I have been using chalk paint for years now, and decided to spread my wings and try Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. (Finally!!) I decided on this gorgeous dresser and wanted to highlight the lovely detail that is completely lost with the original finish (hard/thick poly).
Milk paint is unpredictable in how it will distress. It can grip the piece really well and just comes off in a fine powder or the paint could cracks and flakes away, creating a wonderful chippy look. You never know.
You do not need to prep before using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint (especially with raw woods). However, I had a few things to take care of before I began – this piece is special and needs a little extra love.
This is what I did before painting:
- Washed the dresser
- Gave it a nice sanding – Knowing that milk paint is unpredictable in how it distresses and that I didn’t want a crackled or chippy look, I sanded the piece down to give more texture for the milk paint to stick too.
- Completely stripped the poly from the top surface – decided the natural wood needed to be shown off.
It is really easy to mix milk paint. Equal parts milk paint powder to equal parts water. I also added Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent to my paint to be extra sure there wouldn’t be a crackled look.
I applied two coats of “Ironstone” and used “Grain Sack” to accent the piece in the center of the drawers. There is not a huge contrast between these two colors, but this is the look I was going for. (There is a contrast, but camera didn’t pick it up very well.)
The milk paint dries really fast. First coat less than 30 minutes and the second coat within an hour.
After painting 2 coats with the bondng agent, there was no chipping or flaking. The bonding agent works very well! I lightly distressed the edges with a sanding block. To protect the paint I gave the dresser a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s wax and buffed it out.Lastly, I stained the top and used hemp oil to protect the finish.
Dresser – AFTER:
I went with a more classic look, but Milk Paint can do so much more. It can be layered and wiped with a damp cloth to give a dimensional look. Without the bonding agent, the paint will crackle and chip away (all on its own) leaving an aged look. Overally – I really liked using Miss Mustard’s Milk Paint!
This gorgeous piece will be in the shop soon!