In the flurry of painting activity this weekend, I finished two pieces using the same color – Miss Mustard Seed’s “Grain Sack”.
I finished these pieces using two different techniques – a chippy finish with Hemp Oil and a controlled look with a wax finish
Chippy Hemp Oil Finish
The first piece that I painted in Grain Sack was purchased from Morgantown Market. I saw it when I came in to work one day, picked it right up and brought it to the front desk. I didn’t even have to look at it because I knew I wanted it!
This piece had a gorgeous gatored finish that I knew would look incredible underneath Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. All I did to this piece prior to painting was quickly clean it off. I didn’t even sand it. I had my Mom paint on 3 coats of Grain Sack and then I distressed it with a heavy hand.
One side of the nightstand chipped beautifully.
Here’s a closeup of that texture.
The paint kind of blistered and made this amazing texture.
On the other side, the paint went on more evenly
That hole is where the piece originally attached to a vanity. The other side and the middle part are long gone.
Here’s the gatored texture on the front
Isn’t it incredible?
I sealed this nightstand with Hemp Oil and embrace all of the texture and chippy character that appeared all by itself. That’s the unpredictable beauty of using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!
Controlled Look w/ A Wax Finish
The second Grain Sack look I’d like to share involves a record cabinet that I purchased at a barn sale a few weeks ago. It was really dirty when it came to me, so I gave it a thorough cleaning with Dawn dish soap and a scrubbie.
When it came time to paint this piece, I scuffed it with sandpaper to help the Grain Sack adhere better. I didn’t mind if it wound up chipping, but turns out that I didn’t need to worry about that – it didn’t chip!
I distressed the edges of this piece with sandpaper in a controlled fashion and chose two of Miss Mustard Seed’s waxes to add a bit of patina on top of the Grain Sack.
I mixed Antiquing Wax with White Wax to make a lovely gray color.
I applied it with a heavy hand and let it get caught in all of the original texture that was on the piece.
The inside is mahogany, and I shined it up with some beeswax furniture polish.
The original latch looks lovely up against the new finish. Its patina is well-suited to that on the body of the cabinet.
These pieces are currently “on deck” at my home and ready to go out whenever I need a new piece on the sales floor. If you’re interested, send me a message and I can provide more details!