8.23.2012

Ironstone Milk Paint


Y'all know how much I love ironstone and have acquired quite a collection so when my sponsor, Robyn Story Designs sent me some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to try it was a no brainer to try the color Ironstone first. I had planned on painting this nightstand anyway so I thought white would be perfect.

Here is the way it looked. Just a plain mass produced piece of furniture with a veneer finish.
So I grabbed my bag of milk paint which comes in powder form and after glancing the directions, because I am very impatient, I just started mixing the powder in water and started stirring and stirring. I then did like the directions said and used a blender. Now, do like I say and not like I did.


I should have lightly sanded this piece before I slapped this paint on. The finish on this chest was not taking the paint at all. I know it is supposed to do this, but not quite this much! I was standing there telling it to stop already, but it just went nuts.

I actually like this look, too, but wanted more white than this so back to the drawing board. I just wiped off all the flaking paint with my hand. That's right it just rubbed right off. Then I grabbed my Krud Kutter deglosser and rubbed it all over and wiped it off to see if that would help add some grip.

I also added the bonding liquid to the paint so it would adhere better. I actually love the way this piece turned out now. Nice and chippy.

Some of it still had too much distressing so I just brushed more paint on those places. It still looks like a piece that would have been painted and then touched up and then started wearing over many years again.

I couldn't get the handles off and like I said I am impatient when I want something done so I just painted them, too. I used the Beeswax Polish to seal the paint.

I am loving the new old look and really did love watching what this paint does. Next time I will follow the instructions better. I will show where this is soon and how it looks in the room that has been getting fluffed.

I know it is still summer, but I am in fall nesting fluffing mode.

My sponsor is taking orders for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and she offers flat rate shipping. The pre orders are discounted, too. The paint will be available for shipment very soon.
You know you want some.

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65 comments:

  1. When I first started reading, I didn't know how you would ever fix all the flaking. But the finished product came out so beautifully!! I love the areas that had chipped off and then was painted over. Very chippy and authentically old!

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  2. You were too excited to get started! :-)
    I have a son and a husband who never read instructions. I, on the other hand, am anal. And even though the instructions may have been badly translated from Chinese, I tend to figure it out! LOL. I can't wait for fall, BTW. Loving' the cooler weather and the mood it is taking me.

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  3. It looks wonderful, but I also like it with a small amount of milk paint. Perfect project!

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  4. Love that chippy finish! I would totally be that impatient, too. :)
    xo Heidi

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  5. Kim,
    That really turned out great! Very authentic looking too!
    xx
    Anne

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  6. This is a really different and interesting paint. Amazing how it chips. I like the white. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I really like this, Kim. The 'chippiness' looks so natural. Thanks for showing us how you did it!!

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  8. So cool Kim! Love how that turned out!!


    -heather

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  9. Really does look like "real" chippy not the popular "over the top recently done" chippy.

    Can hardly believe the first pick of the chippy though - yowza - final product, love.

    Can't wait to see how your "new look" is in the space!

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  10. I have used milk paint before...but on unfinished wood...I like the way it turned out on your piece...like it has been painted over for years...nice!

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  11. Looks great Kim. I have a table here at the lake that would benefit from this paint.

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  12. The one thing that I wouldn't like about that paint is all the mixing and then the bonding agent you need to use etc. Sounds like chalk paint is easier to use. I do like the finished look that it gave your furniture in the end though. I know you must've been horrified when it started peeling up everywhere like that! It will be interesting to see which type paint people prefer after this milk paint gets more use.

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  13. Your nightstand turned out great....love the chippy finish! I can remember when milk paint was popular years ago when country and Americana was trendy.
    ~Des

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  14. Oooo, I love the distressed look, Kim. I'm impatient too, but I think the bumps along the way gave it great character.

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  15. Love the final product.... xo

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  16. Love how your piece turned out Kim! I am not sure I like all the mixing that is involved though. Milk paint has been around for years and I always stayed away from it due to the mixing.

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  17. I just got a marble top dresser from my FIL. It needs painted so I pre-ordered Mustard Seed Yellow from your stockist. The whole thing scares me to death. Does the bonding agent come with the paint or do you have to order it? If I chicken out and end up not using the paint I'll send it to you. :o)

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  18. I am curious to see how popular this paint becomes. The unpredictable chipping is both a blessing and a curse. I do love the no prep of chalk paint. Your table did turn out nicely, though =)

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  19. OH Pretty! I really do love the old worn character it gave to this piece.
    I would love to try this. I am heading over to check it out.
    Thanks for showing us.

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  20. I love how it turned out! I actually won some of the milk paint and choose tricycle as my color. I am waiting for it to get to the vendor so she can send it to me.

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  21. "I am in fall nesting mode" HAHAHAHA Come on now Kim, you know you are ALWAYS in nesting/changing mode!

    Hmmmm, I'm not sure about the milk paint. I think I will probably stick with chalk paint. That's a little bit chippy for me.

    Is this the guest room?

    tina

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  22. Looks great...Sometimes the mistakes come out looking the best.

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  23. When I saw that first pic I started to panic for you Kim, but seeing the end result...beautiful!

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  24. Whew... I was a bit alarmed at the first picture. But as I read on , I was really luving the results.
    You got the effect of weathered worn and redone in a small amount of time. Perfectly chippy :-)
    Beautiful. Can hardly wait to see it in it's final spot.
    Cheers, Gee

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  25. Oh Kim...this is too cute! I love the chippy look and am anxious to try the milk paint as well. Thank you for sharing your adventure with this piece!! Love how it turned out!!

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  26. I love the look of the paint! It looks like you found it in an old barn! Thanks for the inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  27. Great results, Kim! I can't wait to see where you've put it.

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  28. I am glad in the end the result looks fantastic!

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  29. I do want some! I love the way this turned out! It looks old and unique now... just perfect.

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  30. Love how this piece turned out. I have yet to try any of this paint but it sure looks fabulous!

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  31. looks fabulous! i have this tureen at top too!

    smiles.

    michele

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  32. It turned out great!! I love the old chippy weathered feel of it.

    Cindy

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  33. Whoa...I would have had a freakin' heart attack at that first stage. :)
    No better at redoing furniture than I am, I better stick with the old fashioned paint, I think.
    Enjoy it in your newly upgraded room.

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  34. I think it looks beautiful, I love the look of milk paint,, it covers raw unfinished wood beautifully, we did the wainscoting in our breakfast room with it,

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  35. You crack me up! I used Milk Paint years ago and loved it. I still have a piece that I did. But I haven't used it lately due to the prep work. Thanks for sharing your story and pics. Too funny! I gotta say though...it all came out in the end. I love the finished looked of your piece! :)

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  36. Oh my what a mess you had on your hands. Knowing me I would have done the same thing and NOT read the directions. That is why it is best for me to open a can of paint, no mixing and just paint. I do like the end result though.

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  37. I think I would have panicked a little bit. It looks so cute though. I am glad you gave it another coat. I can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Katie

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  38. I used milk paint back in the 70's(?) and loved it...but you DO have to prep before using it. If you get a chance to use it on something that is unfinished you will be amazed at how different it is and how different it looks. Hope you had a great day- xo Diana

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  39. Hi Kimmie! You're good and it looks great!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  40. OK, I have to admit I laughed!! In the end though it turned out great!

    Carol

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  41. :) I was worried too about how it would turn out but it looks great.

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  42. Hi, Kim! Lots of chippy loveliness. Just when you think you've conquered chalk paint along comes (or rather comes around again) milk paint! Which to choose? Decisions. Decisions.

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  43. I love it without paint, I love it with all the peeling paint, I love it with more peeling paint. I just love that side table.

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  44. Good grief, I would have had a HEART ATTACK! But look how purty it turned out. You are so good at this. XO, Pinky

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  45. Don't follow the instructions....EVER! You did great on your own :) Just re-write them. Beautiful, I winder what I could apply this to????

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  46. You crack me up! I love that you made it look so awesome without following the directions!

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  47. Wow! I have never seen milk paint chip quite like this. Like you, I actually kinda liked the first look, but I bet cleanup was a pain. Of course, I also like the finished result.

    Milk paint is so unpredictable and yet so gorgeous.

    Atta Girl Amy of www.attagirlsays.com

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  48. Oh how I love your blog!! On this project though, I like the before...unpainted. Does that mean I missed the shabby gene or what?

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  49. Now I'm going to wonder if old chippy pieces are really old! I love the way your piece turned out!

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  50. My first thought was uh oh there is a big flaky mess in your house. The finishes product looks fabulous though. I used to love milk paint and haven't tried it for awhile.

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  51. While the process was a bit cumbersome for you at first, it turned out just gorgeous!!...I love the layered look, aged over time look...Can't wait to see your fluffed room!!

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  52. Impatient is my middle name. I will take note of the lesson you teach should I decide to give milk paint a whirl.

    ~Bliss~

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  53. You had me worried at the beginning but the end result is great!

    Elizabeth Burton - Thesouthernlolly.blogspot.com

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  54. so glad you didnt have a heart attack.. enjoy your new piece.

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  55. My theory is that if you have to read instructions, it shouldn't be bothered with! In this case I read them. I haven't used the blender. Did it dissolve all the little lumps? Sounds like the way to go.

    Now, you didn't show the whole chest, so i hope to see it in it's rightful place soon!

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  56. Oh goodness...you do things just like I do, Kim. Only I would have sat down and cried when it all chipped off. It turned out beautiful!! :)

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  57. Hi Kim :)

    I just watched Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial on chipping milk paint then saw your post. Your finished drawers do look great but boy oh boy does the shot of the paint all peeling look scary to me! It is probably just as well it is not available here in Australia as I don't think I could handle that. I guess I must be a 'control freak' as MMS said in her tutorial, lol!

    Hope you are well :)

    xx Karen

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  58. Kim, What great patina! I love the way this turned out!

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  59. Wow that was a huge amount of flaking...I liked it though...your table looked very swedish....it is a very cool paint isn't it? I did the same color today on a long console table. I was pleased with the result. It will be lots of fun to mix and play with this brand of paint I think!

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  61. Oh I love how that turned out! Totally cute. I think that's what I'm loving best about the milk paint - you can just keep working with it and see what happens - it's always a surprise!

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