Painting with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
So. I’m not sure what the technical term for this small piece of furniture is… but I do know that it needed a makeover.
What would you call it…?
This little table was actually a Christmas gift last year – and (good grief, I hope I’m remembering this correctly) the intention was for me to give it a re-do. It was not this dusty when the giver gave it to me – but it was already scratched up and the design on it is clearly not really my style and I’m pretty sure I remember her saying it was meant for me to have my way with…
What would you call this…? Kind of, Mid-Century Southwest? I’m very bad at that kind of thing. It is kind of a cool design – just not quite my cup of tea.
I’ve been using it regularly though. I’m not much of a breakfast in bed person but on the rare occasion that I can get myself to bed at a decent hour, I love to take my laptop, or magazines, or a
giantic bowl of popcorn a little snack, and hang out for a while. This tray is perfect. It even has a clever mechanism that lets it tilt up for reading.
I do really like milk paint. I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, too. Can you guess what my favorite part of both of them is? Neither one of them requires any prep work. It’s true. If you’re painting with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (as I am here) or Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you do not have to sand or prime your piece.
You may want to wash off a thick layer of dust – if one has accumulated – which I’m sure never happens in your house.
I did do just a little prep work on this piece. Since I decided to use a light color, I wanted to make sure the designs didn’t show through – and I sanded them off. I did not sand the rest of the piece.
This is the point where I suddenly thought, “wait…she did say i was meant to give this thing a makeover, right?”
Okay! Enough with the BEFORE!! On to the AFTER!! Would you like to see how it came out?
Can you see all of the chippy places?? I got a little over excited about them because this is the first time I’ve used MMS Milk Paint and gotten the chippy-ness that’s it’s known for. That’s the thing about painting with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint!! You have to be able to roll with the chipping punches! It will or it won’t.
In this case – it did!
How about the laurel wreath design? You like? I used the Martha Stewart stencil that I bought at Michael’s. I’m pretty sure the bee and the laurel wreath were in the same package. The black and red paints are Martha Stewart craft paints as well.
I tried to take these photos in my own room – on my own bed – where I actually use the tray…but the lighting in there is just too challenging. Hopefully, by the time I get around to fixing up my room and wanting to take pictures, my photography skills will have improved enough to compensate. I took these in my daughter’s room – on her bed – with much better lighting.
A note here about the color of this paint. I used Miss Mustard Seed Grain Sack on this piece. I also used it on this night stand that I painted a few weeks ago. Grain Sack is a very nice and very light grey. The night stand was raw wood – and the color showed beautifully. This piece, as you can see from the photos above, was a medium wood color (that’s the technical term). I have to say, the color came out very differently on this one. It really looks white. I actually checked to make sure that I hadn’t mixed up Ironstone by mistake. It’s still beautiful – but it’s different on this piece than on the other one. Just something to think about.
Before I wrap up with a couple more pretty pictures of the bed tray, how about that QUILT?
So. I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. And now it’s even more fun to use!
Have you done any furniture painting makeovers? What kind of paint did you use? Do you think you’d like to try Milk Paint? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it – and I haven’t been disappointed!