Hello, hello! June has arrived and it has brought with it the most glorious blooms on my David Austin roses. In addition to filling jars with them, I’m also enjoying placing them in baskets too. And today, I’m sharing a fun little DIY project where I painted a sweet little hanging basket with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Lucketts Green. I haven’t had nearly as much experience with Milk Paint as I have with Chalk Paint so I thought a small item like this would make a great test run.
Here’s the basket in it’s BEFORE state. I should have taken a photo of the other side as well because it would have made it more clear to you just why the basket really needed some TLC – this side was several shades lighter than the other – years of one-sided sunshine had faded it pretty severely. Now, I like a weathered look but they were so mismatched, that something really needed to be done.
Enter the Milk Paint. In the past I’ve not been as keen about Milk Paint. I guess it’s been because you have to mix it (it comes in powder form) which simply seemed like an extra step to me, and in general, I’m all about time saving – but I’m a huge fan of Miss Mustard Seed and have been meaning to really roll up my sleeves and give her paint a whirl – and no, this isn’t a sponsored post.
Here’s the After! I wish I had thought to photograph the mixing process but my little Emma and I were so enthralled with pouring the powder and water together and then seeing the paint come together in the cup that grabbing the camera really was the last thing on my mind. There are great tutorials on the MMSMP website and I highly recommend you watch them. But the basic rule of thumb is one part milk paint powder to one part water, stir and voila! Milk paint! This is a great paint to use with kiddos too by the way because it’s natural and safe, yay!
The wicker was quite porous and yet it still only required one coat of paint to achieve this depth of coverage, which allowed me to get on with the fun parts of styling the basket! After the paint dried I decided it needed a little extra touch of nostalgic charm and I went digging around in my craft room looking for inspiration. I found this small tin number plaque and knew it would be perfect. (I found these numbers at Michaels Craft Store in the paper-crafting aisles if you are curious.) It had holes already drilled in it so I merely threaded a piece of twine through the holes and tied it onto the basket.
Now this basket is picture perfect and ready to “hang around” no matter if it’s holding gorgeous blooms like these or even just the mail! If you do want to hold blooms like this, I suggest soaking a block of floral foam in water, then place the block in a plastic bag, and finally insert the blooms into the floral foam.
I have a couple other colors of Milk Paint and am planning to tackle a piece of furniture next! You know I will keep you posted about that project. See you soon!
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