Over the holidays, I had the good fortune to attend one of Miss Mustard Seed’s painting demos here in Raleigh. Marian is such a joy to watch. She’s so laid back about her painting techniques, that you want to jump up there with her and start painting. Of course, I resisted the urge that day. But, I did have a little time to experiment with some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint over the break. I know, I must be one of the last people to give it a whirl, but you know this handy girl has been a little busy ;-).
The process wasn’t without a few questionable moments. Mostly, I was questioning my paint mixture. But, I’ll share all with you so you won’t feel timid or shy about trying milk paint on your own piece of furniture.
To start, I poured some pigment into a disposable container. Then slowly added water. I mixed the paint with a stirrer, but ultimately ditched the stirrer and used the paint brush to stir.
After mixing it as best as I could, I let it sit about 5 minutes as I lightly sanded the pie safe.
Then I dove in red-handed. Hahahaha.
The paint was very thin compared to the chalk paint I had been using before. And as Marian had warned, there might be some lumps, but as you brush over them they should break up and smooth out.
The close up above shows the consistency I used, which in hindsight was probably a little on the runny side.
I checked with Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed) to see if I had mixed the paint the right consistency. This was her reply:
“Tricycle is one of the toughest colors to mix, since it’s so highly pigmented. Because the paint is thinner, it does usually take two coats when painted over existing finishes, depending on what you’re painting. If it runs, it’s too thin, if it’s clumpy, it’s too thick.”
– Milk Paint Guru, Miss Mustard Seed
As the paint dries, it will have a matte finish and loses its sheen.
I lightly distressed the hutch by gently rubbing a 5-in-1 painter’s tool over the surface.
I put two coats of Tricycle red milk paint on my pie safe and then waited for it to dry (which didn’t take long.) I admit, at this point, I wasn’t sure about the color. The red was a bit pasty looking. But, I proceeded with some Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax.
Using a soft bristled brush, I dipped the bristles into the wax (not using too much.)
Then rubbed the wax onto the pie safe using circular motions.
You can see the wax gave the paint a rich red color with dimension and luster. Beautiful! Truth be told, I actually had to add two coats of wax onto my pie safe because the wood was so dry it just soaked it up.
After each coat, I lightly buffed the wax with a clean cloth. The pigment did come off on the cloth a little bit. But, I haven’t had any problems with the paint bleeding or rubbing off onto anything that touches it since then.
For a fun addition, I taped some of the leftover stenciled table runners I made onto foam core.
Then slipped it into the back of the pie safe.
I added another fabric covered foam board on the bottom shelf and called it a day.
Oooo, she looks so pretty and perfectly dressed for the holiday season.
Here are some close up pictures of the milk painted pie safe.
I really like the results. It has a rich red stained chippy look. You’d never know that it was freshly painted only a few hours ago!
I’m not a pineapple fan, but the punched tins have the rustic patina that makes me go gah gah.
Sadly this pie safe needs a new home. It doesn’t have a spot in our new kitchen, so it is up for sale on Craig’s List.
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