This mustard yellow dresser was such a fun easy project! From the powdered milk paint, to the way it chipped, and those stained legs! Here’s how to create your own chippy farmhouse dresser.
This yellow dresser just makes my heart happy. It’s not only perfect for springtime, but it’s perfect for summer, fall AND winter when you need a pick me up through the cold months.
How to EASILY Create a Chippy Finish
To create the chippy finish on this dresser we used a one of a kind paint that will do it’s thing and chip where it wants to. If you’re a perfectionist, this might not be the project for you. This paint literally does what it wants. When you think you know how to control it, it does the opposite of what you’re going for.
For this chippy yellow dresser you’ll need:
- Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint in Dusty Yellow
- Zibra Paint Brush or your Paint Sprayer if experienced
- Dixie Belle BOSS or your favorite CLEAR stain blocking primer
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Waterbased Varathane Polyurethane
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To start out, one of the legs was broken off. Thankfully the broken part was still with the dresser, so I glued and clamped it on tight until the glue was dry.
In the beginning, all I really knew about this dresser is that I wanted to keep the little feet in a wood finish. So I stripped down the legs with my favorite paint stripper. Check out this blog post to learn more about how to give your legs a wood finish.
After the legs were completely stripped down, I wrapped them in tape and plastic to keep paint from getting on them.
How to Prep Your Dresser for Milk Paint
I love Dixie Belle BOSS primer because it comes in clear, and it doesn’t smell as bad as shellac does. Shellac is definitely my go to clear bleed through primer when I have access to paint outside though! Here are a list of my fav bleed through primers and their pros and cons.
I also taped off the drawers so I could spray the milk paint. If you’re brushing the milk paint on, then you can skip this step.
How to Paint a Dresser with Milk Paint
I painted on 3 thin coats of Shackteau Interiors Milk Paint with my paint sprayer. If you’re spraying, be sure to filter out any paint clumps before putting it through the sprayer.
I’m still new at spraying this type of milk paint. It definitely goes on a lot faster, but the clumps in the milk paint, combined with how thin it got after I filtered out most of the clumps, made it a job for someone who has a lot of experience with their sprayer.
I’m still perfecting the best way to spray milk paint. So I ended up going back with a brush to smooth out spots that were too wet and runny.
But if you aren’t experienced with a paint sprayer, no worries!! Milk paint goes on great with a Zibra Paint Brush. Their fan, round and triangle brushes are so good for getting into details!
If you’re looking for an extra chippy finish, a great little tip is to use a hair dryer to heat the paint in random areas while it dries.
The heat makes the paint dry faster, which makes it crackle and fall off. Some areas it doesn’t work, (remember, milk paint has a mind of it’s own) but a lot of places it works.
After all the coats were dry I sanded the paint down with 220 grit sandpaper to create more chipping and to smooth the paint.
Last but not least, I sealed the milk paint with a few coats of my favorite topcoat, Varathane Polyurethane.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
Learn more about how to use milk paint on a different dresser. Complete with a video of working with the milk paint.