Creating A Layered Finish Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Creating a layered finish using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint sounds much more complicated than it really is.

Another Farmhouse Style Side Table

Remember a few weeks ago when I built that little farmhouse style side table with a few scrap wood pieces?

Guess what?

I built another one. Well, I helped my silent partner build one. Wink, wink.

We found some staircase spindles at a flea market and we don’t pass those up because they make great table legs.


Creating a layered milk paint finish is so easy. Especially when you use Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint over raw wood.

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Making the New Look Old

The first thing I did after we finished the build was sand down those legs.  They were just too pristine for the look I had in mind.

Creating a layered paint finish on a farmhouse style table built with re-purposed spindle legs.

I started out with a scrap of sandpaper. How foolish was I to think that would get the job done. I used my mouse palm sander with an 80 grit pad.

I hit the edges and all the places that normal wear and tear would occur. Sanding also took the latex shine away, giving it more of an aged look.

Creating A Layered Finish

If you are new around here, you probably don’t know that I have a Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint bucket list. My goal is to one day have used every.single.color.

(read how to mix milk paint here)

I knew I wanted to create a layered finish with a couple of colors that would not completely cover up the beautiful wood grain. So, I chose Shutter Gray and Grain Sack.

I used Grain Sack and Shutter Gray to create a layered finish on this farmhouse style side table.

Shutter Gray is one of my bucket list colors that I can’t believe I waited so long to try. It’s not too dark and has a lovely subtle blue hue.

Isn’t it dreamy?


I used Shutter Gray as a base coat for my layered milk paint finish.

Using this color as my base, I applied just one coat with a 2″ brush.

After my paint dried for about an hour, I decided to try something new.

Using A Wax Puck

I finally decided to use this beautiful wax puck my sweet sister friend sent me for my birthday.  In case you are wondering, a wax puck is used to create a resist paint effect. You simply rub the puck anywhere you would like your second coat of paint to resist or chip.

I rubbed all the outside edges and a few random places on the table top in order to create a resist effect over the areas that had a strong grain pattern.

I brushed on one coat of grain sack and waited for it to dry.

Using Miss Mustard Seed's Wax Puck to create a layered paint finish.

Did The Wax Puck Work?

The short answer to that question is yes and no. (so vague, I know)

To be honest, I could have used a much heavier hand with the wax puck. I didn’t get the type of resist I was hoping for. Now I know what to do differently next time.

(learn more about this technique here)

You can see in this photo, (not the best mind you) that my paint finish is very flat and only really has one dimension.

A layered milk paint finish using shutter gray and grainsack before finish sanding.

I was feeling slightly disappointed at this point, but I pressed on.

I used a 150 grit sanding sponge to finish sand and distress. The one thing I noticed right away was any area I had used the wax puck on distressed soo easily. It came off effortlessly.

In no time at all, I had the top and apron sanded to a super smooth finish. (read all about how to distress and finish sand milk paint here)

I love the subtle two-toned effect layering created.  It looks exactly how I hoped it would.

How to create a layered milk paint finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

Ready to Seal

Hemp oil, how do I love thee?  Seriously, I love hemp oil. In my opinion, it is the easiest sealant to work with, period.

(here are 5 reasons why I love it)

Hemp oil is my favorite sealant to use over milk paint.
Using a 2″ chip brush I applied just one coat, and it was at that moment all was right in my milk paint loving heart.

Creating a layered finish with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint using shutter gray and grain sack was so easy and the finish turned out perfect.

I love the way the edges turned out with a bit of raw wood peeking out here and there. And let’s be honest, those spindles look so much better distressed, don’t they?

This it totally unrelated, but I love my new kitchen wall color. We’ll chat more about this soon.

Creating a layered milk paint finish is simple. Mix, paint, sand, then seal and you are done.

Peonies and Milk Paint

You have no idea how excited I was to walk into Trader Joe’s and find all the peonies. I thought I had missed out on them this year.

Creating a layered finish is easier than you might think. Let me show you how my first layered paint project turned out in this post.

Let’s Recap

Here’s a list of the supplies I used:

Shutter Gray Milk Paint (base color)

Grain Sack Milk Paint (top coat)

Palm Sander

150 Grit Sanding Sponge

2″ chip brush

2″ angled paint brush

Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil

Lint free cloth (to wipe excess hemp oil and buff)

Tack cloth (for wiping away all the milk paint dust)

Overall, I love the way my table turned out. I tried layering milk paint when I first started painting furniture four years ago. Let’s just say I’ve come a long way and leave it at that.

So how do you feel about this layered finish? I love the depth and dimension it added.

Are you still on the fence about trying milk paint?

If you have any questions at all about how I created this finish or anything else concerning this project, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. I’m at your disposal.

Your milk paint loving, sister in paint,



Crafty Girls & Furniture Friends

I made some new friends who go by the name of Crafty Girls & Furniture Friends. Each month they get together to bring you amazing furniture projects. Just click the links below this photo collage to visit each one, and tell them I sent you. 😉

The June edition of Crafty Girls and Furniture Friends is packed with some pretty amazing furniture projects.

  1. CeCe Caldwell’s Grand Prairie Sage Dining Room Set by Lynn Fern
  2. Creating A Layered Paint Finish Using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint by The Purple Hydrangea
  3. How to Turn an Old Dry Sink into a New Bar by That Sweet Tea Life
  4. Jacobean Hutch How To Strip Old Furniture To Create New Art by Whimsy & Wood
  5. How To Stop Bleed Through Without Using Primer by Just The Woods
  6. How To Beautify Your Furniture Using A Paint Color Wash by Thirty Eighth Street


Creating a layered milk paint finish is so simple. Just mix, paint, sand, seal.


  1. Stacey says:

    Lisa, this turned out so pretty. Love the layered look and the distressing.

    I would love to paint our kitchen table for the new house but I’m scared!! Would it be durable enough for everyday use?

  2. Mary says:

    Love this gorgeous color and the layering you have done to it. I’ll have to try that one of these days! You are giving me too many ideas Lisa!!

  3. Susie says:

    Love your little table! The color combo is perfect–and yes, those legs look so much better after you distressed them. Great job, as always! Susie from The Chelsea Project

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