Last weekend I tried out milk paint for the first time.
Based on what I’ve read, milk paint can sometimes have a mind of its own – chipping and flaking wherever it sees fit. I loved the idea of that. The idea that I would apply the paint and then the piece would kind of get to decide how it wanted to look. However, I was a little intimidated by the fact that it comes in a powder and you mix it with water to turn it into paint. I was afraid it wouldn’t mix well, or that the color wouldn’t be consistent, or that I would be stuck with lumpy bumpy paint.
But finally curiosity got the best of me, and I ordered a quart of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the color Typewriter. I’ve been wanting a nice antique looking black to use on some things, and this particular black color seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Not sure what to expect, I thought I’d make my trial run on something small – so I chose an empty frame.
You’ve seen it before…
It’s the arched one – not the ornate one. 😉
I mixed up the paint according to package directions – and I made waaay too much – it says to use equal parts water and powder, so I mixed up 1/2 cup of powder with 1/2 cup of water – this could have painted about 50 frames and then some. Not sure where my mind was on that one. Anywho…I simply mixed them together by hand using an old whisk I had in the kitchen. The package recommends using a blender for the darker colors, but I didn’t have any trouble getting the pigment to blend whisking by hand.
The paint appeared a little watery to me, but it covered like a dream and went on very quickly. I allowed it to dry, distressed it a bit, applied a coat of wax, allowed the wax to dry, and then distressed it a bit more.
And boom – done.
I was hoping for more chipping, but my frame really only chipped on the sides. The surface was pretty dry, so I think that made the paint bond a lot more. Which is perfectly fine – nothing a little sandpaper couldn’t fix!
I love the new antique black color with the original finish showing through. It’s a nice contrast up there on the mantel with a few simple spring touches. Bud vases, spring blooms, and my go-to old books add spring flourish to one side
And a textured pot and fun pop of green (I forgot the name of this little plant – but I love the texture and how it spills over the sides) grounds the other side.
I’ll have the rest of spring decorating ready to go for you next week.
As for the milk paint – would I use it again? Absolutely! I have a dresser I’m thinking might look pretty great covered in a coat or two of Typewriter…
Have a great weekend friends!