Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – Mint Green Secretary Makeover

I painted the secretary this weekend and I just love the way it turned out!

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint | Laylas Mint | The Lettered Cottage

Thanks again to Marian for creating such a sweet color for me! (Here’s a link to her post about it if you’re interested in mixing up a batch of your own: Finding Layla’s Mint)

Layla Mint | Miss Mustard Seed | Milk Paint

Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint is so much fun to work with!

Because milk paint is powder that you mix with water, and because I mixed mine by hand (with a small fork), I saw quite a few little clumps as I painted it on:

Laylas Mint | Shutter Gray | Miss Mustard Seed | Milk Paint

See them there in the center of that photo? Well, one of the cool things about milk paint is that those clumps end up scraping off very easily when it’s dry. Check out the photo on the left below:

Milk Paint | Miss Mustard Seed | Laylas Mint | Secretary Makeover

I used a small, flat paint can opener to scrape off the bumps, and because I didn’t use any bonding primer, the Shutter Gray color underneath showed through. Pretty cool, huh? You can also see how the milk paint (naturally) bubbled up and flaked off in certain areas in the photo on the right. That’s another cool thing about milk paint- you never know where it’s going to do that. It makes the process so much fun! 😀

I used my paint can opener to distress all the edges and corners:

Laylas Mint | Shutter Gray | Milk Paint | Miss Mustard Seed

…and I used Marian’s soft furniture wax to seal it when I was done.

Laylas Mint Milk Paint | Miss Mustard Seed

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I was going to do a step-by-step tutorial, but Marian really does the best job of walking you through the whole milk paint process on YouTube. Here are some links to her super helpful videos that I watched before I started working on my secretary:

Mixing milk paint by hand

Mixing Milk Paint with a blender

Bonding agent tutorial

Applying the first coat of milk paint

Applying the second coat of milk paint

Getting the chippy look with milk paint

Applying furniture & antiquing wax

Hemp oil tutorial

Happy painting!

Updated to add: Exciting news! Marian texted this morning and said that “Layla’s Mint” is going to become one of her milk paint colors! AAAAAHHHHH! 😀

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  1. says

    Layla, you’re certainly not the only one who loves the way your secretary turned out, it looks fantastic! And the fact that you’re getting your own color now, makes it probably that much better! :) I think the color is perfect, and the fact that you have such a vintage and worn look without paying for an antique secretary is perfect for anyone on a budget. I do have one question for you (unrelated to the secretary, I’m sorry), but I LOVE the three pendant lights you have above your counter — can you PLEASE tell me where you got them?!!

  2. Pamela says

    Layla, it may have been answered already, I will look- could you please tell me the source and detail of your bamboo shades in this kitchen snap. Looking really great! Nice work. :)

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