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Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint Tutorial For Furniture

Milk Paint Tutorial

This is a complete milk paint tutorial! I’ve just completed my third Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint project. Three different projects, three totally different reactions to the milk paint. If I had set out to choose three furniture pieces to represent milk paint chippiness or lack of chippiness, I couldn’t have done a better job!

My Tricycle Red Cabinet showed just the right amount of chipping for me. The antique table painted Ironstone and Shutter Gray didn’t chip at all.

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint Tutorial For FurnitureMilk Paint Tutorial For Furniture

Now I’ll tell you about this latest project with the full milk paint tutorial. I choose this cabinet thinking it would be nice for my Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint display at the shop. The paint will start shipping to retailers soon, so we’ll see how it works out.

furniture painting project before makeover wood china cabinet

before milk paint makeover

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint from Homestead House in Tricycle and Shutter Gray

I measure the milk paint powder and mix it in a plastic cup using a paint stir stick.

how to mix milk paint

how to mix milk paint

The ratio of powder to water is 1 part powder to 1¼-1½ water.

mixing up milk paint in Tricycle red

You need to stir for about 5 minutes to get out most of the lumps.

how milk paint chips

Okay, this is where it gets sticky! Basically all the paint chipped off the top of the cabinet. I didn’t want all the paint to chip off. Soooo, I decided to paint over the Shutter Gray with Tricycle and see if I could get a two color affect.

when painting with milk paint goes horribly wrong

The Tricycle over the Shutter Gray.

bad milk paint finish

Nope, that didn’t work. All the Tricycle and the Shutter Gray chipped off. This picture doesn’t show the extent of the chipping.

bonding agent for Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint

bonding agent for milk paint

Let’s try something new. I added bonding reagent to my Tricycle paint. You mix 1 part bonding reagent to 2 parts milk paint. I found out the bonding reagent really bonds!

how to chip paint on furniture

how to chip milk paint

A little chipping on the hutch. Miss Mustard Seed recommends using a putty knife to gently scrape off the chipping paint. I have to admit to being a little too rough with the putty knife.

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint Tutorial For Furniture

The bonding reagent worked great. I couldn’t get it to come off with an electric sander. There are a few chippy places on the top that I didn’t paint over completely.

how to get paint to chip on furniture

I really love the way the milk paint chipped off the front of the cabinet.

how my granddaughter Sofi photobombed my furniture photo shoot


Uh Oh, baby crossing, photobombed by granddaughter

how to paint furniture with milk paint and get the paint to chip perfectly

What I’ve learned about the milk paint. It’s easy to mix, easy to use, covers well, great finish, and you never know if the paint will chip or the degree to which it will chip. It all comes down to the original finish.

how to use milk paint the proper way to get the right amount of chippiness on furniture

Have you tried Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint?

Most read milk paint project……

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

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. Milk paint is a tad chippier than I like, so I mix untinted milk paint powder with water and add to tinted acrylic paint. It works perfectly!

  2. Hi,
    Wow!!!! Ilove what you have done w/the furniture.
    All of the furniture looks awesome.
    I want to try this paint:)
    Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Thanks Michelle, MMS has seen them and she shares them sometime on her facebook page and the milk paint website under inspiration!

  4. Wow! Has Miss Mustard Seed seen your pieces? You have this down perfectly! Your work is really gorgeous, great job!