How I Mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint


One of the most intimidating things about attempting  Milk Paint for the first time is the fact you have to mix it yourself. I feel ya.  I purchased several bags from a local woodworking store a couple of years ago and I never used it.  Although I would consider myself an “advanced” furniture painter the whole mixing thing really made me nervous.  Don’t let that nervousness hold you back.  Here is how I mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I hope it helps you get over your fear too.

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Miss Mustard Seed has really done a wonderful job of teaching her customers how to use her product through her video tutorials (which you can find here.)  She recommends using a blender or hand mixing your milk paint in a cup.  Here are a couple of problems I have experienced with both methods.

1.  Mixing paint in a blender requires that I have to clean the blender.  I am way to lazy efficient with my time to do such a thing. 2.  I have hand mixed milk paint in a cup many times, but my little hands can never get the paint perfectly smooth like a blender can.

Both methods of mixing milk paint are great.  Do what works for you.  But, my little secret to mixing silky smooth, lump free, milk paint is A MASON JAR.  Yes, for $2.00 you too can mix the perfect batch of Milk Paint!

Start out by measuring how much Milk Paint you need.  In this case I was painting 4 dresser drawers and a small chair so I measured 1/4 cup of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale (one of my personal favorites).

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Then per the directions I add warm water.  The directions state to mix 1 part Milk Paint to 1 1/2 part water.  I like to start out by mixing equal parts milk paint and warm water. So here I am mixing in 1/4 cup of warm water.  I also prefer my paint to be a little thicker, but once I mix it up, if it seems too thick, I eyeball a little more warm water into my mason jar to thin it out.

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Yes, it can look a little gritty and scary at first.  Put the lid on and move to the next step before you chicken out.

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Now, you shake that mason jar for a minute or two.  I also tell myself, whilst doing my milk paint shaking, that this activity also benefits my arm flab.

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Now, you are ready to paint.  See the smooth perfection?

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Like a baby’s bottom I tell ya.

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I also like this method because any Milk Paint leftovers must be stored, covered, in your refrigerator for 7-9 days for it to last once mixed.  Now, I can just screw the lid back on the mason jar and resume my projects the next day.

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Here is a quick peek at the dresser I worked on today.  I can’t wait to show you the transformation!

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So, be honest: am I the only one who was nervous to mix Milk Paint?

UPDATE: If you want to see the reveal of this dresser you can click HERE!

If you want to try Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint out for yourself you can shop in-person at one of our retail locations, browse our online store, or locate a retailer near you!

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  1. Sandi Mayfield says

    I’m so glad you posted this. I bought a box of milk paint before Christmas and every time I pick it up to mix it, I chicken out! I’m going home to night and mix some to paint a chandelier! I was hoping some fairy would come along and do it for me. But thanks to you, I can do it myself! Looking forward to seeing that dresser finished!

  2. says

    I love the mason jar idea! I just took a class on using MMS milk paint and the number one reason people were afraid to use it was mixing it wrong. It is so easy tho, can’t wait to see your dresser reveal.

  3. Lindsey says

    What about a “shake shaker?” Like what you make your protein shakes with? You could still use your mason jar, you would need the little ball inside. Not sure if it would work…