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!
Are you looking for an easy DIY project to dip your toe into the world of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint? Well you’re in luck because we have a 3 part video tutorial to share with you by one of our Milk Paint team members, Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture.
In this video series, Jenn will teach you how to create two different looks on turned wooden pillar candle holders.
Part 1 – Painting Candlesticks With Schloss
Part 2 – Sealing With Hemp Oil & Antiquing Wax
Part 3 – Using Curio as a Wood Stain
Using Curio as a stain over raw wood gives you the most beautiful results! Like Jenn mentioned, mix 1 part Curio Milk Paint to 2 parts water.
MMS Milk Paint is a fabulous product to use as a wood stain because you get the richness and depth of our colors without covering over the wood grain of your piece. You can create this look using Curio or try using one of our grays or whites!
Just look at that detail!
Here’s the Schloss painted candle holder with Antiquing Wax. Remember, Jenn applied a layer of Hemp Oil first before applying the Antiquing Wax. This helps protect the color of your Milk Paint and prevent things from getting smudgy.
And as a bonus, Jenn painted up another candle holder to show you a third look! This candle holder was stained in Curio and then sealed with Hemp Oil. Then Jenn applied a layer of White Wax.
If you’d like to recreate any of these looks, we’ve included a “shopping list” for you below!
Look One – Schloss and Antiquing Wax
Schloss Milk Paint
Look Two – Rich Wood Stain
Curio Milk Paint
Look Three – Rich Wood Stain w/ White Wax
Curio Milk Paint
To find your local brick and mortar MMSMP retailer, visit our map and see who is in your neighborhood! Don’t have a retailer near you? You can purchase online by clicking here.
Blog post tutorials are very helpful in showing you how to do something step by step. But, having a video to watch and seeing something happen in real time is a bit more powerful, don’t you think?
On July 2nd, our MMSMP Instagram manager, Jenn Baker of Eight Hundred Furniture, went live and demonstrated how to use our rich Antiquing Wax to enhance carved details on a beautiful little pie crust topped table.
Jenn painted the table in two coats of our warm greige, Schloss, and mixed Bonding Agent into her paint because she didn’t want any chipping to occur.
After the two coats of Schloss were applied, Jenn smooth sanded with 400 grit sandpaper and then sealed her table with Hemp Oil.
After she sealed the table with Hemp Oil, Jenn enhanced the table with our Antiquing Wax when she went live. We wanted to share the video with you in case you a) missed it, b) wanted to rewatch it or c) wanted to save it for later reference. So without further delay, you can watch Jenn’s MMSMP Instagram Live broadcast below!
After she was finished waxing the table, Jenn gave the piecrust topped table a proper photo shoot, and you can see how our Antiquing Wax added just the right amount of detailing to the carved bits.
Here’s that lovely scalloped piecrust table top. You can see how the Antiquing Wax settled onto the ledge and draws your eye around the entire perimeter of the piece.
The effect is quite beautiful! Can you see how using long strokes across the table helps to create a clean effect rather than swirling the wax on?
Now for the stars of the show…the carvings!
Our Antiquing Wax does such a great job at settling into recessed areas, such as carvings like these. It adds shadowing and contrast, which helps enhance them and draw your eye in. Carvings like these are practically begging to be waxed with either of our tinted waxes – White or Antiquing!
Just look at that detail!
The carvings reach all the way down to the feet, and even they got the special Antiquing Wax treatment. As you wipe Antiquing Wax off, it is removed from the flat surfaces and remains in the low points of the piece, giving you an effect like this:
So what do you think? Are you inspired to give our Antiquing Wax a try now? Remember to have a layer of clear product (whether it’s Furniture Wax or Hemp Oil) in between your MMS Milk Paint and the Antiquing Wax. This will help to give you a cleaner look and avoid any smudging or ghosting.
You can shop for Antiquing Wax from your local MMSMP retailer. It comes in small and large sizes so you can purchase the right amount for your project. A small jar of Antiquing Wax would be the right size for a small table like this.
You can find your local MMSMP retailer by searching on our map here. If there isn’t a retailer in your neighborhood, you can see your online purchasing options here.
We hope you enjoyed the live broadcast on Instagram! Make sure you show us your Antiquing Wax projects by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook and @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram!
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!
Over here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we feel as if we blinked and October was gone! Since November is now upon us, we’re so excited to feature two of our dreamy and comforting shades with you to warm up those cold November nights!
Everyone, say “hello” to Curio and Schloss:
Don’t they remind you of hot cocoa and warm fuzzy blankets? Well, they should because both of these lovely colors have comforting warm undertones. Let’s dive into Curio first.
Curio got its name from the rich warm brown color you often find on curio cabinets.
It’s an incredibly versatile color to have in your MMS Milk Paint collection because it can be used as a toner, stain, and a full strength color.
To use Curio as a stain, mix 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part milk paint powder. Use it to stain raw wood on the tops of dressers, buffets, console tables, and photo frames. Here are a few of our favorite Curio-stained projects:
My Painted Door shared this sweet dresser that is proudly sporting a Curio painted top and a Trophy/Ironstone body:
You can even mix in some Curio to tone down other colors in the MMS Milk Paint collection. Mix it with Tricycle to get a lovely muted barn red.
If you want more color inspiration for Curio, you can visit our Color Focus Pinterest Board by clicking here.
Curio is lovely to use as a full strength color. Here, you can see how it takes on different personalities with our various finishes. (Thank Allison of The Golden Sycamore for this graphic!)
However you use it, Curio is a must-have!
Next, let’s chat about our deliciously warm gray, Schloss.
As most of you know, Marian grew up in Germany when she was a little girl. Her love for the culture and German decor is still with her today, and it manifests itself perfectly in Schloss. The word “Schloss” is actually German and it means “castle”.
Marian wanted a warm gray in her European Collection that would mimic the faded stones that one would find on the old castles scattered throughout Germany. It’s THE perfect “greige”!
It’s an ideal color to use if you want gray, but your decor leans warm. Here, you can see Schloss nestled up against our cool gray, Trophy. Can you see how Trophy is much cooler than Schloss? Trophy has more blue undertones, while Schloss has more yellows and browns.
Schloss looks absolutely divine when topped with our Antiquing Wax (which happens to be November’s Featured Product of the Month).
Thanks as always to Allison of The Golden Sycamore for this graphic showing how Schloss looks with our various finishes.
Marian first featured Schloss on this gorgeous caned-back sofa.
She painted Schloss on the frame and allowed Milk Paint to do its thing. Click here to read the full featured post on Schloss.
For more Schloss color inspiration, visit our Pinterest Color Focus Board here.
We would love to see how you are using our cozy and warm November colors this month. Tag “@mmsmilkpaint” on Instagram and “@MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint” on Facebook so we can see your creations!
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.
Who doesn’t enjoy flipping through magazines filled with pretty pictures of clothing, homes, far away places or delicious food? How many of you scroll through the thousands of images on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for your homes?
If you find yourself in that camp, then you’re going to fall in love with our featured Products of the Month of July!
These are our two Miss Mustard Seed’s Look Books and the term “book” doesn’t really describe what they are. They’re more of a hybrid between a magazine filled with gorgeous photos, a book filled with valuable information and tutorials, and a conversation between the reader and Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed). They’re more of a “bookazineversation”, if you will.
Let’s dive into each Look Book and help you discern which one is the perfect fit for where you are in your Milk Paint journey, shall we?
Look Book One was designed for folks who are brand new or just starting to experiment with Milk Paint. If you’ve never heard of Milk Paint and have no idea what makes it different from other paints on the market, you definitely would enjoy Look Book One! It’s filled with answers to frequently asked questions, easy to follow tutorials, and takes you through the descriptions and features of each of the core MMSMP colors.
Look Book One is as close as you can get to having a workshop in book form! It’s packed with super helpful tips from our talented retailers too, so you can get the inside scoop on all things MMS Milk Paint!
Look Book Two has a much different feel. It was a collaborative effort between Heidi (Marian’s Online Executive Assistant), Kriste of Rosemary and Thyme, and Marian. As a matter of fact, Kriste is on the inside cover and has a special letter written from her to you. (But you’ll have to get yourself a copy to read it!)
Look Book Two is a celebration of the European collection of colors in the MMS Milk Paint Line. They include Arabesque, Bergere, Layla’s Mint, Marzipan and Schloss.
It also includes more advanced techniques and tutorials such as mixing custom wax colors and using heat sources to crackle Milk Paint.
There are inspirational photos from all over Europe showing where Marian got the ideas for her European line of colors. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy looking at gorgeous scenery and incredible architecture from days gone by?
The front cover has a great story behind it as well. Kriste brought in a picture from an Antropologie catalog where a model had open palms releasing a color powdered. She asked Marian if they could try doing that with Milk Paint.
It took a lot of takes and the ladies threw a LOT of paint, but fortunately, they had a talented and willing photographer (Brianna Wilbur) and an abandoned mill across from Marian’s studio that wouldn’t be bothered by some powdered paint in the grass. There was a lot of laughing and a lot of “one-two-three-go!”
So whether you’re just beginning your journey with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint or you’re a seasoned pro, we know you’re going to love our Look Books! They’re a fabulous addition to have in your Milk Paint collection. They make excellent gifts for the DIY’er in your life, and they’re fabulous resources for ideas and inspiration.
You can purchase Look Books from our brick-and-mortar retailers, our online retailers, or on Amazon. Make sure you check with your local retailer to see if they have our Look Books in stock before you take a drive. They’re aren’t required to have on hand, so some retailers may not have them available. You can order from Amazon in that case!