Do you have drab old furniture that you don’t want to throw out, but don’t know how to repaint?

Are you looking for an alternative paint that is non-toxic, smell-free, and organic?

Have you been interested in trying Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint but weren’t quite sure how to go about it?

Chalkboard frame


Our Milk Painting 101  will get you familiar with how to use the paints and create beautiful distressed effects to give your furniture that cozy  cottage look.

The unique qualities of milk  paint give it a texture quite unlike any other paint on the market. It is simple to use and it is possible to create different distressed and vintage effects using the paints in combination with other materials.

One of the best things about it is that no sanding is required to prepare any pre-painted furniture!

The different skills you will learn in this workshop include:

Proper mixing

Use of the Bonding Agent

Resist techniques

Top coats: Hemp Oil, Wax, and Tough Coat

Making a chalkboard surface

*Choose your colors from the full range of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints.

At the end of the workshop, you will go home with sample boards with the different finishing techniques and a Chalkboard Frame (pictured at the top) that you have made yourself. Place the chalkboard in your kitchen or home office to keep track of things, big and small, that you need to remember.

This beginners’ course for Milk Painting will set you up with what you need to know to get those furniture pieces refreshed!

These basic courses will be held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., starting on April 26, 2015. Book your slot now! Classes will be limited to five (5) participants at a time.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours                 Cost: AED250; inclusive of all materials

Call us at 04 884 9343 to check availability of slots and confirm your attendance.



After the basics, what’s next? Learn more about Milk Painting with these PAINT AND TAKE projects: (Past attendance in Milk Painting 101 is required)

Step Ladder Milk Painting


Who doesn’t need to get up a little higher to reach things from time to time? This stool can be used in more ways at home than just to stand on. A little stenciled detail makes this  project more fun. This also a great project to do a little more milk paint practice on before diving into those big pieces at home.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours;                 Cost: AED 300;  inclusive of all materials


Flourish milk painting


Sometimes our walls need a nice bit of shabby and chic. This meter long flourish can grace a mantel or be hung above a door. You can match the colors to your room interior.

Duration: 3 – 4 hours;                 Cost: AED 350; inclusive of all materials

You can book these Paint and Take projects on Sundays as well.
 Call us to book your space.


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Finishing your Milk Paint projects, especially those that will be seeing a lot of use, will require just the right top coats to protect and enhance their colors. Miss Mustard seed has a number of great finishes that you can choose from.

Hemp Oil

This solvent-free oil finish provides a protective, water-resistant surface.  Use on new wood that is bare, stained Milk-painted or to revive old wood finishes.


Tung Oil

Miss Mustard Seed’s Tung Oil is a 100% pure all natural hardening oil that provides a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant finish. Tung oil has been used for centuries and is created by to pressing the seeds from the fruit of the tung tree. This oil provides a soft lustre with a finish that is unrivalled by many other oils.


Tough Coat

Our premium, non yellowing tough coat provides extra durability against general wear and tear, water damage and food stains. Perfect for those high traffic surfaces such as table tops, seating, doors and floors.


Watch the video below to learn how to apply Hemp Oil



Furniture Wax

This fine museum quality wax is based on an old family recipe.  It is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax.  It is ideal for use on wood, marble or as a finish over Milk Paint.  It is easy to apply, provides a durable finish with a beautiful luster and has almost no odor.


White Wax

White Wax is also a fine museum quality wax is based on an old family recipe.  It is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax and is then tinted with a creamy white, perfect for creating a faded, washed or limed look on a piece of painted furniture.


Antiquing Wax

Also based on an old family recipe,  it is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax and is then lightly tinted to a rich brown, perfect for creating an authentically aged finish on a piece of painted furniture.

The video below demonstrates how to use the Furniture and Antiquing Waxes

Brushes and Brush Soap

Miss Mustard Seed has durable natural bristle brushes for painting, oiling, and waxing. Each brush has particular uses and is very comfortable to hold.

To maintain the brushes, Miss Mustard Seed’s Brush Soap effectively cleans and conditions brushes to help them last longer.


Paint Mixers

The Mini Whisk and Milk Paint Mixer make mixing Milk Paints easier and faster.

Wax Pucks

Wax pucks can be used to created distressing effects with layered paint. These pucks are made of 100% natural beeswax and fit nicely in your hand.

Miss Mustard Seed has quite a complete line of products to help you finish your painting projects. Come by the shop to get more information and get your Miss Mustard Seed paints, tools, and finishes today.


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 Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints come in twenty-four beautiful colors that have a vintage or country feel to them. They can also be mixed to get new shades of color or layered for distressing effects. We’ve been experimenting with the paints and are already getting great reviews from the ladies who have tried it. So far each alteration has been amazing and we are just giddy with excitement every time. Seeing is often better than just reading about it, so scroll down for a look and the colors and beautiful sample projects courtesy of

You’ve just seen the original 18 colors of the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint line. Below are the newest additions to the Milk Paint color palette: the European colors.

Don’t these colors just get you excited to start your next DIY project? Read more about mixing the paints in our last post.

All colors in this article are available now at the shop. Come and visit the shop to see samples of the complete range of colors and projects painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

Watch  the next  two videos  to get an idea how to apply the milk paint.




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In our adventures in crafting, the ladies who have already done decoupage or altered items have asked us about a paint that would be good for refurbishing projects on a larger scale.

After a while of searching, we have found a really spectacular paint that can be applied directly on any furniture without preparations such as paint stripping or sanding. How amazing is that?

Now, we are making this great product available in the UAE. Creative Hands, as their certified retailer, proudly brings you Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!


Milk Paint is an ancient all-natural paint containing basic ingredients including milk protein (casein), limestone, clay and natural pigments. When absorbed into the surface, Milk Paint will never chip or peel when applied to a raw wood surface. It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is naturally mold resistant. Milk paint provides a completely breathable coating and is ideal for painting wood, plaster, drywall and a variety of other surfaces.  It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and contains no VOCs.

With the Milk Paint Bonding Agent you can use Milk Paint on even more surfaces such as previously painted walls, varnished surfaces, ceramic tiles, metal, glass etc.  Without the bonding agent, Milk Paint will resist some prefinished or prepainted surfaces to achieve an authentic “chippy” look.

Here are a couple of  frequently asked questions about Milk Paint:

Is Milk Paint safe?

Yes! Milk Paint is made from 100% natural ingredients. It’s a powdered, no VOC’s product that can be traced back all the way to ancient carvings and art. It is safe for children’s furniture, painting projects indoors and use during pregnancy. It is made of only five natural ingredients – clay, limestone, chalk, casein (milk protein) and iron oxides for pigments.

What is the difference between Milk Paint and Chalk Paint?

These are two totally different kinds of paint.  Both have advantages and disadvantages and can be used in a variety of ways.  Here are some of the similarities and differences…

  • Milk Paint comes in powdered form and needs to be mixed with water.  Chalk Paint is sold in a tradition liquid quart.
  • Milk Paint has great adhesion on raw wood that will never chip/peel or fade.  Add the bonding agent on previously finished surfaces to improve adhesion.  Chalk Paint has great adhesion on most any surface without the addition of a bonding agent.
  •  Milk Paint will show wood grain in most cases and can be used as a stain.  Chalk Paint is thicker and covers wood grain in most cases.
  • Milk Paint can be distressed and/or crackled and will resist some finishes giving an authentic chippy, aged look.  Chalk Paint can be distressed and crackled, but will not chip.
  • Milk Paint is a 100% natural, zero VOC paint that is completely biodegradable and non toxic.
So how do get started using this amazing paint? It’s all in the mixing.

Marian, the lady behind Miss Mustard Seed, shares with us how to prepare these paints for use in the video below.

What is the best way to mix Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint?

There are many ways to mix the milk paint, we offer guidelines on how to mix it and what consistency to look for, however we encourage to always test out a small amount to make sure that you are happy with the mixture. Milk Paint can be a stain or a solid opaque paint depending on how much water you add.

For a solid opaque look: Mix one part water to one part Milk Paint powder. Add water to container/jar first, then add powder and mix with a whisk, electric milk frother or blender. For a super smooth finish,use a blender for best results, otherwise mix with a frother or a whisk for an additional 1-2 minutes for a super fine mix. Mixed Milk Paint should have a table cream consistency for opaque  coverage. Once  satisfied with consistency, test out a small sample to see if desired consistency is reached. If the brush drags, the mixture is too thick (opaque) and you need to add more water.  If sample drips and is too thin (transparent), then add more powder. Adjust as required, and start painting!

Note: Mixing Milk Paint can be like baking bread and the amount of water required will vary based on the humidity of the day and location.  It can also vary depending on the amount of pigment in the color being mixed.

With Miss Mustard Seed, you can repaint old furnishings in many vintage styles or create looks with unpainted items that can only be achieved with Milk Paint.

Watch out for more items and workshops of this product line!

Come and visit the shop to see samples of the complete range of colors and projects painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

Keep on creating!