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I’m finally getting around to introducing another Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color…




What else would I call my white?  For this piece, I’m so glad I finally got a lot of chipping.  All white pieces aren’t really my style, so I was hoping for lots of chippiness, which I got,  and I left the top and drawers wood.   Here’s how the piece started…

I sort of laughed when I showed my husband the finished dresser.  Most people would probaly consider it a “before” with the partially painted chippiness.  Oh well.  Those who get it, get it.



I was so fortunate to buy this piece with the gorgeous original glass knobs…



Oh, Milk Paint chippy goodness on turned legs.  Sigh.


I did make a video on getting the chippy look with Milk Paint and I just need to edit it to get it ready to share.




Up next…Grain Sack.  It’s a good one.

The winner of the KK Children Designs Giveaway is…

Andrea from A photo a day keeps the blues away 


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  1. love this color! & still so jealous of this beautiful piece… One day I will get lucky & have a great find like this :)

  2. Linsey @ Farmhouse Porch says:

    PERFECT name for that color, love those knobs too!


  3. Lovely! I’m glad you left parts of the wood unpainted…a pretty contrast.

  4. What a super-cute dresser! Yes, I agree…there’s those that get it and those that don’t :) I can’t wait to get a hold of your milk paint….I’ve been using the Old Fashioned brand and really want to try yours out! Congrats on finding Faith…what a perfect match. Hopefully, I can carry your milk paint line in the near future :)


  5. Love this color! So happy I ordered it even though I hadn’t seen it yet…. I knew it would be perfection! I really wish I could find a piece like this for a reasonable amount of money! Gorgeous, Marian!

  6. Oooh, LOVE all that chippy goodness. I love the style and the knobs. Love the whole thing. Looking forward to meeting Grain Sack!

  7. Lesley says:

    I really love how this chipped, it turned out perfect. Another great color!

  8. [email protected] Charm says:

    I think we all knew that your white would be called…IRONSTONE:) Looks outstanding!!!


  9. great name!!

  10. Crazy cool! You are such an incredible inspiration. This dresser is chippy perfection!!! Can’t wait to try out your milk paint………..Sue

  11. how cool! I DO love the all white look so all over paint on this would have been my first thought but I love how you left the drawers dark. And I’m loving the chippiness! can’t wait to see the video – I assume you show us how it doesn’t just all chip off too?!

  12. Perfect…of course!

  13. Ironstone is PERFECT! Keep on keepin’ on. :)

  14. Mmmmm… I love the ironstone!
    I also love the chippiness of it. You captured vintage in this piece and in this paint perfectly.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    lovely! will I be able to buy your milk paint if I live in Australia???????

  16. Your milk paint looks pretty amazing. It has all the chippiness we like. Can’t wait to try it.

  17. I so get it Marian! CJ

  18. love the crisp of white ,and love the chippness of vinatage…and their contrast with the wood and the glass knobs are a team….would love to find a piece like that….

  19. I’m so loving all your colours… any Australian suppliers at this stage?

  20. Oh, yay! I’ve been waiting for you to showcase Ironstone so I could see if it was a pure white. I think that’s one of my favorite pieces that you’ve ever shared. I totally get it. Love the simplicity, the contrast, the glass knobs, and all that chippy awesomeness.

  21. Love ironstone white and all that yummy chippy goodness!

  22. Hi Marian, It looks really great!! Of course I do love all white pieces, and I will be playing with Ironstone this week for a blog post~keep ’em coming!!

  23. amba O. says:

    I love the ironstone. I can’t wait for the milk paint line. This is so exciting. Thanks for being such a great mentor!!!

  24. Brenda says:

    Wow! It’s perfect with the wheelbarrow on it. I wish there were a source for knobs like those! If your husband is like mine, he’ll give you an “Um…Okay”. Then tell you in a day or so “I really like it !’. It’s so hard not to say I told you so!

  25. Crazy chippiness! I love it. Where do you find all of these amazing empire dressers? I have never once encountered one.

  26. i love this color! i have a feeling this and grain sack will be my favorites!

  27. Beautiful chippiness! I love the contrast in light and dark. And of course those glass knobs.

    I just broke out Ironstone yesterday from my sample kit to try on an oak table. I didn’t get any chippiness, but it is distressing nicely. I’ll be posting it in the next few days.

    Can’t wait to try them all!

  28. Love the name! Can’t wait to try it!

  29. Love the name and the color! I’m very interested to see your video on how to achieve the chippy look. I haven’t played with milk paint yet, but I promise I’ll get around to it! Sarah

  30. Ellen says:

    So nice. Love the name of the white. I can’t wait to try the new milk paint, will probably have to order it don’t know if anyone will be selling it in Key West.

  31. Ooooh, very nice. Looking forward to the video and to getting the Chippy Look myself! My husband’s name is Chip, so I get the Chippy Look whenever I bring a new piece or can of paint into our already packed house.

  32. I’m glad you have come out with the milk paint, but I am one that doesn’t get the “chippiness.” I hope it’s a short-lived kitschy fad.

  33. Kim Gaynor says:

    I absolutely love it. One thing I love about milk paint is that it looks incredibly authentic — you really can’t tell if the paint is vintage-original or not.

  34. oooooI love it! I have an antique farm table in my studio that looks just like this…nice job.

  35. It’s soooo Yummy. Love the dark brown and white together, it is chippy white perfection, and what a perfect name for your white.


  36. oh I’m in love with the color AND the name! awesome chippyness on this piece and those glass knobs – gah!!

  37. now this piece –taking the time to comment, what a lovely contrast. I like white, but adore patina as well.
    YUM, the dark with the ironstone milk paint, why, hello there!

  38. Love the new color, looks great!

  39. Oh it looks so wonderful! I’m so happy that things are going so well. Can’t wait to try it. My dining room table is waiting!

  40. I get it, wish I had it. What a perfect name for that color!!!

  41. Denise T says:

    YAY! Finally see Ironstone. Wondering if it will be chippy on raw wood??? Is Grain sack sort of beigish?

  42. Beautiful!

  43. I wrote a post yesterday about my love for ironstone. I also mentioned you because of your lovely posts about ironstone. Funny that you write a post today about your new paint color. What a coincidence.


  44. I feel like, if i were a color – I would be this color. I love it a lot, is what I’m saying. 😉

  45. Jean Elliott says:

    Love this!!! Can’t wait to try your milk paint – I bought a lot of ASCP and it is not working for me at all – very unhappy about that so am really anxious to try your new paint!

  46. Oh My God, Marian!!! This is SO YOU!!!!
    I love this color!!!

  47. Gorgeous color and love the chippy texture….thus resulting in a magnificent dresser!…

  48. Seriously, enough with the teasing!!! I can’t wait to buy my first can of Milk Paint. I thought it would be typewriter buy now I’m not so sure . . . Maybe Ironsides? All are very tempting. Love all the inspiration.

  49. Sheree Perelman says:

    Where did you get the portrait above the dresser? I just love it! Is it for sale?

  50. Love this piece and the two toned color. I can’t wait to try milk paint.

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