My favorite thing about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is that it gives you an authentic vintage look. Unlike FAT Paint, another one of our Orange Park store’s brands, this paint has a mind of it’s own. Like most chalk style paints, FAT creates a clean look that you distress. This typically creates a clean finish, a little too clean for an authentic look.
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is PERFECT for a Vintage Vibe
Don’t get me wrong, I love Chalk paint, but Milk Paint allows you to create pieces that make you feel like Christmas morning. I usually paint in the evenings. It’s when it is quiet and I’m at my best. Regardless of the style paint I’m using, what’s typical for me is to let that piece dry over night. With chalk paint, when I come down in the morning, the paint looks pretty much exactly the same, only dry. With Milk Paint, it’s like Christmas morning because it’s always a surprise!
Sometimes milk paint gets super chippy, other times not so much. Finding out which of those options will happen on any specific piece is exciting. If you aren’t doing it over night, I can almost guarantee that you’ve never had as much fun watching paint dry.
As milk paint drys and becomes chippy, it bubbles up. This is where it will start flaking off.a Once the piece is completely dry, simply run a high grit piece of sandpaper, like a 220 grit, over the piece and you’ll see pieces falling… or you won’t. That’s the fun part!
There are ways of controlling the chippy level of milk paint by either adding bonding agent, to make it adhere better, or by using the wax puck to make sure it comes off in specific areas. To me, this negates the point and beauty of this product, however. Of course these are great ways to allow your paint to have more options available.
The finished look. When you fall in love with your piece.
My day job is that of a professional home stager. I beautiful homes that sell faster and for money than the average unstaged home. Because of this I own ridiculous amounts of furniture. I need my pieces to be versatile and I need them to be beautiful. I need them to be neutral and yet I need them to be magazine shoot ready. When my staged homes are photographed I need buyers to instantly want to be there and want to live in the home. This is one of the reasons I love the random nature of milk paint.
This is one of our milk paint pieces. I hadn’t realized it would chip so heavily when we painted it. In some spots it lifted in what I can only describe as sheets of paint. In other areas, it’s nearly fully intact. I lovingly named this previously mission style desk, the cow desk. It started out as a $50 yard sale piece. Now, it looks like a million bucks. Well, OK that’s probably an over statement, but it sure looks pretty in photographs!
This is the same desk used as a small dining table Notice how gorgeous it is here again in photographs. It adds a layering and depth that a simple white legged table wouldn’t have provided. At the same time, in homes that we stage that have age to them but have recently been rehabbed, this is the perfect addition. It feels authentically vintage. It feels like it belongs there. It feels like a treasure that was used over the last several decades.