Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bayberry Green Milk Paint

I was able to get a free sample of Bayberry Green SafePaint (milk paint for walls) from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.  The Weathered Door had a post on how she got the free sample and I immediately ordered one for myself.  I was going to post a link to the page where it said you can order a free sample, but they have since taken it down and now charge for one ounce samples--sorry!  

It was a eight ounce package of powder and I mixed up the entire thing because I didn't know how much I would need.  Well, turns out it is a LOT of milk paint!  I had to paint a bunch of things in it since the paint can't be stored for very long.

I started with this dresser.

I painted the body and drawers with two coats and did a wash on the top after I stained it.  I did that because the top was not in the best condition and I needed to cover up the issues.

I sanded the entire dresser with a medium grit sanding sponge to distress and smooth the paint.  The sanding brought out the wood grain in such a cool way.  I waxed with Minwax Finishing Paste.  

Next up was this corner shelf.

It got a rustic treatment with the color.  I only painted one coat and then distressed heavily.  

I waxed it with Minwax Finishing Paste and then moved onto this table that I got at the auction.

I sanded the top down and was able to stain it.  Which created my favorite combo of dark stained top and green body.  

This time the color was screaming Army Green to me and I wanted to add something to it that brought that out.  I settled on a stripe of Valspar Posh Red across the front. 

It was just the right little touch.  I distressed and waxed with Minwax Finishing Paste.

I still had more paint left so I painted this little table that I had from my parents.  It started out as a honey colored wood table.  I painted it with two coats, distressed and waxed.

I still had paint left, but didn't use it because I ran out of time to paint that weekend.  I hated to waste the paint, but to paint a dresser, shelf and two small tables with one free sample was pretty impressive.  

Even though it's milk paint, it is not the type to chip, like Miss Mustard Seed's paint, because it is made for walls.  The pricing is reasonable--comparable to latex, it goes on nicely (you just have to keep mixing it), dries very fast and smooth and is easy to distress.  It is very different to use than homemade chalk paint, but you get used to it.

Linking to:
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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Rustic Pig  
Lolly Jane
Kammy's Korner  
Today's Creative Blog
PJH Designs 
Not Just a Housewife
Hickory Trail
Elizabeth & Co.
If It's Not Baroque
Savvy Southern Style
DIY Dreamer  
Fluster Buster
The Real Housewives of Riverton
Green Willow Pond 
Not Done Growing
Southern Lovely
Mom On Timeout
DIY By Design
Beyond The Picket Fence 
Embracing Change 
The Shabby Creek Cottage 
Lamberts Lately 
House of Hepworths 
I Gotta Create
All Things With Purpose
Domestic Superhero
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Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
A Peek Into My Paradise
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Finding Fabulous
Funky Junk
Thrifty Decor Chick 

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  1. i really love this green colour and that dresser looks fabulous. the only green i have really loved so far in milk paint is the mms boxwood.

  2. Love all of them, Susan--especially the dresser. Very pretty (but I love a dark top with green, too!). I'm going to check out the sample sizes! :) Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Love the nightstand with the red strip, very cute!

  4. If you refrigerate it, it keeps pretty well. I have kept it going for more than a week. It also stays mixed better after it has been refrigerated, after a quick stir.

    I especially love the dresser.

  5. Love seeing what you did with the sample you got! That is a cool color and I really love the way the dresser turned out.

  6. Her Ideas and creations never stop coming ! Martha Stewart look out we have a contender !!

  7. Every piece is distressed wonderfully, but for some reason the green cabinet with the red stripe is my favorite! Like Teri above, I have refrigerated it in a sealed container for several days.

  8. Wow, I've always wondered how far milk paint will go - you definitely got a lot out of it, especially for it being free! These turned out wonderfully :)

  9. You did a wonderful job! Thanks for linking with HickoryTrail

  10. Wow! These are amazing! Your link caught my eye over at Today's Creative Blog. I'm your newest blog member. Hope you'll return the follow!

    Christine @

  11. 4 wonderful it! Even though you were using the same paint it cast just a slight variation on each piece it seemed to me. Great job, and a great blog to find!

  12. Lovin the green! It looks great on everything! You always do an amazing job! Thanks so much for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  13. Love your milk painted items ! They all turned out so great. I have just recently tried MMS's. I mostly use chalk paint (and latex) but love trying new things! Oh, and I'm hopping over from Not Just a Housewife!
    Have a great day!

  14. I love the green, what a great set of projects! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  15. Wow that milk paint goes far. You did a great job. I would love for you to link this up to my Swing into Spring party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  16. I just love Old Fashioned Nilk Paint! It is definitely different than MMSMP, but they are both fun.

    You made all of your projects look fantastic!

  17. Popped over from Embracing Change today. This dresser would certainly be a terrific piece to put casters on the bottom. Very pretty color of green-Green is my color too! I've used the OFP in a bright blue (dresser with tilt mirror) but think I even like this green color better. Thanks for sharing!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    White Oak Studio Designs / Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations

  18. Wow, you were a painting machine that weekend! These pieces look amazing! Great, great job! I popped over from House of Hepworths--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  19. Susan, you did a fantastic job! I love the dresser. Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  20. New here, starting to read info. There seems to be so many ways to do this. I've got an 18th century chest calling to me! So distressing is already done. What's next? Paint, then a finish was? I'm lost from this point on

  21. Guess what I'm asking is : there's TOO much info scattered on the web and I'm looking for a comprehensive explanation. I've gone thru MMSMP tutorials, but she stops in the middle of the process. HELP, I'm lost. I need somewhere to see a lot of ways or just the basic ABC's of where to start. I don't like the super chippy look. I don't like the look where the paint chips off. I've asked 3 bloggers

  22. I always enjoy reading about different kinds of paints. I love how this looks different on all your different pieces. The dresser is my favorite! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays x

  23. Milk paint is fun to work with and you get a great distressed look with it. I love the green and all your pieces. Great work. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  24. These are so nice! Great work!

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party. I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured!

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

  25. Love your pieces, such character! They look great painted! Would you ever paint bedroom walls with this brand? If so, would you have to wax them? I've never thought of painting walls with milk paint, so I'd love to hear what you think!
    Just getting back from spending the week with family and my mom...thanks so much for sharing at last weeks Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll pop over to share at this party...

  26. Love that little corner shelf. Featuring you ~ you're a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up. :)

    <3 Christina

  27. This is a stunning work, Susan! You did an amazing job with each of your pieces!

  28. nice article, using great equipment to renovate a house will fasten your work, besides it will produce you with smooth result!

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