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 DIY painted 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. Find more yellow painted furniture here!
To create the chippy finish on this dresser we used a one-of-a-kind paint that will do its 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.
Supplies Used For DIY Painted Chippy Farmhouse Dresser
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- Painters Tape
- Pre-Taped Plastic
- 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
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 post on how to refinish wood furniture legs to learn more about how to give your legs a wood finish.
Prepping Dresser for Milk Paint
Then I prepped the rest of the dresser for paint by cleaning, wood filling, sanding, and priming for bleed through with Dixie Belle BOSS primer.
I love Dixie Belle BOSS primer because it comes in clear, and it doesn’t smell as bad as shellac does.
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. Here’s more on how to prevent overspray when painting furniture.
Painting 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.
Learn how to thin paint for a Wagner sprayer in this post.
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.
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. In some areas, it doesn’t work, (remember, milk paint has a mind of its own) but in 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.
Learn more about how to use milk paint on this chippy gray milk paint dresser. Complete with a video of working with the milk paint.
- See if the dresser has any broken off parts. Glue and clamped it on tight until the glue dries.
- To keep the feet in a wood finish, strip off the legs with a chemical stripper. Then wrap them in tape and plastic to keep paint from getting on them.
- Now, prepare the dresser for paint by cleaning, wood filling, sanding, and priming for bleed through with primer.
- Paint the dresser with 3 coats of milk paint.
- For an extra chippy finish, you can use a hair dryer to heat the paint in random areas while it dries. When all the coats dry, you can then sand the paint with sandpaper to create more chipping and smooth the paint as well.
- Seal the milk paint with a few coats of waterbased polyurethane.
More Painted Furniture Ideas
- Painted Display Cabinet
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- French Painted Furniture
- DIY Farmhouse Dresser in Black
- DIY Black French Provincial Dresser
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