As you know, I am a certified retailer for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, along with American Paint Company’s chalk/clay/mineral paint. Most of my customers – as well as readers – use the paint for furniture makeovers.
When it comes to the milk paint specifically, some are intrigued but a little intimidated as well and might just talk themselves out of tackling a piece of furniture for fear of failure.
First of all, while there are certain procedures to make sure your milk paint experience is achieved at its highest level, the application of it is an artistic playground.
There are so many possibilities and finishes you can create and if you can allow yourself to let the process happen, you may end up with something totally unexpected.
For those who want to start small, I want to show you that you can do so with things other than wood.
Like this fiber cement display stand.
Of course one would expect a picture of what this looked like before, but you know me – it is a 50/50 chance – and today, I failed.
Well, I didn’t fail exactly. I just wasn’t planning on doing a tutorial on this project for my blog. I originally did this for a display at the store but ultimately decided to share the results with you.
So no “before” picture and no step-by-steps pictures either – for now. I will be sure to do a step-by-step for you in the near future.
But for now, I can tell you what it looked like before: it was white.
For this little makeover, I used Shutter Gray for the base color and then mixed 2 parts Ironstone to 1 part Shutter Gray for the second coat.
The Shutter Gray was painted with full coverage.
I then randomly applied Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil with a small brush and gently applied a heavier coat of the Ironstone mix over the oil and non-oiled areas.
At this point, the key is to let it dry so that the chipping can occur in the areas where the oil was applied.
The areas that you see the darker color is where I applied the oil. Hemp oil acts as a resistant so you can force the chipping.
Most often, once you have achieved the level of “chippiness” that you like, you would spray a polycrylic to seal it and stop the chipping from advancing.
I didn’t do it to this piece as a little continued flaking was okay with me. Not only that, since the substrate (original surface) is a fibrous concrete, it is very porous and absorbent so it gripped the paint really well, halting the continued chipping for the most part.
A clear wax finish was sufficient for this – (but for other applications, be sure to spray poly over the chipping before you seal it with wax or other top coat.)
It takes on the role as an old architectural ruin, something that came crashing down in Pompeii 1,935 years ago. Don’t you think?
So don’t be afraid to think outside the box with your paint application – like I did here – especially if you are using Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.
Bring out your inner Picasso and go for it.