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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.

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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April’s Product of the Month – Tough Coat

In addition to featuring Lucketts Green and Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint this month, we’re also featuring our beloved Tough Coat as our Product of the Month.

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Tough Coat is one of the newer finishes in the line and it has proven itself to be invaluable when painting pieces using MMS Milk Paint.  It’s a water-based finish that dries to a matte sheen.

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It is non-yellowing and is self-leveling for minimal brush strokes.  It is also low odor and low VOC which makes it safe to use indoors.

Application is pretty straight forward.  Simply squeeze the amount needed into a dish and brush on with a paintbrush or a foam applicator.

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Tough Coat is ideal for sealing chippy pieces of furniture – whether they are painted with MMS Milk Paint or if they have the original paint such as this mantle from the 1700’s.

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Kriste recently used it to seal the chippy original paint on her barnwood cupboard in her bedroom.

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Marian has used it to seal her crusty counter.

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Kriste also painted Tough Coat on this Victorian settee before Marian made it over.  Tough Coat can also act as a sealer to prevent bleed through.

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This is especially helpful if you’re painting a light color over dark wood.

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Tough Coat is also ideal to use on areas that are high traffic such as table tops, dresser tops, shelves, and doors.

Marian sealed her Eulalie’s Sky stepback cupboard with Tough Coat for this year’s Lucketts Spring Market.

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Can you see why we have fallen completely in love with this product?

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What is your favorite application of Tough Coat?  Have you been able to enjoy it yet?  If not, pick some up at your local Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint retailer.  Find your closest location here.