We are beyond excited to share this post with you today! One of our MMSMP Featured Artisans, Donnie Galli of Designs by Donnie, is sharing how he creates his characteristic whitewash technique using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products!
Yep, that’s right! He’s giving you a tutorial on how to create that gorgeous finish above. Oh happy day!
Before we get started, in case you missed our featured post on Donnie’s work, you can catch it by clicking the photo below.
So without further ado, you can watch Donnie’s tutorial video below.
The products that Donnie used in this tutorial can be purchased from your local retailer. Ask for Farmhouse White Milk Paint, Hemp Oil and Tough Coat. You can buy Hemp Oil by the gallon if you love it as much as he does! Our Milk Paint also comes in larger bulk sizes as well.
To find a MMSMP retailer near you, use our map and see who is in your neighborhood! You can special order the larger sizes of products too. Stop in and chat with a MMSMP retailer for more details!
Now if you don’t have a retailer near you, check our fabulous online shopping options by clicking here. Several of our retailers also sell online and offer wonderful customer service. You can also pick up MMSMP products on Esty, Ebay and Amazon.
So what do you think? Isn’t Donnie’s technique fabulous? We seriously swoon over the exposed wood grain!
To learn more about Donnie and his work, follow him on Facebook and Instagram. His website is another great resource for more information about his creations!
We’re definitely excited to be along for the ride!
Farmhouse White is our second Featured Color of the Month for February.
It’s a fresh and bright white that reminds us of picket fences surrounding a country farmhouse. It offers the best coverage of all of our whites too, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking to freshen up a piece in your home.
But did you know that painting with white can sometimes be a bit more tricky than expected? Because white paint doesn’t have nearly the amount of pigments as other colors, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to pull out when you’re using this particular color.
If you’re going to paint a piece of furniture that has an existing dark stain or paint color, it may take more than 2 coats of Farmhouse White to fully cover over the dark layers underneath. One of the best tricks we can offer to you is to paint on a layer of one of our grays first.
You can choose from Shutter Gray,
our mid-tone gray, Trophy,
or our warm “greige”, Schloss.
Painting on a layer of either of these three lovely grays will provide a neutral base on which you can apply Farmhouse White (or any of our whites for that matter).
Here’s an example of a project that required three coats of Farmhouse White. This antique pie safe found its way into Miss Mustard Seed’s heart when she was out shopping one day.
As you can see, the wood was very dark and it required three full coats of Farmhouse White to get the clean coverage she was looking for. It was well worth it, would you say?
Here’s an example of a project where a coat of Trophy gray served as a base. Remember Miss Mustard Seed’s Restoration Hardware rocking horse?
The wood had an existing dark finish, so Miss Mustard Seed painted on a base coat of Trophy first to help neutralize the color of the wood.
Next, she added Grain Sack on the body. The hoofs, mane and tail received a custom blend of Shutter Gray and Trophy. Finally, the runners and bridle were painted in straight Shutter Gray.
There was something in the wood that did not play nicely with Milk Paint, so Miss Mustard Seed used a bit of Bonding Agent in her mixture along with some extra sanding to keep it under control. The rocking horse still turned out chippy and charming, but it was a bit more reigned in with these extra efforts. (Do you see what we did there? Reigned in?!)
Miss Mustard Seed also used this trick on an Antique Victorian Settee she painted and upholstered for Chapel Market back in 2014.
The wood was very dark, so she had Kriste paint on a layer of Shutter Gray first to act as a neutral base. Then, coats of Ironstone were applied to get the white finish Miss Mustard Seed wanted.
“You may be wondering why I’m painting this piece Shutter Gray if I want it white. Well, you may be aware that white doesn’t cover very well, especially over dark wood. I knew I would be in for multiple coats of paint if I went straight for the white. By applying a mid-tone gray on first, the number of coats will be reduced. Kriste applied the first coat of Ironstone…once the Shutter Gray was dry.”
Again, this trick paid off!
Another tip to keep in mind when you’re working with Farmhouse White is that it may not always mix to the ideal consistency when you use our recommended one-to-one ratio. If you watched Miss Mustard Seed’s latest Facebook live on our Facebook page, she mentioned that some of the colors in our collection mix thin or thick even though you add one part Milk Paint powder to one part water.
Like Miss Mustard Seed said, mixing Milk Paint is kind of like baking. Think of your Grandmother’s biscuit recipe that reads, “Add 4-6 tablespoons of water”. Well, is it 4, 5, or 6? There are so many variables that can influence the amount of ingredients you’ll need, and Milk Paint isn’t any different. Sometimes you’ll need more water while other days you’ll need more powder.
We personally find that Farmhouse White mixes a bit thicker and more water is needed to get it to the consistency of melted ice cream. Don’t stress though! Simply add what you need to get a mixture that looks right to you. Milk Paint should ideally fall off a stir stick in a steady ribbon, string, or stream, kind of like this:
As always, you should stir your Milk Paint in your container every few brush strokes or dips. Because our paint is such a simple and primitive product, there aren’t any suspenders or binders in it to keep everything mixed throughout the painting process. Your hand and a good ‘ol popsicle stick (or spoon, or mini whisk) are the magic agent that keeps everything blended together.
For more tips on Milk Paint coverage, you can visit our post from a few days ago. Farmhouse White can be purchased from your local brick-and-mortar retailer. Search for a location closest to your home here. We truly “heart” our retailers, so we encourage you to pop by one of over 250 locations worldwide!
If you own a small business and would like to join the Milk Paint family, you can learn more about our retailer application process here. We’re getting more and more applications as time goes by, so we’d love for you to join us and move mountains in your community!
If you’re an online shopper, we have options for you too!
Wherever you go to shop, we hope our tips will help you love Farmhouse White even more!
We love each and every one of the colors in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint palette. They have been carefully chosen and formulated, and Marian has lovingly named them based upon things that inspire her.
While our colors are gorgeous to use right out of the bag, they’re even more fun to mix together to create new bespoke colors! We have found a few lovely combinations from some of our retailers and regular users that we wanted to share with you. Maybe their Milk Paint mixture will inspire your next project!
Let’s begin with Sharon’s beautiful French Blue. Sharon is the owner of I Restore Stuff in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Sharon mixed equal parts Farmhouse White and Bergere to get a gorgeous French Blue.
The subject for her makeover were these sweet nightstands. Didn’t they turn out fabulous?
Sharon’s recipe is different from our Eulalie’s Sky in that it’s not as aqua and it definitely retails the smoky blue quality of Bergere. And let’s face it…that’s why we love that color, right?
Here’s what Sharon’s tables looked like before:
Quite the transformation, eh?
When you mix two or more Milk Paint colors together, Sharon has some wonderful tips to help you in the process.
Our next custom color example is one that you’ve definitely seen before. This is the vintage chalkboard mix that Allison of The Golden Sycamore developed. It’s 3 parts Boxwood and 2 parts Artissimo.
What you may not have seen before is the gorgeous dresser that Chelsey of Shop A Cozy House painted using Allison’s Chalkboard Mix.
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Isn’t her staging so simple and sweet? This color combination looks fabulous on small chests of drawers and tables. It’s incredibly versatile too because you can “season” the piece to be a chalkboard, like Marian did on this one:
Or you can seal your piece with any of our finishes and enjoy the gorgeous color as-is. It’s to die for during the holidays!
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Next is a beautiful Swedish Blue that Goedele of Dala Muses mixed up for an adorable chest of drawers. To get her bespoke hue, Goedele mixed equal parts Mora, Grain Sack, and Trophy.
Here is the resulting color:
It’s soft, sweet, airy, and simple. Can’t you see all of the colors showing a bit? We can and we loved it!
Finally, we’d like to share a divine neutral combination that Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture mixed up. Take equal parts Marzipan and Schloss to create a lovely “putty”.
Jenn painted it on a round oak pedestal table with empire legs and a vintage china cupboard. Sometimes it leans gray and other times it leans beige. Either way the light shines, we thought it’s a lovely neutral to add to your palette.
We hope these bespoke mixtures have inspired you to try your hand at mixing your own custom color. If you discover one you fall in love with, share it with us! Tag “@mmsmilkpaint” on Instagram and “@MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint” on Facebook.
Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we’re always on the lookout for talented artisans who use our products in unique, creative, and beautiful ways.
One day, we were scrolling through Instagram and we noticed a woodcrafter who made the most gorgeous furniture out of reclaimed wood. We drooled over pictures like these:
See why we literally “slowed our scroll”?
These gorgeous creations were made by the wildly talented, Donnie Galli of Designs by Donnie.
Growing up, Donnie had many memories working with his grandfather. Whether they were painting, drawing or building, his grandfather helped to foster a love for making something out of (what felt like) nothing. Pieces of scrap wood became valuable to him in an instant!
Fast forward nearly forty years and Donnie found himself unemployed during the holiday season. While his kids were at school and his wife was at work, he was alone. Instead of drowning in his own sorrows, he walked into his garage and began to make a mess. He started taking old furniture apart and rebuilt it with a vision he had in mind. Just like that, he was on the path that his grandfather paved years prior.
“Designs by Donnie” was born in a garage during (what he considers to be) the lowest point in his life. Every day since then has been a training session for him as he continued to build his dreams one piece at a time.
Donnie’s family is his number one priority and he feels blessed to be able to use his craft and his own to hands to provide for them.
This passion makes every tear, every ER visit and every sore muscle worth it for him!
Donnie has always had an interest in drawing, sketching, and painting, but he could never figure-out how to incorporate that talent into his life on a level more than hobby. (A feeling many of our readers often share with us!) Donnie found that his love for sketching actually fit quite well with his love for designing furniture. He wanted to set himself apart from other furniture makers and learned that only a select few were using curved shapes in their designs, so he started sketching furniture with contoured shapes and eventually that lead him to a ton of inspiration and possibilities. When his clients come to his workshop and describe the style they want, he immediately begins sketching an idea for them. Donnie says it’s incredibly rewarding to see his sketches come to life – literally!
One aspect that makes Donnie’s designs unique is his use of reclaimed lumber. He says this medium allows him to offer his clients custom designed furniture with amazing stories about where the material came from. He says it’s essentially, furniture with a soul! Donnie’s favorite is river/swamp rescued “Sinker Cypress.”
Donnie has been using our MMSMP products on some of his projects and he love how it bonds to wood with significant strength. It doesn’t seem peel or fade, which is a huge benefit for his products. The fact that MMSMP sinks in like a stain rather laying on the surface of raw wood makes this possible! In addition, our paint comes in a powder form, so Donnie gets to play with the amount of water he mixes into it. Sometimes he mixes more water than needed so the Milk Paint will be slightly transparent, acting like a stain or a wash. Considering how often Donnie is around stains, sawdust, and fumes, it’s very important that he use products that will keep his lungs healthy and protected for years to come!
Donnie’s favorite MMSMP product is our Hemp Oil (which we have to agree with)!
Because he mostly works with reclaimed lumber, our Hemp Oil gives a complimentary finish to the old wood. The Hemp Oil doesn’t change the color tones or the natural weathered look to the wood at all. Rather, it simply enhances what’s already there.
Most wood is very porous and Hemp Oil will seal the top and penetrate inside the pores as well, offering extra protection. Donnie has tried many sealers on furniture, and he says that none of them can measured up to MMSMP Hemp Oil. In his opinion, it’s a superior product!
One of Donnie’s most popular designs using our Milk Paint is his whitewashed look. The bench below is actually one of his most favorite pieces he’s created so far!
We shared some of his pieces that were painted in our Farmhouse White and our social media blew up with positive comments, likes, and loves!
We asked Donnie if he would share his secret with us, and he obliged! First, he suggests using this technique on pieces of furniture that have drastic highs and lows in the grain. Old barn wood would be a perfect choice! After he has his grainy wood selected, he covers the entire piece in Farmhouse White mixed to normal rations (1 part MMS Milk Paint powder to 1 part water). He doesn’t do any prep work to the lumber i.e. no sanding or milling. He says this part is critical to achieving his signature look because if you sand the board smooth, then the grain will no longer pop. The wood needs the “highs and lows.” Next, he uses a paint scraper and begins to scrape away the paint. If the blade is sharp, it will remove the paint from the “highs” of the grain and will leave the remaining paint in the “lows.” He recommends scraping about 10 minutes after the Milk Paint is applied, not allowing it to fully dry because its more difficult once completely cured. The scraping works as a smoothing agent as it knocks down the high points of the wood. Once the Milk Paint is totally dry, he applies our Touch Coat or Hemp Oil to seal the piece. Finally, he uses a dry cloth to hand-buff the whole piece using “a bunch of muscle”.
As you can see, the effect is absolutely stunning!
We can’t get enough of Donnie’s designs, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting him in his furniture ventures. You can follow Donnie on Facebook, Instagram, and visit his website to learn more about his inspiring creations!
If you are an artisan who loves using MMSMP products, please reach out to us so we can share your beautiful work! Email Jenn Baker at email@example.com and share your love of Milk Paint!