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Okay, I’m probably the last person to discover this awesome product but I just heard about Milk Paint a couple of weeks ago and oh man do I have some ideas!

As soon as I found out about it I jumped on Pinterest and YouTube and there are so many awesome things you can do  with it. So I started writing down different things around the house I could makeover with Milk Paint and I ended up with a whole page of ideas which got me thinking I should do a blog series on it.

So here is the first. I decided to start small just in case this was harder than it looked.  Enter the serving tray.

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I’ve had this old tray that I think I got at Pier 1 (maybe) several years ago and I usually just keep my teapot and teacups on. It’s dark wood and palm tree picture doesn’t really match my decor anymore so I thought it would be a perfect candidate to try out my milk painting skills.

I ordered some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (this seemed to be the best and most popular brand) from Amazon. Click here if you want to purchase some. She makes around 18 or so different colors. They are all very pretty! I chose a color called Eulalie’s Sky for my tray which is a pretty antique pale blue.

 

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Overall I am very happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to do my next piece!

 

So here are things I did wrong and things I did to fix them:

#1 I didn’t read the directions on mixing the paint before I started mixing them (hey I watched a YouTube video, who needs directions, right?) This resulted in lumpy paint in the first coat.

The Fix: The next time I followed the directions exactly and got a much smoother consistency. When everything was all dry I sanded down the little lumps. No prob, Bob.

#2 I decided not to sand the finish of the tray before I painted it. I wanted to see how well the milk paint would stick without any prep. The result was a lot of pretty bad flaking where the paint did not stick. That’s okay no big deal.

 

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The Fix: I just sanded the areas that were lifting and added Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding agent in with my second paint mixture and it worked like a charm. No cracking or peeling. Then I hit it with a third coat just to make sure the color was uniform.

 

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After that was dry I hit it with a fine grit sand paper to give a distressed vintage look and I will finish it off with some furniture wax to seal and protect the finish.

 

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This paint is pretty great and easy once you get the hang of it (and follow directions). It is a neat way to give furniture that weathered antique look.

I really like Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Bonding Agent (this is a must have on surfaces that are previously finished). The paint is a little pricey ($26 for a bag that makes one quart) but I think the quality of the paint and colors make it worth it. Click here for her website and here for her YouTube channel.

Be on the look out for the next post in this series! I can’t wait to get started on it!

 

Note: All paint and supplies were purchased by me. This is not a sponsored post.