I thought I’d share this before and after because I don’t think anyone really got to see it! An old school desk chair got a refresh with latex paint. Perfect for a cute girl’s room!
Now that fall is upon us and we are full speed ahead towards Christmas, I find myself painting more pieces in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Tricycle.
When we first started carrying Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint over two years ago, I talked with a couple who declared Tricycle to be “the perfect Red” based on their months of sample quarts, custom mixes and disappointment. At the time I didn’t think much about it, but the more I see it, the more I agree!
Here’s a step-by-step of what to expect with Tricycle…
When adding bonding agent to tricycle, it will appear pink in your container and pink while it is wet:
Not to worry, once dry, it is the beautiful, rich red you want:
Here’s a recently transformed China cabinet in tricycle, to give you an idea of what an entire piece looks like once sporting this hue:
Tricycle is a great color for the holidays, or any days…what would YOU paint with the “perfect red”?
Maddie, who you may know if you’ve visited the store, says I have a chalkboard problem. I think this project may confirm her theory!!
We purchased a dresser and the mirror was unattached and missing a mirror. I’m not a huge fan of mirrors on the backs of dressers (hang them on the wall!) so we decided to make this one a chalkboard.
Here’s where we started:
Maddie painted a coat of Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in typewriter on the writing surface:
We chose another favorite color, kitchen scale, for the frame:
Then we seasoned by rubbing chalk on the writing surface:
And here it is:
Now, aren’t you a little obsessed too??
The cabinet that we use for our Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint display is still the largest paint project we’ve done. At 12 feet wide and 7 feet tall, the cabinet is actually four pieces that fit together. We painted Kitchen Scale over the old green paint and finished with hemp oil and furniture wax. It took only 2 quarts of paint and 3 people a day to paint it! And, we had some paint left over.
Sometimes in my class, confusion arises when we talk about hemp oil as a finish for milk paint and hemp oil as a resist for milk paint. It sounds contradictory, I know. At fivethirty home, we only use hemp oil as a finish for milk paint if there was no bonding agent added to the paint and if the piece was raw wood or very worn. It is better to seal pieces done using bonding agent with a wax or our new Tough Coat. Here’s a dresser we sealed with hemp oil:
Another tip: don’t over-saturate the piece with hemp oil because it will take a lot longer to dry and cure. I gave this piece about 2 weeks of curing time before I brought it to the store.
Now, using hemp oil as a resist! It’s fun – I always say this is where the creativity and the science meet! Hemp Oil forces the milk paint to chip and create that great weathered finish we love. We added a little more hemp oil to our handy table legs… we sprayed it this time and used a lint free cloth to even it out.
And gave it a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale
As it starts to dry, you’ll see the sections with a heavier coat of hemp oil start to dry a little differently
And here it is, the chippy goodness is happening!!
Here’s the finished product with a coat of Tough Coat
Be sure to read part one of this post if you haven’t already to learn even more uses for hemp oil!
My friend, Evelyn, is the best! She is able to dissect a troubling situation so you don’t feel as troubled anymore, she has one of the greatest laughs I’ve ever heard, AND she calls me when she has random materials she thinks I can use for the store!!
This time, cedar blocks!!
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! We painted in a few shades of orange and cream and drilled a hole for the stem (aka a tree branch my hubby cut)…
We tied a little twine for leaves and now we have Cedar Pumpkins!
With many thanks to Evelyn and Pinterest!
I love lots of things about the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line…grain sack…antiquing wax…kitchen scale…typewriter…white wax…but the favorite of my favorites is hemp oil. We call it magic in a bottle because of what it does for wood, and as a finish for milk paint, and cast iron and my cuticles!
According to Miss Mustard Seed, this solvent-free oil finish provides a protective, water-resistant surface. Use on new wood that is bare, stained/milk-painted, or to revive old wood finishes. It penetrates to protect from the inside out. Does not leave a surface film that will chip or scratch. This food-safe oil finish is perfect for use in the kitchen on wood or stone. Used outside, it can restore the luster of old oil-based paint or revitalize surfaces such as cast iron. Test on an inconspicuous spot prior to using on an entire piece.
I had these gorgeous table legs lying around and thought they we would be a great way to show the magic!
Applying hemp oil with a brush is great for pieces, like these, with lots of nooks and crannies (look at that sparkle already!)
After a few hours, just wipe away the excess and voila!
You’ll notice we put our hemp oil in a spray bottle…that’s for what we are going to do next! (See hemp oil: part deux)
October’s color of the month is the black in the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line, Typewriter. Marian named all of the colors after something she likes to use in decorating, and she has had some beautiful vintage typewriters. Typewriter is a soft black that looks almost charcoal after applied and before waxed.
We like to accent typewriter with a fun interior color (shutter gray, tricycle, kitchen scale):
We usually finish typewriter with our antiquing wax…
But, we finished this beauty with hemp oil…
I’m sure we’ve painted more typewriter than any other color because we use it on our Zionsville and state of Indiana subway signs…
Come in to see what’s new in this wonderful October color!
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