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Spice it up with Mustard Seed Yellow

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion


Vintage Radio Cabinet painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow.




I really like the old radio cabinets. They have so much detail and look great painted and distressed. This one was in pretty rough condition. Some of the veneer was missing on the doors so I peeled off the remaining bits and pieces.



Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion

I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone and mixed some of the Mustard Seed Yellow with it to get two soft yellow colors for the doors. I wanted some contrast there and the slightly creamy color for the doors and the mellow yellow color framing the doors worked out well. The body of the cabinet was painted with the full strength Mustard Seed Yellow. I used a neutral wax to protect the paint finish and also give it a little sheen.



Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion

This is the project I posted about yesterday with the hardware issues. The original hardware I selected for this piece just didn’t work out. The radio cabinet has two pulls, one on each door but they are so close to each other that you either have to fill in one hole and not have a pull on it or use two very small pulls or be a little creative. How is that for a run-on sentence!

I chose to be a little creative and finally came up with the French Provincial pulls from my hardware stash. I couldn’t believe how the creamy color of the door and the pulls matched so closely. I used a little key pull on one door and a drop pull on the other.


Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion

I’m really happy with my choice.



Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion


The paint chipped beautifully. I really like using the putty knife to help flake the paint off. Such a different look from distressing with the sander. A little more work but worth it. The paint on the frame on the outside edge of the door didn’t chip but I knew it wouldn’t. That’s where I peeled off the veneer, so it was basically raw wood with no varnish.


Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion

The Junktion Technical Specialist had to do a little work to this piece before I painted it. Some of the radio housing was still in the cabinet and  it had to be removed and it was backless so we also cut a back for it. Since the wood was a little rough I put scrapbook paper on the inside back and shelves. A little something extra that adds so much!


Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion

Since taking up blogging I have a much greater appreciation for photographers. I have a little point and shoot camera and just take pictures in my workshop. I wish someone had a picture of me and the Junktion Technical Specialist each holding a lamp and me with a camera trying to light the inside of the cabinet so there wouldn’t be any shadows. It was too funny…and didn’t work very well either!


Painted Cabinet using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow, Petticoat Junktion

What do you think about the Mustard Seed Yellow?

List of Popular 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 …..a softer look and another fan favorite

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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28 Responses

  1. Leslie says:

    This is very, very cool. You are always doing something inspiring.

  2. Finished, this is and stunning/amazing piece. To be honest with you, I don’t usually like most of the really chippy/milk paint pieces but this one is exceptional!!

  3. Kathy says:

    Love this, Kathy! Another beautiful piece!! Blessings!

  4. Terry says:

    She’s got great personality now when she was so trashy before. Wow she looks great.

  5. cassie says:

    gorgeous! that color is so warm and pretty!

  6. Betty says:

    Love the color combo and hardware! Must try some of the paints – love the chippy stuff! Always look forward to reading your posts. Lovin’ it from West Texas!!!

  7. Kathy this is so gorgeous! The yellow is just amazing. I will share this on our Facebook Page today.

    Can’t wait to get to work with my MMSMP paint today!


  8. Melody says:

    Amazing job. Really, so adorably cute. I’m a yellow convert!

  9. Kathleen says:

    Very, very cool piece! You made the right decision when you went with yellow.

  10. elyse says:

    Lucky Girl! I want to try MMS Yellow! I love what you did with this little guy.

  11. Seesa says:

    This is So AWESOME!! I love it :)

  12. Bec says:

    what a great piece…I love it!
    Bec x

  13. kirsten says:

    Lovely job! You rescued a treasure – :-)

  14. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a beautiful cabinet Kathy and I just love the yellow! You and your technical specialist did an amazing job!

  15. […] Other favorite Milk Paint projects, Tricycle Red Cabinet, Shutter Gray Hutch, Mustard Seed Yellow Cabinet […]

  16. […] hardware ideas I selected special hardware for this Mustard Seed Yellow Radio Cabinet […]

  17. Randi says:

    How cool that used to be my radio cabinet!! Glad it got a new look and a new home :) I did see it in the shop for sale it was cool.

  18. Linda says:


    I can truly say that looking and reading about your work on the mustard seed radio cabinet was every bit as good as eating my favorite candy. It is actually exciting to see what you will “release” from your work. You have an innate instinct about your projects — true artistry at work. I am reminded of Michaelangelo’s response when asked how he decides what figure to sculpt when he looks at his block of marble. His humble response: “I see the angel and I just release it from the marble.” You also release the best in the pieces you do. After you finish, WOW! The yellow is deliciously fabulous –and I don’t even like yellow!

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Linda, You are too nice. Thanks for the great compliment but I don’t fell deserving of such high praise. I love yellow and I wish the photos of that piece were a little better. My photography is slowly improving.Thank you for reminding me of this piece. It’s been a while since I’ve done such an in depth project. I think I’m slacking!

  19. […] above listed clockwise from upper left: My Tricycle Red Cabinet, French Enamel Chest of Drawers, Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint Cabinet, Desk in Two-Tone Pink, Hutch painted in Shutter Gray and Tricycle, Boxwood cedar chest, Quirky […]

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