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Antique Beauty Painted Vintage Rose Using MMS Milk Paint

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
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$3 junk find vintage bed painted with mms milk paint petticoat junktion

I know the neighbors think I’m coocoo.The Junktion Technical Specialist helped me move this twin bed all over our yard so I could get some pictures in natural light. This photography stuff is really, really hard. I find it much easier to use natural light than try to get my DSLR setting just right for indoor lighting.

At least the weather was nice. We had one neighbor come and chit chat and others just stared as they drove by. It’s going to be a long Spring and Summer with lots of paint projects and photography so they might as well get used to it.

Also, I’m taking pictures and Mr. JTS is chasing a mole around the yard and a mole trap appears in the ground close to the bed….and he says….”is that going to be in the way”….seriously????




I purchased this headboard and footboard at a local thrift shop for $3.00. The bed was minus rails but I was able to find some to fit at a local flea market/antique shop. The bed was manufactured by Berkley and Gay sometime in the 1920’ or 1930’s. It was in pretty bad shape with peeling veneer, missing details, and crackled varnish. I knew I couldn’t restore the bed to it’s original beauty but I could make her pretty with paint.



I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, but not just any color. I mixed Shutter Gray, Tricycle Red, Linen, and  Mustard Seed Yellow to get this look. I know, I probably added 2 extra steps because I started the mix with Shutter Gray. I had some dry powder in a jar and I assumed it was Shutter Gray but it was Grain Sack. Shutter Gray is much darker than Grain Sack. I think I could have mixed the Linen, Grain Sack and Tricycle Red and had a beautiful color too……but we’ll never know now!




I didn’t want to cover the roses but I did brush over them ever so lightly with the paint.



I always love it when the wood has this cool ageing affect. I don’t know what it’s called, but I like it!



The paint chipped a little, then I did some scraping with the putty knife. This is my favorite part of the MMS Milk Paint experience. The original wood finish is still intact when you use the paint scrapper, but if you use a sander to distress you are usually looking at raw wood. I applied a coat of clear wax for protection and to add a little sheen.




Isn’t she stunning.

I really love her. The foot board is the best part!

Sometimes you have to look past the flaws and picture what can be.

Boy, that sounded really profound didn’t it.

I can be deep sometimes Winking smile

What do you think about this project?  Better with paint?

Links to popular Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint projects…..

1. My Tricycle Red Cabinet…most viewed and most pinned of my projects on Pinterest.

2. Antique Bed painted Vintage Rose special mix MMS …..where you are now!

3. Boxwood Cedar Chest…..Boxwood over a lighter green original paint and distressed

4. Quirky Table…… with about 6 different milk paint colors layered on

5. Milk Paint and Decoupage Table…..chippy, with fabric decoupage

6. Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint Cabinet ….3 different shades of Mustard Seed made by mixing it with MMS Ironstone

7. French Enamel Chest of Drawers….a beautiful turquoise color

8. Hutch painted in Shutter Gray and Tricycle….these two colors compliment each other perfectly

9. Desk in Two-Tone Pink …..this is also a special mix of MMS

10. Painting Tips for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint….things I learned using the paint


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67 Responses

  1. Karen Blance says:

    You NEVER cease to amaze me with your wonderful miracles & painting techniques! This one has to be my favorite so far!

  2. Angie says:

    Gorgeous piece, Kathy! It was pretty before, but now it’s stunning. Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Angie

  3. mitchypoo says:

    This is a really beautiful piece Kathy, I love the detail on the wood. You are brave, not sure I could pick that color unless I had the perfect room for it.

  4. Kristyne Greco says:

    Hi Kathy,

    The piece is gorgeous!!!!! It would be perfect for a little girl’s room, shabby chic style. Thanks for showing all the steps and I think your pictures and photography of them turned out fantastic!!!

    Have a great week, Kristyne

  5. Gorgeous! I have to laugh about the neighbors…between our millions of trips with furniture going in…furniture coming back out AND all of the projects we’ve been doing on this home for 9 years (almost continuously) We always joke that our neighbors much think we are crazy! 😉 We’ve always got a truckload of something or other!

  6. However is was that you got to that color it’s fabulous! so glad you could save the rose inset, makes it all the better, such a great job!

  7. amy says:

    I think it is beautiful! Love the result!

  8. lauraj says:

    $3.00?!? That is a crazy price for that bed! Just beautiful, nice job!

  9. Jen S. says:

    Great piece! Quick question…I just painted my first piece with milk paint, an old wood daybed that will now live on my covered porch. I did sand it a bit before I painted and I expected it to chip and flake where it wanted to, which it did! My question is…if I use poly to finish it, will this stop it from flaking further? Any tips for that final step? And I do want to use poly and not wax because it will be outside. Thanks so much and I love your blog!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! $3 ??? OhEmGee!!Unbelievable!

  11. barbara says:

    $3? Are you serious? I recently bought a twin bed, from the same era. The footboard is curved and the veneer needs to be glued. I’m a little concerned, because the current finish isn’t all that secure. I’m just going to clean it and do a real light sand and give it my best!

    Let the neighbors wonder! I bet you aren’t shy and they all know what you’re up too. Probably wish they were you, having all of this fun!


  12. Tina says:

    I’m stunned…she’s a beauty!
    $3 bed? I need to hang out with you. :)

  13. She is a beauty indeed. What a wonderful find and stunning makeover. Don’t you just love what chalk paint can do? Blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  14. Angela says:

    I love what paint can do. I haven’t tried milk paint. Only chalk paint. Visiting from I’m you newest follower :)

  15. Absolutely stunning! And you got it for $3.00?!! Why can’t I ever find these deals. lol You did a wonderful job. I’d love for you to share at Transformed Tuesday. I know my readers would love to see this.

    I hope you have time to stop by. Love your blog.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  16. mary says:

    i love it…i have several antique pieces from my husband’s parents and love them…the cherry sideboard had something spilled on the runner which ruined the finish on it…the entire top almost…this looks like a great idea to breathe new life into it…keep up the good work! ….and sharing!

  17. Kristen says:

    Restore it to its original beauty?! OMG you have well surpassed that! This is absolutely stunning. I haven’t used MMS yet, but I am totally inspired by your project. Going to have to order some!

  18. Kathy,
    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous bed frame on Project Inspire{d} this week!
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend :)

  19. Susan says:

    OMG, $3 that’s almost a crime 😉 it is so gorgeous now, what an absolutely fantastic job you did on this bed… I love it! – Susan

  20. CJ says:

    Love this project Kathy, and you are so right about the way MMSMP can be distressed without sanding back to raw wood – it’s amazing.

  21. ya ya yaaaaa, baby. this looks amazing. the color is so RIGHT NOW. bravo!

    hello lovely

  22. marlin says:

    Wow…really love the bed !! You did a great job with it. most of all love the price $3 :)

  23. Angie says:

    NO WAY….3 DOLLARS??? They might as well have just paid you to remove it! Little did they know how you would make her beautiful again. Very, very nice!

  24. $3!!! That’s insane! I love what you did with it!

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  26. Hi Kathy

    Looks great! Did you work with the mixture tool from the Purple Painted Lady? Feel free to share this with my readers in my link party.

    Hugs from Belgium

  27. That IS such a stunning bed, Kathy! I cannot believe you found those pieces for $3.00. Love the dusty rose color and the finish that Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint creates.

  28. Cindy says:

    Oh, she is so pretty! GREAT find and I just love the color! Would love for you to hop over and share at AMM…

  29. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Wow Kathy, that is one amazing bed! And I love the color choice! What girl wouldn’t love this!

  30. kim says:

    Wow, I’m still stuck on $3! What a steal and I love the finish.

  31. Kathy, I just loved this so much I’m including it in some of my favorites from last week’s Project Inspire{d} link party. Thanks so much for sharing it! :)

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  33. Miss Kitty says:

    Wow, Kathy, that is just too beautiful for words! Congratulations on being featured over “Wow Us Wednesday” blog party. I think I have heard the area of paint you asked about being referred to as “gatoring” is in the back of an alligator…but I am not sure. Just a beautiful peice now…it has a totally new life.

    • Kathy Owen says:

      hey Miss Kitty, thanks for letting me know what that type of aging is called. That makes sense, and thanks for stopping by to leave such a nice comment.

  34. Nancy says:

    It is beautiful! What a buy to find for $3! Stunning and my neighbors think that about me too….

  35. Absolutely beautiful! I love the unique color choice, too. (And $3 was a crazy steal–good for you!)

  36. Suzan says:

    Congrats on your feature ( Feathered Nest ) this bed is out of this world Kathy – absolutely GORGEOUS……..
    I have to try this paint – seriously I’m so behind jumping on this band wagon.
    I think this may just be my all time favorite bed redo evah!!!
    Now I’m off to pin it on as many boards as I can!

  37. I just wanted to add my 2 cents, LOVE that BED, you did a
    wonderful job on your paint choices

    I sure would have picked that up for $3.00 any day if I had found it

    good job and lucky find

  38. Lori says:

    The finish on the bed is gorgeous. Ha, ha about hubby asking “will this (mole trap)be in the way?” :)Thanks for sharing your techniques and colors.


  39. Love it – what a fab job!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focusing on bedrooms this week, Alice x

  40. Sue says:

    Wow – really beautiful bed. You did a fabulous job! I have been using ASCP for awhile now but am looking forward to trying the MMS Milk Paint on some pieces as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  43. She’s a beauty – love the MMS paint color! I found it over at the Throwback Thursday Party.

  44. Jeannie says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous. What a steal, if they could see it now! Have a great weekend.

  45. Heather says:

    So awesome!…I love your pieces! Thank you so much for sharing. I wanted to vintage more of my furniture, but the ones I have done in the past just took so darn long and still don’t look as good as yours. Thank you! I am excited to try this paint!

  46. Deby says:

    How did you deal with the veneer that was peeling off?

  47. Rhonda says:

    The aging effect that you love is called “Alligatoring”, this is what happens when you brush on varnish too thick. The change in temperature causes the thick coat to expand and contract, that’s what causes those thick cracks. These days we love it because it does give our painted furniture an awesome look, back in the day it was not a good thing! Your bed is gorgeous BTW!
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  48. This is stunning, Cathy!! Found it on your pinboard. Three dollars was a steal! XO XO
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  49. Sandy says:

    Beautiful rescue! I absolutely love it. I can’t believe you found this for $3. It will make some little girl happy by brightening up her room.
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  50. Stacey grimes says:

    Do you have any tutorials using MMS? I’m new to this paint;) thanks! Stacey

  51. Kathy it looks so great! I have been dying to try milk paint. This may have been the inspiration I needed!
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