• Layering Milk Paint to Create a Custom Wall Treatment November 2, 2020
     I like to work with different paint products because they all have their own specific features that make them perfectly suitable for that one project. But when I want to make something artistic I always prefer to use Milk Paint. This product is so versatile in itself that it can often be used in an […]
    Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Team
  • Antique Dresser in Mustard Seed Yellow Milk Paint October 26, 2020
    Ushering in Fall with Miss Mustard Seed’s “Mustard Seed Yellow” Milk PaintMustard Seed Yellow is a color that I don’t use often enough. It has a buttery sunny goodness that fills me up with joy every time I mix it up. Since Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, I thought I’d usher in […]
    Jennifer Baker - Eight Hundred Furniture
  • How-to Create the Chippy-Look on Raw Timber & on Varnished Wood Furniture — Two Fun Projects! October 19, 2020
    Chippy Look Number One: A Varnished Timber Table with Metal LegsThis table has good lines to start with. It's a quality piece that has spent its life easily tucked away into a rarely used room. Tables of this size, shape and style are incredibly useful. They serve as great entryway pieces or bedside tables, they tuck into […]
    Sada Volkoff - For the Love Creations
  • Whitewashed Eastlake Dresser With Mirror October 12, 2020
    Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax Makes It Super Easy To Whitewash!Whitewashing is a super fun technique that can be achieved in a variety of ways. One of the easiest I have found is to use White Wax by Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  Vibeke has the most beautiful photography!  It was the perfect design choice for this gorgeous Eastlake […]
    Jennifer Baker - Eight Hundred Furniture
  • Painting with Orange October 5, 2020
    — MMS Milk Paint in Outback Petticoat & a First Time Milk PainterI’m not going to lie... when the colour Apron Strings was discontinued from the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line, I was more than a little devastated.   And when the release of Outback Petticoat was announced, I was excited, but a bit skeptical. I love […]
    Sada Volkoff - For the Love Creations
  • Whitewashing with Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax September 28, 2020
    White wax – The easiest way to whitewash!There are lots of different ways to create a whitewashed look on a piece of furniture. One of the easiest ways is to use Miss Mustard Seed’s White Wax! This museum-quality wax is spreadable, doesn’t have any harsh odors and is a sealer and tinter all in one!  Photo […]
    Jennifer Baker - Eight Hundred Furniture
  • A Rustic Farmhouse Cupboard Makeover with a Little Help from Ikea September 21, 2020
    What a solid little beauty. It is a piece that spoke pretty clearly to me. Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, in the colour Bergere, would be involved in bringing him back to life.  BEFORE: a primitive timber cupboard...possibly handmade  A bit worse for wear but the bones are there! Are you able to see past a mess and […]
    Sada Volkoff - For the Love Creations
  • Layla’s Mint Washstand Reveal September 15, 2020
    An Antique Washstand is Refinished in Layla’s Mint Milk PaintWhen I last shared the status of my Layla’s Mint washstand, here’s what it looked like:   I’m happy to share that work is all finished on this sweet little piece, and it turned out just perfect!   Staging the Layla’s Mint WashstandWhen I started going through my staging […]
    Jennifer Baker - Eight Hundred Furniture
  • A New/Old Workbench September 7, 2020
    A month or so ago I walked into an estate sale and in the basement saw this beauty…now at that moment it was covered with tools, tool boxes and a TON of other stuff…but I saw the potential…I calmly walked past several people – hoping no one else saw what I saw and would beat […]
    Chris Hardine - Midwest Cottage and Finds
  • Painting a Laminate Kitchen with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint August 31, 2020
    I have this awesomely brave client in Western Australia. She's a visionary... Although her builders grade kitchen was lovely, she wanted more. She wanted to put her personal stamp on it. And she decided to do it with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.Although she'd never used Milk Paint before, Mrs. S was game to get started and we walked […]
    Sada Volkoff - For the Love Creations
  • Prepping An Antique Cupboard August 24, 2020
    A No-Sand Trick for Prepping Pieces for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk PaintWhenever you use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on pieces that have a smooth or shiny finish, it’s best to scuff sand them to help the paint adhere. Roughing up the surface gives it “tooth” and helps this primitive style of paint stick more easily. Otherwise, […]
    Jennifer Baker - Eight Hundred Furniture
  • Wet distressing painted furniture… August 19, 2020
    A technique I enjoy using when finishing up a piece of furniture is distressing with sandpaper. My go to is 220 grit. Distressing in areas that normal wear would take place – around knobs, or the edges give this a natural – obtained over the years look…To heighten the beauty during this process I use […]
    Chris Hardine - Midwest Cottage and Finds
  • Painting an Ikea Doormat with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint...It Worked! August 14, 2020
    Sada Volkoff - For the Love Creations
  • two-toned milk paint dresser | part three April 15, 2019
    The two-toned milk paint dresser in Layla's Mint is finished and she is a beauty. Well, in my opinion, anyway! Before we get into the details of the finish, if you missed the first two installments of this dresser makeover, you can find them here...Part 1 - Prepping the piece & applying the first coat of […]
    Marian Parsons - Miss Mustard Seed
  • two-toned milk paint dresser | part two April 8, 2019
    As I shared yesterday, I prepped this piece and painted it in MMS Milk Paint Lucketts Green...  I wanted a two-toned look with some subtle variations, so I decided to layer Layla's Mint, a softer green, on top with a rub of our Wax Puck in between.The Wax Puck is perfect when you want some differentiation […]
    Marian Parsons - Miss Mustard Seed
  • two-toned milk paint dresser | part one April 1, 2019
    A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of a nice day and sanded down the pieces I found at a local consignment shop.You can find a tutorial on prepping a piece to paint HERE.Once sanded and prepped, I brought this oak dresser with a mirror into the studio to paint it...  This piece was in […]
    Marian Parsons - Miss Mustard Seed
  • Easter Themed Wax Puck Resist Tutorial March 22, 2019
    WAX PUCK RESIST TUTORIAL wax puck, resist, miss mustard seeds milk paint, cover photo Our Wax Pucks are made from 100% beeswax. These handy little discs fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and are very versatile. Wax Pucks create a resist in between layers of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and are also […]
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  • MMSMP Featured Artisans - Crooked Tree Studio February 7, 2019
      crooked tree studio    crooked tree studio      We are so pleased to introduce you to February's MMSMP Featured Artisan.Everyone, please meet Jodie of Crooked Tree Studio!Jodie specializes in creating gorgeous woodscapes using salvaged lumber and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. We first saw her work on Instagram and we just had to […]
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  • RETAILER SPOTLIGHT | Lee Hawn January 24, 2019
       My name is Lee.  I live in a historical little town called Port Perry with my amazing and supportive husband, two step-daughters and my beautiful daughter.  I also have an Aussiedoodle named Autumn who is super cuddly and sweet.  Summer is definitely my hobby!  I love to lie out in the sunshine, have BBQs....even […]
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  • MMSMP Featured Artisan - Elizabeth Sherman January 18, 2019
    Happy January, everyone! We hope you had a lovely holiday break and are dreaming of all the possibilities that await you in 2019. As you are getting back into the swing of things post-Christmas, we'd like to introduce you to our latest MMSMP Featured Artisan!If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen us sharing […]
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If you’re brand new to milk paint, check out our Milk Paint 101 posts. (Please note this will redirect you away from the UK site)

If you’re a visual learner, check out Marian’s tutorials on the Miss Mustard Seed You Tube Channel.

We advise our Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat for high-traffic areas. It’s very durable and water-resistant.

Kitchen cabinets are a good example … they endure a lot of wear and tear, water, grease, stains. Wax and hemp oil have great protective qualities, but both will only endure a lot of water or aggressive household products for only a short amount of time. The more you clean or scrub your cabinets, the faster the wax or hemp oil will wear, dry out and will have to be reapplied.

Surfaces made of colonial wood, like teak, are the hardest to paint. The natural oils in this wood will most likely bleed through. When the wood looks dry or weathered, the oils will probably have dried out, and you won’t have issues when painting. When the wood looks very saturated, there are still a lot of natural oils present. These oils will migrate to the surface and bleed through. Sometimes the wood has been treated with protective oils, meaning even more oil! You can only prevent from bleeding-through by applying a layer of shellac. When shellac was applied, you will have to add bonding agent to your milk paint mix.

No.  You can simply mix the bonding agent with all coats of paint for optimum adhesion.  If the “chippy” look is desired, do not use the bonding agent and do not prep the piece.  (Watch the video on Getting the “Chippy” Look on the tutorials page.

MMS Antiquing Wax was developed specifically to be used to antique paint finishes.  Tinted waxes are meant to be used as a wood stain/wax in one.  Because of that, the dark wax is very saturated with pigments and can look heavy and streaky on a finish if not mixed with clear wax or mineral spirits.  Antiquing Wax only has a small amount of pigment, so it works more like a glaze with the body of a wax.  This product is also low odor and can be applied with a brush or clean cloth.


As stated above, Hemp Oil is 100% natural,so it’s the ideal finish for customers who love and use Milk Paint because it’s all natural.  It’s a food safe finish that can be used on cutting boards, butcher blog counters and kitchen tables.  Hemp Oil is also great for projects that will be used outside. Once it cures (after approximately 30 days), it protects and wears beautifully in the elements. Wax will break down and emulsify in the heat. We do not recommend waxing pieces that will be in the heat, sun or rain.

For an extra durable interior top coat, apply a coat of Hemp Oil and let dry (12 – 24 hours), then apply wax on top. Remember wax over oil, never oil over wax!

Hemp Oil is a finish that is a nice alternative to the wax.  It is all natural, so it’s great for people who are sensitive to chemicals.  Hemp Oil is best when it’s applied to a porous surface (like raw wood, stained wood or Milk Painted raw wood.)  It will absorb into the surface, creating a durable finish.  It can be used over Milk Paint over an old finish as well, though.  Wipe on with a clean cloth, wipe away excess.  We love to use a microfiber cloth for this!  This is also a great product to revive dry, tired wood, metal, leather and more.  We’re always finding new uses for Hemp Oil.

Here is a video tutorial on using hemp oil…

Antiquing wax has dark pigment in it that will age and darken your paint. Furniture wax will dry clear and give your colors the richness that they need after they dry. Here are a couple of posts about using the antiquing wax:

Yes, you can use other waxes on Milk Paint and you can use MMS Waxes on acrylic, chalk/clay paints, flat latex, stained wood, etc.

YES, it’s a very durable, livable finish.  If it’s marred, just lightly sand and add another coat of wax.  Refinishing the entire piece is not required. I have it on my kitchen table and it has held up beautifully to two young boys!

The Furniture Wax is used as a protective topcoat.  It’s similar to other waxes on the market, except it’s creamier and very low odor.

Apply in a thin coat to a piece of raw wood, stained wood or painted furniture with a lint-free cloth or brush.  Buff after about 5-10 minutes.  Apply additional coats for a higher sheen and more durability.

Paint your piece and apply direct heat immediately after coating (such as a blow dryer or heat gun) to areas you want to crackle. This is a really easy, natural crackle to achieve without having to use a crackle medium product.  It will also usually crackle if you paint outside on a hot day!


Super chippy pieces will need a coat of Tough Coat ( a water based sealer). Do not use hemp oil on these finishes as the oil may cause it to continue chipping.

If the piece chipped some, all of the loose paint has been removed and the rest is adhering well, the Furniture Wax, Antiquing Wax or White Wax will provide a wonderful finish.  The piece will not continue to chip unless exposed to intense sunlight or extreme heat.

If you want the Milk Paint to resist certain areas, we recommend trying an advanced technique by using the Hemp Oil, Wax Pucks or, our favorite, the 100% Beeswax Finish. Simply apply the Beeswax in areas where chipping is desired. Apply the paint immediately over entire surface. The paint will separate where wax was applied. Don’t over work the paint on those areas. As paint dries, it will start to peel and flake, creating and authentic, chipped finish.  Wipe or light sand loose paint and finish with any MMS Wax, Hemp Oil or Tough Coat.

To use the Wax Puck as a resist, apply one coat of milk paint and allow it to dry.  Rub the Wax Puck over the edges, corners and “high points” of the piece.  Anywhere the wax is applied will resist the paint, so make sure it is applied randomly and in places where paint would naturally wear over time.  Apply a second coat of milk paint and allow it to dry completely.  Distress surface with fine grit sand paper or damp cotton cloth to easily remove the paint where wax was applied. revealing first coat underneath.  Finish with Furniture Wax, Hemp Oil, White Wax, Antiquing Wax or Tough Coat.

Both give authentic aged patinas! We highly recommend taking a workshop from a certified MMSMP retailer in your area.

The chippy look is one of the most popular finishes for Milk Paint, but it can sometimes be a bit tricky to accomplish.  Here are some things to consider when trying to achieve this look:

  • The finish on which you are painting: is it sealed, shiny, or painted?  If it is raw wood or porous, the Milk Paint will be absorbed and will not chip or flake.  A resist, like the Wax Puck or Hemp Oil needs to be used.
  • Milk Paint will “resist” surfaces in which it can’t be absorbed. This resisting will create chips and flakes. It is possible for the milk paint to flake away from the entire piece if the surface is too slick and doesn’t have any “tooth”. To achieve some “grip”, sand where you want adhesion or add the bonding agent on areas where more coverage is desired.  It may take some trial and error, but Milk Paint is the only paint that will create an authentic, chippy finish, so it’s worth trying!


When the surface is previously finished, painted with a non-porous paint or sealed. Milk paint will resist and chip if it cannot be absorbed, as it is in porous surfaces and raw wood. The ratios of bonding agent can be adjusted depending on the amount of seal or shine on the piece being painted. Do not use the bonding agent or use it in select areas if a “chippy” look is desired.  Remember that painting a pre-finished without sanding and/or using the Bonding Agent is unpredictable!

…and a video tutorial…

Yes, it’s one of the best paints for raw wood.  It acts like a stain but looks like a paint.  The color will penetrate the wood for a lasting finish that won’t chip or flake.  This makes it an ideal paint for raw wood cabinets or floors.

The majority of the texture and application issues lie in the method the Milk Paint was mixed. A good mix is key to a great finish. Make sure you are stirring your Milk Paint until most of the paint is dissolved. A mini whisk, milk frother, or blender are great tools for smooth mixes. Let the paint sit for a few minutes after mixing to allow limestone and clay dissolve. If you are painting a large project, stir the paint every few minutes to prevent clay from settling and pigments from separating and dip your brush all the way to the bottom of the container.  The paint at the top will be thinner and more translucent, especially if a frother was used to mix paint. Some lumpiness is normal and will usually brush out once paint is applied. Small lumps can be smoothed out with a fine sand paper after it’s dry, and can lead to some unique finishes!

Here are some additional tips on properly mixing Milk Paint – Mixing Milk Paint 101 

…and a video on mixing milk paint with a mini whisk or milk paint mixer…

This depends on the surface being painted and how much water is added when mixing. The paint coverage will be different on bare wood and porous vs. shiny, previously coated pieces that require the bonding agent. Typically one quart of a very light white will cover approximately 50-70 sq ft, whereas a darker color will cover 70 + sq ft. For example, one quart will cover a large armoire/hutch OR a dresser and two side tables.

There are many ways to mix the milk paint, we offer guidelines on how to mix it and what consistency to look for, however we encourage to always test out a small amount to make sure that you are happy with the mixture. Milk Paint can be a stain or a solid opaque paint depending on how much water you add.

For a solid opaque look: Mix one part water to one part Milk Paint powder. Add water to container/jar first, then add powder and mix with a whisk, electric milk frother or blender. For a super smooth finish,use a blender for best results, otherwise mix with a frother or a whisk for an additional 1-2 minutes for a super fine mix. Mixed Milk Paint should have a table cream consistency for opaque coverage. Once satisfied with consistency, test out a small sample to see if desired consistency is reached. If the brush drags, the mixture is too thick (opaque) and you need to add more water.  If sample drips and is too thin (transparent), then add more powder. Adjust as required, and start painting!

Note: Mixing Milk Paint can be like baking bread and the amount of water required will vary based on the humidity of the day and location.  It can also vary depending on the amount of pigment in the color being mixed.

Watch this video if you’re new to mixing milk paint!

These are two totally different kinds of paint.  Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used in a variety of ways.  Here are some of the similarities and differences…

  • Milk Paint comes in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water.  Chalk-type paints are sold in a tradition liquid quart.
  • Milk Paint has great adhesion on raw wood that will never chip/peel or fade.  Add the bonding agent to milk paint for use on previously finished surfaces to improve adhesion.  A quick sand to scuff up the surface will also help the paint adhere.  Chalk-type paints have great adhesion on most any surface without the addition of a bonding agent.
  •  Milk Paint will show wood grain in most cases and can be used as a stain.  Chalk-type paints are thicker and cover wood grain in most cases.
  • Milk Paint can be distressed and/or crackled and will resist some finishes giving an authentic chippy, aged look.  Chalk-type paints can be distressed and crackled, but will not chip.




I'm Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, lover of all things home and an accidental entrepreneur, author, freelance writer & photographer. Learn more here...

Hello! I am Kriste and I am a lover all of things beautiful and quirky. Along with assisting Marian, I am also the author of the blog Rosemary & Thyme,work as freelance stylist and have recently become contributor to several blogs and magazines. I hope you enjoy my journey with Milk Paint and invite you to join me for some laughs, mishaps, learning curves and eventual victories with Milk Paint! Learn more here...

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