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Get The Look Of Naturally Chipped Paint With Milk Paint

Naturally chipped paint has a look all it’s own. I can spot the real thing from 10 feet away but those guys are hard to find.

So, what can you do to get the naturally chipped paint finish on your newer furniture? Try Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint…….it’s hard to tell if the finish is aged or faked.


vintage furniture

I paid $30 for it at my favorite junk shop. The vintage piece just called for chippy paint. I debated about the color and finally decided on blue.

I have started doing Facebook lives some mornings and last week I showed this piece and asked for color suggestions.

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Piant color is Flow Blue

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint comes in a powder form and you just mix it with water.


Then brush the paint on. This piece only needed one coat because the coverage is awesome. I filmed the whole paint process and hope to get the video tutorial edited and on this post before the day is done.

You can see me in my natural habitat….my workshop. I wear my paint clothes and one of hubby’s plaid flannel shirts to paint in. That’s how I roll. Uptown all the way.

chipping paint

The paint loosens and chips in areas as it dries.

chipping milk paint with a scraper

I wipe the loose paint from the furniture with a rag and use a scraper if I want more paint to come off.

Miss Mustard Seeds Wax

The last step in the process is wax. The wax adds a sheen and also protects the paint finish.
Here is my video of the whole process. Don’t worry! Less than two minutes long….

 Milk Paint Tutorial Video
Naturally Chipped Paint Finish

The wood knobs were in my hardware stash. Originally they were natural wood and I painted them off-white. The project I planned to use them on looked better with other hardware—Win-win for this vintage piece. Vintage meets modern.

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint color is Flow Blue and the chippy paint finish is perfect

What about that chippy paint? The chippy milk paint look is totally different from distressing paint with sandpaper. The wood is not raw for one thing. Also chippy, round, spots are hard to achieve with sandpaper.

chippy milk paint finish

My first milk paint project was the Tricycle Red Radio Cabinet. When I was painting the cabinet, I wasn’t even thinking about how it would be received. Boy, was I surprised.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint project by Petticoat Junktion




Bloggers and furniture painters know me by that cabinet. They may not know my name but they know I painted THE RED RADIO CABINET. The red cabinet is in our family room. The naturally chipped paint finish is still pretty after five years. You can see it here….Radio Cabinet Painted Tricycle Red.

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint project color Flow Blue

Naturally Chippy Paint Finish Look

This is what I tell people about MMS Milk Paint…The finish is one–of- a- kind. The unique aspect is that you never know what result you will get! You need to take in to consideration the original finish on the furniture.

I have found that highly varnished pieces will chip a lot or the paint may crackle instead of chip. A lacquered surface will chip very, very heavily or chip off completely so you might want to use the bonding agent.

An older wood piece without any varnish or gloss may not chip at all. On an unfinished piece of furniture the wood will soak the paint up and it will not chip. If the furniture piece has a coat of paint, the Milk Paint may crackle instead of chip or it may not chip at all. My advice? Just have fun and go with it.

Another favorite Milk Paint project…

Antique twin bed painted with milk paint
Antique twin bed painted with milk paint

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

You can read all my milk paint tips and tricks here….Milk Paint Tips. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I miss painting with milk paint!, I love the unpredictability! I started my furniture makeover business using milk paint exclusively. Need to get back to my roots for a change. MMS has the prettiest blues and greens!

  2. Thank you Naomi! You might like MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone or Boxwood. Boxwood is green but a little dark. You could mix it with Ironstone to lighten it up!

  3. I have wanted to use MMS’s Milk paint for quite a while and just haven’t gotten around to ordering it. I love the way it chips. The dresser looks great. I probably wouldn’t have chosen the blue but seeing it I like it. I think I tend to be timid or unadventurous about choosing colors. I would have looked at that dresser and I think I would have gone with one of MMS’s whites or maybe one of the lighter greens. But the blue is very striking.

    I looked up the red radio cabinet, too. Same thing there–I would have painted it some tame color but seeing it in the red it just has so much more personality.

    Great job on both, Kathy!

  4. Hi Kathy, I lover your work. I have used Miss Mustard Seed’s paint on quite a few projects and not all of it chips, only 2 out of 8 have chipped. Any advice? thank you, wendy

  5. I love it! We have spent the last 9 months remodeling the old farm house I grew up in and now I am ready to decorate! I have been itching to decorate since the first piece of 70’s paneling came down. Thanks for the great tutorial and idea!