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 black milk painted dresser makeover with you today!
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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!
Supplies Used for this Black Milk Painted Dresser
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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
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Painting Dresser with Black Milk Paint
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.
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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!
Sanding Top of Dresser to Bare Wood
The top of this dresser got a little bit different treatment than the rest of this dresser.
Once I got the top sanded down and all the dust cleaned off, then I sealed it with multiple coats of hemp oil. The same topcoat that I used for the rest of the dresser! Learn about the 3 ways to seal milk paint here!
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.
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 here.
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More Before And After Makeovers
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I hope you enjoyed this quick little makeover and are inspired to refinish your own furniture in milk paint! I’d love to know your thoughts! Leave us a comment below!
- Remove old hardware and fill in hardware holes to make room for your new hardware.
- Mix equal parts water to milk paint powder and let sit for 15 minutes. Mix milk paint in small batches because once it is mixed with water, it will curdle and go bad if not used ASAP.
- Prep your furniture for paint while waiting for the milk paint mixture to thicken.
- Paint furniture with 2 coats of milk paint then seal with hemp oil.
- Sand down the top to bare wood and seal it with hemp oil for a natural look.
- To finish off the look, add new hardware to your milk painted furniture.
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