Saturday, May 5, 2018

a chippy milk paint bench

When I first started my business many years ago, I was exclusively using milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed. Chalk paints were just slowly hitting the market, but at that point I couldn't be bothered.  I loved milk paint.  Eventually I jumped in with both feet into the world of chalk and mineral paints, but I have a deep affection for milk paint.

I found this cutie on a local bidding site and I actually won it! Bidding sites stress me out! I try to stay away from them, but sometimes I just can't resist!

The bench was stained plywood with spots that seemed to be sealed and some that weren't at all.  I envisioned this really chippy, so I took a few extra steps to ensure that happened.  First, I rubbed in a light coat of stain - slightly darker than the original - to see if I could darken it up a bit. I didn't wipe the stain off completely in all the areas and let it become oily/tacky to create resist for the milk paint. Secondly, I used semi-gloss lacquer in a spray can and randomly spritzed/sprayed the bench - milk paint doesn't like to adhere to gloss, and this is an easy way to make that happen.

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen.  I like to mix my milk paint before I start any prep on my piece so it can rest and fully absorb.  Milk paint is one of those things you can mix to the consistency you prefer to work with - thinner or thicker, completely your choice! I prefer the consistency of about 2% milk!

Can you see the milk paint starting to resist adhesion? Be still my heart...

White paints always take an extra coat or two, but I wanted a faded authentic look to this, so three coats is where I stopped.  I used 220grit sandpaper to remove all the chips of paint, distress the edges, and give it an overall smooth feel.  I then use the brush attachment on my shop vac and give it a scrub style vacuum to make sure I remove all the chips.

I sealed it up with Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax.  But I felt like it needed something more.  Because this bench is small and quite feminine it needed an extra girly little flair.  I decided to paint the inside with Fusion Mineral Paint in Little Piggy - a soft pretty blush shade.


I absolutely love how this piece turned out! There's nothing quite as authentic as milk paint! 


  1. You managed to turn an other wise rough-looking bench into something super cute! I love it!

    Sarah |

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