Last month I brought home two boxes of the new Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint (MMSMP) from the trip to Lucketts: Linen and Kitchen Scale.
I haven't tried Kitchen Scale yet but here's an old, formerly brown frame, now bearing a gorgeous coat of crackly, chippy Linen.
The frame came from my mom some months ago and cost just a few bucks. It had an "alligatored" finish and I figured that would only assist in the natural distressing that occurs with the MMSMP.
The frame actually ended up crackling extensively--which was gorgeous--but didn't flake. So with the assistance of a wire brush, that effect was promptly achieved.
Today, I stapled some chicken wire to the back of the frame and collected a few brightly colored leaves from around the yard, which were then clothes-pinned to the wire.
The leaves are just beginning to change here so pickings were kind of slim...but red, orange, yellow, green and brown are all represented here. :)
(P.S.--If you want to make new clothespins look old, grey, and weathered run them through the dishwasher in the silverware basket.)
Simple, natural art!
The MMSMP was very simple to mix up. I used equal parts hot water and milk paint powder (a tablespoon of each in this case since I was only painting the frame the day I tried it out) and any leftover paint can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
The paint is much like skim milk when in liquid form and two coats didn't full conceal the frame's brown color (which was fine by me!) so I imagine it would have taken at least 3-4 coats for full coverage if that's what I'd been looking for.
I love, love, love the chippy finish and authentically old look it produces. I have a couple small pieces of furniture to paint so they'll be getting a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint treatment very soon!