This post is not about me painting my piano. I wish it were. But it’s not.
I know that I want to paint the piano with MMS Milk Paint – but I’m having trouble figuring out which color. The top contenders are, Grain Sack, Ironstone, and Linen. A few months ago I won some MMS and so I’ve had the Ironstone on hand for a while. Around Christmas time I painted just the very top of the piano with Ironstone – and I liked it – but thought it might be. . . too white. I dithered (a lot) about ordering Linen or Grain Sack and finally decided on Grain Sack. Instead of going straight to the piano I decided to try it on a smaller piece and I’m glad I did. I like Grain Sack. . . but it’s not the color I want for the piano. Grrrr. . .
Maybe I will win some Linen Milk Paint. . .
Grain Sack is a very light shade of grey. When Mr. Social Media saw the nightstand that I painted – before I embellished it – he thought it was white. I used 2-3 coats on bare pine. Would you like to see? Do you want to see the ridiculous “before” picture first?
Yes. That silly thing is the night stand that I’ve been living with for. . . I don’t even know how long. I bought it off the shelf at Michael’s a few years ago. Night stand form the craft store. It’s really, really, small. As you can see though, the space between my bed and the doorway is also very, very, small. I guess I planned to do something with it but never did. When I saw a post from Miss Mustard Seed the other day about painting with Milk Paint on Raw Wood, I thought of the night stand right away.
If that pattern I painted on top looks vaguely familiar (does it? a tiny bit?) it’s because I tried to copy one of the techniques I’ve seen Miss Mustard Seed use in painting her furniture pieces. In particular this piece. When I saw the dresser that Marian painted to introduce the milk paint color, Typewriter, it really knocked my socks off. I like things that are a bit. . . different. And decorative black vines painted on a dresser – that’s different.
As I said, the wood was bare. Plain ole pine. It was thirsty and sucked the paint right in. I used 2 or 3 coats of Grain Sack on the whole thing and then embellished it with Martha Stewart craft paint in Wedding Cake (satin). There was no chipping – milk paint doesn’t chip when painted onto raw wood. I sanded the edges and I used both clear and antiquing waxes.
It’s been raining for like, ever, here and there wasn’t a whole lot of pretty light to take pictures in today. I kind of shopped the night stand around to various windows trying to make it look pretty. . .
But this is where the night stand really lives and works.
Every bare spot in this house eventually attracts a stack of books. I neatened this stack and weeded it out to take a picture. There are usually so many books there that they are constantly spilling out onto the floor. . .
I really do like the grey color of the Grain Sack Paint (even if it’s not right for the piano). I have a lofty goal of re-doing my bedroom and I’d like it to be mainly grey and white. And red. This night stand will work – for as long as I decide to keep it. I don’t love it – there is no grace in the shape of it. Before I painted it – it had ZERO character. It’s definitely a lot better than it was before the paint job though!
Have you used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint? Do you have a piece of furniture that you’ve been thinking about painting? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!
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