Find a list of our most frequently asked questions below. If you still want to know more, then Miss Mustard Seed has a youtube channel with a number of “how to” tutorials: check it out here.
When the surface is previously finished, painted with a non-porous paint or sealed. Milk paint will resist and chip if it cannot be absorbed, as it is in porous surfaces and raw wood. The ratios of bonding agent can be adjusted depending on the amount of seal or shine on the piece being painted. Do not use the bonding agent or use it in select areas if a “chippy” look is desired. Remember that painting a pre-finished without sanding and/or using the bonding agent is unpredictable!
Yes, it’s a very durable, liveable finish. If it’s marred, just lightly sand and add another coat of wax. Refinishing the entire piece is not required. Marion, aka Miss Mustard Seed, has used it on her kitchen table and it has held up beautifully to two young boys!
Can I use the furniture wax, antiquing wax or white wax over other paints? Or can I use another brand of wax over MMS milk paint?
Yes, you can use other waxes on milk paint and you can use mms waxes on acrylic, chalk/clay paints, flat latex, stained wood, etc.
Hemp oil is a finish that is a nice alternative to the wax. It is all natural, so it’s great for people who are sensitive to chemicals. Hemp oil is best when it’s applied to a porous surface (like raw wood, stained wood or milk painted raw wood.) It will absorb into the surface, creating a durable finish. It can be used over milk paint over an old finish as well, though. Wipe on with a clean cloth, wipe away excess. We love to use a microfiber cloth for this! This is also a great product to revive dry, tired wood, metal, leather and more. We’re always finding new uses for hemp oil.
As stated above, hemp oil is natural, so it’s the ideal finish for customers who are sensitive to chemicals. It’s a food safe finish that can be used on cutting boards, butcher blog counters and kitchen tables. Hemp oil is also great for projects that will be used outside. Once it cures (after approximately 30 days), it protects and wears beautifully in the elements. Wax will break down and emulsify in the heat. We do not recommend waxing pieces that will be in the heat, sun or rain.
For an extra durable interior top coat, apply a coat of hemp oil and let dry (12 – 24 hours), then apply wax on top. Remember wax over oil, never oil over wax!
MMS antiquing wax was developed specifically to be used to antique paint finishes. Tinted waxes are meant to be used as a wood stain/wax in one. Because of that, the dark wax is very saturated with pigments and can look heavy and streaky on a finish if not mixed with clear wax or mineral spirits. Antiquing wax only has a small amount of pigment, so it works more like a glaze with the body of a wax. This product is also low odour and can be applied with a brush or clean cloth.