As I finished this recent project I had this song from the Rolling Stones running through my head. You’ll understand in a bit. Since I know it’s now stuck in your head, here’s the song to listen to while you read this post:

Also just because the Stones are awesome and worth listening to all the time 🙂

A little back story – my husband Dominik and I purchased our first house In June of last year and we’ve been slowly renovating and refurbishing and decorating. And I mean slowly. A few weeks ago we were at our local group shop, Rockland Marketplace, looking for some finishing touches, end tables, a coffee table, none of which we found. But what we did find was this:

painting with milk paint

I fell in love with it right away. It had the sweetest details, was in great shape, and was the perfect size to fit on a blank wall in our livingroom. The only downside, someone had painted horribly. It had this strange dark glaze over the green that was downright ug-ly.

miss mustard seed milk paint

Yikes. No matter, we have the tools to give unsightly furniture a facelift. Since we’re still on a Milk Paint kick I opted to paint this beauty in Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen. It’s a gorgeous soft white that has just a hint of buttery-yellow to it. I thought that color would blend well with the other colors I have in the space, but also stand out just enough from the seafoamy walls (Sherwin Williams Glimmer 6476 if you’re wondering).

Since Milk Paint has absolutely no fumes I was able to just throw down a drop cloth and paint this puppy in place. Which is great because our house isn’t huge so I really didn’t have any other places to go! Milk Paint also has a propensity for chipping if it’s painted on a glossier surface, exactly what I was envisioning. I wanted a vintage looking, shabby chic, chipped to perfection dresser. Now, here’s where the song comes into play.

painting with milk paint

Where’s the chipping I was hoping for? That’s the thing about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, it’s totally unpredictable. Sometimes you want chipping and you won’t get any, and sometimes you don’t expect there to be chipping but you get it anyway! Needless to say I was a little disheartened, but I picked myself up, grabbed some 150 grit sandpaper, and gave it a lovely distressed finish instead.

miss mustard seed milk paint linen

As I sanded I did end up getting a little chipping on the bottom.

coastal dresser

So there you go, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need.

linen milk paint

It’s still a perfect piece of furniture for the space, chipping or not.

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