I Heart Milk Paint
There is nothing like milk paint to give you that time worn vintage look.And there is nothing like layering Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to create that look!
This box started out pretty plain. I loved the panels on all 4 sides and the size was perfect.Just a little bit of work to make it more functional.
A small wooden handle and runners on the bottom were added by my husband.
We gave this box a good sand because the finish was glossy. I was hoping for a bit more chipping paint so I left some of the finish intact. In actuality it chipped very little.
After we finished sanding, we wiped it down really well. The sanded off finish was a very fine dust which I didn’t want in my finished product. [A quick vacuum too!]
The Fun Part-Painting
Because we will be layering Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, I mixed up three colors, French Enamel, Kitchen Scale and Flow Blue. I was going for some tone on tone details so the colors are all blues and blue greens.
1st- The whole piece was painted in French Enamel. After the French Enamel dried the whole piece was randomly hemp oiled with a light hand to create a resist from the next 2 colors of paint.Next came a dry brush treatment of French Enamel and lastly a dry brush of Flow Blue.
I love working with milk paint. It is so easy to clean the brushes. There is no odor so I can paint inside on a very cold [20 degree] Texas day.
When all the layering miss mustard seed milk paint was dry, I sanded the whole piece and got ready for the perfect detail!
IOD Stamped Panel Perfect Detail
I wanted the design to look old and weathered so I wasn’t very careful about getting the placement perfect. IOD [Iron Orchid Designs] stamps have a vintage French feel to them.
The Stamp I used is “Ode to Peer Boulard” and the ink color is Athens. I simply brushed the ink on a piece of glass and then pushed the stamp into the ink. The stamp is huge so quite a bit of it was hanging over when I stamped the design. This made the job a bit messy but beautiful in the end!
The Top Coat
Milk Paint requires a top-coat to seal and protect. For this wooden box I used Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax and Miss Mustard Seed Antique Wax. I randomly used the antique wax for more texture and variation. I let it dry for about 30 minutes and then buffed the whole piece.
Viola-Exactly as I imagined it!