Paint your old antique furniture with milk paint for an old-fashioned painted finish. This quick black dresser makeover is so cheap and easy that anyone can do it! Turn your old furniture or thrift store finds into something you can’t wait to put into your home.
I’m so excited to share this super quick and easy milk paint makeover with you today!
One of the reasons why I love milk paint so much is that it’s so simple to use, it dries fast (which means that your project doesn’t drag on forever), and I love the old fashioned finish it creates!
The Milk Painted Dresser Makeover
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- Kwikwood – to fill in the old hardware holes.
- 120 & 220 grit sandpaper – to sand down the top, Kwikwood and scuff sand the whole piece.
- Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint – Black Beach
- Shackteau Interiors Hemp Oil
- New White Knobs
The top was sanded down and then sealed for a natural look, and then the old hardware holes were filled in to make room for fresh new knobs. Any detail that could be removed was removed. Then the whole piece was painted in Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint and Hemp Oil.
The Basics of Milk Paint
If you aren’t familiar with milk paint, here are a few fun little facts about it!
- True milk paint comes in a powdered form. You mix it with equal parts of water to create the same type of paint that they used a long time ago!
- Once it’s mixed with water, it needs to be used up ASAP or else it will curdle and go bad. So only mix it up in small batches.
- Milk paint has a mind of its own! Sometimes it will create a chippy finish, other times it will create a smooth full coverage finish. Fun!!
- There are ways to help it do what you want though!
How to use Milk Paint on Furniture
Step 1. Mix equal parts water to milk paint powder. Let it sit for 15 min.
You can use a whisk, plastic fork, or even a blender to mix the paint. Just be sure to use something that you DON'T plan to keep for eating later.
Then let the milk paint sit for 15 minutes to thicken up.
Step 2. While it thickens, prep your furniture for paint.
There are a few ways to go about prepping furniture for milk paint.
If you don't want any chipping, be sure to sand your dresser down by hand with 220 grit. No need to go too crazy, just give it a good scuff.
You may also want to use a bonding agent that will help your paint adhere to the furniture. Mix 1 part bonding agent to 1 part mixed up milk paint.
If you want the milk paint to chip, don't scuff sand.
Note: If the original finish on your dresser is very slick or shiny, the milk paint will most likely chip all the way off. For a chippy finish, it's best to start with a finished wood that isn't too shiny or super dry and flakey.
Step 3. Paint 2 coats of milk paint.
Use a quality brush to paint each coat of milk paint on. Let it dry between coats.
For lighter colors, you may need to paint more coats for complete coverage.
After all of your coats of milk paint are dry, lightly sand the milk paint down to see if you get any chipping. This will also smooth out the milk paint, removing any rough spots in your finish.
Remove any dust with a damp rag.
Step 4. Seal the milk paint.
The best topcoat to seal milk paint is Hemp Oil. Hemp oil soaks into the paint and the wood, then cures hard and provides a durable finish.
Simply wipe or brush the hemp oil all over, let it sit for a few hours, and then remove the excess oil. Let it dry completely.
You can also use a water-based polyurethane over the milk paint for a durable finish.
The Top of the Dresser – Hemp Oil & Natural Wood
The top of this dresser got a little bit different treatment than the rest of this dresser.
I sanded it completely down to bare wood with my power sander, and then I sealed it with multiple coats of hemp oil. The same topcoat that I used for the rest of the dresser!
Hemp oil works really well over raw wood to bring out its natural colors.
The front of the top was lighter in color than the rest of the top, so I went over just the front with a little bit of dark wax.
Finishing the Dresser – Adding New Knobs
To finish off the look, I added the cutest little white knobs with an antiqued base. I love the white against the deep black!
Learn the best way to change hardware on a dresser!
I hope you enjoyed this quick little makeover and are inspired to refinish your own furniture in milk paint!
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