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?)

Milk Paint Trial - White grandfather clock makeover

We’ll see how “authentic” and “chippy” it looks.  I have one eyebrow raised in major suspicion.  The product is quite different from what I expected   You’ll see in my full review write up.  At the moment, I’m about half way done, and to be transparent:  I don’t know if I like it.  It kind of looks tacky.  But I have a strict “no-judging policy” until a project is 100% done.  I learned this from watching Bob Ross.

What do.

 I’m hoping grandfa-father looks like an authentic Norman Rockwell painting when it’s finished.

Either way, you’ll know.  And FYI, based on personal experience: Milk Paint is not for eating.

Have YOU dabbled in Milk Paint?  (Please give me tips if you have!)

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  • I’ve read that the first coat tends to look really weird, but the second one usually gives you a better idea of where you’ll end up!

    • I really hope so! I got 2 coats on it last night, and I’m thinking it will need a third. I have a feeling that a lot of the issues are coming from the brush I’ve been using.

      • Every project looks ridiculous when you are doing it! I bet it looks great after another coat (I haven’t ever used milk paint, though, and can’t wait to get your unvarnished review!).

        • I’m really really hoping the next coat fixes the issue at hand. But if it doesn’t…. It will make a good story. At least this time I have brain cells left. No VOCs!

  • ooh, I’m excited to see it all finished. I have a piano I really want to paint, but I’m having trouble finding both the courage and the time. I’m also not sure why I see any parallels between grandfather clocks and pianos, but it seems that I do.

    • I totally feel ya. I also have a piano that needs to be painted. I think if the milk paint ends up turning out well,l it would be a great option for a piano. It would give it that nice “antique-y” look. Plus: no priming. The thing I have learned so far, is that a little goes a long way!

  • Hi, Kenz
    Can’t wait to see what it looks like. Have a good one.

  • mk_marie

    I found a tutorial on milk paint a super long time ago where she did a little buffet and it came out really fun, so good luck on yours! (unhelpful mackenzie is unhelpful) What brush are you using that may be giving you trouble?

    • I know! Everyone’s milk paint projects have come out so good! So I’ve been a little bummed. BUT: it’s not done. I have been using an old brush, and the bristles are slightly wonky. So it might have something to do with that. Also, I might not have mixed the milk paint right. I’m going to try and finish it tonight.

  • Ashley Shepherd

    This comment has nothing to do with milk paint, but it does have to do with painting furniture. Andy’s mother is really quite amazing at it. She has done two pianos and some small end table cupboard things… Just in case you do decide to tackle the piano, you could gain a little inspiration from checking out her work. (Not that you aren’t totally capable on your own.)

    • You are so right! Marlene is the champion at painting furniture! I’ve seen their piano. It blew me away, because I remember what it used to look like. Marlene could easily put Martha Stewart out of a job 🙂

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