Choosing Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Miss Mustard Seed’s first workshop, MMS Milk Paint 101. It was a blast!

Ali at Miss Mustard Seed's Studio

Yep! I was the first one there. Do I look ready to paint?!

Here are some fun facts about Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, that I thought might be helpful when deciding the type of project you want to use it on. Feel free to send along project pictures or questions.

  • It’s all natural, there are only 5 ingredients: Casein (protein found in milk, hence the name!), chalk, limestone, natural pigments, and clay. This paint is very low odor and is super safe to work with as all the ingredients are all natural.

MMS Paint Colors PL

  • The paint comes in powder form. You buy it in bags, not cans. This may look nothing like the color of the paint once mixed. I love this as it lasts forever in powder form! Once mixed you can keep it in a jar about a week and just add water if needed before using it again.
DRY MMS Milk Paint PL

Layla’s Mint and Marzipan in powder form.

  • Ratios: one part powder to one part water. Or you can just wing it like Miss Mustard Seed. You may find with some colors you need a little more water and others a little less. And those adorable little branded paint stirrers? I found them annoying and difficult and will stick to my usual plastic utensil for milk paint mixing.

MMS Milk Paint Tools PL

  • The consistency should be about like a cream sauce… alfredo, anyone? Not super drippy and if you have enough water in the mix it is self-leveling, meaning it will brush on smoothly without brush strokes. And while thin, it gives good coverage. So on some things you’ll need a couple of coats but it doesn’t get ‘gunky’ as you go like some paints.
Mixing with Ironstone at MMS PL

Of course we used Ironstone pitchers for our mixing water! What else would she use?!

  •  The trick to not doing a thousand coats painting a dark piece in a light color is to first do a coat with a mid-tone color.
  • If you’re doing a piece with an existing finish. Add the bonding agent (or don’t for SUPER chippiness-I know, totally not a word). 1 part bonding agent to 1 part already mixed milk paint (powder & water). If you’re not too concerned that the piece have a really covered, clean finished look-then add a bit less of the BA.
  • You can also use this paint as a stain on raw wood-just water it down and brush on.

Alright, get painting!

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