Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – Apron Strings – Colour of the Month February

If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE to paint with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I love the antique patina it creates, the chippy-ness and the authentic vintage vibe it gives to ordinary mundane pieces of furniture.
This little antique cupboard is no exception for the “ordinary” and “mundane”. But it is a cute little piece with its Art Deco style handles and silky oak frame.
I removed the glass top and gave it a light sanding ready for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colour of the month for February – Apron Strings!
I have been waiting to try this colour which is one of the newer ones in her range. It is a coral kind of dusty pink – that’s how I’d describe it anyway. Some colours in the MMSMP range are difficult to photograph to get a true sense of the colour. They appear different in various lights, but I think you’ll get the general idea here.
In this pic below, I have applied two coats of Apron Strings and applied a water slide decal to the front door of the cupboard for a vintage style finish. I found the image at The Graphics Fairy and made my own decal using special decal paper.
(If you are in Australia, I found “do it yourself” decal making paper on ebay. Just search “Water Slide Decals”)
The pic above shows Apron Strings BEFORE waxing. (And like I said, this photo is not showing a true indication of the colour)
Here’s the difference a bit of Furniture Wax will make to your Milk Paint finish:

Left: unwaxed                                    Right: waxed

Left – unwaxed                           Right – waxed

Here you can see that I have waxed the outside of the cupboard, but NOT the door yet. Just to show you how the waxed finish deepens and gives a richer tone to the milk paint’s natural pigments. 

I used a wax brush to apply the wax (below). Wax brushes are large and rounded, often with tapered bristles to get into the creases of the furniture surfaces.
After applying the wax with your brush, wait about 5 mins or so, then buff the whole surface with a lint free rag.
And here is the finished look: lovely sheen all over and a great vintage finish.
Loving the Art Deco handles:

I like the way the Apron Strings colour blends well with these linen tea towels I found … and the old books…

I’d love to see what you are doing with MMSMP or painting furniture in general. 
Join me on Facebook and share your pictures to my page.
Have you created a new look with “Apron Strings”?
Send me your link in the comments below and I will pick one piece to feature in my blog post next week.
Happy Painting!
PS. Excited to have been featured this week on Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday link party.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is now available in Australia. If you would like to be a retailer, go to www.refinished.com.au for more info. I will be selling MMSMP at my workshops and online once my online store is up and running.

For video tutorials on using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, visit my youtube channel HERE.
The following is an example of a furniture makeover using MMSMP – Kitchen Scale.

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  • Reply
    January 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Sharon. The little cupboard has turned out gorgeously! Well done. I love your work. Shirley x

    • Reply
      I Restore Stuff
      January 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Shirley, you’re a gem! I love seeing your updates on my Facebook newsfeed.

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