Monday, November 5, 2012

MMS Milk Paints: Lucketts Green

You all know I am older than dirt right?!  Well, not dirt, but certainly older than most of the "up and comers" in the blog world.  I actually remember helping my Grandmother white wash an old building with milk paint back in the 60's or 70's.  I was familiar with the properties that make it both great, and kind of difficult to deal with.  It's probably what has drawn me to try and fall in love with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints, and CeCe Caldwell's Clay and Chalk Based Paints.  Now there are more new products to try!  Yeah, for all of us that are eager to experiment with all these options on our projects.  Miss Mustard Seed has developed her own line of colors in Milk Paint, Absolute Vintage (Sisters of the Wild West) have a new milk paint line also.  And those are just the bloggers that I know of out there with the milk paint lines.  If you google Milk Paint you are met with a plethora of options out there.  I tell you this because I am not a spokesperson for any developer or supplier, just a great consumer of all kinds of products old and new.  An equal opportunity consumer as I remind my long suffering spouse all the time!

All that to tell you that I finally got around to trying out MMS new line.  I was feeling green that day I guess because I ordered both Luckett's Green and Boxwood.  I've only got the Luckett's on anything at this point, and here's my experience.
 I LOVE this color.  I chose to work without the bonding agent, because I wanted to see how this whole chipping thing worked.  I happen to love old chippy furniture, though I admit to being scared enough of the whole lead paint issue to feel like I have to pass on some furniture out there OR be willing to strip the entire piece and start over.  This paint gives you that "been on there forever" look and feel without the danger involved.  Love that.
You can totally see where the paint just wouldn't adhere well, for whatever reason.  For me, this was exactly the look I wanted.  Chippy, but not totally devoid of paint.
Now, the mixing of the paint myself and the lumpiness is going to take some getting used to.  I wasn't ever completely sure that I had the right consistency, both thickness and lumpiness.  Such technical terms I use huh?!  I will say even the thinner batch (I eventually added more powder to it to pump it up a bit) adhered nicely. 
I used 2 coats of the paint, carefully used a putty knife to remove any flaky areas to get my chippy look, and sanded lightly to remove any rough areas.  I don't think you would need to sand at all, but I've gotten so used to that silky smooth finish after using Chalk Paint. 
I think the sanding gave me even more variations in the depth of color which I actually like.
Sorry about the photo quality, the sun was starting to drop a bit low.  This was so fun to play with.  I love having another product in my arsenal of paints.  I know the chippy pieces are not for everyone, but hey, if I like them, there's probably a few more folks out there that will like them too!  This piece is for sale if you are reading this and one of those people ;-)! 

Now, I'm off to complete a custom piece and another in the works piece.  I have several custom pieces in line to work on and I've got tons more that I have picked up to keep me busy and out of trouble for a while!

Have a great, great week!

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  1. it looks awesome! i have the boxwood, and can't wait to try it out soon! i need the right piece. i used her paint on a dresser though and love the chippiness, too- i also chose not to use the bonding agent. did you sand your dresser first? i did with mine. just wondering.

  2. What a beautiful chest - perfect candidate for the chippy look! I tried that color too and really loved it. I shook my paint to mix it and that worked well. But I did find the smell was a bit overpowering.

  3. I really love this piece! I haven't gotten the nerve to do a chippy piece yet but I'm going to as soon as I find a piece that really speaks "chippy" to me!! This one is just perfect and the color really compliments it!

  4. Love this and the chippyness is just perfect. CJ

  5. I am LOVIN' this color!! Great dresser!!

  6. Love the chippy look! Great color, too!!! Oh and I love your technical terms!! :)

  7. lovely job, wonderful color. And...I love the old cameras!!

  8. I like the amount of choppiness you have. I'm not a big fan of milk paint, but you did a great job on this chest.

    Peggy @

  9. That looks great. I just ordered my first milk paint this week. I'm so excited to try it!
    Thanks for sharing,

  10. I think you got just the right amount of chippyness. I have a dressing table that I have just restained the top on today and am going to use milk paint on the rest. I just need it to dry for 24 hours before I tape it all off, and I can't wait. I am nervous all the paint is just going to fall off, but I seriously hope it ends up looking like yours.


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