In this post, I’ll share about applying the Tough Coat finish. Before I do, though, here is the before & after…
I adore how this piece turned out.
You can still appreciate the beautiful lines and the age of this dresser, but it looks softer now. And I am over the moon for the antique brass hardware that now pops against the pale green.
When thinking about which finish I wanted to use for this piece, I opted for Tough Coat. It’ll be durable if this is used as a bathroom vanity or in a kid’s room and it will be easy to apply to all of the nooks and crannies of the mirror. Here is a video showing how I applied the Tough Coat along with some tips for making sure it’s mixed well and avoiding drips…
Sebastian was being a total ham.
Anyway, here is the end result…
I have to say that I’m not really ready to start decorating for Christmas, but when I thought about styling this piece, I just could not shake the vision of dolling it up with fresh greens, gifts, and candles. I have to start setting up for Christmas this week, anyway, due to some freelance projects. (At least it’s only a little early. A few years ago, I had a tree up until February, another one back up in April, then in September, then finally for “real Christmas”. My poor boys were so confused.)
The distressing, as well as the two-toned finish on this piece, was deliberately subtle. It’s not the kind of piece you’d glance at and think “Wow! She layered two different paint colors!” And that’s sort of the point. I wanted this decorative finish to just whisper. The brighter green under Layla’s Mint adds a lot of variation and depth, but the technique itself isn’t immediately obvious.
With all of the pretty details on this piece, the thing I love most is the hardware. I feel like it was easily overlooked before, but now it’s a real feature.
The mirror is also a feature and quite a practical one at that. I love how it tilts and the little shelf is simply smart design.
There are so many carved details already that I decided to let those shine, instead of adding some painted details to this piece. I was afraid decorative painting might detract from the original simple beauty.
I was going to share all of the pictures and sources for some of the items used in this photo shoot, but I decided I would save those for tomorrow.
I wanted a two-toned look with some subtle variations, so I decided to layer Layla’s Mint, a softer green, on top with a rub of our Wax Puck in between.
The Wax Puck is perfect when you want some differentiation between two different colors, but you don’t want it to be chippy. The wax simply makes it easier to remove the paint when you get to the distressing stage.
So, I rub the Wax Puck along the edges and lightly over the flat surfaces – so it can catch any “high points”.
Since it’s easier to show you than to tell you, here is a video showing the Wax Puck in action, applying the coat of Layla’s Mint over it, and then distressing…
(Just a safety note, it’s a good idea to wear a dust mask or respirator any time you’re sanding.)
Here is a close-up of the two-toned look. As I said in the video, the look is subtle because I used two colors that were similar. If you want a more dramatic two-toned look, use colors that are higher contrast.
I love how this look gives the illusion of the paint being worn away. It lends lots of visual depth to the finish.
The final step is the finish. I’ll share that along with some finishing tips and the reveal in the final post of this dresser makeover series…
PS – I shared a clip on Instagram of me singing while painting this piece. (That’s why my mouth is moving so much!) I always sing when I work! It’s fun to share a little bit of that passion with you since I don’t sing publicly very often these days. I included a snippet of another song at the end of the video in this post if you’re curious to hear what I sing when I work.
You can find a tutorial on prepping a piece to paint HERE.
Once sanded and prepped, I brought this oak dresser with a mirror into the studio to paint it…
This piece was in nice condition, but the glossy and yellowed polyurethane made the oak look very orange and was giving it a bit of a 1980’s vibe. The dresser has such pretty lines and I think painting it will accentuate the cottage style.
The effect will be very subtle but will give the finish more character and even help a bit with coverage.
Here is a video showing how I applied the first coat…
And I already love it in the Lucketts Green! The Layla’s Mint will give it a much softer look, though, which is what I imagined for this piece.
I was tempted to ditch the mirror since dressers without mirrors tend to sell better than those with (oddly enough), but this one is so pretty and I decided it was worth the effort. The buyer can always remove it if they want to.
The second coat will go on tomorrow and I’ll use that chance to show how to use the Wax Puck for two-tone distressing…
Our Wax Pucks are made from 100% beeswax. These handy little discs fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and are very versatile. Wax Pucks create a resist in between layers of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and are also great for rubbing along stubborn drawer runners to get them moving again.
Today, we’d like to teach you how to layer two different colors of MMS Milk Paint using a Wax Puck resist in between! The subject of this tutorial are these adorable wooden bunnies.
CREATING A LAYERED LOOK USING A WAX PUCK
To achieve a layered look, apply one coat of milk paint and allow it to dry.
Next, rub the Wax Puck over the edges, corners and “high points” of the piece. Anywhere the wax is applied, milk paint will resist adhering. Make sure you rub the Wax Puck randomly around and in places where paint would naturally wear over time.
Then, apply a second coat of milk paint in a contrasting color and allow it to dry completely.
Using sandpaper, distress the surface to easily remove the paint where wax was applied, revealing first coat underneath.
Seal your piece with any of our fine finishes.
Watch this video tutorial to see the process in action! This video was created by Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture.
Didn’t those bunnies turn out super cute?
A Wax Puck resist work best when you layer high contrasting colors over one another. This is Outback Petticoat with French Enamel on top.
For a more subtle look, layer softer colors over one another. This is Arabesque over Schloss.
Layering colors in the same family provides a two toned look. This is Boxwood over Lucketts Green.
You can replicate this look on any surface. Jenn used wooden bunnies that she picked up for one of her paint workshops. You can visit the unfinished wood section of your local craft store to pick up something similar just in time for Easter!
Jodie specializes in creating gorgeous woodscapes using salvaged lumber and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. We first saw her work on Instagram and we just had to know more about her and her business.
Jodie’s friend thought up the name “Crooked Tree ” when they had an idea about 7 years ago to start a home décor business together. Jodie agreed the name Crooked Tree had the character needed for the recycled and salvaged product they wanted to make. Shortly after planning out their business, their husbands both changed careers and they ended up moving to different parts of the country, away from each other. Jodie kept Crooked Tree Studio going in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, and the name stuck!
Jodie had her children at a young age, and chose to homeschool them. Throughout that time, she was always making, painting, building and thrifting whenever she had the opportunity. As her children grew older, Jodie had more time on her hands and started selling furniture and doing markets. While prepping for one of the markets she was attending, she made a bunch of flower boxes to sell. She pieced the leftover wood scraps together to make her very first woodscape wall hanging!
Jodie’s woodscapes were the most popular items in her booth at that market, and she got requests for more. Crooked Tree’s woodscapes took off from there! Now she uses salvaged old fencing or deck wood to make her lovely creations.
Jodie and her family have been lucky enough to live in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies for the past several years and God’s beautiful creation surrounds her every time she steps outside. She draws a lot of her inspiration from the Creator Himself. When she looks at what God has designed and crafted – the abundance of green shades in the forests, the incredible blues of the mountain lakes, the flowing rivers and of course, the majestic backdrop of the Rockies, Jodie’s creative juices start to flow!
Jodie designs and finishes all of her creations, but she has a lot of support and help along the way. Her husband works as a firefighter and is a Red Seal Carpenter as well so knows his way around a workshop. He has taught her woodworking skills and pitches in when the table saw needs to be used. (That’s not Jodie’s favorite part!)
Jodie’s father is a retired high-school shop teacher and a carpenter, so he has taught her a lot of “tricks of the trade.” She heads out to his workshop in the Kootenays when she gets the chance and they together. His experience is invaluable!
Jodie’s son is apprenticing to become a carpenter as well, so when he isn’t framing houses, he will pop in and lend a hand building when it gets busy. Jodie’s daughter packs and ships parcels and helps keep all of the paperwork organized. She also pitches in at market events.
Crooked Tree Studio started all over Jodie’s house – in the basement, on the kitchen table, etc. She wanted to use a paint product that was safe to use indoors, which led her to Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. She loves not having to worry about fumes filling up the house and using a paint that washes up easily.
Because Jodie uses a lot of salvaged wood when creating her pieces, milk paint is the perfect pairing. She can easily distress it and she loves the warm weathered feeling it provides. Jodie also loves that she can mix the colors to create whatever shade she wants! She has to control to make her milk paint colors translucent or opaque with the addition of more powder or water.
Jodie also is fond of our Hemp Oil. It’s a perfect way to seal everything in, and she can add depth or a lime wash look as needed with our Antiquing Wax and White Wax.
We always ask our Featured Artisans what advice they would give to someone who has never used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint before. Here is what Jodie had to say:
“Using MMSMP can be intimidating at first because it is different than other paint you may get in a can. Other paint is what it is, meaning you get the color on the little square you asked for – end of story. MMSMP can be thickened, thinned, blended with other colors, layered, distressed, oiled, waxed, etc. It has a personality and flexibility! If you want painting to be an adventure, not a chore, using MMSMP is the way to go. Once I figured out the proper amount of water to add to the powder to get the look I was after, it all just came together! There are many amazing tutorials online, if that is the best way you learn, or if you are like me, and just want to get a bag, start mixing and painting and learn as you go, that can be a lot of fun too!”
My name is Lee. I live in a historical little town called Port Perry with my amazing and supportive husband, two step-daughters and my beautiful daughter. I also have an Aussiedoodle named Autumn who is super cuddly and sweet. Summer is definitely my hobby! I love to lie out in the sunshine, have BBQs….even paint furniture outside. Our home backs onto a green space with a lot of trees, so we are very fortunate to see natures beauty – and a lot of birds!
I started out painting furniture 5 years ago. I stumbled across a picture in a home decor magazine, and it was a dresser painted in MMS yellow. The colour absolutely stunned me. It was the perfect yellow, and I was immediately inspired. I found a local retailer that carried the paint line, and was immediately hooked. I have been painting ever since. I also create a lot of farmhouse style signs – and that has been the base of my business for the last two years. I finally took the leap into the brick and mortar world, and am focusing more of my energy towards restyling furniture again, which is where I can be the most creative. Our brick and mortar is located in Uxbridge, Ontario Canada.
Taking the leap was a scary step. For the last eighteen years, I had been an HR Professional in the Corporate world. Even when I was running my creative business, I still had my HR gig to fall back on. I realized a few years ago that my passion for HR had left. The compliance and legislation that are now in place are overwhelming. I refocused all of my energy into my creativity. I am greatly inspired by my tribe of female entrepreneurs, who support and encourage me. I am also greatly inspired by Marian Parsons and Joanna Gaines. I love following their stories. Lastly, my family inspires me everyday. I especially want to show my daughter that with hard work and determination, anything can be achieved.
My favourite thing to collect (besides everything MMS….lol) would have to be my Rae Dunn collection. It is fun to hunt for her different pieces of pottery to display in the house, and yes, we even use the pottery! I also love to collect old pieces such as scales, window frames, doors, crates and mason jars.
Choosing a favourite colour for MMS is very difficult! They are all so awesome! But, I would have to say that Farmhouse White would have to be my favourite. I paint A LOT of furniture in it. I find it to be the perfect white. Not too warm, yet not too cool.
Happy January, everyone! We hope you had a lovely holiday break and are dreaming of all the possibilities that await you in 2019. As you are getting back into the swing of things post-Christmas, we’d like to introduce you to our latest MMSMP Featured Artisan!
We sent Liz some questions over the holidays, and she graciously gave us insights into her world of spoon carving and we’d love to share it with you.
How did you get started carving spoons?
I’ve been interested in woodworking since I was a little girl helping my dad build things. As an adult, I was focused on raising my two boys and career and didn’t do much of anything in the way of hobbies. Later as my boys grew older, I started thinking about a hobby. One of my brothers suggested I carve something from a bunch of cedar logs he had cut down. I kinda laughed and didn’t take him up on the offer. About a year later and after being inspired by some very talented spoon carvers and their work, I decided to take my brother up on the woodcarving offer. And, the spoons began…
Did you have another career or passion prior to spoon carving?
I have always worked in healthcare, so spoon carving was a bit of a change. I have always been interested in art and tradition. Through spoon carving, I have found I am able to express and create functional art. I’m also able to preserve and pass on the tradition of handcrafted work.
Do you have a favorite wood species you like to create with, or a favorite type of product you enjoy making?
Butternut wood is probably my favorite to work with, but also love walnut! I really enjoyed making the snowmen spoons for the Holiday season.
I’ve made a variety of kitchen utensils which go beyond spoons, but spoons each with their win unique shape and style are my favorite to make.
What are your favorite aspects of using MMMSMP products on your creations?
I have really enjoyed the colors and the ease of mixing and lighter and darker shades. I also appreciate the ease of dissolving and mixing up the paints. Some of the finishes I have used, particularly the beeswax and hemp oil, really go a long way when applying and are long lasting. I have found the hemp oil seals in the color nicely.
Do you have any favorite MMSMP products in particular?
Does the apron count? I love it!
Some of my favorite colors are Aviary, Boxwood, Layla’s Mint and Tricycle.
We ask all of our MMSMP Featured Artisans if they have advice for folks who have never used MMSMP before, or who are too intimidated to start.
Here’s what Liz had to say:
Prior to mixing the paint for my first use, I was afraid I might not get it right – but I found mixing MMSMP is a breeze! It’s really fun and I found myself really enjoying mixing different amounts to get certain desired shades of color. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Try out that new idea – a different design, style, approach, color, use different medium for artistic expression. It might not work out but then again, maybe it will! At least you’ll know either way. Learn something new. Most of all, enjoy the process!
We hope all of you enjoyed meeting Liz! You can follow her on Instagram by clicking here and join her on Facebook here.
Do you know a fabulous artisan who is using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in unique ways? We’d love to hear all about them! Send us an email at email@example.com and share their work with us!