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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.

Lucketts Green Collage

This shade of green got its name and color inspiration from the green siding on the Old Lucketts General Store.


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.

Lucketts Green Cabinet

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.

Mustard Seed Yellow Collage

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.


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.


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


Farm Fresh Vintage Finds


My Painted Door


D.D.’s Cottage and Design


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!

More of the same – well not exactly, lol!

Why hello there!

It’s me again, Melanie from Mango Reclaimed!

Did you see my last post with the beautiful Apron Strings restyled chairs?!? Today I want to share with you another beautiful piece we restyled using Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint for the same client.

Check out this armoire:


Isn’t it pretty?!? You would never guess that it hides a TV and all those unsightly TV components!

Notice the coral curtains here – they are the same as the ones in the dining room – an open concept space like this really benefits from some continuity.

Anywho, back to the armoire! The framework of this beauty was painted in Linen a beautiful creamy white, and then mildly distressed overall for character.


The cabinet doors and drawers were painted in Trophy which is a rich and warm grey. These two colours are really a fool proof combination because no matter what you’re painting they always look great together!

The doors and drawers were distressed as well, you can see the armoire already had some wear and tear to it so the distressing really just helps enhance the original character.


Something I love to do with a weathered and distressed piece is to add some bling! Look how great these crystal and gold knobs look against the Trophy grey! Swoon! The mix of old and new works really well here!


Let’s take one more look at the armoire in it’s new home, shall we? It’s such a beautiful space designed by The Inspiration Nest!



Oooh! Wanna see a before and after comparison?


What a difference some milk paint and a little TLC can make!

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Apron Strings – get it while you can!!

Hiya lovelies! it’s me, Melanie from Mango Reclaimed again!

I’m here today with a good news / bad news story . . .

I think it’s always best to start with bad news, am I right? This way there is good news to follow and maybe help turn that frown back upside down, ya know? So here it is, the bad news:

Apron Strings a beautiful, bright, cheerful, raspberry/coral, one of my favourite Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint colours is being discontinued . . .

Gasp! That’s right – discontinued, retired, laid out to . . . you get the idea.

I mean, take a look at this colour! I absolutely LOVE how it looks in this dining room! A soft and creamy overall palette gets a hit of beautiful and vibrant Apron Strings from these gorgeous painted chairs.


The designer on this project, {The Inspiration Nest}, knew this was the perfect colour for us to restyle her clients existing dining chairs. She also found some gorgeous curtains in the same colour to really pull the room together!

The seats of these chairs were in great shape, so we left them ‘as is’. I think the natural rattan looks great with the coral. See, even I don’t always paint everything, lol!


I did however paint and distress the table . . .


In it’s original finish the table was much too honey golden for the overall colour scheme of the room. Enter ‘Linen’, a creamy white with nice warm undertones. We painted out the table top using Linen as a solid . . .


Then we mixed up some more milk paint as a stain and gave a white washed look to the table skirt and legs.TIN_Kelly-27

Everything has been finished with hemp oil here with the exception of the table skirt and legs. To get a really washed and aged look we used both antique wax (in the grooves) and white wax (to create highlights). The overall effect is really pretty over the Linen stain!

And seriously, I swoon over those Apron Strings chairs . . .


Oh my goodness, I got so carried away showing you how beautiful this dining set was that I almost forgot to tell you the good news!

The good news is that Aprons Strings is still available for a limited time at most Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint retailers . . . but get it while you can because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

If you’re in southern Ontario, be sure to swing by the Mango Reclaimed studio – we still have a few coveted bags of Apron Strings on our shelves 🙂

Sweet chevron dresser restyle.

Hello out there!

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? For me, I’m excited that warmer weather is finally headed our way! Also, I’ve recently planned a trip to Mexico that I’m super pumped about! Looking forward to soaking up some sunshine – this girl needs a vacay, lol!

Speaking of sunny skies – how about a cheerful yellow dresser to brighten your day? Now, I’m not just talking about any yellow dresser – this one has a sweet chevron pattern too!


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Add a little ‘Apron Strings’ . . .

Hi there!

Spring is on its way . . . right?!?

I’m not sure where you’re reading from, but where I am we have a full blown winter storm warning in effect. That’s right, snow, snow and more snow headed my way . . .

So naturally I’m dreaming about spring . . . and the beautiful colours that come with it.

Like coral.

Apron Strings to be specific 🙂


I mean seriously, how pretty is this little dresser?


And don’t even get me started on the hardware! I don’t always switch out the hardware on a piece, especially if I have all the originals. But sometimes its fun to add a little ‘bling to your things’!


As you can see from the ‘before’ picture below, I was missing a knob on this dresser . . . and they weren’t originals anyways.

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So there’s a funny story about this dresser . . .

originally she was painted green . . .

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You see I had started to paint this dresser at a Home & Decor show, showcasing how I could achieve an ‘ombre’ effect on the drawers . . . before I got around the finishing the piece a customer came by the studio and asked if I could paint it in coral so she could use it in her daughters nursery . . .

Well, yes. Of course I could.


And I’m glad I did!

Apron Strings looks great on her!


What do you think? Do you have a piece that could use a pretty punch of coral?

Has your vision or plan ever changed on a project half way through?

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How to use milk paint to ‘stain’ your table!

Hi there! It’s me again!

{Melanie from Mango Reclaimed)

I want to share a quick little ‘how to’ with you today. Have you tried using milk paint as a stain yet?! Did you even know you could do that?! One of the great things about milk paint is that you mix it yourself with water so you have a lot of versatility in the opacity of the paint you mix up. If you use 1 part milk paint powder and mix it up with 3 parts water . . . . you get a gorgeous stain!

just. like. that.

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Ok, so now that you know how to mix it up . . . what will you do with your milk paint stain? Continue reading

American Farmhouse Style Feature

I am so excited that MMS Milk Paint was featured in American Farmhouse Style magazine!!  I received an e-mail a few months ago from one of their editors, asking if I could contribute some material for their upcoming publication.  I sent along some of Maria’s beautiful pictures and they loved the idea of a feature on using milk paint to give furniture an authentic farmhouse look.  missmustardseed-209 (534x800)

The four page spread showcases Maria’s clean and classic pictures and the article highlights the versatility of milk paint.

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I was able to find the magazine at Wegman’s, but I imagine it’s available at most grocery, book and home.hardware stores.