I haven’t been painting with the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint for all that long. I was determined to live without it because, let’s face it, it is pricey. Then last summer at the Oronoco Gold Rush, I purchased a sample of Eulalie’s Sky. Just a tiny sample, mind you. I thought I would try it out on a picture frame, or some similar small item. Just to see what all the fuss was about.
Then I came across the most darling little toy cupboard at a garage sale. I so wish that I had taken a before picture of this for you, because it was in terrible shape. The door was falling off, it had been painted black which was crackled to show white underneath. It had giant fluorescent yellow knobs on the drawers. Worst of all, it was $20. In garage sale money, this is a lot. You know about garage sale money, right? OK, it’s just regular money, but it’s the concept that prices that would seem a total bargain at a shop are outrageous at a garage sale. I’m pretty sure that Jeanne thought I was nuts when I picked it up to purchase.
I decided this was the perfect candidate for a test of the milk paint. I sanded the black paint off, mixed up the milk paint and gave it a go. If I remember correctly, I ended up doing about 4 coats of paint. I
may have definitely added a little too much water.
I was really impressed by how easy it was to distress this paint. No more heavy duty sanding, this just needed a light touch of hand sanding and gave these results.
P.S. I seem to have a penchant for tiny furniture. I also found this cute little pink cupboard at a garage sale and it works perfectly for housing my collection of washi tape in my craft room. So, if you see any fab vintage toy furniture at a garage sale … just back off. It’s mine.