Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Meets My Kitchen Stools

I recently used Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint to give my kitchen counter stools a makeover.  In my old kitchen the black stools contrasted nicely with the all white cabinetry.

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But 12 years and 3 kids later, my stools were showing a lot of wear.  And in my new home, with the base cabinets painted black, I felt some contrast in color was needed.

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Using milk paint was a new experience for me.  First, it comes as a powder which you then mix with water.  It is non-toxic and odorless so you can use it inside without the need for ventilation.  I found I needed to stir it frequently because the  color separates easily.   If you  like a chippy look and are painting over existing paint, there is no need to sand first.  On the other hand, if you want a smooth finish, then light sanding is necessary.  You can also add a bonding agent to the milk paint mix to get better adhesion.

I decided that a chippy finish would best suit my family … our youngest just turned five so we still have a few years ahead of us of lots of  wear and tear by little ones.  I chose Lucketts Green from Miss Mustard Seed’s line of milk paint.  The color is close  to that of jadite.

Here’s how the chairs looked after the first coat of paint.

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After I applied the second coat, the paint naturally started to chip on its own.  I then lighted sanded the stools with a fine grit sandpaper to smooth the finish.  I applied two coats of polyacrylic to seal the finish.

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I like the new color.  I also like the contrast of the chippy stools with the more formal elements in the kitchen.

I will be sharing more about our Ikea kitchen in the weeks to come.  Stay tuned!

Debra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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