As you know, I am a lover of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. I love the ease of them, the possibilities and the finish.
That said, I was very excited to try the MMS Milk Paints because of the chippy appearance which I love.
I started out by watching all of the tutorials on MMS's website. They are clear and easy to understand. They made me feel prepared. However, the theme throughout the tutorials was "milk paint is unpredictable". Boy is it!
The first piece I painted was in Boxwood. I loved the color and the finish but kind of disliked the process. However, I held off on reviewing it until I did a more sizable piece and worked out some of my own kinks.
So I decided to get out the Mustard Seed and begin working on a dresser from my garage.
Before I get into my thoughts, I would like to show you the finished piece.
It is just stunning! I love the color and the finished product.
However, I did not enjoy the process.
This piece was painted in Mustard Seed and sealed with ASCP Clear Wax and MMS Antiquing Glaze.
Here are my pros and cons:
Pros: Both colors I have tried are fantastic. The finish seems extremely durable. A bit harder than the Chalk Paint I am use to. The end effect is beautiful. Huge Pro...The Antiquing Glaze is AWESOME!
Cons: You must mix your own paint. This has proven to be trickier than I anticipated. It also makes it difficult to have several pieces going at once (something I like to do with ASCP). You have very little control. My first piece took 1 coat and chipped just right. This piece took 2 coats and didn't chip at all (no bonding agent added). I was hoping for a much chippier appearance. It also has a definite odor to it that is not super pleasing. Finally, the process can be very frustrating and uncomfortable.
My Final Thoughts:
Is Milk Paint my favorite paint? No. That title still rests with ASCP
Will I continue to use MMS Milk Paint? Yes. I already have at least 2 more major projects lined up for it. I am excited for them because the finish I want is not something Chalk Paint does well.
Will I recommend it to others? Yes, I recommend this paint to people who have painted many pieces before or are like me, willing to experiment. I do not recommend it to people just starting out painting furniture. There are too many variables with this paint.
Disclaimer: Many of my issues could have been user error. If anything gets easier, I will make sure to update with tips and tricks. I highly suggest the MMS Tutorials to get you started.
Good Luck and Happy Painting!
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