Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood Chair

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in milk paint, painted furniture | 38 comments

 Can I just tell you how much I love Miss Mustard Seed?

She is one of my bloggy heroes.

I love her style.

I painted my first piece of furniture with her milk paint this weekend.

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 This was the chair that I chose to be my first milk paint attempt.

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 How cute is this packaging?!

You could just set it out on your shelf to decorate with.

I wouldn’t expect anything else from Miss Mustard Seed though!

This is not a step by step of how paint with milk paint.

This was my first attempt, so I was not confident I was doing it right?

I mixed the paint as it said.

It was basically lumpy green water.

I have read enough about other peoples’ experiences to know that this was normal.

You also must remember that this is not acrylic or chalk paint.

It does not go on smooth.

It isn’t supposed to.

I painted on one coat and let it dry.

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 It started chipping immediately.

I used no bonding solution because I wanted tons of chipping.

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 I got tons of chipping.

I used a putty knife to lift off all of the chippy places.

I went over a few more places with sandpaper.

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 I vacuumed the chair when I was done.

Next came the wax.

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 Let me say that I LOVE the Miss Mustard Seed wax.

There is almost no odor.

And, it is smooth as butter.

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 One good buff, and she was complete.

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 Miss Mustard Seed mentioned on her blog that she was going to be in the Houston airport on Friday.

My husband was also in the Houston airport on Friday.

I made him look her up and memorize her face and be on a sharp lookout for her.

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 He almost tweeted her to see if she would meet him for a quick picture.

The picture would have been for me, of course.

He was afraid that if he did, he might be met by the police rather than Miss Mustard Seed.

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We really aren’t stalkers. . .

It would just have been a fun picture!

And, my husband loves me and knew that I would love her picture.

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Oh, well. . .

no chance meeting.

No picture.

Maybe next time. . .

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 I am loving this chair!

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  1. Your chair is so cute, loved the color. I’ve been meaning to get one of the samples of MMS milk paint but keep forgetting. I saw on a blog that if you order the white you get different shades of white. Hmmm, that sounds good, I could add some of my own color if needed. How did you like working with the paint? I think I’d need to buy the bonding agent also. I’m not as into chippy look but will think on it.
    There were 4 comb back winston chairs at Goodwill yesterday for $6.99 each. I’m thinking of buying one anyway to use chalk paint on. The chairs I saw didn’t have the arms but were in pretty good shape otherwise.
    They had an older high boy with key holes, little casters also that I’d love to have. I’d paint it in light lavender for our room. They wanted $149.99 for it which I thought was rather exorbitant, I mean Goodwill isn’t an antique store. I thought I’d offer them $100 for it or $125. then with Sr. discount of 15% would be more to my price liking. That would bring it down to $106.25 plus tax of course. Our tax rate is 7.85% here. I’d so love to have that high boy for our room. Then the little dresser that’s in our room would be put in bathroom to replace the stand we keep our towels on. I would so love it, so keep my fingers crossed it’s still there tomorrow. Maybe if I can get the high boy it’ll make up for missing out on the silver plate bowl I wanted that another crabby old lady grabbed when she saw I wanted it. Boy it’s a jungle out there, lol.
    Happy Days

  2. Beautiful job Melissa!

  3. You did such a great job! That chair is BEAUTIFUL! I got a bench on that exact same style FREE from a yard sale earlier this year. It needs some repair work to the seat. I’ve been debating about whether it would be worth the effort, but your chippy chair just sealed the deal for me. The bench is gonna get repaired and painted! Thanks for your bloggy inspiration. – Desiree 🙂

  4. So…You had me at the chair. Then I saw the pillow, and that nearly put me over the edge. I can hardly take it the decorating brilliance. {I NEED that pillow – LOL!}


  5. Love the chair Melissa!! I’ve used Lucketts Green before but I want to try the boxwood, it’s such a pretty shade of green!

  6. So it looks like in the “before” the chair had a varnish? Did you have to sand that off, or just go with it??

    Looks great!! I can’t believe how awesome the chipping looks— looks just like something from my grandmother’s house.

    I would really like to do something with skeleton keys— – do you know what I mean? the old keys for old houses? Be thinking on that Melissa!!

  7. This looks wonderful!

  8. Oh my gosh! It’s gorgeous! You did a fantastic job. I bought some chalk paint and have been afraid to try it… well, that and no time lately.
    Thanks for your sweet comment on DD2’s bathroom redo.


  9. I painted with milk paint back in the 1980’s and have missed the chippiness of the finishes. I am glad it is back. It actually has never left my house. I love that shade and you did a great job!

  10. she’s a beauty!

    visiting via vintagefarmhouse and hope you’ll find a moment to pop over soon.



  11. I love your chair! I haven’t tried MMS’s paint yet but I’m going to a painting class that she’s teaching in Atlanta next month! I’m so excited. Thanks for the inspiration – you did a great job.

  12. Wow. The paint really made this chair look awesome. Please share your post on Creative Crafts Thursday, http://www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com, and any of your favorite projects each and every week!

  13. This looks so great! Doesn’t even look like the same chair. You did such a wonderful job!

    Visiting from Creative Things Thursday 🙂

  14. Wowza! For your first introduction to milk paint, you did an awesome job! You have much to be proud of 🙂 One of our boutiques just got a whole shipment of Miss Mustard Seed paint in … I think I see a shopping trip on the horizon!

    Visiting from The Charm of Home link party. Now I’m a follower too 🙂

    Hugs …

  15. The chair is a lovely piece and looks great with the new MMS milk paint finish. A pretty colour! I get what hubby was thinking, but it would have been fun if he had run into her for a photo op.

  16. I did almost the same project, but with a different chair! I’ll pin this one, because it’s gorgeous!


  17. Thank you for linking. I just got some milk paint the other day and am looking forward to trying it after seeing your results!

  18. That chair went from ho-hum to just fabulous, Melissa!! The color is so earthy and calm! Love the way that it distresses itself, too! I’m anxious to try the colors I purchased from her! Great job, girlie

    xoxo laurie

  19. I’ve been wanting to try Miss Mustard Seed paint. I found a dresser that a neighbor had thrown out and it just may be my first MMS project.

    Your chair looks great! I love the color that you chose.

    I found your project through Richella’s Grace at Home Party.

  20. I found your blog at Seasonal Sundays. You did a great job on the chair, and the pillow is a nice touch. I may have to try the MMS paint. Cute story about your hubby trying to meet MMS ;o)

  21. Marian (MMS) is such a nice girl–she probably would have been glad to have her photo taken! I’ve been wondering about her milk paint–you achieved AWESOME results with it! I LOVE that chair!

  22. I love Milk Paint. I just placed an order through HoeStead, which produces MMSMP. The have a ton of more colors to choose from. LLLLOVE this chair!

  23. Love the color of your chair. Great look, and nice distressing.

  24. I love the way the chair turned out. Boxwood is such a beautiful color!

  25. Your post cracked me up! I’m sure MMS would have been flattered to snap a pic w/ your hubby (: Anyway the chair is gorg and I have GOT to try my hand at milk paint!! Thanks for linking up to The Scoop- so glad we found your cute blog!! xoxo

  26. Great job on the chair-I love the color!!!

  27. You did a fantastic job on this chair. It was the perfect color, too. Thanks for sharing.

  28. You did a great job. The chair looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

  29. Well, I just adore your chair!!! Don’t you think it looks like an instant antique? Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the milk paint…it makes me want to try some. I saw your post over at “A Stroll thru LIfe” blog party.

  30. Melissa I love your chair! It turned out perfect. I have Boxwood but have not played with it really yet. Thanx for sharing at THT.

  31. The chair looks great! Love that green. I tried the tricycle red, but think I should have used that green instead — sooo cute! (found you at Savvy Southern Style link-up)

  32. Gorgeous!! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  33. You did a fantastic job. The color is perfect. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

  34. Thanks so much for sharing! I am featuring at my party. Definitely will have to try this!

  35. Hi Melissa, I found you over at Redoux. This chippy chair is just marvelous. I wish Miss Mustard Seed would come to South Africa:) I am your newest follower. I would love you to follow along on my reviving tired furniture adventures!

    Happy weekend!

  36. That chair is just darling – a perfect candidate for all that chippy goodness!

  37. Your boxwood chair turned out just beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up with us, you are being featured on our blog! Have a great week.

  38. I love the chair but I also love the little cushion!


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