We see a lot of first-timers in the shop ready to take the plunge. No, I'm not talking about marriage proposals, I'm talking about the first box of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint.
Many have a sheepish grin, and start off with very little confidence.
We hear things like, "I've never painted anything but walls before," "I don't even know what I'm going to paint yet," "I don't know how this will come out, but I'm giving it a try." That last comment is the most important part. Painting furniture for the first time or trying a new paint product can be intimidating to some people, but it's very rewarding.
We ask customers how they're going to use the paint, try to answer questions, and talk through the general painting process. You can read blogs, watch videos, and pin projects on Pinterest, but once you have the box of paint in hand and the warm water ready to mix it, the game changes. Some people still seem to get intimidated.
Many of our dealers have tried the new milk paint line and those who've tried it, love it. Here are a few of our suggestions to help you take the plunge.
- Start small. Try something small like an end table or a picture frame to gain confidence. You can try that 7 foot high armoire as your second project : )
- Know where you're going. Be able to answer questions about your piece, like what is its current finish (raw wood, painted, stained, etc.), and what look you're going for (full coverage paint, a light wash of color, a chippy look). This will help you know what products you do / don't need, how you want to mix your paint, and how many coats you'll need.
- Watch someone else. If you haven't already, read about it or watch someone do it. Marian has videos online and many photos and instructions on her blog to walk you through mixing paint to application and sealing your work.
- Strength in numbers. It's always fun to try something new with a friend. Grab a girlfriend or two and have a painting party....it's always easier to learn as you go and share through trial and error.
What advice would you give to someone painting their first piece of furniture? What Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors do you really like to use and why?
Please leave comments and share with everyone your experiences. We'd love to hear about how you psyched yourself up for your first painting project!
Yes, The Old Lucketts Store has Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. The full line is available in the lobby of the shop. We also carry Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint products online, through Shop Lucketts, our online store.