Miss Mustard Seed's Farmhouse Collection
The Farmhouse Collection
Here at Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, we have colors in our palette that work well together as a group or collection. We’d like to inspire you with a fresh grouping of colors we’ve dubbed “The Farmhouse Collection”! Each curated shade evokes the feeling of the simple pleasures you’d find on a cozy farm in the country. From the bright blue color of a cloudless sky to fresh cotton sheets billowing in the breeze on a clothesline, this color family will give you all the farmhouse feels!
French Enamel is a lovely and eye-catching shade of blue.
It is inspired by and named after the bright blue color of French enamelware that Miss Mustard Seed has always admired in antique shops.
French Enamel is bright and cheerful. It looks so sweet nestled up against mustard yellow accents, like on this dresser.
Any proper farmhouse would have at least one piece of vibrant French blue enamelware, and that’s why this color is right at home in our Farmhouse Collection. It also reminds us of a deep blue summer sky stretching out over a country farmhouse nestled amongst rolling hills.
Imagine stepping out of the faded wooden door of your farmhouse, with its metal hinges creaking in the soft breeze, and being greeted with the herbal scent of lavender growing in the fields nearby.
As you kneel down to snip a few sprigs and lovingly place them in your gathering basket, you take note of the soft and dusty shade of the tender lavender buds. They have tones of purple, blue and gray. All together, they make a lovely assortment with an incredible fragrance.
This is the moment we’ve captured in our next Farmhouse Collection color, Dried Lavender.
We have brought it out of retirement and brought it back into our color palette by popular request. It’s one of the softer shades in the Farmhouse Collection, and it’s a gorgeous color choice if you’ve never stepped into the world of purple.
Pair Dried Lavender with any of our whites (Ironstone, Farmhouse White, Linen, Grain Sack) for a bright contrast. Layla’s Mint is also a nice companion color!
This is a very special shade of green both in its inspiration and origin.
This vintage shade of green was named after and inspired by The Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg, Virginia. This gem of a shop has vintage green cedar shake siding and a poppy red metal roof, and is a treasure trove of vintage and antique finds! Outside, collections of old doors, beautiful lead glass windows, porch columns and other salvaged finds wait patiently for someone to scoop them up and give them a new lease on life.
Our founder, Miss Mustard Seed, had a room inside of the shop for several years, and regularly attended their Spring Market as an outdoor vendor.
Perhaps some of you visited her sprawling setups and snagged some of her furniture, linens and beloved ironstone?
Lucketts Green is darker than Layla’s Mint, but not as deep and grassy as Boxwood. You can see how they compare below:
Lucketts Green is a soft, spring green with yellow undertones.
It’s very close to the green color often found on vintage furniture from the 1940’s - 1950’s. Layer Lucketts Green over or under Boxwood for a lovely 2-toned finish. It pairs well with Artissimo and Mustard Seed Yellow.
Lucketts Green is also super fun to mix because the powder looks yellow right out of the pouch! It doesn’t turn green until water hits the pigments.
Farmhouse White is by far our most popular color because it’s the perfect shade of white!
It’s the color of picket fences lining a winding dirt road just outside of a darling farmhouse. It’s whitewashed barn wood and fresh cotton sheets waving in the wind as they dry on the clothesline. It’s the color of aprons worn while baking fresh bread and canning strawberry jam.
Farmhouse White has the best coverage of the whites in our color line. It looks lovely when chipped over a farm table or topped with our Zinc Wax for a subtle gray finish.
Farmhouse White is on the warmer side, and it’s not as bright as Ironstone. It also doesn’t have the faded gray cast of Grain Sack. Here, you can see how it compares to the other whites in The Farmhouse Collection. Can you see the difference?
Grain Sack is a faded white with subtle shades of gray. It’s named after and inspired by the color of antique grain sacks that Miss Mustard Seed loves to use for her sewing and upholstery projects.
You can see how Grain Sack compares to the other whites in our line.
Can you see how much grayer Grain Sack looks when nestled up against Farmhouse White? The neat thing about this color is that it does look white when you paint it on a project! It only takes on its gray tones when it’s placed near a brighter shade of white. Sometimes, it can lean a bit beige as well. It’s a chameleon color!
Here’s a great example. This antique washstand was painted in Grain Sack, and accented with a white ironstone pitcher and bowl. Notice how its gray tones come alive, and it almost looks a bit beige?
Grain Sack is a lovely option for those who want a shade of white, but not bright white. It pairs well with Shutter Gray and Trophy. If you like to mix your own custom colors, use Grain Sack to lighten your blends without washing them out too much.
As the rooster crows and the sun creeps over the horizon, a hard-working farmer rises early to tend to the animals. A sturdy oak washstand sits in the corner of the room with an ironstone pitcher and bowl perched on top. A homespun towel drapes over the towel rack on the harp. Splashes dance over the edge as the farmer pours refreshingly cold water into the bowl, and washes the sleep away from the night before. After a quick dabbing dry with the homespun towel, the floorboards creak as the farmer heads down the stairs to tend to the day’s chores.
This is the feeling of Ironstone. This antique earthenware is practical and beautiful at the same time. Its weighty density make it sturdy and fully capable of holding fresh picked apples, water, the most delicious of soup broths and delicate fish bones.
It was no surprise when our founder, Miss Mustard Seed, dubbed the whitest shade in our line after this beloved earthenware she loves to collect. It’s bright, crisp, and the ideal choice for those who want a clean white paint finish.
Ironstone is cooler than Farmhouse White.
It pairs well with everything in our line, and is a great color to have on hand when mixing custom shades. Pair it with Outback Petticoat for a bright contrast, and use it with Eulalie’s Sky for a lovely coastal vibe.