IKEA Dresser Meets Miss Mustard Seed

Milk Paint has long been an intrigue of mine. I first learned about it when I started Pretty Distressed back in 2014, and found about Miss Mustard Seed paint. If you don't follow Marian's blog, Miss Mustard Seed, you should. She is a real inspiration to furniture painters.

I was wasting time one day in downtown Geneva, Ill. before I had to pick up the kids from school and wondered into an antique shop who just happened to carry the paint. I snagged the last bag of Farmhouse White they had. I couldn't wait to get it home and play around with it! I had an IKEA dumpster dive in my garage that was screaming for a makeover and my youngest was in desperate need of more drawer space.


miss mustard seed farmhouse white

As my avid followers are aware, I am a big fan and user of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I love it for the ease of no prep furniture painting. For those who are thinking about trying Milk Paint, it really is a entirely different animal. It comes in powder form and you mix it with water to create a milky consistent paint. You can do some really cool things with it. The one that intrigued me the most was a really chippy look.

I started by using my orbital sander to take off the current stain because it was really slick and orange. I wanted more of an industrial look since this is for a boy's room, so I sanded it down to strip the color completely. Then I played around with some stain that I had. I ended up using Minwax Special Walnut, one of my personal favs, and Varathane Weathered Gray in a 1:1 ratio.  
special walnut

After I stained the whole dresser, I randomly applied some all natural beeswax to help create the chippy effect I wanted once I applied the paint. I had some on hand, but Miss Mustard Seed carries beeswax, too. The wax repels the paint and allows it to flake off in chippy, gorgeous chunks.
natural beeswax

Next up was painting. There are directions on each bag of paint on how to mix it up. You can select the amount of paint you want to use and mix the powder and water in a 1:1 ratio. You can't save the paint to use later, so mix cautiously. You can always mix up more if you run out. I did two coats.
milk paint

I didn't see any chipping until after my second coat dried, so don't freak out if the first coat doesn't chip. I don't know how this works, but it is super cool. And resist the urge to scrape the flakes off before it is completely dry. Set a timer and stay away! Below is a pic of what the chipping looks like. When it is dry you can take a putty knife and start chipping away at the spots that are flaking. I'm no expert here, just an experimenter. If you want tips on how to paint with Milk Paint check out Miss Mustard Seed's YouTube channel. It is were I went for a how to.
farmhouse white

Scraping the paint off is so fun! But it is definitely not meant for people who like having total control over the piece. It does what it wants, and you have to roll with it. I didn't take any pictures of me chipping it away, but here is how it looked at the end.
industrial furniture

To seal the piece I used my Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear. Miss Mustard Seed has her own wax as well, but again I used what I had on hand. For the industrial look I was going for I ordered some library label pulls from Amazon. Here is what the finished product looks like. 
farmhouse white

miss mustard seed

industrial pull

farmhouse white

furniture paint

It was really so much fun playing with milk paint to achieve this chippy, industrial look. What do you think? Would you like to try it out?

Another Man's Trash...Screen Upcycle

You know how they say another's man's trash is another man's treasure? Well this was certainly the case in my most recent upcyle project. I spotted a screen in the corner of my mother's garage on our recent vacation to Nashville, and knew I had to have it.


shutters on wall



They already had a nice crackle patina I just wasn't a fan of the color or the flowers. I thought they would look a lot like outdoor shutters once I pulled them apart and painted them. I had seen this look on a post from Blue Egg Brown Nest and figured they would look great in the empty space above my recently refinished Goodwill dresser.

chalk paint

 I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue which is one of my favorite colors ever. Unlike a typical piece of furniture, these won't get a lot of wear and tear so I decided not to use any wax on them. I also think the chalky finish makes them look more like shutters that came off a house. My dear husband was kind enough to install some hardware on the back of them and get them up on the wall for me.

chalk paint makeover

chalk paint dresser shutters

I am so happy with how this turned out. I had been shopping for a mirror to go over this dresser, but this is a hundred times better. And the best part- a lot cheaper. Thanks Mom for your "trash."

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1950's End Table Makeover

The last two weeks have been crazy with traveling and the kitchen remodel. The kitchen remodel is almost complete. We just need the cabinet hardware installed and we are done! The big reveal is coming soon, so keep checking back.

I finally found some time to paint this week. This end table was a Goodwill purchase a few months back, and I thought it would be a quick project to bang out. It is a quintessential 1950's end table. Both my mother and mother-in-law mentioned to me they each had one in their houses growing up.





I wanted a chippy, farmhouse finish for this piece so I put my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in refrigerator for a couple of house before I applied it so it would go on thick.



I applied two coats of Old White to the piece and let it dry for 24 hours. Then I took multiple pieces of duct tape stuck it on the table and ripped it off. This process took off some chunky chips of paint.




I got my sanding block out to distress the edges down and added a fleur-di-lis to each side in Duck Egg Blue. Then, I finished it off with some Annie Sloan clear wax.







I would love to put this piece somewhere in my house, but I have officially run out of space. So this will be my very first piece I try to sell. It is available for $50. Use the "contact form" to the right if you would like information on how to purchase it.