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!
Fall can’t come soon enough in our book! Even though it’s not until September 23rd this year, we secretly wish it was here now. There’s nothing like the colors of Fall to evoke all the warm and cozy feels, so today, we wanted to share the shades that best exemplify the season from the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint palette.
Fall MMSMP Colors
First, let’s begin with the most iconic color for the Fall season. It’s the skin of a pumpkin, a pile of crunchy leaves swirling on the ground in a brisk wind and a slice of sweet potato pie. It’s our rusty orange shade, Outback Petticoat.
Outback Petticoat was given its name by a group of our Australian retailers. You can read its color story in the photo above. It’s such a lovely shade of orange – not too bright or loud. It pairs well with warm tones like Marzipan and Curio as well as brighter shades of white like Ironstone and Farmhouse White. Orange and navy are a winning combination as well, so feel free to add pops of Artissimo with it as well. Outback Petticoat also looks fantastic when partnered with another of our Fall colors, Boxwood.
Boxwood has been quite popular this season, and its no wonder why. Just look at that color! Mix it with Artissimo or Kitchen Scale to whip up your own custom blend of green, or use it straight out of the bag. Boxwood gets super rich and deep when sealed with our Hemp Oil. For extra age and depth, add a layer of Antiquing Wax.
Mustard Seed Yellow
Mustard yellow is a welcomed pop of brightness as the leaves change color. The shade instantly catches your eye and it pairs so nicely with other rich tones like Boxwood, Artissimo, Tricycle, Curio and Outback Petticoat. It offers a lovely contrast when its chipped over dark wood tones, such as in the photo above. Lighten Mustard Seed Yellow by mixing it with Ironstone or make it warmer and more muted by adding in a bit of Curio.
Our warm walnut brown is an incredibly versatile color to have in your MMS Milk Paint collection. It can be watered down to serve as a stain on raw wood or mixed in with other colors to mute them and pull them in the warm direction.
Now that we’ve got you dreaming of hot chocolate, the smell of cinnamon, your most comfortable sweater and soft leather boots, let’s dive deeper into our Fall colors and show you some inspirational pieces painted in these Autumnal hues.
The interior of this spinet desk was badly damaged when Jenn of Eight Hundred Furniture got her hands on it. To mimic the look of wood stain, Jenn painted Curio on in full strength and hydrated it with our Hemp Oil finish.
We absolutely loved this tallboy dresser that Sharon of i Restore Stuff created.
She painted a base of Typewriter and then used Hemp Oil as a resist as she painted a second layer of Outback Petticoat.
And of course, there was a petticoat dangling from one of the drawers. How fitting!
Jessica of Blue Peaches Furniture knocked this empire piece out of the park when she decided to give it a Boxwood makeover.
It was a commanding color choice to go with the strong lines and architectural features of her dresser, and we absolutely loved it! Boxwood lends itself well to Spring and Fall decor. Jessica paired it with some fresh white florals above, but it can also be staged to evoke the Fall feels as well. Bring out your red, orange, and warm wood accents and Boxwood starts to lean more cozy than springtime fresh.
Finally, this Mustard Seed Yellow hoosier by Circadee always makes us smile!
We hope you’re in the Fall mood now with our roundup of Autumnal colors! Share your MMS Milk Paint projects with us by tagging us on social media. Make sure you use our hashtags too! #mmsmp, #mmsmilkpaint, #missmustardseedsmilkpaint and #iheartmilkpaint!
Hay rides, apple picking, scarves, boots, cozy sweaters…Fall is here! Rejoice! With a new month in hand, we have two new gorgeous colors to feature in October. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Ah yes, the quintessential colors for October…black and orange. Now that we have a super awesome orange in the Milk Paint line, we can feature it for prime pumpkin season! Let’s explore Typewriter and Outback Petticoat individually.
Our Typewriter is the soft black in our line. It’s named after the color you would find on vintage typewriters. The worn black patina of metal typewriters immediately inspired Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) when she was naming colors for the line.
Typewriter is ridiculously versatile and a must-have in your MMS Milk Paint collection. Not only is it gorgeous all on its own, but it can be added to other colors to darken and tone them down. Mix it with Tricycle to achieve a subdued brick red. Add it to Farmhouse White or Ironstone for a charcoal gray. Whatever color you mix it with, Typewriter will darken it in the cool direction. Want a warmer feel to your darker shades? Use Curio instead!
Speaking of Curio, Typewriter can be mixed with our warm brown and used as a dark stain on raw wood. It looks like a rich walnut and you can play with the ratios to suit your taste! Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture used a 1:1 ratio and added 2 parts water to 1 part paint for her custom “walnut” Milk Paint stain.
Typewriter takes on various personalities when you use our different finishes. It looks absolutely divine when sealed with our Hemp Oil! This awesome graphic is courtesy of Allison of The Golden Sycamore. Make sure you swing by her page and give her a follow on social media!
Typewriter also looks divine when nestled up against warm wood tones. Here is a dresser that Miss Mustard Seed hand-painted. She used Typewriter for the body and painted a design on the drawer fronts. It’s subtle and rich, don’t you think?
Here are some of our other favorite Typewriter projects:
Our next featured color for October is actually our newest addition to the MMSMP line. It’s our rusty Outback Petticoat!
Outback Petticoat was created in conjunction with some of our Australian retailers. The name comes from the orange soil of the Australian Outback. Early settler women would stain the hems of their white petticoats orange from the soil as they walked the terrain, so this paint is a nod to Australia’s past. Plus, petticoat is such a fun word to say and it evokes images of days gone by. You know we love all things antique!
Outback Petticoat happens to be the best orange to use for painting pumpkins! Whether they’re paper mache, wood or ceramic, it is the most gorgeous shade to use to bring Fall into your home.
Check out our full tutorial on how to Milk Paint pumpkins here.
Outback Petticoat is so much more than an orange you use once a year for pumpkin painting though. Just look at these stunning examples:
However you use them, Typewriter and Outback Petticoat make the perfect pairing for the month of October. Make sure you share your projects using these two colors with us on social media. Shop for all Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Products at our brick and mortar retailer locations or online.
Outback Petticoat is the newest color in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint collection.
It’s a gorgeous rusty orange that gets its color inspiration from the soil of the Australian Outback. Settler women would get orange stains on their petticoats as they walked over the soil, so a group of our Australian retailers determined this would be the perfect name for the color. How fun?!
As Fall is approaching, we thought it would be super fun to share a quick, easy, and Fall-themed DIY project using Outback Petticoat.
The subjects of our project are these sweet little pumpkins.
You can grab these at any craft store in your area, or shop for them online through Amazon or Etsy. We wanted to show you two different types of pumpkin makeovers so you can see how Milk Paint looks on paper mache…
and on ceramic!
Milk Paint soaks in well to porous surfaces including raw wood, concrete, clay, ceramic, and paper mache. To begin, you’ll need a few materials – Outback Petticoat Milk Paint, Curio Milk Paint, cups to mix your Milk Paint in, stir sticks, paint brushes, water, and Hemp Oil.
Next, measure out 3-4 tablespoons of Outback Petticoat and dump it into a mixing cup.
Then add the same amount of water and watch the pale orange powder turn into rusty orange goodness!
Using a stir stick, mix the Milk Paint for about one minute straight, making sure to scrape the sides and the bottom of your cup.
Stir well until all of the powder has been mixed into the water.
Once the Milk Paint has been mixed for a minute or two, set it aside to rest for five minutes. This will give the Outback Petticoat powder a chance to absorb more water.
The ideal consistency you’re looking for is that of melted ice cream. You want the Milk Paint to run off of your stir stick in a steady stream. If it drips off, then the paint is too thin and you need to add a touch more powder. If the Milk Paint is clumpy, then add a touch more water. Don’t stress about this part – you really can’t mess it up! It’s just like mixing pancake batter. For more tips on mixing Milk Paint, you can watch this video from Miss Mustard Seed’s YouTube channel!
Once your Milk Paint is mixed, begin painting your pumpkins! It may help to hold the ceramic pumpkin in the hole on the bottom so you can paint the body.
Outback Petticoat is the prettiest color to use. It looks amazing as you brush it out.
As you get near the top of the stems, switch to a smaller brush so it’s easier to get a clean edge.
You don’t have to paint the bottoms if you don’t want to. (As a tip, you may want to put tiny felt feet on the bottoms of the ceramic pumpkins to avoid scratching the surface of your wood furniture.)
As the paint dries, keep an eye out for spots that sparkle in the light. That’s the limestone in the Milk Paint!
Allow your first coat of Outback Petticoat to completely dry before applying a second. We applied two coats on our pumpkins and the coverage was just right! As the Outback Petticoat is drying, you can mix up a small bit of Curio to use on the stems. One tablespoon of powder and water will do the trick, as the stems are relatively tiny and you won’t need that much paint.
We advise using a tiny brush for this part so you can create clean lines and wiggle your way around the shape of your pumpkin stems.
We applied two coats of Curio to the stems and allowed our pumpkins to dry for about thirty minutes. The air was humid on the day these were painted, so a little extra time was needed to make sure everything was dry.
You could leave your Milk Paint pumpkins raw at this point, but both Outback Petticoat and Curio look amazing when finished with our Hemp Oil.
We advise pouring a small amount into a separate cup and using a paintbrush to apply it all over your pumpkins.
As you apply the Hemp Oil over the Milk Paint, you’ll see the magic happen!
Can you see the depth and richness that Milk Paint takes on when it’s sealed with Hemp Oil? This was our absolute favorite part of this DIY project! Here are the paper mache pumpkins side-by-side The left is raw and the right has fresh Hemp Oil on it.
And here are the ceramic pumpkins. Again, the left is raw and the right has Hemp Oil on it.
Once the pumpkins are covered, gently wipe away the excess Hemp Oil with a lint-free cloth. Don’t use a paper towel – trust us! You’ll get little fuzzies all over your pumpkins.
We staged our pumpkins on a wood slice with buds of cotton tucked in. It doesn’t get more autumnal than that!
While this DIY project used Outback Petticoat as the primary color, you can use any of the gorgeous Milk Paint shades on your pumpkins. Miss Mustard Seed mixed some bespoke color combinations on a tutorial she shared back in 2013. She painted real white pumpkins and wrote all about her steps on her blog.
Just make sure you mix in our Bonding Agent if you’re going to paint real pumpkins or else this will happen:
One of the benefits of painting faux pumpkins is that you can use them year after year!
Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we are always on the lookout for talented artisans who are using our products in beautiful and unique ways. It seems that every time we check our Instagram feed, incredible pieces are popping up left and right from a consistent and uber talented furniture painter. We’re talking about ridiculously pretty furniture, like this Outback Petticoat stunner:
How could you not slow your scroll with eye candy like this?!
Now you may be wondering why her business is called “Lee.Marie” if the owner’s name is Kristie. (We were too, so we asked!) The name “Lee.Marie” came from combining Kristie’s middle name with her sister’s middle name. Ever since they were little they would pretend they were store owners, and regardless of what kind of store they owned, it was always called “Lee.Marie”. So when Kristie discovered her passion for refinishing furniture, it was easy to make the choice for a name! Kristie ran it by her sister first, of course, and she was given the “thumbs up” to use it!
Kristie’s journey to painting furniture started when she was little. As a young girl, she was always asking her dad to paint the walls of her bedroom a different color every year or so, until her father showed her how to do it herself. When she moved out and got married, she drove her husband crazy with the same obsession of wanting to paint the walls and change the decor and switch everything up all the time. (Can any of you relate?)
Eventually, Kristie got into painting canvases and it solved her creative itch (for a little while). She also took up playing multiple instruments and attending lessons, but she still felt like she was always looking for another project to do.
One day, she came across a Pinterest post about painting furniture, and knew she had to try it! Kristie’s mom offered up a small side table and bookshelf. Kristie painted them white with some light distressing and the rest is history. As is the case with a lot of our MMS Milk Paint users, Kristie was completely hooked! She had finally found her creative outlet and developed a love of photography along the way. It solved her constant itch to create something, and she knows her husband is happy that the home projects have slowed down! Her cello is now used as a furniture prop these days.
Without the help of her husband, Kristie says she couldn’t paint and sell furniture. Between the physical demands of the profession and being a Mom to an adorable young boy, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all. Everyone who is a parent knows that it is hard to get anything done throughout the day with a little one in the home, and it’s even harder to take time to work on extra things like hobbies. Kristie is fortunate enough to have an amazing husband who is always happy to tire out her toddler while she paints. He also helps with the heavy lifting and repairs that come along with painting furniture. She literally couldn’t do it without him.
While it may seem that her business takes her away from her family life, it has actually done the opposite. Kristie and her family often make day trips out of picking up pieces that are further away and visit family if the pickup is at the opposite end of the city where they live. Sometimes they’ll hang out at a new park or try a new restaurant along the way. Painting furniture has allowed Kristie to have a creative outlet that she so desperately needed, and provides a way for her to make some extra money while her baby sleeps. We call that a win-win!
Kristie started using MMS Milk Paint when she visited one of our fabulous retailers, The Vintage Verandah, in Cochrane, Ab. The owner of Vintage Verandah, Tanya, gave Kristie a confidence boost by asking her to be in a vintage market and Tanya always had kind words and encouragement for Kristie every time she frequented the shop. (See? Aren’t our retailers amazing?!)
Kristie always saw MMS Milk Paint on the shelves but she was too scared to try it. She wasn’t exactly sure why, but as she joined Instagram and started seeing tons of authentically chippy pieces, it inspired her to buy her very first pouch of Milk Paint the next day. Kristie was amazed at how simple and easy it was to create the chippy look, which was exactly what she was going for. We encourage you to take this step as well, dear readers. Every so often, we hear how intimidated folks are to try our paint, and we encourage you to prove yourself wrong and give it a go. It’s not as hard as it appears to be. We promise!
We asked Kristie if she had any advice to pass on to a brand new users of MMSMP. Here’s what she said:
“For anyone wanting to try milk paint but hasn’t yet, I encourage you to try it. I was apprehensive because I heard it was unpredictable and hard to mix. As far as those two go, the unpredictability is actually why I love it the most and you really can’t mess up the mixing! It’s easy, and I wish I discovered milk paint sooner!”
Kristie is always amazed at how every single MMSMP color turns out prettier than she imagined. She swears every shade looks good in her house, and she loves how mixing and matching colors always turns out beautiful. She says that the MMSMP color pallet is exceptional, and of course, we have to agree with her! Her most favorite aspect of our paint is how it takes on a mind of its own and it almost “decides” where and when it wants to chip. She has learned to roll with the unpredictable nature of MMSMP and she says that the paint is always right. It’s like magic!
While Kristie has used a wide range of our colors, her favorites are our Farmhouse White, which is a classic, or any of the other neutrals in the line. She truly believes that furniture should enhance and hold a space together. A dresser in a bedroom should be handsome but humble, all the way down to the hardware.
She always imagines her pieces covered in dishes, picture frames, lamps, books and other trinkets of life, so she tries to make pieces that are subtle statements without adding to the clutter and chaos of the average home.
The same is also true for her colorful pieces too. Outback Petticoat and Boxwood have been her favorites, especially on something like an entryway server welcoming guests as a bold surprise in a neutral setting.
The finish she uses about 99% of the time is our Hemp Oil.
She loves that it’s extremely easy to apply. The finish it creates is always extremely smooth and durable.
The store is owned by her father-in-law, and she is lucky enough to learn from his knowledge of (and access to) antique furniture. Kristie would highly recommend renting a space in an antique mall. Even though The Old Creamery is family-owned, she still pays rent and commission just like everyone else. She finds it to be a good trade off for the advertising, storage space, showcase room and storefront hours that she simply couldn’t provide on her own. About 75% of Kristie’s sales are through the antique mall, and the rest is through her social media, so The Old Creamery is a huge help to her! Kristie enjoys the community of being with other like-minded creatives and having a whole new audience and exposure. So, if you’re wondering if you should begin selling your MMS Milk Painted furniture in an organized way, renting a booth in an antique mall or market is an excellent way to begin! Many of our MMSMP retailers sell out of antique booths, so you’ll be in good company!
Are you a talented artisan who is using MMSMP products in beautiful and unique ways? Do you know of someone we should follow? Tell us! Send Jenn Baker an email at [email protected] with links to social media feeds and photos, and who knows – maybe you’ll be our next MMSMP Featured Artisan!