I have a love-hate relationship with milk paint. I love how pieces look when other people use it, and hate how pieces look when I use it. That’s only partially true 😉 I don’t hate the pieces I use it on, it just never seem to come out the way I hope and gives me a lot of trouble.
My mom found this dresser for me at goodwill. I am constantly buying antique style dressers with turned legs because I love them, but the legs on this one are so cool and I have not seen them before, so I am kind of obsessed! Anyways, it was cute with its moroccan (that’s what they remind me of) turned legs and little detailing, and for some reason I just knew I wanted to paint it mustard.
I had to order milk paint online and wait a week for it to come, which was really hard for me because I wanted to get started right away, but I had time to prep. I took off the hardware and knew I would not be reusing it. There was already a centered hole from the previous hardware (the ones on there were not original, and I have no clue why someone would add these), so I filled the two other holes. From experience I know that milk paint tends to vary in color where there is different textures and finishes, and not wanting there to be two obvious dots showing next to each pull, I gave the whole dresser a coat of water-based poly before starting. To assure the paint would adhere I lightly sanded (since the poly was smooth) and added the bonding agent. This has happened to me before, but it still chipped, which I don’t mind (and I honestly expected), I just made sure to use the bonding agent so the whole piece didn’t chip and also expose the lovely spots with wood filler. There is still a stain that won’t stay covered and keeps seeping through, but I’m scared to try something to cover it and them repaint the middle drawer and have it be slightly off in color from the other. For now I’m leaving it as part of it’s history and home someone won’t mind it 🙂
I also didn’t have the right pulls so I stole a few off of the green dresser to take pictures. I have other ones for when I sell it, but I like the crispness of these white rose ones.