn and finally do something with it. The surface of the saw had a pretty rough texture and so it wasn’t so surprising that the paint adhered to the surface – even without any bonding agent. I knew that the rolling cart was much shinier – and I assumed that it might do more chipping or even peeling.


That was not the case.


I want to go and paint ALL the metal things now.

I wish I could go on and explain to you the “science” of how this works. I know that when you put milk paint on raw or unfinished or freshly sanded wood, it does not chip because it soaks into the grain – almost like a stain would. On the metal – the explanation is clearly different – but I don’t quite understand it.

Here is the extent of the chipping (no bonding agent) on this fairly shiny metal rolling cart.


That’s it. And that only happened because the paint was kind of clumped up there and I knocked it off when I went in to do some distressing with my sanding sponge. I used a 220 sanding sponge to smooth down the entire surface and to expose a little bit of the dark metal underneath along the edges.




I haven’t put any top coat on this yet. I like it just fine the way it is – but in the interest of experimentation, I might go back and try out waxing or oiling it in different places.

I used two coats of MMSMP Ironstone to cover this dark grey metal. If I wanted it to look “brand new” I would have used a third coat of paint. I decided to stop at two because I was (personally) happy with the coverage at that point.

I absolutely LOVE the way it came out. I also built that wood work surface to enlarge the top and make it a bit more useful. It’s really a great little movable kitchen island now. I’ll show you how I built (and painted) that in another post.


The wood work surface came out pretty great too! And it was so simple to make.


I also have at least one more (okay, actually TWO) metal projects that I want to share with you…but I have furniture makeovers too.
I’ve been busy!

Okay! Question time!

I want to hear from you if you’ve painted any metal things with MMS Milk Paint.
If you have a metal something that you think you might LIKE to paint.




Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Baker and I’m from the blog Eight Hundred Furniture. If my name doesn’t ring any bells, perhaps you’ve seen me in Marian’s “Prove Yourself Wrong” video. And perhaps you’ve cried while watching it a few times. (Not that I’ve done that.)

I am a blogger and fellow furniture “makeover-ist”. My business is called Eight Hundred Furniture, LLC. The name came from my first apartment, which happened to be exactly 800 ft2. My starter budget forced me to furnish my space with hand-me-down pieces, which were completely dated and not my style at all. (Sorry, Mom!) I turned to yard sales, trash picking, and side of the road scores and slowly began curating pieces that I loved.


I began using paint to transform my $10 deals and discovered I was actually pretty good at the process! I started selling pieces here and there for pocket change and over the years, my necessity turned into a love for transforming discarded and unwanted pieces into masterpieces. Today, it has blossomed into a full-fledged business.

Just like people, every piece I work on has a story and you can follow its journey from start to finish on my blog. More importantly, I see my furniture as a picture of what God has done in my life. He called to me when I was lost, forgotten, beat up, and run down from my exposure to the world. He lovingly and gently restored me and changed me into a new creation and I am His unlikely treasure.

So let’s begin with a story about an adorable little dresser I got from an auction.  It has two leaf carvings on the top drawer and the handles look like pinecones or acorns.  I posted a collage of it when it arrived on my Instagram account.


Doesn’t it just scream, “Paint me red for Fall!?”

The wood on this piece was just right for milk paint so I turned to Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle for the job.

I’ve heard that Tricycle is a hard color to mix, and I found that to be true.  The trick is patience and slow mixing.  At first, I mixed my first batch too vigorously and it wound up foamy.  My second and third batches were much better.  Three times really was the charm!  I applied three coats of Tricycle milk paint for full coverage and followed up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax.  I’m a huge fan of the consistency of this type of wax, as it’s very buttery and super easy to apply.  It doesn’t have any strong odors and it’s incredibly straightforward to use, unlike other furniture waxes.  You really can’t mess it up! So if you’re someone that has wax-phobia, try Miss Mustard Seed’s. I’m sure you’ll be pleased!


After the Furniture Wax was applied, the dresser was looking gorgeous but it needed a little more depth to make those carved handles and leaf details sing.



Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax, I started deepening the carvings. I liked the look so much, I decided to put it all over – including the top!  I hand-sanded it and applied the Antiquing Wax directly to the raw wood. I just love how the Antiquing Wax settled into all of the dings and nicks.


I think the dresser turned out perfectly, but I’ll let you be the judge!


This piece was a lot of fun to stage.  My boxwood wreath and lanterns from Decor Steals worked together to create the cutest little scene.



My “So Blessed” sign is from Fresh Vintage by Amy in Strasburg.  The store has acquired a new owner and is called Blue Dandelion by Tiffany now.  It’s still as adorable as ever inside and you can still purchase MMSMP there!


I happen to quite agree with the sign!

This little guy was definitely a labor of love, as it needed a few structural repairs. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out and it couldn’t have been painted in a more appropriate color!




“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit… It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

–Ira Glass

First of all – I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who commented (so nicely) on my previous post about painting the blade of my antique hand saw with MMS Milk Paint. I was feeling a little bit…anxious about it. If I had to predict your responses based on the reactions of my own family watching me do the project – well, let’s just say I wasn’t even sure that I would bother to take the photos and write the post AT ALL. My family are mostly polite – they weren’t mean about it or anything – but they did not get it.

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Now – almost everyone who left a comment accused me of suggested that I intentionally wrote a big cliff hanger into that post!

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I didn’t mean to. Honest.

Which brings me to my second point. Did you read that quote at the top of the post? The real reason that I didn’t post a full final photo of my saw blade painting project is because I just wasn’t happy with how my hand lettering came out. And, you know, the point of the post was that I’ve been experimenting with putting Milk Paint onto metal. It was never meant to be about my (lack of) hand lettering skills.

Do you all read ? Did you see Marian’s post about her foray into watercolor painting? Can we talk about Marian’s watercolor cow? Marian “really, really didn’t want to post it,”. She gave a long list of ways in which the painting was terrible…but I just saw an adorable little cow! I thought the cow was fantastic!

We are our own worst critics…

…and we need to lighten up.

SO – here is the final photo of my milk painted saw.


I sketched out the word “RENT” (and the other words as well) with regular white chalk, then went over them with white chalk ink marker. At that point I decided to use Ironstone MMS Milk Paint to fill in the letters. I used a small-ish artist brush and did 3 coats of milk paint.


And there you have it. My imperfect attempt at hand lettering. Right after I finished I had an idea of another way to do it – and I’ll try that next time. Because, you just have to keep going. Don’t be afraid to try. If your first attempts don’t measure up to your initial vision – just try again. Do more.

And don’t ever be afraid to share.



I am in love with this Luckett’s Green chest by Stacey (Embracing Change)!!  See all the details here and stop by her Facebook page.

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I wanted to share this sweet dresser with you…
I searched for a before picture, but I just can’t find it.
This is a sweet cherry wood chest I found while shopping my favorite antique place.
I snagged it quick as it was so sweet!

I loved the neat lip on the top which would work for the most perfect changing table don’t you think??
I painted it up in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Luckett’s Green – I did add the Bonding Agent too as I wanted a smooth, non-chippy finish.

I finished it up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.

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I admit that the transformation that I can pull off with milk paint and a piece of brown wood furniture is so appealing to me that I could just paint dressers and desks all day, every day, and be pretty happy about it. It really is extremely gratifying to start with something that looks a wreck (or just isn’t quite my taste) and end up with something that I find quite beautiful.

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However, since I know that milk paint isn’t just for wood, I decided that I’d do some experimenting with other surfaces. So – if you want to know why I’m painting a saw (which is what my husband asked when he walked in while I was doing it), the most obvious answer is that it’s made of metal! I know I’ve heard Marian say that milk paint does great on metal – but I wanted to try it out for myself. The slightly less obvious answer is that when I went out to the barn to work on a different project – the saw crashed down off the wall where it was hanging. I wasn’t even anywhere near it.

I guess you could say it spoke to me 🙂

I picked it up and started deciding if it could be painted.

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As you can see there is a lot of rust gunk texture on there. I’ve never painted anything like this before – so you have to understand I’m just winging it. I thought it might be a good idea to do a little sanding on the surface before I applied the paint. I used some 220 sandpaper and it very quickly smoothed out the extra roughness on the surface.

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…before sanding…

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…after sanding…

Once I decided that this would be a perfect object to experiment on – I had to decide on a color. I was pretty sure I’d seen some online that were painted black – a traditional chalkboard look – and I like them – but I thought I’d go for something slightly different.
I used an equal parts mix of Typewriter/Artissimo/Trophy. 1 tablespoon of each. And the result is what you’d expect, a dark grey with a slightly bluish tint to it. Kind of like…metal!

Now – the point of this experiment was to see how the MMSMP would behave on this new surface.

I am really impressed. The paint went on very smoothly – like it always does. But, the the newly painted surface looks and feels like a “factory finish”. It’s as if it were baked on there!

I love it – and now I want to go paint something else made of metal!

I decided to fancy it up with some writing. I used a combination of chalk paint markers and MMSMP in Ironstone to decorate. I spent about an hour sketching out my design in plain old white chalk (this kind of thing is NOT my strong suit) before making it permanent and the painted surface was not disturbed at all. I sketched, erased, wiped it down with water, tried out different designs, and erased some more. The milk paint did not budge.

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You can get a pretty good idea of what the painted surface looks like in these pictures. It’s so smooth and hard. Not flaky or chippy at all. I already have my next metal piece in mind and it’s got a much glossier finish. I’m really interested to see what difference that will make.

I also put a quick coat of Hemp Oil on the wood handle of the saw and it really brought it to life again. I kept the paint splatters for age and authenticity.

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I’ve got at least one more metal project in mind after this one based on my success here – and then I want to try painting GLASS….

Have you painted anything besides wood with MMSMP? I’d really love to hear about it!