Thursday, November 8, 2012

Linen End Table {My first project with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint}


Last weekend we headed down to The Old Lucketts Store to visit Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed at her Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home book signing! 

Let me start by saying that the store and design house are all decked out for the holidays and are so gorgeous.  If you live within a reasonable distance it is well worth the trip.  The Christmas music was really putting me in the mood for some holiday decorating but I'm definitely holding out until after Thanksgiving.  I picked up a few mercury glass pinecone ornaments for myself and a frosted pinecone for a ladies White Elephant ornament exchange that my church hosts in December.

It was so nice getting to meet Marian again.  She is such a sweet and humble lady.  I had a chance to glance through my copy of her book and it looks amazing.  There are MANY gorgeous photographs of her home and simple ideas and projects to complete.  I really appreciated all her thrifting tips and sections on chalk and milk paint techniques. 

While we were at Lucketts I picked up a box of French Enamel Milk Paint ($22) and a sample pot of Linen Milk Paint ($6).  The sample pot seems to be about 1/4 of a box of milk paint so for about a quarter of the price I wanted to see how much I could get out of the one sample because I love all of her color choices and wouldn't mind trying projects in them all!  I had the perfect end table to experiment on.  We picked up this table that someone was getting rid of and my mother-in-law quickly claimed it for use in her living room.  She has been trying to incorporate beachy elements in to her home so we decided the linen would make an excellent choice.  The table needed a little help to stabilize it before we started.  A few of the wood brackets were snapped so my husband traced the broken ones and cut new ones.


He tightened up the table and it was ready to paint.  The shape of the table is so unique and beautiful but the original wood color (and fixes) were in need of a good coat of paint.  We mixed up the sample using the directions on the box of paint we bought.  Basically you should measure out warm water in a 1/1.5 to 1 ratio water to paint and stir.  So for example 5-7.5 T warm water for 5T paint powder.  We went for the higher amount of water and it may have been a bit too runny for this small batch.  The paint seemed to cover well but as it dried the wood grain really came through.  This wasn't a big problem for us because we wanted a weathered, whitewashed, beachy look.  To get 2 coats of paint on this table we used every single drop of the sample pot!  In some places the paint rubbed right off just by rubbing my hand over the table but I still went ahead and used a worn sanding block (because I didn't want to take off to much paint) and rubbed over the entire surface. 

Here's how the table looks with the addition of one coat of wipe on poly.





 
We did use the entire sample to do this piece.  There wasn't a drop left over and we hit each spot exactly twice.  If you would want more coverage on a piece this size I would recommend buying 2 samples and mixing the paint closer to a 1 to 1 ratio paint and water.  For us the paint worked perfectly to create the chippy weathered look we were trying for!
 
Have you tried milk paint yet?  What was your experience?  Do you have any tips for working with it?
 
 


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27 comments:

  1. so pretty!!! i love the shape of that table and those details!

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  2. How beautiful!!! Love the color!

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  3. ok i have to admit, I opened up my browser, and saw that first pic and actually gasped out loud. It's beautiful! Great job!

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    1. :) Thank you. That is so sweet of you to say. I am very happy ith how it turned out. My MIL saw it last night and she was very happy with it too.

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  4. Very pretty! One of my favorite furniture make overs. : )

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  5. It is beautiful! Love how delicate and slightly distressed it is. I wish I lived closer to Luckett's. I saw the holiday home photos on Marian's blog and it just looks so beautiful! x

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  6. Love love love!!
    I am using MMS milk paint for the first time right now for a desk I just bought. I'm very happy with the results! I'll be posting it soon.

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  7. WOW! That is such a beautiful table, and the makeover you've given it is perfect!

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  8. That s such a sweet little table - love the details!

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  9. Your table looks great, I can't wait to try MMS milk paint.

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  10. Very nice makeover! I'm seeing more milk paint everywhere I go these days. I'm enjoying seeing projects using it too. Love the look.

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  11. What a beautiful color, love the transformation. This little table is just so sweet.

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  12. I really love this table and the milk paint looks wonderful! Is there a online place to get the samples?

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  13. Great job on your desk - I love it. I just tried Milk Paint (MMMP - of course) for the first time and I love love love it! I did a small project and it turned out fabulous {if I do say so}. I didn't know you could get sample pots - that's really cool.

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  14. Wow, gorgeous...great job!!

    jane
    FF

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  15. Beautiful job on that sweet table!! I love it! I just bought some MMS Milk Paint and now can hardly wait to try it out on something! I heard that it "distresses itself". How fun! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  16. That turned out great, Jessica! Yes, I used MMS milk paint for my teal kitchen cabinets. I love it. I used so much bonding primer (because it was going on my cabs) that I didn't get that true chippy, flaky, worn finish that milk paint gives. Went on like butter with the bonding primer though.

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  17. That's such a pretty little table. I am still behind and haven't tried milk paint yet but I love the results everyone else is having! I would love for you to share your table at my party! :)
    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/11/gettin-krafty-with-it_12.html

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  18. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on through tomorrow night at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  19. Gorgeous color--I also love the flower and leaf details on the side of this pretty table!

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  20. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog :)

    This project turned out so beautiful! I love your blog! I'm excited to follow you on pinterest.

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  21. What a wonderfully distressed finish on that table. I have not used milk paint for decades, but have a small package to experiment with.

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  22. Another great project! I love using samples and saving some money - looks great too.
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! :)
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-7/

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  23. Great job on the table, it looks wonderful!
    Love how the grain shows through.
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  24. I love this table! This would be a perfect beachy element to add to a space. I am so glad to read of your experience -- I keep seeing projects that look like a total mess done with MMS milk paint. Years ago I used milk paint on unfinished pieces, and I always liked that look. I am always curious to see what someone else has done with it. This project was definitely a success

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