Well, I finally tried a paint other than latex!
I have so far avoided chalk paint...aside from the DIY recipe with Plaster of Paris. I'm not at all against chalk paint, but I've had good luck with latex paint and considering I get most of my colors from the mis-tint bin for under $5.00, chalk paint seemed pricey.
Fast forward to last month when Carver Junk Company became a dealer of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I kept seeing the colors and hearing about the paint workshops they were teaching. And one afternoon, when I was working the February sale, I took the plunge.
I bought the color Trophy, which is a medium gray. I also bought the bonding agent, antiquing wax and wax brush.
This was the perfect piece to try it on, since a chippy look is what I was going for. Great bones, but look at that orange finish!
I mixed up the paint without the bonding agent. I'd heard tips to mix until wet and then let sit for 10-15 min and mix more. That seemed to work well.
I love that this paint goes on so smoothly and only needed 2 coats. Had I been going for a more polished looked, I would have used 3 coats. After sanding and distressing, I used a coat of clear wax (I used Minwax because that's what I had on hand) to protect the finish.
Here is the end result:
Overall, I liked the Milk Paint. It's a totally different process than latex paint. With latex, I almost always use a foam roller. Milk paint needs a brush. With latex, I stir once and with MMS milk paint, you need to keep stirring to maintain color consistency.
You can't beat the colors and the way it chips/flakes off to give a naturally worn look. I am looking forward to playing around with it again and again to see what I need to change about how I mix, etc.
If you'd like to try MMS Milk Paint, you can't go wrong using Carver Junk Company. They will ship to you and can answer any questions as they are certified dealers!! And if you are local, they offer MMS Paint classes!
This piece will be for sale THIS weekend at the CJC March sale.
5 days ago