Sunday, October 21, 2012

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint has Arrived!

Well hello everyone! I have a picture filled blog for you today! 

Last Friday, I received my first shipment of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. Before I could even get it on the shelf, I sold out of a few colors - as you can tell! I have already received another shipment, so I'm stocked up again! Fear not my faithful paint addicts! This is located at:

Vintage Begonia
28465 Old Towne Front St., Suite 102
Temecula, CA 92590

The first piece I painted was a pretty beat up art deco style dresser. I fell in love with the original bake-light handles and I knew it was the perfect piece to experiment on. Here is what it looked like before. Chipping veneer and worn off varnish. I was hoping it would chip a lot since most of it was still shiny.

But look at those handles…
So I decided on Tricycle for this piece and started mixing. I followed the directions and added 1.5 parts water to 1 part milk paint. It was a bit difficult to mix with a plastic spoon, so I found an old whisk and it mixed up wonderfully. 
After the first coat, it looked very streaky and I wasn't happy… BUT I know red is a very difficult color to work with. Red pigment is hard to get real solid in anything (paint and hair dye for example), but I figured I would push forward and keep my opinions reserved until after the second coat.
After the second coat, this started happening. And I was SO excited. It was really neat to watch it just bubble and start flaking off. I took a 220 grit sanding sponge to the whole thing (just lightly) to knock all the flakes off. Be sure to have a drop cloth laid out or do this outside as it can get a bit messy.
I then applied the Furniture Wax. I love how creamy it is. In comparison to the Annie Sloan Soft Wax, it is much softer and it is more of an oily feel. It went on very easy and didn't take a lot of muscle! 
Here is the finished product! It definitely chipped a lot, which is what I was going for since this piece was chippy to begin with.

Be sure to check back in a few days to see my post on this Kitchen Scale beauty!