The Fliprunway award show was this weekend just gone and I’m happy to say I won Fusion Mineral Paint Technical Refinisher of the year. I’m really chuffed about that and I wanted to say a thank you to the judges.
It was a fantastic weekend spent with talented business owners from up and down the UK. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel and had a great time. Meeting the other Ladies and a few fellas was the best part for me and can’t wait till we all meet up again!
Guest Blog Post.
I have been wanting to showcase some of the talented refinishers we have here in the UK for a while and asked a few of my lovely friends if they’d like to do a guest blog post.
So first on the list is Jackie, she is the sweetest most humble woman and such a sweetheart, so without further ado ….
Introducing Jackie Millington
The most magical paint in the world
My name is Jackie, my furniture refinishing business is called ‘A Cupboard Less Ordinary’ and I’m based in beautiful Lichfield, pretty much right in the centre of the UK.
My friend Sarah has asked me to write a blog post (I think she knows I like to talk paint) so here goes, bear with me and I’ll do my best not to ramble on too much.
I’d like to talk to you about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.
Have you ever heard of it?
I hadn’t either until 2013.
I’d followed a US Vlogger called Marian for ages, her videos were fun and her painted furniture was to die for. I’d never seen anything quite like them here in the UK, they were authentic and the finish was so genuine. They looked like they’d been painted decades ago and I was mystified how that could be done.
Then one day she announced she was bringing out her very OWN milk paint range.
I fired off an email there and then, I wanted to get my hands on some of this magical mystery paint that could achieve such a beautiful finish.
Long story short, 6 years later, I’m a stockist for Marian’s range, called Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I LOVE it as much today as I did when it first appeared on my computer screen.
Milk paint is different from every other paint on the market. Other paints are formulated to give a solid coat, if a distressed finish is required, sandpaper, a sander, whatever type of distressing technique we prefer is used to achieve it.
But Milk Paint? Milk paint distresses itself.
Yes, I did just say that!!
I describe the science bit to my customers like this….
Milk Paint wants to absorb, like a wood stain. If it can’t, say, because of a pre-existing finish, then it may start to lift and chip. It doesn’t wait years to do this, it does it pretty much straight away, usually from the second coat. Therein lies the magic. The distress that appears is so authentic, so genuine, that your piece could have come straight from a French chateau or long-forgotten old barn.
My first sample delivery appeared in little packets on my kitchen table.
I was beside myself.
It didn’t look like the paint I was used to. It was powder, I had to add water…. Could it really be that easy?
YES – truly, it is that easy.
Equal parts powder and water, mix and hey presto, the most magical, all natural paint product appear. It is thinner than most paints on the market, the consistency of single cream is just about perfect.
Then all you do is paint.
The first coat is sheer. It’s the coat I like to call the “I’ve made a terrible mistake here” coat.
You haven’t made a mistake, it’s fine, it’s honestly supposed to look like that.
The second coat goes on and PHEW the coverage is great!!
At this point, that wonderful, chippy finish may start to occur. It won’t happen on all pieces, it depends on and works with the historical finish of each piece.
If you’re a creative at heart, this will light your soul up like a Christmas tree. If you’d prefer more control over the distress, add bonding agent to your mix before painting and you’re back in the driving seat, no chipping will happen unless you distress by hand.
There are so many things I could tell you about this magical product – the soft butter-like finish, the layering that you can do to simulate decades of peeling paint, the ability to mix custom shades, to blend. The magic bit of thickened paint that settles at the bottom of your cup that allows you to contour and add shading and texture. The super subtle shimmer that appears due to the natural ingredients in the blend.
There is so much it can do.
But I won’t bamboozle you, I can be guilty of getting over-excited about this product range!! If you’d like to know more, we have stockists up and down the UK who would be more than happy to show you, or you could even get onto one of our many workshops to try out this fantastic range for yourself.
Come along and see the magic happen. We would love to share it with you.
A Cupboard Less Ordinary