Saturday, June 8, 2013

Playing with Milk Paint

Have you tried Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint yet?  Well, I finally had the opportunity to do so and I really like it!  It is a little different and unpredictable so if you like to be in control chances are you probably won't like this paint.  This is not the first time I had used milk paint, but the first time was about 20 years ago.  I don't remember the brand or what I painted with it, but I do remember that it was really watery and thinking that I must not have mixed it correctly, but I realize now that I probably had mixed it correctly but since there was no Internet at that time I had nothing to look at like that the tutorials available today.  I remember being disappointed and throwing it away.  I had read about it in a book (imagine that - a book! *gasp* ya know that's how we used to learn about things pre-Internet/pre-Pinterest days).  Anyway the book was on different paint techniques and finishes and it talked about milk paint and had an address and instructions on how to order.  I remember mailing the check (yes, I said mailing the check) and waiting patiently (NOT!) for it come in the mail.  Then, after all that anticipation thinking I had done it wrong.  Yep, pretty disappointed.  I am so thankful for the Internet and being able to research things when I am unsure how to do something!  So, I had bought this cute little table (well, cute under all the dirt and crud) and it was perfect to try to the milk paint on!  I mixed up some Luckett's Green and got to work.  I love the way it turned out! (in fact, love it a little too much because I decided to keep it instead of selling it - lol!  yaayyy for me!  boo for my wallet!).  So, what do you guys think?

It was a considerable improvement since it started out looking like this:

I just love all the different color variations, like it really faded over the years.  If you think about it, when paint fades it doesn't fade the same color all over.  I did not get a lot of "bubbling" as referred to in the tutorials so I ended up sanding it like I usually do, but that's okay 'cause I really like the way it turned out. 
Here are a few more shots:

Here is another small table I did with the Luckett's Green. 

It started out like this:

First I painted it with Ironstone, then with the Luckett's Green.  Once again, I didn't get a lot of "bubbling" just a little in a few places so I sanded it.

I really like the way it turned out.  I especially like this alligatoring.
Here are a few more shots so you can see the color variations:

Here's one more.  This is Shutter Gray over Ironstone:

Okay, show and tell is over for now.  Hopefully I'll have more to show you soon!