My Virgin Experience with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

I thought I would share with you my first experience with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk paint.  I ordered the Sample Pack offered to potential vendors.  It came with Tricycle Red, Shutter Gray and Ironstone.

I thought the Ironstone would be a great color for this little oak dresser I purchased.

Other than some bubbling veneer on top, this dresser was in great shape.

Milk paint comes in a powdered form and needs to be mixed with warm water.   I started out by mixing up a portion of the bag using the package directions and stirred it with a popsicle stick.  The package directions call for 1-1/2 parts water to 1 part paint.  After several coats, I realized that, for me, this ratio was much too thin.  It was taking too many coats and was going on really thin. I ended up mixing the rest of the bag with a 50/50 ratio of paint mix to water and mixed it up with my immersion blender.  This was a much thicker coat of paint. I gave it two more coats with the thicker blend.  In total it required 5 coats of paint, but that’s probably because the first 3 were too thin. I know.. I know…why did it take me 3 coats to figure that out?!!

I loved how it naturally chipped and peeled!  I lightly sanded the whole piece to get all the flakes off and then waxed it liberally.

I replaced the brass hardware with glass pulls.

I’m REALLY happy with how this turned out and I loved how the milk paint “did its thing” by chipping and peeling and giving it a naturally aged look.  I wish I had this paint for the other projects in this bedroom makeover….to be revealed soon!

Bye from the bungalow,

Linking up with: Funky Junk Interiors, Shabby Creek Cottage, Jennifer Rizzo, Savvy Southern Style, At The Picket Fence, Shabby Art Boutique, Fox Hollow Cottage, Beneath My Heart



  1. Janice Hebert says:

    Hi Jean! I love how this came out! Love that you left the drawers natural wood. Looks great. I have a question, what did you do to the top to fix the bubbled veneer? I have a few pieces I’d like to paint but I’m not sure how to fix the veneer ;^(


  2. It’s a “yes” for sure. I liked how the paint went on for the small project I tried, but I didn’t get any distressing. Since it’s random you just never know.


  3. This is just beautiful!!! I did a huge cabinet from a railroad in her tricycle red – well, it’s almost finished. It’s just fantastic! I’m glad your first piece turned out so lovely. If you ever get tired of it I will offer it a nice warm home. 🙂

  4. Love it! Thanks for sharing your experience with the milk paint. It’s on my “to do” list.

    • Thank you. I’m sure everyone’s experience will be different. I’m notorious for flubbing things up the first time!

  5. i love how your little dresser turned out! nice work. i like reading about mms milk paint to see how it’s working for people. hope to try it someday. she sure does have some great colors. found you at french country cottage!

    • Hey Mimi! Thanks for stopping by and checking us out! She does have wonderful colors and I hope to begin selling her paints one day. A girl can dream!

  6. That is a great piece and I love that the drawers are the original wood for contrast. The peek of your room looks lovely too.

  7. Looks gorgeous! You did a fabulous job and the pulls are perfect with the original stain on the drawers. I haven’t tried the paint yet although I’d go for the red any day. 🙂

    I’m a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your talents. Stop by and say hi when you can!


  8. I love this project and like others have commented I think it looks great with the drawers left alone. What a statement piece you have now! I’m thinking about painting my mantel and this really is giving me some needed inspiration. Thanks for sharing! Melinda

    • I’m glad to provide the inspiration and let MMS provide the paint! I think a mantel would look great in this paint! Thanks for coming by the bungalow!

  9. I love how this piece turned out! MMS Ironstone is one of my fav colours too ; o ) The drawers are perfect left natural. Lovely!

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment! Much appreciated! I can’t wait to try some other colors of hers…soon!

  10. This is beautiful. I love the simple white and wood combo! i really need to try this paint 🙂

  11. Lori Martin says:

    Love love how this turned out! Also I love the wall color would you share the name of the paint ?

    • Hi Lori. Unfortunately, I get to mixing up paints leftover from other projects and I end up with something without a name or a formula, which is what happened in this case. If I find something that’s close, I’ll be sure to let you know! 🙂

  12. Thanks for linking up at the Shabbiliciosu Friday link party Jean. I’m featuring this post today 🙂

  13. Your dresser is SO pretty! I love how it turned out! You did a beautiful job and it looks perfect in your bedroom!

    • Thank you so much! That paint does some amazing things! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  14. Can I ask what kind of wax you used to seal it?

  15. I have only used Annie Sloan. And also the homemade recipe for Chalk paint. I would love to try Milk Paint. Love how it chipped!

  16. Jean,

    Love the dresser and LOVE the room! So inviting!

    🙂 Linda

  17. Thanks Jean! My paint is too thin! Have you ever used this over chalk paint?

  18. It turned out just great! Glad you liked the chipping and peeling effect! That’s my favorite part about this paint. But, it’s not easily controlled…sort of chips where it wants to….like natural, I suppose! The ironstone was a good color choice!

    • Thanks, Lorraine! Yeah, not sure if it’s the type of wood, condition of the wood or just what it is that makes it non-adhere, but I definitely like the effect!

  19. Jean I love the way the chipping looks on this. I’m curious what your bed is painted with and how closely it matches the ironstone color.

    • Karen, the bed is painted in Annie Sloan’s Old White and it’s much creamier looking than the ironstone. The ironstone is much more of a pure white than the Old White.

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