Milk Paint Project
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.
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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
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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