Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Before & After - Ball & Claw Foot Side Table

After reading Inspired You by Marian Parsons (of Miss Mustard Seed fame), I knew I wanted my next trash to treasure project to be a milk paint project.  My first milk paint project to be exact!  Lucky for me, my favorite local antique shop started carrying Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint line about the same time I came across this ball and claw foot side table.  A little beat up, but very solid with beautiful lines and curves.

 The beauty of milk paint is it allows you to paint over surfaces without any priming.  For the table legs, I chose Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Shutter Gray.  My first coat of milk paint (with bonding agent added) seemed a bit uneven and bubbly.  But by the second coat, the color was very solid and smooth.

My initial plans were to stain the table top in a dark walnut color - reminiscent of the many beautiful pieces Miss Mustard Seed features on her blog.  But, no matter how much Dave sanded (he burned out one sander!), he could not remove all the finish.  Plan B - paint the top in Typewriter.   

To bring out the details and provide a protective top coat, I went over the entire piece with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax.

I placed the table for sale on Craigslist.  I wasn't sure if there would be any interest since it was only the single piece.  But, it was bought by a lovely lady who thought it a perfect match for her similarly styled furnishings!  She was so intent on getting the table home, she made her very tall husband climb in the back of their two door car to give the table more room upfront!

Mary Ellen


  1. Thank you for the SuzAnna's Antiques shout out!! Mom and I were out shopping in Castle Hanes by Wilmington and almost bought a hat specifically for you the other day but someone else grabbed it before we could!! Your table turned out beautiful! Good luck on future projects!! Jenny

    1. Thanks, Jenny! That's so sweet of you and your Mom! Hope to stop by SuzAnna's real soon :)

      Mary Ellen


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