Repaint your furniture for $100 and in less than a day. Try using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. They have incredible colors to choose from.
What You’ll Need
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
- Natural Bristle brush
- Mixing stick or small whisk
- Fine grit sanding block
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent™ *optional
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax™
- Cup or Mason jar to mix
- Clean cotton rag to apply wax *a white tee-shirt will work just fine
The DIY (do-it-yourself) movement has gained momentum, within the last few years, due to countless DIY blogs, television shows and social media websites, such as Pinterest. From creating your own valances, lighting and gallery walls, to constructing a coffee table from upcycled wooden pallets, DIY projects are extremely popular with seasoned artisans and beginners alike. One DIY project medium, in particular, is not only aesthetically pleasing, but a money saver as well: repainting furniture. This medium is perfect for first time homeowners, apartment renters and people who have acquired antique pieces from friends or family. To accomplish this look, using products like Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint™ allows you to bring new life to an everyday pieces of furniture.
Marian Parsons, AKA Miss Mustard Seed, is a woman of many hats. Creator of her self titled DIY/Home Decor blog, author of her first book, Inspired You, published in 2012, freelance writer and photographer; she has also created her own line of Milk Paint, in colors she adores and companion products for added techniques to your projects. Milk Paint is one of the many DIY paint products out there that beautifully transform a piece of drab to a piece of fab. An ancient practiced paint medium, Milk Paint is an all natural, low VOC product that contains basic ingredients such as milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. It absorb perfectly when applied to raw wood that will never chip or peel. When it comes to pre-painted or pre-finished pieces, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint™ adheres by using one of her companion products called a Bonding Agent, which helps to prevent the chipped, peeled look. Although this type of look isn’t for everyone, it has the ability to be captivating when used properly.
The beauty about this product is the absence of multisteps when it comes to “prepping” your piece. Normally, with using a latex based paint, you would need to sand your piece throughout, apply a coat (or two) of interior primer, followed by a coat (or two) of interior latex paint. On top of that, creating the “distressed” look, that we all know and love is pretty much near impossible because the paint itself may be difficult to work with when it comes to sanding. With DIY water-based paints, such as Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint™ there is virtually no sanding or priming involved and application is smooth and effortless. Below, you will find the steps needed to fall in love with your antique dresser, vintage desk, or dull arm chair all over again.
- Mix equal parts of Milk Paint with water into a cup or mason jar
- Combine both elements with using a mixing stick or small whisk
(lumps in paint are normal)
- Let mixture sit for a few minutes to thicken the consistency of the paint
- Apply two coats of the Milk Paint mixture to your piece
- After coats have dried to touch, lightly sand throughout the piece for added smoothness
- Apply Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax™ throughout the painted piece, while buffing off the excess immediately upon application.
(think “wax on, wax off” from The Karate Kid)
Tip: When using Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent, make sure to mix the agent into the first coat so that the second coat can adhere. Split your paint mixture into two separate containers!
This is just an example of some of their beautiful colors.
Tip: Before committing to a large scaled project, perhaps practice on sample boards of wood that you can buy at any hardware or craft store, or pieces of wood you may have lying around your home.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint™ is sold in over 200 retail locations throughout The United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.
Visit www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com for her complete selection of colors, video tutorials, list of stockists in your area and DIY/How-To inspirations and suggestions!
Written by Michele Morano. Michele is an Interior Design Student who attends The New York Institute of Art and Design. She’s interned doing event installations for DesignLoveFest and Professional Prop Stylist, Alyssa Hoppe. She currently works at Magnolia Lane Design, in New Jersey, as a shop stylist.