Friday, February 21, 2014

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. About it. About us. About our workshops.

We were ecstatic about being selected as a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer last year, and now we're even more excited to be able to offer Milk Paint Workshops to our customers. We've only been selling the product for two months, so we know a lot of you might not yet be familiar with it.

We'll let you in on the big secret, and your home painting projects may never be the same again! {you're welcome.}  


"Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.
With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc.  Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look."  {thanks for the perfect description, Miss Mustard Seed}



1.  SAFETY:  The biggest reason we chose to start using and selling Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is because it's completely natural and contains zero VOCs. While we have a workshop with great ventilation, we sometimes like to bring furniture right into our living room, and paint while we watch TV. We'd been mixing our own chalk paint previously, which admittedly worked great, and was quite inexpensive. But even when we used low-VOC latex paint as the base, it didn't feel good to be painting with it inside. Then, when we found out we had a baby on the way, we made an immediate lockdown on all the chemical products we use in our house {yes, we now realize we should be just as concerned about our own health, but it was a good instigator...}

2.   VERSATILITY:   There are dozens of potential ways to use milk paint, but the primary five are to use it as a stain on raw wood, as a "wash" over wood or another paint color, as an all-over solid color, with a chippy finish, or for a crackle finish. These techniques, combined with the variety of finishing products, make this one of the most versatile paints we have ever seen! 

3.   COLOR CHOICES:   With 18 different colors available in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, there is sure to be a paint for everyone's style. The colors are all natural, and reminiscent of primitive, farmhouse-style pieces. However, using the techniques listed above, they can also be very modern. {Have you checked out Target, West Elm or Pottery Barn lately? They are full of colors that look like Mustard Seed Yellow, Kitchen Scale, and Apron Strings}.  And what's even better? The paints can be easily mixed to create your own custom color. Many retailers even have "signature" colors that they have discovered along the on the lookout for a Carver Junk Company "signature color" contest early this year!

4.   THE FEEL:   This might sound ridiculous, but stop in the store sometime, and just touch one of our milk painted pieces. They're butter. I seriously can't stop touching them...every time I walk by - don't worry, I wash my hands often. There is not another finish like this available with any other products. 

5.   THE SMELL:   Take a workshop with us.  In our small, enclosed, unventilated workshop studio.  We BET you won't even notice the smell. Try that with ANY other paint products, we dare you.  I mean, really, the wax products in the Miss Mustard Seed line smell GOOD. Like suntans and lavender. Like good, natural stuff should.

Yep, we drank the kool-aid. We love this stuff. And we'll be honest with you about where it might or might not work for you projects - cause we want you to love it, too.


Stop into the store. We'd be happy to chat with you, cover the basics, and send you home with a How To Guide and the confidence to start your projects. Pick up a couple of our sample packs of paint {they each cover a couple of picture frames, a small box, or other table-top item}.   

Still not sold? Want to know more? Want to learn the basic techniques? Sign up for one of our workshops. We currently have a few Milk Paint 101 workshops scheduled, and plan to add more plus more advanced workshops in the next month or so. We'll also add some special, seasonal-type, workshops too - think Spring, Mother's Day, etc.

You can check out our workshop dates/times/details here:

Stop in and check out the paint display in the Carver store - we'd love to chat more about it, help you choose some products, and we LOVE to see your finished projects as well {perhaps we'll beg you to do a feature of your finish project on the blog....}

Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.
Carver Junk Company

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