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November Product of the Month – Antiquing Wax

We’re all about warm colors and cozy shades this month here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  November is upon us and it has come in with blustery days, chilly winds, and rainy days.  If you’re like us, and you’re craving some warmth and comfort, then you’re going to love our featured product this month!

Our Antiquing Wax is based on an old family recipe.  It’s made from beeswax and has a little bit of carnauba wax added in for superior workability.  If you have ever struggled with applying wax, then you should try ours!  It’s not stiff at all and it has the consistency of cake frosting or face cream.  Our Antiquing Wax has been lightly tinted to a rich brown, which is perfect for creating an authentically aged finish on a piece of painted furniture.  Best of all, it doesn’t have a harsh odor AT ALL!  So if you’ve ever opened a stinky tin of furniture wax, you can rest assured that will definitely not be the case with ours!

Antiquing Wax can be a wee bit intimidating to apply if you’ve never done it before.  It looks dark, scary, and overpowering.  Don’t worry!  We have lots of tips and tutorials to help you realize how easy it is to apply!

First, we recommend applying it with a wax brush.  This allows you to work it into any cracks, crevices, or carved details on your piece.  If you don’t have a wax brush, grab one of ours!

Work the Antiquing Wax all over your piece, again paying special attention to cracks and carved details.

Then, take a clean lint-free cloth and wipe away the excess until you’re happy with the look.  You’ll notice that the Antiquing Wax will settle into the recessed areas of your piece, giving you an authentically aged finish.  Can you see how it settled into the nooks on Marian’s Bavarian Bed?

Here, you can see how bright her bed was before, and how much the Antiquing Wax toned everything down and gave it a soft aged patina.

Here’s the before:

And the after:


Here’s a super helpful tip – if you apply Antiquing Wax and the look is a bit too strong, rub a bit of our clear Furniture Wax over the heavy areas and it will “erase” the Antiquing Wax for you.  How about them apples, eh?

Here are some of our favorite colors paired with Antiquing Wax:

All of these lovely images are courtesy of Allison at The Golden Sycamore.

Which color combination is your favorite?  We’re partial to Tricycle, ourselves.  If you’d like to see Antiquing Wax in action, click the video to watch Marian apply it to an adorable Tricycle dresser.

Not so intimidating now, is it?  We’d love to see your pieces that are proudly wearing Antiquing Wax this month.  Share them with us by tagging “@mmsmilkpaint” on Instagram and “@MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint” on Facebook.  Show us your handiwork!

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!

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!

Lucketts Green Finishes

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.

Embracing Change

BE INSPIRED | lucketts green dresser

Circa Dee

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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!