Thursday, March 28, 2013

Milk Paint arrives at MT-Tails

Boom Baby!

We have moved on to milk paint in this house.

I have been itching to try Miss Mustard Seed's new paint line since it came out and since I have read her book cover to cover a few times.

I also did not start out with the lovely Ironstone or Grainsack. Nope diving right into the colour with this project. 

Bet you don't even have to guess to hard which colour I chose.


I know huge shocker that it is green. A lovely green it is though. 

Ok, a few pictures before review time and then some more pictures.

 Some chatter: I watched the video on the Miss Mustard Seed paint website prior to use so I didn't totally screw up the mixing and was overjoyed to find she doesn't measure the powder or water so if I was off by a bit, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

This paint is so utterly different to use, and I know that has been said before but it really is. It is watery, doesn't look or smell like paint (actually smells like toothpaste a bit)  and you need hardly nothing for a coat of paint on a small project.

This stool took 2 coats to get to almost opaque. I wasn't worried about the perfect coverage as I wanted it to look old and beaten.

I used 2 coats of MMS antiquing wax right over the paint and added some AS clear wax afterwards over that.

The antiquing wax was actually my favorite part of this project. It doesn't need to be worked as much as the AS dark wax and if you use it right on top of the paint, it gives the colour a deeper tone. I used the AS dark wax over paint on my first paint project and it changed the colour of the paint (lesson learned), the MMS antiquing wax seems to just add depth.
That being said, for a piece you are trying to get the dark into deep grooves, I think I would still use the Annie Sloan dark wax because of its sticking properties.

 The boxwood colour is a little darker in person that the pictures. It sits right between the colour of the boxwood wreath and olive. It's perfect and not too bright.

I used this stool as a test dummy for a larger piece. I figure if I hated the paint or hated the colour, this small stool was way easier to fix.

I did not use the bonding agent on this stool because I wanted to get the feel for how this paint works first. It is exciting to see where the paint will chip but nervewracking for control freak people such as myself.


I almost always choose to do any "distress" sanding post wax. It seems to give a bit more control of the amount you remove.


I don't think I will be permanently switching to milk paint for all my projects, as it is definitely more of an "antique" look paint and the project has to warrant the look.
So would I use this paint again. You bet, I am headed out to my garage to do it right now.

Have a great day,




  1. One of these days I'm going to try
    this paint.. but so far I don't have
    anything that needs painting.. your
    little bench is really nice!
    Happy Easter

  2. LOVE Boxwood colour, love the bench! Nice work! :)

  3. Very cute bench! Love the color and the burlap. I love Annie Sloan but I am going to have to try MMS paint.

  4. Hi, I love this bench! I agree with you: Boxwood is darker than in the pictures. I invite you to join my link party every weekend! Hope to see you soon!

    Greetings from Belgium

  5. Boxwood is one color that I haven't tried, yet...but I love how it mixes in with the leather and dark woods (which is very similar to our family room). I also LOVE the squirrel pillow! :)

  6. It's really great. I want to try the MMS milkpaint myself in the future. Regards, Pascale

  7. I have decided after a couple of decades to go back and try milk paint again. I chose Old Fashioned Milk Paint because it was the same brand I had used back in the 1980's. I chose sea green for my first piece. Just as soon as the pollen and rain go away, I am hoping to get that beautiful distressed finish you achieved on your bench.

  8. Love this bench...I haven't tried milk paint yet but this green is calling my name!

  9. What a great project! The color is gorgeous!!! I think the time has come for me to try milk paint. Love the look of your bench! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria


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