Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blue-Gray Milk Paint Dresser

I've been throwing around the idea of becoming a certified Miss Mustard Seed retailer and teaching classes at Twisted Vine.  I ordered a kit that allows you to try all of the products before you dive into such a business venture.  I ordered my kit and and stalked the UPS man until it showed up.  Hehehe.  I was a kid in a candy store opening the box.  My kids seriously thought something was wrong with me. 

My kids were like "oh, just paint?  That's boring."  I do know that I have had some impact however...  My 3 yr old daughter, Rory, asked me the other day (while I was painting) "Is that milk paint or chalk paint Mommy?" I was sooo proud.

So, getting to the dresser...  I got so excited to paint that I neglected to take a before picture of it.  Gah!  It was in great shape, but it was very orange.  It was very large and had a matching bedside table. It had these neat, wooden, architectural pulls on it that it's previous owner thought were awful.   I thought that they could be amazing, if they were painted.  I could seriously just kick myself for not taking a before.

Anyway... I had ordered "French Enamel" Milk Paint and I had some "Trophy" Milk Paint from a desk I had done a few months ago.  I mixed them 3:1 and got this color.

With Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, I would suggest mixing it up, then stir some more, let it sit for 10 minutes and stir again.  I also stir throughout the painting process to keep the pigments suspended in the liquid.  I've found that stirring every few minutes keeps the color more consistent. 

If the piece will allow (meaning if the doors will still function well) I like to paint the insides of the drawers.  I think it makes pieces look more finished.  So I painted the insides white and then got to work on the fronts of the drawers.  It hadn't gotten warm here yet, so I was stuck painting in my entryway.

Once dry, the drawers naturally chipped beautifully!  I LOVE it when that happens!  Waiting for Milk Paint to dry is so hard for me to do because I am one of the most impatient people on the planet.  I usually paint and let things dry overnight so I don't stand there pacing and watching the paint dry. 

I then did the body of the dresser and nightstand and then painted all of the knobs white and distressed them.

I was very excited to use Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Wax.  I had heard wonderful things, but had only ever used Annie Sloan brand.  It was FANTASTIC!!!  Beyond excited how easy it was to use and the finish it provided.  I was literally giddy, just ask my husband.  So, a waxing I went...

Here's how she came out!  Seriously folks, this one had to go to the shop immediately because I almost hauled it up to Eli's bed room.  I would have had to repaint his walls, but ya know, no biggie, right?  This is for sale now at Twisted Vine in Papillion. 

Who out there has had any experience with Milk Paint?  Have you used the Miss Mustard Seed brand and do you have a favorite color? 

Linking up at Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday

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