Friday, October 12, 2012

A Miss Mustard Seed Milk Painted Frame and Autumn Leaves

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.

flaking crackled

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.

crackled Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

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!


  1. Cool Erin! It looks so authentically old and fabulous. I love the simple sweet idea of adding the fall leaves too... What a perfect fall touch to add to your adorable home!


  2. Enjoying a mulled cider candle purchased from the Nest today! Smells great!

  3. What a great finish! It is completely perfect! And the chicken wire is genius. Gorgeous work!!

  4. it looks amazing!!! ijust got shutter gray and can't wait to use it!

  5. This is so adorable, Erin! Thanks for the review on the MMS milk paint line, I've been curious about it. I love the chicken wire in the could use it to display so many things!

  6. Wow, what great results, I'm going to have to consider picking up this type of Paint too for Makeover Projects! Thanks for Sharing...

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. PRETTY! I love that crackled chippy look. Looks old and worn and beautifully authentic. Those leaves are gorgeous. Dreaming of Fall over here. It's supposed to be 80 tomorrow :/

  8. Oh, I love that chippy look, too! Such a nice look for Fall with the pretty leaves!

  9. The chippy finish is PERFECT!!!!! Did you wax or seal the frame in anyway? Great idea with the leaves too!!

  10. Erin: I went to the Southern Bloggers Conference in Raleigh all last weekend, and there was a demo of this paint, plus we all got a nice sample of one color in our SWAG bag (and lots of other goodies!). So I will have to try it, soon I hope!


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