Last week while my sister, niece and I were at Disney World the Food & Wine Festival was taking place at Epcot.
During the F & W Festival there are kiosks set up in each of the various countries around the World Showcase where you can purchase samples of food and wine from those parts of the world. Some of my favorites included the Bougatsa from Greece, a phyllo dough strudel with sweet vanilla custard filling drizzled with lemon-honey syrup, and the Canadian cheddar cheese soup and pretzel roll. The Grand Marnier orange slush at the France pavilion was pretty fab as well.
The samples are sized smaller so that you can try lots of different things, rather than just one. What a great concept, right?
Last month when I attended the Miss Mustard Seed paint workshop at Carver Junk Co I saw that each participant received a little sample sized bag of milk paint to take home along with their finished projects. I’d forgotten that you could get MMS milk paint in these adorable little sample size bags.
Each bag contains just enough paint to mix up and try out on something small.
What a great way to try milk paint for the first time! I always recommend that you start with something small if you’re a milk paint newbie. Maybe a wooden picture frame, or a small shelf or a little keepsake box.
But really, it’s also the best way to try a particular color for the first time. As much as I try to get the white balance right in my photos, the bottom line is that colors don’t always look true in a photo. The color settings on your device might be different than mine. Even between my computer monitor and my phone the colors in my photos can look quite different. I really prefer to see a color in person before I commit to using it on a piece of furniture.
Although I’ve worked with almost all of the Miss Mustard Seed paint colors, there are a couple that I haven’t tried yet. One of them is Bergere. What color is that anyway? Blue? Gray? How pale is it? What will it look like with my chosen top coat?
Before committing to using Bergere on a big piece of furniture, I decided to mix up a sample to paint on this little wooden recipe box that my friend Sue gave me.
I mixed about 1.5 tablespoons of paint with the same amount of water (the sample bags contain 30 g of paint powder, or roughly 2 T). I gave the paint powder about 10 minutes for the ingredients to fully dissolve in the water. Then I gave my paint another good stir and painted it on.
I probably could have gotten away with two coats of this color, but since I had the paint mixed and there was still enough to go around I added a 3rd coat for good measure.
Here is the box painted, but without a top coat.
Then to add a little something extra, I decided to add another of my IOD french pot transfers. I didn’t do any prep work on this box, and as a result I did get a bit more chipping than I anticipated, and that gave me a little trouble with the transfer. I’ve mentioned this before, but if your paint is chippy it will stick to the transfer sheet rather than the transfer coming off on your painted surface. As a result I had to be very gentle while pulling the backing sheet off, but I managed to get it off without losing any of it.
To make sure the transfer didn’t chip off along with some paint down the road, I added two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat Sealer to seal everything up. The Tough Coat darkened up the color just a bit, and added just a little bit of shine.
This is just an example of what you can do with a sample of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint!
I love little projects like this that can be completed in a couple of hours. They are so satisfying!
And now it’s your chance to see what you can paint with a sample sized bag of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. I have 10 sample bags provided by the manufacturer to give away. To be eligible to win, just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, November 12 at noon central time telling me which Miss Mustard Seed color(s) you’d pick to try out.
The fine print: 5 winners will be chosen at random. Each winner will receive two sample sized bags of milk paint. The winners won’t necessarily receive their colors of choice, although I’ll do what I can.
Even if you don’t win a sample, consider ordering some colors to give them a try. Specially for us, Carver Junk Co is offering 3 sample bags of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint for $18 with free shipping! Use the code MILKPAINT when you place your order to get the free shipping!
Be sure to check back here next week to see who won, to read more details about my trip to Epcot and to see the latest piece of furniture I painted!