Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Two-Toned Effect Using Hemp Oil

Using Hemp Oil to create a two-toned layered Effect

During the month of JUNE – Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colours of the month are Kitchen Scale and Grain Sack.

Here’s an idea that allows you to play with these colours that actually go together quite nicely.

Kitchen scale looks like this:kitchen-Scale-Collage-1024x1024 And Grain Sack looks like this:grain-sack-Collage-1024x1024

IKEA Hack!

I’m starting with an ordinary stool from IKEA. It is made from raw wood, so it is going to soak up the milk paint right into the grain of the wood. I’m going to be holding workshops with stools similar to these very soon.IKEA stool 1

Here’s the look we are going for (below), so you know where we are headed with this. This is Grain Sack over the top of Kitchen Scale. Can you see the green Kitchen Scale colour peeking through the greyish Grain Sack colour? Follow along to see how we achieved this effect:IKEA stool 12We mixed together approx. 1/4 cup Kitchen Scale MMSMP powder and 1/4 cup water using the MMS Milk Paint mixer.IKEA stool (1)Turning the stool upside down, Juliana painted the base & legs, then the top with Kitchen scale.IKEA stool 3Once the whole stool is painted with Kitchen Scale, allow to dry. You’ll find that milk paint dries very quickly. Especially with raw wood like this. Ours was well and truly dry within 1/2 an hour.IKEA stool 6You can still see the wood grain through the paint as we only used one coat. For this project, we only needed the Kitchen scale colour to be a base coat for our top coat of Grain Sack. But I wanted some of the Kitchen Scale green to peep through. So to do this, I had Juliana coat the stool with Hemp Oil over the Kitchen scale colour. This will act as a “resist” so that when sanding back to distress the finished project, you won’t sand all the way through to the raw “blonde” wood.IKEA stool 5We then covered the stool in two coats of Grain Sack colour.IKEA stool 7IKEA stool 9Then all we had to do was sand back gently using a fine grit sandpaper (320) to distress the Grain Sack finish, revealing the lovely Kitchen Scale underneath.
IKEA stool 14IKEA stool 13A finish coat of Hemp Oil gave this piece a nice protective finish.IKEA stool 15IKEA stool 16IKEA stool 17IKEA stool 18IKEA stool 19IKEA stool final pics 1IKEA stool final pics 2IKEA stool final pics 4

Here’s a tutorial video showing this same technique of layering two different colours using Hemp Oil as a resist layer in between:

Don’t forget if you’re interested in workshops, check out the Refinished website (for Australian followers) or the  Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint USA website (for overseas subscribers) for a workshop happening near you! If you’re in the Brisbane/Logan S.E.QLD area click on the workshop tab here on my website.

I’d love to see what you’re doing with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colours of the month, so please send me pics of your projects. I’d love to share some of your work with my Facebook followers or blog subscribers.

Happy Painting everyone!

PS. Cute antique canning label pictured above, available HERE along with 3 other styles in both printed form and digital downloads.



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  • Reply
    June 17, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I love the oil trick between layers. I am going to try that! How long did you wait between the hemp oil and when you applied your Grain Sack? Thanks for the great info!

    • Reply
      June 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Emily, I recommend painting straight after the hemp oil is applied for best “resist” results. You will notice the paint slightly bubbling and resisting as you paint over it while it is still wet. Don’t spend too much time trying to “work in” the paint, though, just paint straight over and let it do its thing.

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    deb wells
    February 25, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I tried resist method using hemp oil but all my paint chipped off. I thought I had peice sanded well enough before starting but I guesss not. If I resand down and use bonding agent with my first coat and then use hemp oil between mthat and my second color for still some chipping to first color. I was told that may not work. Whats your ideas on this?

    • Reply
      February 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Yes, if you want the first coat to stick well, add the bonding agent. It sounds like the surface may not have been good for the milk paint to stick to. Some surfaces are quite difficult to tell, even when sanded, how they will react. Did you mean that you would still like the first layer to chip also? Or just the second coat? If you are trying to get a layered paint effect, the hemp oil is great as a resist between the two layers. Then if you are still wanting more of the original wood/paint to show through, you can sand further after it has all dried. I hope this makes sense.

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