This dresser came out way differently that I originally planned. I wanted a pretty blue and was open to some light chipping. Definitely not how it turned out, but I’m learning to love it. I think there’s a lot a person like me can learn from milk paint. I like control and more cleanly paint pieces, so working on this one stressed me out!
I found this dresser for free on craigslist and had to have it. My mom wanted to keep the mirror to hang on the wall, so I did not paint it to match, but I’m happy about that because I despise painting mirrors. I have a bunch in the garage because I never paint them and sell them with the piece. It’s just not worth it to me.
To start I sanded the whole dresser. The before picture looks pretty good, but there were gouges and dings galore! I couldn’t get them out, but I like that those are part of the story and history of the piece and add to the overall charm. Once it was sanded I vacuumed it off and wiped it down. For a paint color I mixed together MMS Flow Blue and MMS Eulalie’s Sky and then lightened it with some OFMP Oyster White I had. The whole piece got 2 coats of paint and the chipping really started when the second coat was drying. It started cracking it lines which is a different type of resist/chipping than I’ve gotten before. I thought it was done chipping once it had been dry for 2 hours, but as it cured the paint chipped a little more. I just used a spackle knife to scrape off the chipping areas, vacuumed it off and then sanded wit high grit sandpaper to smooth it out. For a sealer I had to go with poly. Poly is the only sealer that stops milk paint from chipping more, and that’s what I needed for this. I used General Finishes high performance poly all over the piece. While poly does seal it, each time the milk paint gets wet (before it’s been sealed) it chips more, so as the poly dried, a bit more of the paint that was semi-attached came off. I sanded once more and then sealed with a coat of clear wax for durability and evenness in the finish, then added some chunky glass knobs to finish it off.