I don’t know why it took me so long to try out Marian Parson’s Milk Paint – but I finally did and I loved it. I’m not the world’s biggest “blue” fan but because Marian uses it so effectively in her home and her Milk Paint colors are so beautiful (especially this blue!), I figured I would try to learn to love blue!
Sorry for the blurry “before” pic, but here’s the sorry little “free” chair that I had from one of my clients. Lovely shape but the upholstery was so dated. I sanded down the chair somewhat – I say “somewhat” because what I really mean to say is I did it so quickly that you would hardly notice that I even sanded at all. Mistake! I mixed up the Milk Paint per the instructions and then I went at it. It was chipping – yippee!! But, guess what – it chipped so much that even a whole section just about came off entirely. I should know better, being a decorative artist, but I guess I was so anxious to experience this product that I didn’t prep correctly. So – give your furniture some sanding before using, especially if it’s a shiny, varnished finish, as mine was.
Here’s a closeup. I finally did some sanding on the piece and so the chipping was much gentler which was more to my liking. After I finished, I waxed the piece with Miss Mustardseed’s Furniture Wax – that helped to preserve any further chipping as well. So. if you have a shiny, varnished piece, make sure you sand to give the product a surface that will accept the paint.
The final touch was to give it a better cover. I had some leftover Osnaburg linen fabric from the project I did revamping a realtor’s office, I always loved how Miss Mustardseed would cover her dining chairs – so I shamelessly copied her! Somewhat. My amazing window treatment guru, Mary Ann Schultz, made me this lovely skirt for the chair from the leftover fabric. I wish I had sewing skills – but, very sadly, I don’t.
I am not sure where this little piece will eventually go – perhaps in our guest room (which I hope to show you soon!) or maybe it may have a temporary home in my next staging project.
Let me know what you think! Have you used Marian’s Milk Paint? If you haven’t, I hope you will give it a try. And no – this is not a sponsored post. Just love the product and the creator!
A few other pics…