{Milk Paint Dresser} – Before & After

I just got this cute little vintage dresser a few days ago that my dad found.  Its rare that i get a piece that doesnt need a lot of work and i can just get to painting it.  But this was one of the rarities and i got right on it :)

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Milk Paint Dresser

The only change i made, was to the hardware.  I just swapped it out with something that still matched the age of the dresser, but with some that i liked better.  I used bondo to fill the old holes.

After sanding down the bondo, i gave the dresser a coat of primer.  Normally when using milk paint, you dont have to prime 1st, but i wanted to do a little test and see how it went.  I also needed to cover up all the bondo’d hardware holes – i didnt want those to show up after painting with milk paint since you never know what its going to do.

I decided on a custom color for this one and mixed up some milk paint in Sea Green and Slate – 50/50 ratio – both colors are from Old Fashioned Milk Paint.

After painting 2 coats i distressed it with a sanding block.  When you go over it with the sanding block, it makes it super smooth and almost burnishes it giving it a slightly shiny smooth as butter finish.  This helps when glazing over milk paint otherwise it would be to flat and porous and make the glaze really splotchy.

I glazed using a new technique that i will show you all tomorrow :)

And the after…this piece is so much prettier in person!  Im really happy with how it turned out.

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Milk Paint Dresser

I love the color with the antique brass hardware – it works perfectly.

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Milk Paint Dresser

This time, the milk paint didnt chip or flake off at all.  I assume because i primed 1st.  But you can see in the pic below that i did get some crackling in some areas – i love when that happens!

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Milk Paint Dresser

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Milk Paint Dresser

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Milk Paint Dresser

The 411

Color = old fashioned milk paint in Sea Green and Slate, mixed 50/50

Wax/Glaze finish = check tomorrows post for how to!!


This piece is available for purchase in the Sweet Pickins Shop!!

12 replies
  1. Naomi
    Naomi says:

    This turned out beautiful! Love the color. I have painted a few pieces for myself and used white primer then sanded and I can see the white primer underneath. Did you use a colored primer? Just wondering if I could have done it a different way so the primer wouldn’t peek out.

  2. Keni Farnwalt
    Keni Farnwalt says:

    Reading through your blogs last night & was interested in the finish on the shuttered cabinet. I didn’t think of using the Feed & Wax as a final coat. Is that because it was going over milk paint? I went out and bought the milk paint today to try. I tried the chalk paint a few times mostly because you don’t have to prime but I really don’t like the look of it. I especially don’t like the wax. What other waxes do you use & do you use them with latex paints? Thanks

    • Debbie
      Debbie says:

      What do you as a primer? I always have the problem of the primer showing through when I distress. I would like the primer to be the same color as the paint. Mostly I use chalk paint so I can skip priming but that not always an option.
      Your stuff is always amazing I love following your page!!

  3. Jesse @ Scout & Nimble
    Jesse @ Scout & Nimble says:

    Absolutely love this. So funny because when I saw the before piece, I was like “oh that honey stain” and then I saw the after and my jaw dropped! It is so pretty with the blue/green color! Definitely brought out the beauty!!! Gorgeous! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

  4. Regenerations
    Regenerations says:

    I was wondering about the Glaze technique you used on this piece. I have this exact dresser and it definitely needs updating. Can you tell me what product and technique you used for the Glaze on this dresser please?

  5. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    what are your instructions for glazing over milk paint? And I can’t wait to read your tutorial on distressing and finishing over milk paint…please oh please!?!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      I know!! I am so behind on blogging!! Basically to glaze over milk paint is the same as over latex – the biggest thing is to make sure that you have completely sanded and smoothed out the milk paint after its dry before applying the glaze


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