Ironstone Milk Paint

I love milk paint.  I’ve loved the idea of milk paint for years.  I mentioned that in this post when I was just starting to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  I also love white.  And I love the look of the old Ironstone china.  So naturally a white milk paint called ‘Ironstone’ should be my favorite, right?  And it is becoming a favorite but I have to admit I have struggled with this color.  Something about the pigments in this one have given me fits when mixing it up.  It’s too thin, then it’s too thick.  I can’t get it stirred up right.  I tried warmer water cause that has helped me with other colors.  I tried the blender instead of mixing by hand.

While I still think other colors mix up better for me and go on the furniture better, I just can’t give up on ‘Ironstone’.  Having a bit more patience (not one of my strong points) and letting it sit longer after stirring for several minutes helps a lot.  And the color is gorgeous on this table I used it on.

ironstone milk paint table (8 of 13)The table I had in my nook has been there for years and years.  I liked it there and it worked just fine.  You can see it here if you need a refresher on what it looked like.  I got it years ago at a garage sale for $3 and painted it a couple of times over the years.  I know my oldest (who is now 15) was the only child I had and she was pretty small so it has been a long time.  I’m really liking the update – the table in the pic above – painted in ‘Ironstone’ Milk Paint.

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Here is the before.  Travis had to do some work to it and I’ll show you the process and what he fixed in another post.ironstone milk paint table (2 of 13)

The drawer has this in it – we assume it is for an ink bottle?ironstone milk paint table (3 of 13)

Buckets make a great stand to get smaller pieces of furniture off the ground for painting.ironstone milk paint table (4 of 13)

Ahhh, Milk Paint!  It comes in a powder and you mix with water.  The consistency is very drippy, and it does take a bit of getting used to, but I love it.  Takes painting furniture to a whole new level.ironstone milk paint table (5 of 13)

Ironstone – it is a beautiful white shade.ironstone milk paint table (6 of 13)

First coat.

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You can see here how the first coat didn’t cover completely.  Even with 2 coats the coverage wasn’t a solid white.  If I had wanted it a more solid-looking white I would have painted with a grey first or even primed it.  But the finished table is exactly what I was going for.ironstone milk paint table (9 of 13)

I distressed the edges just a bit because I just can’t help myself – I love the look.  My hubby asked me to add the bonding agent to the paint for this one because he doesn’t love the chippy look.  So I did.  I rather like the chippy look and get rather excited when it chips but my hubby doesn’t (yet).  I’m still working on him but he’s a hard sell.  He still likes my orange-y oak china cupboard that I am dying to paint.ironstone milk paint table (13 of 13)

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Love old glass doorknobs.  I found this one at a garage sale – can’t remember for sure how much I paid but it was less than $5.ironstone milk paint table (12 of 13)

The small microscope was another garage sale find.  The succulent was a birthday gift.  The ironstone pitcher I bought from Miss Mustard Seed along with a couple other ironstone pieces.  I am woefully behind in posting decor and housekeeping posts!

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I have wanted one of these for years.  And every time I found one it was too expensive.  This one I found recently at a garage sale.  And (don’t hate me) I paid 10 cents for it!!!!  😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Can you say GIDDY?!  The lady had a ton of cool stuff and she was selling it all dirt cheap.  She knew what she had and she knew what a lot of it was worth but she didn’t care.  She told me she just wanted it gone and someone else could deal with it.  I  got several boxes of cool vintage Christmas ornaments for 25 cents per box.  I felt like I was stealing!  Seriously!  I couldn’t make a pile fast enough.  I came away with a huge haul for less than $10.  I’ve been so busy I haven’t taken time to share any of it.  Most of it I bought for me but a few things will go with me to The Summer Market NEXT WEEK!  We are on the final countdown to the Market and I’m adding lots of great stuff to the finished pile every day.  I can’t wait to have my living room back.

I haven’t committed to any more events this year.  I have a ton of options but I also have a lot of stuff I want to do to my house.  And a really big project to do for my Mom.  I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to share – once I know it’s all going to work and turn out like I think!  So I may do another event this year and I may not.  I also need to start school in about 3 weeks or less.  YIKES!

Have a great day and make sure to go check out The Summer Market!  And if you can come please do!  I’d love to meet you!


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  1. says

    Love your table Jill. The milk paint looks great and you styled it beautifully! Glad you found so many great garage sale finds… i love it when that happens :)

  2. says

    Nice job on the table! I love MMS Ironstone and am using it on a side table. For the first time I’m getting major chipping so it’s sitting while I decide if I like it that way or not.

    Great haul!

    • says

      Thanks Maureen! I’ve not gotten major chipping on anything yet. I’d like to sometime but I’m sure I’d be the same way – thinking ‘oh my’ did I really want it to chip this much? LOL 😀

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