My Second Experience Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Remember this nasty dresser I showed you a few weeks back?
Eastlake dresser


I transformed it into this:


Eastlake dresser milk paint

I decided it needed to be stripped before it could be re-painted.  The paint was just too chippy and too far gone.  Yeah, I can’t believe it either….there is such a thing as too chippy!  It was also filthy and just wouldn’t clean up.  I love the junky look, but ewww!

Eastlake dresser stripping

If anyone tells you that stripping is easy…they’re a liar.  Unless they’re talking about a different kind of stripping.  Furniture stripping is the only kind of stripping I know and it’s no bueno!

Eastlake dresser drawer


I could not get one of the handles to come off because this weirdness was happening inside the drawer.  I can’t even guess what they were thinking, but I could not get this handle off, so I had to strip the handles in place.

Eastlake dresser handles

It’s a glorious mess.  When you combine how messy this process is with the fact that I was on the back deck and slightly in front of the back door, which we use to go in and out of the house regularly, I’m surprised my saintly husband doesn’t just lose it sometimes!

Eastlake dresser clean handles

I took a very stiff brush to these handles and the grooves on the dresser to get all of the paint and stripper goo out.

Eastlake dresser MMS milk paint

Oh my gosh, after two days, is it really time to start painting?  My back was aching like King Kong had slammed his fist near my tailbone, but by God, I was gonna get this project done!!

Eastlake dresser closeup

I had some MMS milk paint in Shutter Gray left from the distributor kit that I got last year.  If you have been reading a while, you may remember that I had been approved to be a distributor for MMS’s paint line.  I was pretty jazzed about the whole deal!  Unfortunately, the production date kept getting pushed later and later from Summer into Fall and since I didn’t have a store front at that time and only did shows in the Summer, I felt that I couldn’t afford to have  $1500 worth of merchandise sitting around all Winter, so I had to back out of the deal.  Bummer.  Anyway, I’ve been dying to try this paint again and this was the perfect piece.

Eastlake dresser MMS peely goodness

I was a little startled that the shutter gray has more of a blue hue to it than gray, but I knew it would still work in the space I had planned for this piece.  I seriously think this is my new favorite color!!

This application went on much thicker and smoother than my first attempt.  It only required one coat!

You’re probably noticing the bubbling in the paint.  Since you have to mix the paint, this is something that would naturally occur in the nooks and crannies.  All I had to do was “pop” them after the piece dried.  You could probably wait until the bubbles subsided before beginning to paint.  I’m too impatient for that!

Eastlake dresser MMS peely goodness 2

My favorite part of this paint is the wonderful random peeling that occurs.  It leaves your pieces with such a natural aged look.  Remember crackle medium from back in the day?  Yeah, never, ever used it.  I hated the way it gave you an all-over, too-even crackled finish.  It was way too obviously FAKE!  This is so natural looking you can’t even tell it’s not the original paint!!

Eastlake dresser MMS milk paint peely


I got even more peeling goodness when I took a wet rag to the piece to remove some sanding dust.  Score!

Eastlake dresser top


I still have to figure out what to do with the top.  It originally had a marble top, but it was broken and the former owner only had a small chunk of it.  Originally, I was thinking of going to the granite shop and seeing if I could get a scrap cut for the top, but now I’m thinking maybe I’ll just use some old pallet wood.  Stay tuned…

Eastlake dresser finished 3



Overall I’m thrilled with how it came out and I sincerely can’t wait to use this paint again!  I may even consider selling her paint now that I have a store front.  If they’ll have me, that is.

My final analysis on MMS’s milk paint?  Diggin’ it!!

I’ve made some changes to this bedroom since I did my “big” reveal.  Hopefully, I’ll get some time to show them to you next week.

I’m off to Junk Fest in Gallatin Gateway for the weekend!

Bye from the bungalow,






Linking up to: Miss Mustard Seed, Knick of Time


  1. I don’t know if I would have the patience for such an undertaking, Jean! It looks great now- wondering what you’ll top it with and will it be bold or not? I would steal your clothing sign if I was close by. 😉

  2. It looks great and you know I’m sucking up all of this instructional information! Can’t wait to see what you do with the top either. So jealous you’re going to Gallatin Gateway…sigh.

  3. This looks great Jean. I’m thinking two wider boards painted to match would be a good idea for the top. But you’re the pro! Have a great time at the Junk Fest.

  4. I am glad to see that the second attempt has you excited. I have hope yet! I would put the sign you have hanging above it on the top of the dresser. That is my 2 cents! Pretty color too!

  5. I love the color and it turned out beautifully!

  6. I saw a dresser make over years and years ago that I want to share with you. You take the top two drawer fronts and make them permanent. Just remove the drawer parts of the top two. So on the front it still looks like a 3 drawer dresser. Now take the top off and hinge it on at the back. So it now lifts up. Put in a false bottom in the second drawer down that is solid and doesn’t come out……Ta da……..a blanket chest with a bottom drawer. i have wanted to do this for years and haven’t yet.

  7. Fabulous! I still have’t tried this paint, but I sure do love the results!!

  8. I LOVE that paint! So much fun to see what happens. The dresser looks great!

  9. Hi, Jean
    I love how this piece turned out. I plan on picking up some of MMS paint this week. Can’t wait to try it. Have a great week.


  10. LOVE, love and did I mention, LOVE how it turned out! I can’t wait to see what you do with the top. By the way, I’m ga-ga over that sign of yours too!

  11. I loved it from the first picture…SPOON CARVING….LOVE So what I would do for a top is have a piece of heavy duty glass cut like you would put on a table top…then make it look like an old distressed mirror on the underside. I have an old distressed mirror on a table and it reflects light in a spooky sort of way that I love…You’ll come up with something…but you may need recovery time from your stripping ordeal…I just spent a day stripping a beautiful old trunk that someone thought needed to be painted glossy red and black…

    • Hi Anita! Isn’t it a great piece?! Your mirror idea sounds great…I’ll have to try that. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and visit the blog!

  12. I saw how you suffered through stripping for this beautiful piece. I wanted to know if you put the milk paint on bare wood, or did you seal it a little so it didn’t adhere? I have put milk paint on 1, very small, unfinished item and it adhered very well. No chippy. 🙁

    I also wanted to share with you my love affair with Citristrip. It makes stripping … EASY. No joke. No safety equipment, no sweat, no fumes, nada. 1 coat, and LEAVE IT ALONE will take off up to 5 (so far) layers of antique paint, including a shellac or varnish layer. I go to work or go to bed and leave it. A 2nd coat even pulls stain out of the wood, so we’re talking REAlly bare wood. So you don’t use a ton of it, either. When I get emulsified stain on my hands (looks like BBQ sauce) I just use the stripper like lotion, wait a minute, then wash my hands. That’s how easy this is.

    Yesterday I stripped two, 30″ cherry cabinets and their doors in less than 4 hours.
    You have GOT to make your life easier! You do too beautiful work to be wasting time on unnecessary sweat, tears, and chemicals. I would do ads free for Citristrip. I just love it so much I am LOOKing for things to strip! You in the DC/VA/MD area? I’ll strip for you (ahh, well, you know) and you can chip for me!

  13. Kaye Nelson says:

    I don’t have a website….i am a newbie at this…love your website though….
    hope to see you in Billings Oct 12. I live on a ranch at Grassy Butte, ND in the Badlands
    along the Little Missouri River…gorgeous here! Keep up the great work! If you send out
    emails, please keep me in the loop! Chest looks great! MMS paint….WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  14. Yuck for the stripping part, but WOW for the finish.

    The hardware is beautiful.

  15. sonya jensen says:

    Love your blog. I have a small shop in Gresham oregon and we sell Real Milk Paint. Just painted an Eastlake settee and chair with milk paint–both the wood and the fabric! Haven’t seen this done before but just thrilled with the result. Pictures on my blog I have two grandsons going to Montana Tech. I grew up in Helena and my favorite thing was Columbia Gardens in Butte.

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