dresser in miss mustard seed: marzipan

We entered a drawing at Red Door Furniture Co. (a local shop in historic St. Charles, MO) and WON! The wonderful prize??? We got some free supplies, including a bag of miss mustard seed's milk paint in marzipan. It's one of their newer colors and we couldn't wait to try it. We are loving that it's a fun twist on a neutral - hints of beige & cream.

We'd never tried a powder mix, but had heard a lot of good things about miss mustard seed. Once we got the hang of it, we mixed the powder/water recipe in a cup and gave it a good stir. It's nice to be able to just mix what you need as you go along. Here is our prize in marzipan:

Sooooo.......we started with this piece. We thought this dresser would be a perfect fit for this project :-) It's pretty, but we had other plans.

We started by giving the dresser a gentle sanding and primed with a coat of miss mustard seed mixed with a bonding agent for the first layer. This helped our paint stick and let us control the amount that we would take off. It distressed so nicely for us - we used a hand sander. Some close ups of the details:

We debated whether or not we should paint the entire piece this color or mix it up a bit. We decided to give some of the details on the front a bit of cream accent and thought staining the top would add a pop. We used Minwax Jacobean and after 2 coats we had a few "problem" areas. We were able to add a thin coat of General Finishes Java Gel and it fixed it right up! Love me a stained top!!

We finished by using Johnson's Paste Wax to seal the body and High Performance Top Coat in Satin to seal the wood stained top. I love the way the marzipan color took on a bit of a richer shade after adding the wax. Here are a few more pics of this beautiful piece:

Our overall first experience with miss mustard seed paint was good. It took a bit of getting used to mixing the powder/water mix and getting the consistency that was just right for this piece, but now that we've tried it, we are excited to try more colors!! The distressing was a breeze, it was fun to just "go with it" while sanding. We are anxious to try a more chippy look next time - we're waiting for just the right piece.

We want to personally thank Jessie at Red Door Furniture Co. for hosting this giveaway and helping to guide us through our first try at a powder mix milk paint. We fell in love with your beautiful store and will be visiting as often as we can!! If you all are local or planning a visit to St. Charles, MO, you have to stop in and visit her. I promise you will wish you had a U-Haul to cart away all of the wonderful finds!! You can visit their website here or show some love to their Facebook page to stay up to date on all of their latest makeovers and offers, including miss mustard seed paint!!

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