Got Milk {Paint}?

Yesterday I was being all whiny about Milk Paint.  It’s a hard life.

I am no stranger at painting furniture.  I’ve even BS-ed mastered the art of no-sand painting.  But I needed to test this much-talked-about heavy-hailed Milk Paint.  Let’s take this Milk Paint for a drive.  This post is my unsponsored, uncensored, untarnished review of said product.

First of all, what is milk paint?  According to Miss Mustard Seed:

Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

Milk Paint can either provide a solid coat of paint, or an authentic chippy look.  If you want a solid coat, you will need to use the bonding agent.  For the chippy look, you are good to go.  No priming or sanding is needed.

Milk Paint comes in a powder form.  I joked that my bag of snow came in the mail.  No one thought that was funny.  Apparently mail-order drugs are no laughing matter.

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My Milk Paint Brings All The Boys To The Yard

The past two days have been a hurricane of love!  Young House Love, more like.  In case you missed it, my painted headboard was featured over on the Celestial Kingdom of blogs.  To all my new visitors & readers: Word up.  I like you, and I want to be friends.  So drop a line,  keep it real, and tell me the latest gossip.

I’ve been dabbling in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint through the night.  (Remember grandfa-fazza from Thrifty Thursday a skip ago?)

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So You Came To See My Furniture?

Let’s be real.  Wednesday was one of the best days of my life.  It was like Hanukkah all week.  New packages kept showing up on my porch.  Fabric, wall prints, milk paint, rugs… finally (cheap) furniture.

I WAS SO NERVOUS.  Have you ever bought furniture online?  There’s only so much you can do.  There’s really only ONE thing you can do:  measure.  Measure, measure, measure.  And I did.  I wore out that tape measure.  But what if it wasn’t comfortable?  What if the colors were wrong?  What if the scale still wasn’t right?  Pictures on the interweb can lie.  And this furniture was shipped from Mexico.  If I didn’t like it, I’d have to pay to ship it back.  Ummmm… no.

I had a suspicion that there was a small Mexican family inside the box: A) to help put together my furniture, or B) ask for their furniture back.

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How to Make an Ottoman Bench

How to Make an Ottoman Bench in 5 Steps

Total Time:  3 1/2 hrs.
Total Cost:  Just under $50

I really wanted a bench with a cushion to go at the end on our bed.  Something comfy we could sit on while we put our shoes on.  I looked online for AGES, but all I found were really generic things that didn’t really match my taste or decor.  So as always the solution was: DIY.  I didn’t use any pattern to sew the cushion cover, so it got a little tricky at times, but totally doable.  Here is the end product.

Hot to make a really easy ottoman bench

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