{recipe} for MMS milk paint

Have you tried MMS milk paint yet? Have you been wanting too and still afraid to mix it?

Think of it like a recipe.


 Doenst mater if you cook like me ( guesstimate measurements) or you follow exactly what the recipe says. That is how we get our own comfort zone and style here in MMS paint world.

recipie for mms 015I had recieved some extra product in the mail from the fabulous All Dolled Up (her customer service gets a A+ from me). Inspired by her containers she uses in her store came this post & made me think of a recipe for “cooking”. I have mixed colors many of times but never thought to share in this way.
Here is what I like to mix with , good old plastic fork and dollar store plastic cups.

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Measurements for today’s recipe is I first mix 1/4 c paint to 1/4 c warm water. MMS french enamel here.

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I next mix my second color (boxwood) the same way and in a separate cup. 1/4c paint to 1/4c warm water. TIP: I always mixe my colors separate and then combine small amounts at a time to achieve what I want. In this case I added most of the boxwwod I had mixed.

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Next, not quiet what you want? Time to add some seasoning … my choice happens to be January’s color of the month Ironstone, I mixed a 1/8 c and added it.

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here is my “batter” all ready to go.

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Happy painting! Cant wait to see  what you cook up,




A quick peek into some projects I am finishing up in our winter weather here. Lots of snow= finished projects on the way.

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All Dolled Up here:


Thanks ladies for all the inspiration!

How to get a “rough” chippy look with milk paint

I received a few questions yesterday about how I achieved this “rough” paint look on the armorie in my kitchen.


I wish I had step by step pictures but I don’t. So I will tell you how I achieved this look with the picture I do have.

This was a barn find from a friend , was also not in great shape and needed some repairs. I enlisted the help of my father in law for those. It was wabbly , missing a few pieces and the back and bottom were falling off. The inside is cedar , its in beautiful condition and left untouched.

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If you have used milk paint before you know how unpredictably it is and is not for everyone, but I love it (along with many other types of paint). I envisioned a super rough chippy look with thin layers of linen milk paint. Somewhere in between a wash and paint. With more of antique wax than I normally use.


Here is how I achieved this, each piece is different and not all will chip naturally with milk paint…. I just had a feeling this one would.

* I mixed MMS Milk paint in linen extra thin (I normally do equal parts) 1 part milk paint to almost 2 parts water

* I used a good quality brush from my local  True Value hardware store & applied 2 thin coats of paint (quickly). This piece was starting to do its chippy thing before first coat was even dry.

*There were some high and low spots and some normally dreaded “bleed” through on the paint and wood. But this time I sorta liked it ad did not seal the bleed through with a wax and left them …. yes I did that’s right 😉 I felt it looked more antique and natural.

*Some spots on the piece were already rough to touch ( I did not sand those first ) but other spots I had to “help” be that way. So I grabbed my spackler and started scrapping where it was chippy BUT I DID NOT SCRAPE OFF ALL THE WAY. I left it partly flaking off and quickly sealed it with a clear wax. This sealed it. I am not going to lie its messy and took a few days for the wax to dry and harden so it would stay that way.

A little tip put your wax on a paper plate that way you don’t have specks and chips of paint mixed in the wax can.

*I did not follow the direction on he wax and did not immediately buff after applying the clear wax to the piece.  I let it dry an hour or two and then added the dark wax and buffed with old panty hose. I don’t normally do this but I did this time.


I hope this helps:) Feel free to ask questions or send me message.



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{Inspiration} The kitchen

I must admit we have lived in the house a little over two years and I have made the hubby help me paint the kitchen (along with a few other rooms)2 different times. My constant painting and repainted has tought me a lot about how color appears from a paint chip to a wall. I know this has been said before but I really feel it’s the heart of the home. Its our hub for sure , its our dumping ground, paper collecting, little of everything room. There are also a few things that I don’t care for but I am happy we lived with for a while, I know how we use this space everyday.

Here is a picture of how it looks today. I don’t have any pictures of how it started in my pre blogging days. I am sure I don’t need to point out the dreadful ceiling and the lighting… those issues and the flooring are being addressed soon with some inexpensive and creative solutions. I marked some of my design ideas and if you know me things evolve as I go and my creative juices start to flow (including a DIY mason jar chandelier).


The kids bring in book bags, coats, lunch boxes , shoes & all sorts of papers.

so recently I added a 1920’s armorie a friend salvaged for me. I painted it in a milk paint i mixed very thin I wanted it chippy and very thin layers of paint. I wanted to look like it had been sitting around in a barn for ages.


This space where the armorie nows sits collected “junk” for 2 years. Now its functional.


We live on a real (small) budget and in a real house mixed with my love of DIY its a process and do as time and money allows. BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t have style and organization, right !?! I love that feeling of i made it myself or the  yep we got that “junque”  for free ad made it into this! I think as a mom and wife we always look to find that balance.

Our home is very much lived in with chips on the floors.


and toys scattered among the floors ….


As I begin to look for fabric swatches ….


and inspiration…


I would love to hear what you all have to say.

How do you balance?

where do you go for inspiration?



{Thanksgiving} The day after…

I must admit I have secretly always wanted to score one of those crazy Holiday deals, sorta one those bucket list things *you must stand in crazy lines*fight the huge crowds*and score that deal* sorta thing.  Well we had a wonderful thanksgiving with many memories and laughs and after dinner we set out to conquer walmart and score a TV for the living room. Well we did it was fun and made a “remember when we…..” story. Well I also scored a camera from target the next day. While we did do a little shopping our day was mostly filled with family and spending time at my parents house. Here is a little peek into our day.

Some playing at nana & papa’s…


My oldest kids went to cut down the tree for my parents its their tradition.

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a little napping ….


decorating the tree at my parents …


building with Uncle Aaron.


and a picture of all the grandchildren by the tree. 4 of the 5 I have to claim as mine!



As soon as we got back I could not wait to test out a few new settings with my Camera, I ended up going with a Cannon T3. Lots to learn but here are a few pics from around the house…

Our vintage Elf Scout Buckeye, he used to be in mom’s tree as a child and watches over you at Christmas time.


My Grandfathers hutch he made, I brought it up to date with a timeless worn finish using Chalk and Milk Paint.


I had added some vintage knobs Aunt Darlene hunted down for me.

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My chippy blue dresser. You can read more about it here:


IMG_0144and a few sneaks of my newly hand painted piece. I cannot not wait to do a photo shoot with this dresser.

more about this piece here :https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/as-simple-as-that/


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linking my new dresser to thrifty decor chick 🙂 Love her blog



As simple as that

A dear friend saved this dresser for me .


She (the dresser) was in great sturdy shape but had some scratches on top and splatters of paint all over front.


This making her a great candidate for paint. I have been dying to do some decorative paint on this piece but the colors I couldn’t decide so she sat in my garage for 2 months … until this weekend I woke up and was motivated to move this piece into my studio in the basement. Still not knowing what color or when I would paint it.

So my dear hubby and sweet brother in law carried her into the basement this past weekend ( yep, in the rain). They look so happy , don’t they ?!


Well it turns out later Sunday night inspiration was about to strike, you just never know when or how. I make it a rule to not paint or sew before inspiration hits.

Sunday night my sweet neighbors stopped by with a gift basket I had won. They own a sweet little store called Black Dogs Antiques. MY 9 year old and I had stopped their Holiday open house with me on Saturday , she signed me up for the drawing. I am not one of those people who ever win these sorts of things but was so excited Sunday evening when they showed up with a basket full of goodies !!! One of the goodies included Dried Lavender Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed.


Bam!!! that is the perfect color for my project, simple as that.

I begin doodling and mixing a white wash too , this piece is girlie. I love super chippy looks on pieces of furniture, I can show the beauty of the wood but still make the piece even beautiful with paint.  The Chippy look is not for every piece but this one for sure.


I started by painting the drawers , sides and legs 2 coats dried lavender (no bonding agent).


I then pulled out my Frog Tape ( love this stuff ). Got my white wash handy and went to work taping a boarder.


I white washed just the center of the drawer. I love this look and I remember seeing this on MMS blog and made a mental note of the technique. I painted the wash on and then used a towel to wipe off. I painted right over the chippy paint.


After it dried I took the frog tape off. It lifted some of the loose paint for me . Then  I used a spackling tool to gently scrape off rest of the loose paint.


Next, I used some inexpensive paint brushes from a value pack at walmart , some acrylic paint and freehanded my design. I love the natural look you get and no I am not an artist (as you can tell), I just use simple shapes to make ( like I do with my sewing appliques). So anyone can do this , just a little practice.


I used white acrylic paint and a antique gold acrylic paint to highlight.

IMG_3335Before I sanded I sealed with a Hemp oil. I did this for two reasons. One too add life back to the wood that I was leaving shown and two if you apply the hemp oil before you sand you get a buttery smooth finish. Even though the piece looks rough and chippy , its smooth to touch.


I will be sure to post a picture when done. But here is a sneak….


I still have the top to finish, I am stripping it and sanding it. Then I plan to use paint as a stain for the top. I will bes ure to share this technique and the finished product with you. I am looking for just the right jewelry y for her knobs as well, something with a little bling 😉

Isnt it funny how things simply just work out? You never know when inspiration is going to hit.



Here is the inspiration behind this piece and how could these pictures not inspire you !?!


Milk Paint Chairs & Local Finds

A few weeks ago I painted this table for a customer.

They loved their table so much they brought me 4 chairs to do in same color as the legs of table. The color for legs was a custom mix of milk paint I made. I had happen to make more than enough to do 4 chairs. I first gave the chairs a light sanding with a sanding sponge from my local True Value Hardware store. And then gave them 2 light coats milk paint and sanded very lightly in between coats.

IMG_3185I then wax each chair, I used a clear soft wax for these. You need just a little wax, it goes a long way. See how little in on my brush 😉


I then sanded each chair right after I applied the wax and then immediately buffed with a old pair of pantyhose (old tees work great too) . This will give a smooth hard fished. Be sure to follow instructions on your wax can. each vary a little and you may want to do two coats wax for added durability.

For this project I used good quality sanding sponges in different shapes and sizes

For this project I used good quality sanding sponges in different shapes and sizes

Please excuse the manicured nails, they badly need one though. But I want you to see a little of how I distress a piece. I paint a story in my head , its not well thought out I let it naturally evolve as I go. Thinking of where a piece naturally wears and scuffs will help it look more authentic .

IMG_3198 And here is one finished, each chair varies slightly in tone and color with milk paint some people don’t care for it but I love it and how it all works together. Its truly your own work of art.


As the snow starts to fall here and I finished up some dresses I had on order.


I had a chance to hit some local stores Holiday Open Houses and turn my attention back to decorating and tidying up my work space. But for now here are some of my finds.

Country Wicks in Lisbon, OH is one of the very first places I started selling my clothing and bows. The owner Chris is a dear friend and really helped me along the way. I scored this table runner, wreath & battery operated candle, so I can have in reach of the kiddos . I put it with this lantern my mother had handy.


 My husbands Aunt dropped off some goodies this weekend she had pulled for me from her own home. Here is one, this stool, I love it and is perfect for my dinning room. Paired with some berries and a candle.

IMG_3242and lastly wanted to share this great find at another local store Simply French in Unity, OH. I love this rustic light and its perfect for above the sink in my kitchen.

IMG_3244I love these little finds and inspires me to keep sewing , painting and decorating.

I love your emails and feedback, keep them coming 🙂

xoxo, Becky

{recap} & wrapping up projects

As the season is changing fall and football season is breezing to a end, I am reflecting.

Cheering on the Beavers and a great example of trying to capture all 4 kiddos at once .

Cheering on the Beavers and a great example of trying to capture all 4 kiddos at once .

Many projects started in my pre blogging days this past year that still need to be wrapped up.

Dining room set makeover for my sister and brother in law.

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My girls room …

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Wall decor for the boys room….

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even a photo bomber during the dinning room makeover ..

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A few burnt chickens on the grill …. yep I was sanding dressers to paint and cooking dinner at the same time not a good idea. lesson learned .

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So as I clean, purge tidy up, finish these rooms and projects; I hope you will follow along for the adventure.

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I will be sure to share my experiences, tips, tricks, tutorials and finished projects. But thought a recap would be good for when I pick up where I left off. I even have a few kitchen makeovers for friends and customers  in store to share this winter. Some slipcovers , custom pillows and cushions have also been requested. My customers and family sure do know how to keep me busy, in a very good kind of way 🙂

So as I try to capture that perfectly imperfect holiday card photo for this year … I will be sure to share these vintage finds and room makeovers with you. As I ship my last dress today from PinkLemonade (my clothing line) I am embracing the season and its change its brings to our home and my little new business adventure.

Our holiday card from last year ;)

Our holiday card from last year 😉

xoxo Becky

{not} so pretty pictures….

I have been driving myself nuts about pictures I have some really beautiful furniture pieces finished and ready to sell also, some just for my home. I have failed , for now at capturing the piece.  The beautiful layers of blues and the tigers eye maple that shows through in this super chippy milk paint piece. I tend to only want to share my successes as a seasoned DIY mama, but I was thinking the other night what draws me to my favorite websites, products and blog…. the pictures. Its all visual. Then it hit me that was the advice I was just given from a pro blogger, MMS herself, “blogs are visual”.  Who wants to see a dark blah photo? (BTW sorry for the big dark blah photo here)

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Really pictures have always been my crutch.  It is no secret I have shared before I do not have a camera (it was old and broke) other than my outdated iphone. I heavily relied on the pictures of my photographer partners with my clothing line. I also relied on my talented friends with cameras. I can’t have them drop everything in there super busy lives to snap a few quick pics.

I love the way LULU Photography captured my hand drawn- hand cut applique. She is an amazingly talented mama <3. It is truly a art and she captures it perfect every time.


I know apps like photo toaster and instagram are fabulous when the lighting is right. I took this picture outside this summer of my 3 year old, I edit it in phototoaster. Isnt he sweet 🙂 Not bad for just a quick phone pic.

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But when I come inside to take pictures of things I created, painted etc……In reality I can’t call my photographer friends everytime I need a quick picture  or ship a large empire dresser to another state to be professionally photographed.  My pictures are mostly dark. I tore apart my downstairs yesterday rearranging. I was determined and inspired to get a nice clean , crisp , bright picture of a recently painted dresser I did.


 Fail…. a {not} so pretty picture…. I wanted to capture what I see here in person. I am not a photographer and leave that to my professional and talented friends.  But I want pics I can be proud of to share with you,  my tutorials and DIY projects. Not a *dark*color way off* ugly* kind of pics. I want to feel confident enough to link a piece of mine up to another blog for a contest or link party. Like perfectly imperfect contest here:


My point for today…. I am still entering my piece today at Perfectly Imperfect blog even though I lack in photography skill, I need to put myself out there and grow from each experience. My 9 year old daughter put it best “mom you teach yourself everything”. So its time I put on my big girl pants and conquer my crutch , photography. I am going to read, research , grow and maybe even  invest in a camera. Nothing too fancy or expensive, one that I can learn and grow enough to take a clear pic.  I am sure I won’t regret capturing more “unblurred” memories of my 4 kiddos. Maybe, a pretty picture of what I created along the way. If you know of any good tutorials , or maybe have some wisdom to share on photography, please do share.  😉

xoxo Becky

If you want to read more about this makeover of this dresser you can find it here :


{Shop local} my neighbors table revealed & a thank you to Miss Mustard Seed

First of all I would like to state that no one is paying me to say all the nice things I am about to say. I just really truly deeply love these places , products & the people behind them. xo

A few weeks ago I found this picture floating around Facebook. I just knew I had to share it with you! Where I found it was amazing to me it was through another “junquers” profile in another state across the country, with no connection to our small town in ohio. We had exchanged a few email about some awesomes tees (which you will see me sporting soon). When I clicked on her profile to add her as a friend, there it was. This picture spoke to others in the same way it did to me ❤

 This picture was originally taken by the amazing lady behind a local shop here in East Palestine , Ohio.  1820 House, her hand poured artisan candles and soaps are amazing!!!  I have something from her store in just about every room in my house. Her business is a inspiration to me too. Too see more of her product click here…  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151941200534375&set=a.100913379374.86862.65284204374&type=1&theater

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These store and shops are the heart of our town. See the store on the left (with the red awning). That is our local hardware store, True Value. Many of my crazy DIY projects start and end from a trip to the local hardware store. I love this store and the people that work there. They always seem to have what I need and willing to help. I buy most of my paints here, I am crazy obsessed with painting and repainting the walls of my house inside and out …. literally. We have lived in this house 2 years, I have painted every room at least once and in many cases 2 or 3 times. I buy all my sanding sponges and paint brushes and tools here too. I find there brand of paints and brushes simply last longer.

We have  many more stores and artist that make up this small town and I frequently shop these stores too,  or get my midday latte to keep me going from the Coffee Stop . I will share what’s unique and special about these other stores in future post. But for today I want to remind you to go see what your town has to offer ….shop local not only this holiday season but year round, you never know what you might find. Even if its not a store , there are many of us who are at our dining room tables creating and dreaming big into the wee hours of the night to bring you something special.



Last week I shared a picture of a beautiful old antique table my neighbours dropped off for me to make over for their home.

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you can find the post here https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/a-little-of-this-that/

I used annie sloan chalk paint in old white for the top. I distressed with a sanding sponge and sealed with a clear coat of wax. I wanted an old antique look so I also applied a coat of dark wax.  When using wax , especially dark always use very little amount. I start on the edges and places I feel it would age more naturally and fan / blend into the middle. This looks more natural to me. My neighbour asked me how I knew exactly where to distress it and age the piece. I told her as silly as it sounds (insert pause here) I let every piece tell me a story. And see where it naturally happens. I do the same with my clothing designs and appliques. No two are ever the same. Each special and unique.

blog 2 007 On the legs I used a custom mix I made from MMS milk paint. I mixed equal parts ironstone and boxwood. I mixed a 1/4 cup ironstone with a 1/4 cup warm water and let set a few minutes and then I mixed in a 1/4 cup boxwood with a 1/4 cup water. I mixed and let sit. I got the beautiful original color that is perfect for a “pop” of color she was looking for.

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I love how this paint “chips” its always a surprise and so natural.

blog 2 009She loved how the table turned out and is bringing me 4 chairs tonight , I will be sure to share. The very first thing I ever made over for my home were my grandparents dining room chairs. In those days I did everything in black , I have since discovered color and my tastes, and repainted most of my all black pieces but have left those, they were the first and are special.

XOXO Becky

PS Last week I recieved a email message reply from Miss Mustard Seed herself! I was *over the moon excited* in the kind of way I spit my morning coffee out in disbelief!!!! I had thanked her for inspiring me to finally start a blog. She not only actually read my first post but saw something special enough to email me some advice & a hey “I loved that yellow dresser”…. And as always this message found me at the exact time I needed it the most, when I was thinking *what am I doing *this is the most epics of fails * why in the world* horrible idea kind of day.  Thank you for the encouragement, advice & here are the pictures made bigger 🙂 xoxo Becky

a little of this & that

Last night my sweet neighbors showed up at my front porch with this.

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She loves the finish on my dinning room table. So I got my helper this morning . And we went to work. Snack and all.

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I used annie sloan chalk paint in old white for the top. I am using a custom mix of mms milk paint I made for legs. Equal parts ironstone and boxwood. Just a little tip I learned the hard way a while back, mix the white (ironstone) first and then add the darker color (boxwood) . My test piece of wood. See the green frog tape, I am seriously obsessed with the stuff!! Use it all the time!! I only wish I had it when I did the diamond wall in the girls room this summer, would have saved me some time and frustration.

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I have the tabletop done and waxed.

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and a little mess from my helper…

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While picking up the toys and waiting for paint to dry I thought it would be a good idea to start on this …. here is sneak mid project.

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totally loving the chippy thing and can’t wait to make over this park of the kitchen / entry and share. So today was filled with hugs, helpers & half finished projects 😉

xoxo Becky