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

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Ironstone Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Dresser

MIss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Makeover

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…

painting with miss mustard seed milk paint


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.


MIss Mustard Seed Makeover

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.

corner detail

front corner

top chipping

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!


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2 thoughts on “MMSMP ADVICE

  1. Trina Williams

    I CAN’T wait to hear about this! It looks like its gonna be awesome….will be waiting with baited breath!

  2. Marybeth Gill

    omg, i have no patience, Ill have you know I am at the moment biting all of my nails off in anticipation


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