The Milk Paint Chest of Drawers

I’ve really gone hard in the paint this year when it comes to the upholstery makeovers but I haven’t forgotten about the other furniture categories that exist!

There are some cute chest of drawers that need makeovers too! Especially this one. The finish had faded and it was missing hardware but I could see “potential” written all over her.

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I knew that the beautiful detailing would really pop with some paint and light distressing so I decided to move in that direction.

Other than hosing off all of the old dirt and dust, there wasn’t much prep to be done!

The original finish had a very raw wood feel and hardly any glossiness so I didn’t expect much of the chipping that milk paint is known for.

I went with a mix of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Farmhouse White and Ironstone.

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I wanted a very opaque look so I layered on 3 coats of milk paint, leaving about 3 hours to dry in-between the coats.

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As predicted, there wasn’t hardly any chipping but I did a light distressing anyways to help those details standout.

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To seal it all in I did a top coat of  Minwax Polycrylic Water Base Protective Finish in clear Matte.

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Since the base is completed I could move on to the hardware. The original stuff wasn’t worth keeping or trying to find a replacement for the one that was missing.

I wanted to use glass pulls that I have used on other projects before.

I order them from Amazon HERE.

They have a very antique feel but here is the problem, that nickel cover piece that sits in the center of the glass part and holds on to the attaching screw, looks too “new”.

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Example: 

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I have figured out a technique for fixing this problem.

I pop out all of the center pieces, sponge on flat black paint and let them dry.

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I then took another small paint sponge and sprayed on Rust-Oleum, Metallic Flat Brushed Amber on the tip.

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Very lightly sponge on the metallic finish onto the center pieces of hardware to give it a faux-rust look.

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I put them back in the pulls after I let them dry overnight and now they look not-so-new!

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AND DONE!

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Simple but classic and could fit into any room.

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Distressing it a little but not too much, was a great way to make the details stand out so that this piece is interesting to look at but not in a distracting way.

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Also wanted to point out this cute little antique radio that I picked up recently and will also be bringing to The Lucketts Spring Market.

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It doesn’t work but it is a fun item for staging any shelves that you might have to fill.

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I thought it was so cute that I actually picked up another one!

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Also doesn’t work but still fun!

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I’m hoping this piece will find a great home in someone’s bedroom or entryway!

T-minus 9 DAYS TILL THE LUCKETTS SPRING MARKET!

I’m not nervous! You’re nervous!

Check out event details HERE!

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