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wardrobe progress…


Sorry for the suspense, but I didn’t show the reveal of the wardrobe in yesterday’s post about working with Milk Paint because it wasn’t finished, yet.  I worked on it more today and I’ll take reveal pictures tomorrow before I haul it down to Lucketts.  Since you last saw it, I applied a second coat of Shutter Gray Milk Paint and painted the door panels and side panels in Grain Sack.  It doesn’t look a lot like Grain Sack, though, because some yellow from the original wood seep through  That doesn’t have anything to do with the Milk Paint, but the piece of furniture.


If it really bothered me, I could seal it with poly and paint it over again, but it doesn’t bother me in this case.  I then sanded the finish with a fine grit sanding sponge…


…then a medium.  With a fine sanding sponge, I was able to wear away some of the paint to reveal the layers underneath.  It’s very subtle, but looks great.

I used the medium grit sanding sponge to scrape away some of the paint.  I did get some chipping, but that’s because the finish underneath chipped and took the Milk Paint along with it.  Again, I just went with it.


Distressing really brought out the character in the old wood.  I then waxed the piece in Furniture Wax followed by the Antiquing Wax, which settles in the nooks and crannies, but isn’t too heavy.


I especially worked it into little holes and grooves….


 …and wiped away the excess, leaving the Antiquing Wax just in the recesses.


 I can’t wait to take some photos of it tomorrow to show you how it turns out.  Hopefully giving you a glimpse into the process will take some of the fear out of using Milk Paint.  I also worked on a wash technique today – gorgeous!  More on that another day…

I have a little bit of housekeeping to take care of.  The winner of the True Value $100 gift card giveaway is…

Nanette Hill!

And the winner of my book, Inspired You, and a few other MMS goodies is…

Heidi from All that Brings Joy!

Congratulations to you both!

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  1. txdakini says:


  2. Looks so awesome already! I can’t wait to see the reveal. You are totally taking away any fears I had about milk paint. Thak you!

  3. It looks great! Can’t wait to try some of the milk paint!

  4. Shawna says:

    Oh my goodness that is going to be stunning……can’t wait to see the final reveal!

  5. that looks amazingly authentic!! I just love what you did, can’t wait to see the finished piece!!

  6. This is an amazing piece! I love the finish! I can’t wait to give your paint a try!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Question: Do you think you can use chalk paint & milk paint on the same piece? (not mixed together, of course) Love the color combo on this one, BTW!

  8. HI Marian,

    My husband came home today with the Women’s Day magazine for me and congratulations on your article. It was well done. AND…………….I received your book today from Amazon can’t wait to read it. Thank you for your inspiration I admire your work tremendously.

  9. Love the wardrobe and can’t wait to see more!

    …did I miss the Antique Farm House give-a-way?

  10. Beautiful piece with so much character.. already looks wonderful. Will enjoy the finished
    pictures soon. Would like to know what the main difference in Milk Paints and Chalk paints is ?
    Both are fun.. textures are great. I have used the Chalk paints.. but , not the Milk Paints yet.
    You have some great colors to choose from, maybe it’s time to try them.

    Thanks for encouraging us.


  11. It’s looking so pretty! It has always amazed me how every little decision from color combos to wax to distressing can completely change the look of a piece of furniture. And congrats to all of the winners!

  12. I love the colours and the distressing on this piece Marian, just beautiful!

    xx Karen

  13. Look forward to the reveal…I just want to know How you haul up and down your stairs…O my ach…y back…
    O yeah….I have to haul anything that I make…up to 2nd floor where I sell my stuff…and 100 year old stairs that are chewed up by all the stuff we all haul up the steps.

  14. Ruth in NZ says:

    Hi there, Just wanted to let you know that the link to your book is not working. I don;t usually buy books or magazines new, but I am sitting here convincing myself this would be a “business investment” :). Who am I fooling…I just want to look at the pictures!

  15. Okay Marion this is like watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie…..the suspense is killing me….lol. It is looking wonderful I am in the process of finishing a China hutch today using Ironstone and grain sack and hope to have it done for Furniture Feature Friday! Of course I love all that you do and wanted to let you know that I adore your book I got it this week and blogged about it and you on my blog, I don’t want to post my blog on your blog but the info is in my proflle and I hope you get a chance to read it sometime! You are so inspiring!

  16. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Love the colors and distressing!
    I worked on my dresser yesterday with the linen :) I think I have a bit more experimenting to do with the consistency (I just eyeballed it).
    Can’t wait to get going on it today when it warms up!

  17. Okay, that wax being applied with the brush looks intriguing…I always pictured waxing a piece of furniture to be similar to waxing a car – lots of huffing and puffing and hard work – but this looks so artistic :)

    Your piece is turning out beautiful!


  18. Taryn says:

    I bought your book on Amazon. It arrived yesterday, I LOVE it. What a beautiful book. Congratulations!

  19. I love this piece. It is amzing!!


  20. Amy L says:

    Oh my gosh this color combination is gorgeous. I think I may have to try milk paint soon!

  21. Mary Borgsmiller says:

    Love it already! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  22. thoroughly enjoyed these two posts, milk paint fascinates me. one of these days I will find time to give it a try…

  23. When I saw the title “wardrobeprogress”, of course, I thought you had gone clothes shopping!

    So far, so good! I see a bunch of stairs there and hope you won’t need to carry this up those little darlings!

  24. I never knew you could layer milk and chalk paints. Good to know!

  25. Looking good! You are making me really want to forget the sewing projects and paint. I think tomorrow I will do just that!

  26. Nicole says:

    Cant wait to see the final photo! Love it so far!

  27. Nice. I’ll be heading over to Lucketts soon and will pick up some of your paint. Looking forward to it.

  28. I am not afraid.. in fact I am driving to the north side of Indy to pick up some Luckett’s Green tomorrow! I have plans for it to go on a 1950’s desk. Thanks for sharing these projects and videos!

    • Cindy says:

      I was there (530 resale) 2 weeks ago and they were great with helping you & had many pieces for you to see and buy too. That’s where I bought my linen color & waxes. Recommend the store in Zionsville to anyone interested in learning. Just wish I lived closed than 3 hrs away.

  29. Beautiful! I’m not familiar with antiquing wax. Is it a color? I’ve used regular wax and dark wax (ASCP). Thanks!


  30. I am so excited to try mine out, I bought Lucketts green this week. My office chair is screaming for a re-do!

  31. Jackie says:

    Hope you’ll also show us the picture of the fire surround that inspired this wardrobe! I’ve been dying to see it!

  32. Keeps the traditional on this piece, great look! Congrats

  33. First, the wardrobe is fantastic. I love it when I’m painting a piece of furniture and get an unexpected surprise like crackeling. There are several people in my area that are selling your milk paint and I plan to give it a try.

    I also wanted to tell you that I already have your book, ordered it through Amazon. I read it cover to cover in TWO days. I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the ease of your writing and how you made me feel that I am able to love my home even if everything isn’t how I want it to be. Your book also gave me the encouragement I needed to start working on all the projects I’ve been saying I want to do or learn how to do. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

    I actually orderd four of your books, one for me, two for friends and one that I would like to give away to my customers that shop in my booth. If this is okay?

    Again, thank you!
    Elizabeth Ann

  34. wow .. its fantastic post
    this is my first visit for this site but i like it so much and i will visit it again and follow it

  35. JaneEllen says:

    Hi Marian it looks like your new milk paint and accessories are selling going gang busters. So happy for you, Your book sales sound good too. How do you keep up with all of it?
    I wanted to know if I could still order tester bags? About how much would a tester bag cover? I’d like to try maybe 3 or 4 colors. Could you let me know please at: [email protected]? Thanks and I’m so excited to try your paint.

  36. Annticipaaaaation, AnnnTiccciPation. Can’t wait to see that lovely.

  37. Hey Mz. Mustardseed! I spied your milk paint at Bella Rustica but I was overwhelmed since I’ve never worked with it before! Ugh. I have a small table I need to work on so I may have to go ahead and make a commitment and do it! Love your finished wardrobe!!!

  38. its fantastic, thank you very much

  39. awesome


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