I bought a box of MMS Milk Paint in Tricycle Red and gave it a test drive by painting a piece of furniture that I've had for awhile.
Here's what I painted:
I bought this sofa table on Craig's list a few years ago and transformed it from a honey, yellow-ish stained color to this two-tone black and dark stain. I don't really need it and am thinking about selling it. I thought it would be the perfect guinea pig.
Today, she is going RED!
Bold and daring...I like it!
What I discovered about milk paint is that it is not for everybody. And, although I like how my table turned out, I found that I had to let go of the conrol freak in me when using it!
When you watch Miss Mustard Seed's "how to" videos, she tells you that you don't always know what you're going to get with milk paint and she's right. Some places will peel off and others won't, you just don't know until it happens. Particularly when you don't use the bonding agent. And, I decided I wanted to see what would happen so I didn't use the bonding agent. So, even though I knew that going in, it still made me a little anxious and was a little hard for me to let go!
The top and the drawer (the previously stained areas) chipped and peeled, but nothing else did.
As you probably noticed, the color of the paint going on is nothing like the end result. That was hard for me too. The color was VERY different from what appeared on the box and what it looked like in powder form and when mixed.
That's the other thing. You have to mix it yourself. I didn't really like mixing it myself! I'd rather just open the can, stir and go.
The package says it contains one quart of paint and I knew I wouldn't need that much so I started by mixing a small amount. Well, I ended up having to mix three batches and had too much left over at the end -- aaaargh! I'm sure the next time I'll be better about that!
Also, the consistency is very different from latex paint and even Annie Sloan paint. My first batch was a little too thick but it still went on a bit like a wash. The second batch was thinner and easier to work with, but still very different from the paints I'm used to so I just had to go with it.
Each step looks different and you just don't know what the finished result will be until you're done.
Here's what it looks like after some paint bubbled up and I gently scraped it off:
That was after the first coat. The second coat provided even more bubbling and more paint was scraped off.
I finished the project off with two coats of Annie Sloan dark wax (I didn't buy MMS wax because I already had AS wax).
Big difference, huh?!
And, again, here's the completed project.
So, would the control freak in me buy it again? Yes, I will most likely buy more of this paint now that I know what to expect. The cons for me were that I don't particularly like mixing my own paint and that I have to just let the paint do what it's going to do. Having said that, however, it may have been a different experience had I used the bonding agent. The color would still be a bit of a gamble, but I did use red. And, red, no matter what the paint, is a bit of a gamble!
All in all, it was a fun project and I'm so glad I gave it a try!
Anyone else up for trying some Miss Mustard Seed paint? I'd love to hear about your projects!
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