These large vintage shutters, painted in Bergere, by Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint were a quick, thrifty and beautifully functional makeover. With just one coat of milk paint they were quickly transformed and now can be displayed not one, but two ways.
Thrifty Style Team
This milk paint project is just in time for this month’s edition of the Thrifty Style Team hosted by Julie over at Redhead Can Decorate! The Thrifty Style Team is a group of very talented bloggers who get together once a month to bring you DIY projects and decor inspiration that won’t break the bank!
And this month I am sharing my newly painted Bergere milk painted shutters. You won’t believe how easy this makeover was and the special little secret about them!
Shutters Painted In Bergere By Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
Lately I have had the itch to paint something. Whenever this happens I start looking around my home for something to paint…and nothing is safe. This time my target was a pair of vintage green shutters that I have had for a few years now. I first spotted them in my friend Brooke’s shop (Brooklyn Finds and Design) and knew they would be perfect for the huge wall in our family room.
They also look amazing flanking our Christmas tree each year! I love how beautiful the green paint looks with our green tree. I knew I wasn’t ready to give up that gorgeous green just yet. But thanks to my brilliant mom I had a plan that allowed me to keep some of the fabulous green while still giving them a makeover!
Milk Paint By Miss Mustard Seed
First, let me back up a bit and start by saying that my favorite paint for furniture projects is Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint. I fell in love with this paint several years ago (before my blog) when my mom and sister used it on an old buffet turned changing table. I loved the chippy vintage look and the soft feel and the fact that it was so easy to work with. You literally can not mess it up!
So I searched for the perfect piece to paint myself and now I have my favorite Boxwood green dresser! Here she is before the milk paint worked it’s magic. She is the reason I fell in love with this paint.
Is Milk Paint Better Than Chalk Paint?
Once I decided that these gorgeous green shutters needed a bit of a makeover it was a no brainer for me to choose Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.
A lot of people ask if milk paint is better than chalk paint and the answer is, it depends on what you are painting and it depends on the finish you are looking for.
With chalk paint you get one heavy smooth finish which is not what I was looking for with this particular project. Instead I was looking to create a fun vintage and distressed look (think chippy paint and imperfect finishes). And these types of finishes are what milk paint is known for! But the cool thing about milk paint is it you can create a more smooth consistent finish with it as well by simply using a bonding agent.
Making The Shutters Double Sided
Since I love the look and color of these rustic and beat up old green shutters I knew that they were the perfect candidate for milk paint and I decided to use the old “paint just one side” trick. I owe my mom the credit for this idea because she did the same thing with a pair of shutters she has in her dining room. It’s basically like having the best of both worlds and you can turn them around whenever you need a change of color!
Choosing The Color
Once I decided that painting just one side of the shutters was the way to go I just had the color to pick out. Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line has so many beautiful colors and honestly it was hard for me to narrow down! Luckily their paint is super affordable and each bag retails for about $24 leaving me comfortable with taking a risk on a new color.
I have a lot of blue in my home and knew I wanted something in the blue family. Over on Pinterest I had seen a ton of pictures of their Bergere color from the European collection and thought it might be that perfect combo of blue and gray, and boy was I right!
After mixing up the paint and seeing the color I was immediately in love!
- Milk paint comes in powder form which makes it easy to mix up just the right amount while also making it just as easy to store. All of the directions are on the back of the paint bag and are very simple to follow.
Painting The Shutters Bergere By Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
After mixing up the milk paint I let it set for 10 minutes. Then I got to work painting the backs of these huge 9 foot shutters.
And guess what?
I did not have to sand them! But I did have to wipe them down a bit because boy were they dusty.
It only took me 40 minutes total to paint both of these beauties!
The paint surprised me with how far it went and how much it covered. It ended up that each shutter only needed one coat of paint. The coverage was perfect and even allowed some of the green to show through in a few areas. Also, it started crackling and chipping almost immediately!
Such a pretty finish, right?!
If you follow me over on Instagram you might have seen that I documented this entire process in my stories. If you missed it don’t’ worry, I saved all of the videos in my highlight section labeled “shutters”.
Enjoying My New Shutters
Like everyone always says the power of paint is amazing! I might add that the power of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint is amazing and especially when it comes to the color Bergere! This simple DIY project of painting just one side of these shutters made such a huge impact in our family room.
This soft grayish blue makes my heart happy…especially paired with my vintage quilts.
Shutters Painted In Bergere By Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint
If you are looking for a quick and easy paint project I would highly recommend giving milk paint a try. The good news is you can’t mess it up!
So I’m curious, what do you think of my shutters painted in Bergere milk paint? Would you paint just one side of something or would you want to paint both sides?
Make sure to visit the Thrifty Style Team posts below too!
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