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September Colors of the Month – Shutter Gray & Mora

September Colors of the Month

September is in full swing and it’s time to highlight two new gorgeous colors in our collection.

As you can see, both Shutter Gray and Mora are quiet and soft colors. They have subtle differences, so let’s dive into Shutter Gray first and explore its characteristics.

Shutter Gray

Shutter Gray was inspired by a huge pair of antique shutters that Miss Mustard Seed found one day during an antique shopping trip. You can see them pictured above. The gorgeous blue/gray inspired her to add this color in her MMS Milk Paint collection, and we’re sure you’re happy she did!

Shutter Gray is a French gray with blue undertones. It’s a bit of a chameleon color too because it can lean different directions depending on the light and the decor around it. It can look gray, blue, or even lavender at times.

Photo via The Golden Sycamore

Shutter Gray pairs well with all of our whites and creams.

And it looks lovely unfinished. This gorgeous cabinet from Miss Mustard Seed’s old studio in Pennsylvania doesn’t have a finish on it. She decided to leave it raw and let it wear naturally.

And most recently, Miss Mustard Seed repeated this technique on her primitive hutch in the dining room of her Minnesota home.

This piece used to be a rich blue, but Miss Mustard Seed wanted to quiet it down to let her gorgeous MMS Milk Painted wall mural stand out and be the star of the dining room. Here’s what she shared about this piece on her blog.

“The new coat of paint is Shutter Gray mixed with some Lucketts Green and Linen MMS Milk Paint.  It made a soft, blue/green/gray color that coordinated beautifully with the mural.  I decided not to distress this piece at all, but left the milk paint unfinished, so it will wear over time and the color would be soft and have more variation.  It still looks and feels like old paint on an old piece, but it’s freshened up a bit.”- Miss Mustard Seed

Shutter Gray was also one of the shades in her color palette for the wall mural.

From top to bottom, the colors are Shutter Gray, Boxwood, Lucketts Green and Kitchen Scale. The wallpaper sample on the left side of the photo is by Susan Harter. You can see more of her stunning mural wallpaper on her site here.

Mora

Mora was named after the town in Sweden famous for its curvy clocks.

Mora is a pale blue/green color that is a member of our European Collection of colors. In the photo below, the colors are Mora, Schloss, Arabesque, Layla’s Mint, Marzipan and Bergere (left to right).

You can see Mora next to Bergere in the photo below. It’s much lighter than Bergere but bluer than Marzipan.

Mora is a fabulous whisper of a color. It’s an ideal choice if you want a bit of color that’s soft and isn’t white.

Like all of our colors, you can add some character with each of our finishes.

Photo via The Golden Sycamore

If you want to know how Miss Mustard Seed hand-painted the designs on the front of the Mora dresser, you can watch her video here showing her strokes and the process in general.

Here’s another beautiful piece done in Mora by Coast and Country Vintage.

And this little single drawer storage piece by Jenn over at Eight Hundred Furniture.

Mora is another chameleon color that leans more blue, gray or green at times.

You can shop for Shutter Gray, Mora and any of our other products from your local MMS Milk Paint retailer or online. Share your projects with us on social media too by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook and @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram!

 

Tips For Painting With White

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.

On her original post, she wrote:

“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.

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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!

 

September Colors of the Month – Shutter Gray & Mora

September is finally here, and we’re ready to highlight two new colors all month long.  They’re soft, subtle and completely gorgeous!

Everyone, let’s get ready to enjoy Shutter Gray and Mora!

Let’s dive in to Shutter Gray first.  It’s a member of our signature color collection and it’s one of Marian’s favorites!  Shutter Gray gets its name and color inspiration from a pair of shutters Marian found at an antique store.  They had the most beautiful original gray/blue color, and it inspired her to create a similar shade.

Shutter Gray is a French blue/gray that takes on different looks depending on what’s surrounding it.  In this photo, Shutter Gray takes on more of a gray tone when surrounded by stronger blue colors.

Shutter Gray is a chameleon color in that sense, which makes it so much fun to paint with!  Marian used it on the outside of this cupboard and she decided to leave it unfinished (or raw, as we say).

Allison of The Golden Sycamore created superb graphics of all the Milk Paint colors in our various finishes.  You can see how Shutter Gray changes personality depending on the products you put on top.

It looks fantastic when paired with whites.  Marian painted the body of this dresser in Shutter Gray and used creamy Linen to hand-paint some decorative flourishes along the drawers.

The contrast is soft and perfect.

Shutter Gray is the perfect color to pick if you’re trying to decide between a gray and a blue.  It’s a very responsive tone and takes on different personalities depending on what’s surrounding it.  You really can’t go wrong with this color!

Along with Shutter Gray, we’re featuring one of the colors from our European Collection.  Let’s dive into the dreamy softness of Mora.

Mora was named for the Swedish town of Mora, which is famous for gorgeous curvy standing clocks.

This clock was actually painted in the color, Mora.  How fitting!  Marian used Linen to accent some trim pieces and finished it with both Antiquing and White Wax.

Mora is another chameleon color.  It’s a pale blue/gray/green color that can look entirely different depending on what it’s next to.  It also looks fabulous when paired with soft whites.

Marian hand-painted the flowers on the front of this Mora dresser using Linen and Farmhouse White.

Marian also used it to paint the interior of this wood wardrobe.

See how it takes on more of a greenish tone when surrounded by dark wood?  That’s one of the aspects of using our Milk Paint that you should keep in mind.  Because Milk Paint soaks in to wood more like a stain rather than laying on the top, it will take on the tone of whatever is underneath it.  You could paint two dressers in the same color of Milk Paint and finish them with the same topcoat, and each will have a slightly different finished color.  That’s one aspect of Milk Paint that we absolutely love!  It offers you the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else can replicate!

Once again, we thank Allison of The Golden Sycamore for this graphic showing how Mora looks in our various finishes.  Aren’t they so helpful?

Mora is an excellent choice to use if you want a soft whisper of a color.  It’s light enough to be a neutral and its calming tone is incredibly versatile.  Pair it with blues, grays, sages and pale yellows for a winning combination.

You can shop for Shutter Gray and Mora at your local brick-and-mortar retailer or online.  Make sure you share your Color of the Month projects with us on social media as well.  We love seeing your creations!

MMSMP Featured Artisan – MaryJane Jones Art

How many of you absolutely drool over the sweeping landscapes that Miss Mustard Seed paints on her furniture pieces?

You know what we’re talking about…

The clouds in this one get us every time!

And the cute fluffy sheep on this one?  Stop. It. Right. Now.

Well if you love these landscapes, then you’re going to be obsessed with our newest featured MMSMP artisan, MaryJane of MaryJane Jones Art.

MaryJane is a fabulous artist happily situated in coastal Georgia and we first discovered her beautiful landscape furniture through one of our retailers, Cottle & Gunn.  We were scrolling through their Instagram feed and we saw this.

Isn’t it scroll-stopping?!

The brush strokes.  The color.  The blending.  Everything made our Milk Paint loving hearts jump for joy!  That’s when we started learning more about the fabulous MaryJane and we just had to share her with all of you!

Painting has always been a part of who MaryJane is.  She was born and raised in New Orleans and her mother is an art teacher there.  Her mother cultivated an interest in different styles and techniques in her heart at a young age to the point that by the age of six, MaryJane was taking oil painting classes from a local artist who lived in her neighborhood!  She describes it as love at first brushstroke!

(We feel the same way about her work!)

MaryJane found so much inspiration from living in New Orleans.  Many cities claim to be “melting pots” but in her travels, she has found that it truly was the most unique blend of people groups in the US.  Between the jazz brass bands playing alongside the honking of car horns, technicolor homes with classical architecture, and Mardi Gras beads dangling from the limbs of hundred-year-old oaks as if they were chandeliers are all par for the course in her city and all of the pieces of the NOLA puzzle influence her works.

This influence is obvious in MaryJane’s vibrant color palettes and bold brushstrokes. She says that in New Orleans, there’s beauty in the weird, the unexpected and the different; it empowers a person to have confidence in being themselves.

About two years ago, MaryJane was approach by Deb Cottle about showing her artwork at Cottle & Gunn.  Deb’s shop is located in historic St.Marys, Georgia, and this partnership gave MaryJane the opportunity to branch out in the fine art world.  She was an admirer of Miss Mustard Seed’s rural landscape dressers, so she approached Deb about possibly painting a scene on one of the dressers in the shop. She showed Deb some sketches and she let her run wild!  Like all of our retailers, Deb is very generous with her knowledge of MMSMP products and her vintage workshop inspires creativity.  MaryJane knew it was only a matter of time before she used our Milk Paint as an artist’s medium!

Deb, we’re so glad you took the time to open up MaryJane to our products!  She love how our paint has a very natural feel.  The colors are bright without feeling artificial.  Also, because MMSMP is pigmented powder, it allows her (and you) to get varying color values in one brush stroke.  She loves seeing this striation in color because it truly gives each piece its own unique look.

One of her favorite pieces is this dresser titled “Golden Marsh”.

One of her favorite parts of residing in coastal Georgia is the beautiful marshland and the abundant wildlife.  The Marsh Dresser allowed MaryJane to chance to showcase this affinity for nature.  She used plenty of Shutter Gray along with Mustard Seed Yellow. She loves the juxtaposition of the cool blue with the warm yellow and she had to sneak in a pair of roseate spoonbills.  (Birds are one of her favorite subjects to paint!)

Plus, the “canvas” of “Golden Marsh” was amazing to work on.  It was a gorgeous turn-of-the-century dresser with distinct hand-carved pulls, which MaryJane chose to leave unpainted.

MaryJane tries to make every brushstroke count in her artwork.  She likes them to be deliberate and expressive, giving a sense of life and movement.

We asked her what advice she would give to someone who is too intimidated to pick up a paintbrush and try painting for the first time.  Here’s what she wrote:

“Don’t focus on the final product.

Just enjoy the creative process and only adhere to your own timetable.

A project is only complete when you want it to be.  

And most importantly, have fun!”

We quite agree with her and we hope you are inspired to think outside the box and experience something new!  Perhaps you’ve never given Milk Paint a try.  Maybe you have always wanted to paint a landscape like MaryJane and Marian.  Or perhaps you simply want to try tackling a focus wall in your home.  Whatever your canvas that’s waiting in the wings, we hope you have been inspired to give it a go!  Who knows where it will take you!

For more inspiration from Mary Jane, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and visit her website.

We would be remiss not to give a huge shout out to Deb of Cottle & Gunn for partnering with MaryJane and fostering a love of Milk Paint in her heart.

Our retailers are dedicated individuals who love our product and want to help you discover your inner artist.  Find your closest retailer here.

Do you know of a fabulous artisan who is using MMS Milk Paint in beautiful ways?  Share their work with us by emailing Jenn Baker at jenn@missmustardseed.com.  We love seeing what you’re up to with our products!