Milk, it's not just for drinking: Design expert and DIY blogger teaches milk painting workshops

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It seems everyone these days is following the motto of “do it yourself” and is learning all they can do it themselves.

For those wanting to learn how to refinish furniture with milk paint, they had the opportunity to receive a lesson from a well-known expert and DIY/home decorating blogger Miss Mustard Seed.

Miss Mustard Seed, whose real name is Marian Parsons, is taking time out of her busy schedule to visit select cities to promote her book “Inspired You” and teach workshops on milk painting and DIY design.

On her schedule was a stop at Shades of Amber in Monument on Dec. 7 and 8.

Although she is a youth pastor's wife and has a degree in musical theater she always had a passion for decorative painting and furniture refinishing. She turned that into a business and it soon led to a blog and becoming a contributing writer for HGTV.com and “Cottages and Bungalows” magazine.

“It's been my hobby for a long time and turning it into a business has been an awesome opportunity,” Parsons said.

Parsons has her own line of milk paint available in 12 colors and it is sold at over 100 retailers in the United States, Canada and England.

“It's an all-natural product. It's environmentally friendly,” Parsons said. “Milk paint has been around for hundreds of years.”

In fact it was milk paint that was used in cave painting and on King Tutankhamen's coffin according to several websites. Parson's said it was used a lot during the colonial period. She said it can be used over pieces that have an existing finish.

“It creates a wonderful, authentic, aged look,” Parsons said.

Parson's won't be back in Monument any time soon but to follow her blog and get tips from her HGTV articles visit www.missmustardseed.com. Her line of milk paint is available at Shades of Amber.

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