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Dresser Update | Milk Paint Furniture

Today on the blog, I wanted to share my experience using milk paint to re-finish furniture. It was super easy and a great way to easily update furniture! This particular piece of furniture is very important to me, as it was owned by my great grandmother. I begged and pleaded with my grandmother as a 6th grader for her to give me this dresser. It needed refinishing which I tried unsuccessfully to do. It sat for several years unfinished, until my step-father finished it for me as a surprise. He did it in an oak finish, which I was never too crazy about.

Seeing all the milk paint furniture out there, made me very curious to try out and give this dresser a little face lift. Everyone at Absolute Vintage Boutique was so helpful and had lots of great supplies.

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Milk Paint Furniture The paint comes in a powder, which you mix equal parts powder and water. I mixed it for one minute then let it sit for 20 minutes. The larger container is the paint and the smaller container was the wax I used to seal the piece once the paint was completely dry.

I used a paint brush to apply the paint, which is thicker and "goopier" than normal paint. I was worried about it looking streaky but had a consistent color once it had dried completely. The paint dried crazy fast! Patches and Tini were there to help as well!

Milk Paint Furniture

Milk Paint Furniture

Milk Paint Furniture I let the furniture sit for one day to completely dry. I used a brush to apply the clear wax to finish, which also dried really quickly. I waited another day to put the knobs back on and that was it. So easy! I loved the fact that no sanding was involved since I painted directly on top of the clear coat of the furniture. I was so happy with it, I did some rearranging in the studio!

Milk Paint Furniture

Happy Friday! Sarah K.