Miss Mustard Seed Desk

Oh friends!  Watch out!!

I’ve gone and done it!  I’m officially an Annie Sloan traitor…

Shhh… don’t tell her… you know… because I know you all are tight and all.

I honestly LOVE Miss Mustard Seed and have been a follower of her blog for sometime now.  I have looked on with envy at each and every piece of chippy painted furniture she has shared with us.

The problem was…I was just a little bit scared of her paint line.  Yep.. me.. scared of paint.

Really, it was that I was scared of using a product I had no idea how to use.  It seemed so foreign to me.  Dry paint powder that you mix with water?  Really?  How can this really work?

Out of all of the paint colors, I decided on Shutter Grey.

Miss Mustard Seed Shutter Grey

Luckily, the paint is pretty easy to use once you figure out how to mix it.  I decided to mix it in a mason jar because not only is it fun to shake, but it makes it easy to store any unused paint when you are done.

So, I found the neatest old desk on Craigslist that had the most beautiful barley twist legs I had ever seen!  I knew it would be perfect!

The Rustic Pig: MMS painted desk


The top was in pretty rough shape, but I knew with a little love, it could be perfect!

The Rustic Pig: MMS Painted Desk

I sanded down the top first and then painted the legs and sides with the milk paint.  I painted on three coats of paint and left it to dry.

When I came back out to check on it, I found chippy goodness!!  Oh, I was in LOVE!

The Rustic Pig:  MMS Painted Desk


The Rustic Pig: MMS Painted Desk

Isn’t so lovely?

I was in love.

Next, I stained the top with Minwax’s Dark Walnut.

The Rustic Pig: MMS Painted Desk

Just staining the top made a HUGE difference.

Of course, I couldn’t paint everything the same, and decided to pull out my chalk paint for the little drawer of the desk.

The Rustic Pig: MMS Painted Desk

I used Arles, a yellow color from Annie Sloan’s chalk paint line.

While I was at it, I painted an antique mirror to match.  You know.. because all desks should have mirrors right?

The Rustic Pig: MMS Painted Desk

I really am in love with the Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint line!  It is just so different from anything I’ve ever used before!

Did you know you can buy MMS’s paint online??

I had no idea!!

You can order directly from The Treasured Home.  Not only is The Treasured Home a great place to buy Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, but Barbara has a great blog on refinishing furniture, tutorials, and a place to even become a Blog Sister!

So, have you tried milk paint yet?  What do you think?

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*Disclaimer:  This post is a sponsored post for The Treasured Home.  Although product was given to me, all opinions and love of this product are entirely mine!


My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Looks fantastic, Claire. I had a friend pick me up some MMS Milk Paint at the Lucketts Store back in September and I’ve been too intimidated to give it a try…your post has me thinking I should now. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂
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    • Hi Megan! Thanks and oh yes!! I was extremely nervous to try it! I would recommend starting off on something small so you get a feel for it. It is just so different! Good luck!!! Hugs!!

  2. Barbara says:

    If you can mix Bisquick, you can mix milk paint! So glad you loved the paint, Claire! You picked the perfect piece for it! What a find! I also love how you mixed it with chalk paint. Great combo! (By the way, I offer free shipping.)
    The Treasured Home

    • Thanks Barbara!!! I never thought of it that way, but you are so right!!! Instead of pancakes you get a lovely piece of furniture! Hee hee!! Thanks girl!! Hugs!!

  3. Ooooh–love those legs! What a gorgeous piece and now that you’ve put your crafty little hands on it, it is even more so! Love the yellow with the gray. Perfect. Have a wonderful weekend!
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  4. EEEK!!!! OH MY GOSH!! seriously!! Looks ah-mazing!! I have been swooning over all of Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture redo’s but a have a BIG FAT ditto in the department of what the heck you mix powder with liquid and get paint?!?!? SO did you paint it to come out chippy like that, sand it? OR did you give it one good coat and then it dried and magically got the perfect chippy to vintage ratio!? I must know more 🙂 he he.. looks ah-mazing.. might have put a bug in my head to try it now 🙂 XO ~Bre
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    • Hey bestie!!! What’s up?? You are so sweet!!! So, to answer your question… yes.. I mixed the paint, painted it on and really did come out all chippy. I did lightly sand in a few places where I wanted it more distressed, but the legs really did chip all on their own! I think it was after the second coat when it dried and got all chippy! 🙂 I’m off to go check out your blog now since I’ve feel like I haven’t been in your neck of the woods for a few weeks!! 🙂 Love ya sister! Hugs!! Claire

  5. I love the colors you chose and I love that you left the top in the wood grain. Very pretty!
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  6. Ooooh – the desk is beautiful, Claire! Sadly, I haven’t tried using milk paint yet.
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    • Thanks!! Oh my goodness Suzy! You must try it!! Also, for the record, I am way jealous that I didn’t get to hang out with you and Amy at the HT NC meetup! Plus, I hear you’re a great actress!!! 😉 Love ya!! Hugs!!!

  7. Claire I am loving this combo and you did such a fantastic job using the milk paint for the first time. I think I would mess it up, but I think the look is the point..LOVE it!
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    • Debbie, You are a rock star!! You would not mess it up!! I’m sure whatever you painted would turn out amazing!! And, you’re right.. that’s the point!! Not sure you could mess it up! 🙂 Hugs!!!

  8. Looks great Claire! Love the legs on that desk!! Have a great weekend!!~~Angela
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  9. How charming it turned out, love the color! I wish someone would send me some paint!
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  10. Oh how I love barley twist legs and this table turned out stunning! Great job.

    • Thanks Terry!! I do too!! I’m always nervous to paint something that is so beautiful to begin with! Luckily, the top was in bad shape so I had a good excuse!! Hugs!! Claire

  11. Christine says:

    That looks beautiful!
    I, too, must ask if you sanded it or, as you said, you “came back out to check on it, [you] found chippy goodness!! ”
    I’ve been reading and reading, and everyone calls everything “chippy”, when in fact all too often it looks like scraped leopard skin.
    The look you’ve achieved is my definition of “chippy” and I love it. As a previous poster asked, did you sand? did you scrape? or is the finish smooth enough that it didn’t adhere? In which case, is it going to continue to come off and that gorgeous finish will be ruined?
    Inquiring minds…
    Thank you.

    • Hi Christine! After the second coat, I came outside and it was flaking all over. All you have to do is rub it with your finger and the paint flakes just fall off. I did sand very lightly in a few places where I wanted a more distressed look, but the “chippy” look was done all on its own! You are right… I think anything shabby chic is now considered “chippy” even if it isn’t truly “chippy!” As for the finish, once I had the look I wanted and the paint was dry, I applied a clear wax all over and that protects the paint from further distress or chipping. Great questions!! Hugs!! Claire

  12. I love it, Claire!! The colors are beautiful and I love the stained top!!
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  13. Beautiful! And I won’t tell if you don’t. I’ve been known to combine my Annie, my CeCe and my MMS! They get along very well.

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  14. LOVE this desk!! The new paint looks great!! Love the intricate legs on the desk!

    Happy belated Mother’s Day!!

    Have a wonderful day and God Bless!!

    • Ahhhh!!!!
      You are so sweet!! Thanks so much!!! Happy belated Mother’s Day to you too!!! Sending you BIG hugs!!! Claire

  15. This desk is absolutely gorgeous, Claire!! You always do such an amazing job and this is desk is no different! Just beautiful!! You’ve inspired me to mix up some of the milk paint I’ve been too afraid to try! 🙂
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  16. Love the colors! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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