Tips for Painting With Boxwood

Boxwood is one of the gorgeous greens in our MMS Milk Paint line.

This rich dark grassy green gets its inspiration from the preserved Boxwood wreaths that Miss Mustard Seed loves to use in her home decor.

Boxwood looks amazing on furniture pieces as well.  It’s such a vibrant and striking color choice.

Boxwood can also be tricky to work with, so we’ve put together some tips to help make the process a bit easier and to help you know what to expect when you’re ready to paint with this gorgeous green.

First, Boxwood has the highest concentration of blue to yellow pigments of all of our colors.  Blue and yellow pigments also like to separate from one another, which can cause some irregularities in the paint color.  You can kind of see that happening in our Boxwood paint blob below.  (And yes, that is the official term for those…color blobs!)

As the blue and yellow pigments separate, you’ll dip your brush into the paint and Boxwood will brush out more of an Olive color than a bright grassy green.  To help maintain a consistent color throughout your piece, we recommend that you stir Boxwood frequently.  (Now we recommend that with all of our colors, but try to do it more so with Boxwood.)  When you’re painting with this color, it’s not the time to multitask.  Stay focused and work quickly to get the paint on your piece.

Boxwood is also a color that you don’t want to touch up.  If there’s a spot that needs more paint, you’re better off putting on an entire coat of paint than just in one spot.

This will ensure that you maintain a consistent color across your piece.

We hope that our tips will help you work with Boxwood more effectively!  It’s truly a gorgeous green and it’s one that you should definitely have in your repertoire of MMS Milk Paint colors!

3 thoughts on “Tips for Painting With Boxwood

  1. Karla

    I would be interested to hear some tips for working with Artissimo. I love the color, but it can turn out very streaky. Do you know why that might happen?

  2. Cathy Arreguin

    I just painted with Boxwood for the first time and wanted a worn, layered, streaky look. The pigment separation challenge actually worked to my advantage in a really gorgeous way!


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