Friday, November 1, 2013

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Custom Mix

It feels like a million years ago that I was painting furniture to include in the estate sale that my friend Laurie and I did just two weekends ago.





At the very last minute we pulled a washstand out of her garage. It wasn't living a glamorous life. In its most recent life it served as a storage chest for pool chemicals. 






But it had all its pieces. So Laurie reattached all the pieces and I sanded it all. To me, sanding it the most efficient way to clean a dirty piece. It keeps my hands out of water and the sander removes layers of scum way better than I can.



Except for the top I just sanded enough to get it clean. The top I sanded to smooth and waxed with two coats of Dark Brown Briwax. This is a great product that stains and waxes at the same time. I have used it on several pieces and don't see any difference in durability between it and staining then waxing.



Right after Miss Mustard Seed Paint came out, I ordered some Luckett's Green and Kitchen Scale. My intent was to mix them together to make a turquoise. I did a little preliminary color mixing but I didn't quite get what I wanted. I took my dilemma to Beckie at Vera's Daughter - my closest distributor of MMSMP - and she suggested adding some Flow Blue.  We came up with a really nice, rather dark turquoise. Some might call it teal. 

That was 6 months ago and I'm not even close to painting the piece that I wanted the color for.




But when this dried up washstand needed painting I knew exactly what color I wanted to use. I mixed up a batch and painted this piece. It was perfectly gorgeous just like it was, but I thought I would add a bit of dimension by adding a light coat of a very watery Kitchen Scale. I didn't use it everywhere, probably on only about 80% of it. I also used it on all surfaces of the drawers. Since the piece was pretty dry, I painted the sides and insides of all the drawers.




I did a tiny bit of sanding to remove some of the Kitchen Scale.  Since the piece was so dry, there wasn't a lot of chipping. The paint soaked in tightly. Most of the wood that is showing is because I didn't put any paint there at all.

I used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax on the outside surfaces and Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil on the drawer sides, inside the drawers and inside the cabinet. No Antiquing Wax was used in the making of this piece...



I wish I could have found a better spot for photographing this. This piece is so gorgeous. I know the color is a little different in each picture, but the color is most like the first picture. The milk paint was PERFECT for this piece. It made me want to go out and paint every piece I have with it. 

Guess I'll need to buy some new colors!

Beckie bought it as soon as she saw it to put in her house. Funny - she had a white one exactly like this in the store. Now I have to make it look just like this one. Hope I can!

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

PS.  My experience has been that anytime I am working with Lucketts Green, don't use every drop of paint. The yellow particles that have not mixed in well are settled at the bottom and they will get on your brush and make yellow streaks on your piece. I never have a problem with this unless I cram my brush in the container trying to get every last drop. I have to let go of my frugality in this situation and just throw this part out.


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20 comments:

miss flibbertigibbet said...

The shade is gorgeous! You should write down the proportions so you can do it again!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Karen, this is gorgeous!

Kristen Soderberg said...

That looks amazing. Love how you painted the bottom, and kept the top as the grain. We have some pieces like that in our booth. Make sure to come on over and link up to our linky party here: http://wonderfulathome.blogspot.com/2013/10/wonderful-wednesdays-10-with-features.html

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The color is gorgeous on that piece!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

beautiful color and piece of furniture

Nita Stacy said...

Love the way this turned out! I've got some kitchen scale here just waiting for me to use. I was going to paint some shutters with it. I still will...one of these days.

Art and Sand said...

the color . . . the design . . . the paint job - all wonderful.

stephanie said...

That piece is really, really, really, really, really, really beautiful.

Rita C. said...

Just found you through your link on Hometalk, and this is beautiful. I really like MMS end results, and I have recommended it to a sister of mine who's trying to get the best inspiration and redo a piece she has. I'll send her this link. I'm especially loving when wood sections are left on pieces - the Briwax makes that surface look amazingly fresh, but still showing great patina. Hope to see yours picked on MMS's FFF next week!
Best,
Rita C.
https://www.wvpanoply.blogspot.com

Bliss said...

It's a beauty. Love the combo with the wood top and the color.

Pam Kessler said...

Wow, the color is amazing! I've never used the Briwax before, but it looks awesome on top. I really love the two toned look.

fiona anderson said...

Love this piece, and the colour you mixed is gorgeous.

fiona anderson said...

Love this piece, and the colour you mixed is gorgeous.

must love junk said...

Wow-what a transformation! This piece (and the color) turned out gorgeous! :)
Susan

Suzan Sweatman said...

Unfreakingingly ( my word ) beautiful Karen - wow - wow - wow -
What a color - truly magnificent!
XOXO

Danni SiloHillFarm said...

Oh my gosh! That is a gorgeous color and it turned out quite lovely! Thanks for the tip on the Lucketts Green...I don't have any, but knowing my love of green, I imagine I will!

Little Miss Maggie said...

I am still drooling over that gorgeous color. It's so authentically vintage. It's absolutely perfect.

sara stefanini said...

Great job! I love this color!

P. Cruickshank-Schott said...

Interesting what you say about the yellow at the bottom of the container. I have the same experience with boxwood. At the beginning it has a lot of bluish bits, which I love… but at the end a piece can really be ruined with what turns out to be a yellow wash… I asked for help with this at MMS and they said to keep mixing all the time to keep it dispersed throughout… I haven't been able to be successful with that… I love the blue green end of the spectrum so I have to learn to follow your lead and just expect to lose some of the paint at the bottom of the jar… Thanks for explaining the obvious...

Anonymous said...

When you sanded the top down, did you get all the way down to the raw wood before applying the briwax?

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