I love a good crackle finish.
I love Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.
I love this little stool.
One thing I love about milk paint is it’s unpredictability sometimes and it’s unique and beautiful finish.
I just find these little piano stools so cute. This one needed a little TLC, but the second I saw it, I KNEW what paint and finish I wanted to see on this cutie. This was an ideal piece for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint! I mean, just LOOK at it, it was literally yelling at me “MILK PAINT ME”. Does that every happen to any of you? Do pieces speak to you?
It was super shiny and heavy on the OLD poly. I was hoping that I would get a little crackle or lots of chipping and I was rewarded big time!
After a few minor repairs and some prep work (see how I prep pieces here). The truth is, I wanted chipping and crackle, so I didn’t go crazy with the sanding, just a quick cleaning. Just keeping it real. Once you’ve worked with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for a while, you get a “feel” for how much you need to sand/clean.
I always start my pieces by flipping them upside down, this makes it easier to get every nook and cranny!
I decided to paint it with a mix of Eulalie’s Sky and Layla’s Mint, one of my super favourite custom colour mixes. It’s a 50/50 blend and I use it all the time! You can easily mix milk paint to get the colour you want, I just love that about it. I added 1 tablespoon of Eulalie’s Sky and 1 of Layla’s Mint to 2 tablespoons of water.
I’m always so surprised at how milk paint looks raw, below is Layla’s Mint (a green) and Eulalie’s Sky (a blue) on the right. Fun right? The colours come alive as you mix them. It’s a quirky thing that makes me happy!
I did not add bonding agent as I wanted the possibility of the paint chipping.
I like to remind customers that the first coat of Milk Paint is ugly.
Like “oh my gosh what have I done??” BUT STICK WITH IT!
I KNOW this, yet, I almost gave up on this one. I even said to Mr FPM “I know the first coat is always ugly, but this time, its bad”
BUT STICK WITH IT
But I added the second coat and boy oh boy….I was not disappointed. Within 1 hour of applying – the second coat…THIS…
Because it was resisting the heavy poly below the paint, it crackled, all over, no chipping, but perfect crackle.
Side note – I am in desperate need of a manicure, sigh!
I then added Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Antique Wax to “sit” in all those cracks!
See how the Antique Wax sits in all the groves – swoon!
This piece sold so fast I didn’t get many pictures of her, she was a beauty!
I just love a good crackled piece, it looks like it just “belongs” on this piece, I love the fresh new look of this piece.
Have you ever gotten a good crackle? I’d love to see a picture or hear what you worked on.
Thanks, as always for popping in!
I’ve missed y’all!
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