I painted the secretary this weekend and I just love the way it turned out!
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)
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:
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:
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:
…and I used Marian’s soft furniture wax to seal it when I was done.
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 with a blender
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
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! 😀
Well, it turned out lovely, of course 🙂 Your kitchen looks so much more “Layla” now, and is very pretty. You just have a knack for seeing the end result in your mind and how it will be just perfect. In the past, I have not been a fan of such light counters before, but I am truly thinking of using the same material and color when the time comes for us to re-do them. I love the light shading of color throughout and the thickness of them is wonderful. Are you still happy with them, or have you found anything after using them a bit that might make you think differently about your choice? I remember that you don’t or didn’t do a lot of cooking, but do you think they would hold up well in a kitchen that sees a lot of cooking/baking and a hubby that isn’t too careful about how he uses things? (Grrr.) Your choice for the back splash is so beautiful also, and I would love to do something like that. However, we have already started with beaded board on a couple of whole walls and will continue it behind open cabinets and as the back splash on those walls to, and I do love it and it can be painted as desired which is always nice. Anyway, I love all you have done girl–super job! By the way, if you switch around the pepper and salt shakers and make them salt and pepper instead, they stand for Sweet P’s initials. Just in case you hadn’t noticed that yet 🙂 Sure can’t wait for your little guy to get home. I am almost as excited as if y’all are my family, lol! I am so glad to have shared in your story of becoming Palmers with us, and allowing us to follow along as you grow in love, life and family. You two are an amazing couple, and we all love you, ya know!? Hugs and prayers to you and Kev from an unusually hot, muggy Oregon. Gee, I hope that didn’t come out too mushy and strange 🙂
Thank you, Leslie!
I forgot to mention in my post that I used my island as a work surface for this whole project, and spilled milk paint powder here and there and everywhere on the countertop. 24 hours later every bit of it wiped up, washed off/scraped off without a problem! I can’t say enough great things about the Frosty Carrina. I really do love it, and it feels like the perfect fit for us!
Hugs and prayers from a hot and muggy Alabama! 😀
Oh, yes. I was going to ask if you used a wax or the hemp oil on your secretary? I understand it makes a big difference in the feel and of course helps the paint to wear better and last longer. And please excuse the typos and poor sentence structure of the former response. It is after 1:00am here, and still not cool enough to go to bed…
I sure did, Leslie! I loooooove her soft wax. It’s so easy to apply and it creates such a beautiful/durable finish. 🙂
A little late, but I appreciate you taking the time to reply to my question. I realize it is not possible to respond to every request when you have a blog as popular as yours. However, since I have no experience with any kind of counter top except good old laminate, it does really help to know others opinions of some of the newer options. I hate when I save and save $$, purchase an item that is supposed to be better and then not have it perform as expected 🙁 So, thanks again!
Julie @ Restyle Relove
I have a display cabinet which is very similar in shape that I was thinking of painting. I love the mint green colour. Thanks for the inspiration. x J
Thank you for visiting today, Julie! 😀
I did a piece (WM Everret Foyer Table) about one year ago using the MMSMP in Linen. Marian made it look so easy. Of course, she is a master! And it is easy! I had a lot of fun with it and the new experience of milk paint. I looked at it as if it were a piece of art and that way I didn’t freak throughout the process. I did use bonding agent as I was working with a brand new shiney finish on the piece. I sanded down spots, added antiqueing wax, regular wax, and two tarnished brass pulls to each drawer. I am quite pleased. 🙂 I have my Boxwood paint waiting for a piece I have for my sitting space in my bedroom. I can’t wait to do that one–love the Boxwood color! I love how yours turned out. I always use sandpaper for the edges and never thought to use a paint can opener! When I saw on Marian’s blog “Layla’s Mint” I gasped–you had mentioned she was making it up but it was funny to see it in words on her site. Will she really be calling it that if she uses that as a color down the road?? Your kitchen is just beautiful. It is all so well thought out, stylish, and comforting–as is your entire home.
Hi Kristin! 😀
I’m not sure if “my” mint will become one of her colors- but I think it should, whether it’s named “Layla’s” or not! 😀 And thank you for your kind comments about our home this morning. Always a treat to meet you here! XO
I think my question has been answered in your update at the bottom of your post–yahoo!! How cool to have a MMSMP named after you!
Thank you, Jennifer! 😀
i had my doubts…but when you see it it really is just so Layla and it’s gorgeous!!! i love your style…just wish i could delve into it everyday!! xxx
Hi Jowlina! Thank you for the kind comment! And I’m curious, were your doubts about the color? 🙂
I had doubt about the colour – it looked really nice when Marion mixed it but i must admit it looks even better on that hutch! it is just so fresh and “you”. I wish i can change my house to look a bit more fresh farmhouse with those colours, but i think i love red too much – you should come to Africa and help me out LOL – love it – and no i never doubt anything you do as i simply LOVE everything you do! x
That looks great! I love MMS milkpaint. I painted two pieces with it last week – a $10 chair with Eulie’s Sky which chipped in ALL the right places and a table that had been sitting in my garage for over 10 years. I used Apron Strings on the base of the table and diluted Curio to use as a stain for the top. Finished the top in hemp oil. It turned out gorgeous!
It’s perfect! Love it! The only problem is that I would like to paint a cabinet that I have the same color. Any idea on if this color will become available? And when? Thanks!
Thank you, Darla! I’m not sure about the color. I’ll check with Marian! 🙂
I love the new color; the old color was very pretty, as well. I think Marian did a step by step tutorial on colors and ratios she used to get the Layla paint. I know she blogged about it and I think she gave details. So, it would be worth taking a look at her site if someone wanted to use the same color.
Here is the link for Marian’s post of 7/2/14.
I love your secretary! It turned out gorgeous in your kitchen! I love that you can see some of the grey “peeking” through the mint color! It’s so lovely!
Maryjane from Manitoba
I actually liked the secretary the other colour. I thought it went better in the kitchen.
However these things are a matter of opinion so, if you like it, then that’s the important part because it’s in your kitchen and you get to see it every day.
It’s a pretty colour and you’re fabulous so I’ll just be respectfully different this time. It doesn’t change how fabulous you are.
I didn’t like the way the Shutter Gray clashed with the Heather Gray island, and I wanted something in the green family to tie in with our ming green backsplash tiles. All I need now are some chocolate chips- LOL! 😀 #mint
I was wondering what color you used on your island and what brand it was?
It’s Heather Gray by Ben Moore! 🙂
Okay, that does it! I want everything, everywhere, painted a pretty pastel color! Wondering, just now, about selling MMS chalk paints in my retail space + teaching classes at my DR table! HA — it’s fun to imagine things!
It turned out just lovely. I love the soft green color and all of the wonderful texture it has. Question: Do you only have to two chairs by your island? You might need another one here in the near future… 🙂
Layla… Can I just move into your house? You have such fantastic taste and I love the beachy/cottage/vintage vibe you guys have going on. Totally in love with this blog. Keep up the great work!
It’s funny – all the things you loved about milk paint are all the things I hated about it! The powder all over, the mixing, the bits that just won’t mix, the bumpy paint, the completely unpredictable way it sticks to some areas and not others (even after using milk paint primer), the way its flaked up in random pieces larger than can be considered attractive ‘patina,’ even after waxing, its short shelf life… The experience (disclaimer – I did not use the Miss Mustard Seed brand) really drove home how lucky I was that acrylics were invented!
Your kitchen looks so good, please do a before and after post of the kitchen. I love the changes you’ve made.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Finally that “new” kitchen
is so much more YOU!!!
So fresh, Layla, Love it!!
hello haha narf
yep, i swooned out loud. it looks tremendous. great job!
Layla’s Mint is a beautiful colour. Love it.
Marianne in Mo.
It came out so pretty! I liked it before, but I may just like it better now. I’ve been keeping my eyes out for a secretary like that. My mom had one when I was growing up, and I used to play “Secretary” at it all the time. I hope I can find one for around $100, because I don’t think dear one would let me pay more. Not a “need”, just a “want” !!;-)
Maryjane from MB
May I ask one more question? I’d pondered this initially…
how come you didn’t paint the secretary the same colour as the island? Would that have been too much?
Sure, Maryjane! We are most drawn to a collected/color coordinated (not matching) look, and I wanted to secretary to look like a piece of furniture that had been pulled in to the room– not like another piece of kitchen cabinetry. I hope that makes sense! 😀 #ThatWasSortaHardToExplain
Perfectly explained! Love it.
The secretary looks absolutely gorgeous, and that is awesome news that Layla’s Mint will be added to the line. 🙂 I’m thinking that I need to refinish both my dresser and nightstand – perhaps some milk paint would be perfect. I’m off to go learn even more about it.
Layla, I’m in LOVE with mint green at the mo’ and totally get you wanting to incorporate it in that gorgeous space of yours. I understand how the original Shutter would have clashed a little with the Heather.
I actually adore mint so much I used it in a recent project of mine too: http://thepaintedhive.net/2014/07/re-love-project-before-after/. Just a subtle pop, though I think it really helps soften the overall piece and adds a touch of individualism.
Elaine - Visual Meringue
It’s beautiful! Love it. Great job 🙂
You’re just amazing. Period. 🙂 can you please share where you got the sweet July dish towel? I apologize in advance if this has already been answered…just couldnt find anything.
It turned out so amazing!! Love it. And how exciting about “Layla’s Mint” – I think I may have to order some myself.
That looks really cool- you seriously have a gorgeous kitchen.
Maryjane from MB, Canada
Thank you for you kind explanation Layla. I am very grateful.
I’m not sure if I’m any more in love with the mint green, but I appreciate your time to explain the concept (which makes sense). I doubley appreciate the understanding of the concept, as I attempt to make my home more beautiful, thus by studying what you do to see if it would work for my place (wish you still did pick my prestos).
I think the overall space is gorgeous! I love seeing all your wonderful ideas and appreciate how you help my mind to expand on the home décor front. The mint might grow on me. 🙂 Still, the important part is that you love it. You are very talented.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
from Manitoba, Canada
I copied Marian’s recipe for Layla’s mint and used it on a dressing table/vanity and it was gorgeous! Thanks for inspiring the color!
caroline [the diy nurse]
This kitchen is so you- I love it!
Where can I get shades like the ones in these pictures? I have some I purchased from a local store, but they quit selling them!
The galvanized pendant lights came from Barn Light Electric! 🙂
Michelle | Birds of Berwick
This looks beautiful, Layla! I used Mustard Seed yellow on a dresser from the 1800’s that I picked up and I LOVE how it turned out. It’s one of my favorite projects to date!
Your cabinet is so beautifully accessorized!! You should do a post on that! 😉
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?!!
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. 🙂