I love painting with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I have been using it for quite some time now and know when it’s best used on certain pieces vs using a chalk paint or latex paint or even another brand of milk paint. The truth is….I love many brands of paint and I choose the best paint for the piece I’m working on. Questions that go through my mind…do I want it distressed or sleek and modern? What kind of top coat am I wanting to use? What’s the likely use of this piece (dresser, sideboard, baby changing table, nightstand)? Based on those answers I will choose the paint and then the subsequent top coat to preserve the finish and offer the most durability.
Today I’m specifically talking about using hemp oil and furniture wax as top coats for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. This is a combination that I thoroughly love. I’ve tried mixing and matching brands with top coats and it just doesn’t seem to work out so well. If you’re using a certain paint brand, it’s best to stick with their own versions of top coats, at least in my opinion.
This is a new waterfall desk (or vanity) that I’ve recently finished at the studio. It’s painted in Miss Mustard Seed‘s Typewriter, probably the most gorgeous black I’ve ever used. I wanted the whole look to be bold, but still subtle and earthy and you know how I love these colors!
For this one, I really wanted to have a very very low sheen, almost matte appearance. I had top-coated a previous dresser the same way (that now lives at my house) and every single day I admire the finish, it’s beautiful to look at and soft to the touch.
This is the one I kept and love so much:
When sealing with Miss Mustard Seeds Hemp oil, I don a pair of gloves and use a cloth to wipe on the oil (tip: don’t forget to sand first!). Really rub the oil into the milk paint to be absorbed. After little while, I’ll wipe off the excess with a clean cloth. Then….I wait. I wait a long time and I probably don’t need to wait so long, but I will often let the oiled piece almost dry out and then I go back over it with the furniture wax. I think I end up waiting so long because I can become severely distracted by other things!
Here’s what it looks like when oiled:
(The sheen is very apparent on the waterfall part of the desk)
The addition of furniture wax really toughens up the finish and it will blend out any remaining oil patches (sometimes it will look inconsistent with just the oil finish).
This is just the hemp oil prior to waxing:
After the addition of 1-2 coats of furniture wax you are left with what I think is the most sleek and soft finish and the very best part is….ZERO brush strokes. Ahhhh
The finish is extremely water resistant and durable. I do always always recommend wiping up spills immediately to maintain that beauty! Using coasters, table runners or trays are key when liquids are around painted pieces.
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Catch ya later!