How to Paint Furniture with Milk Paint

Updated: Apr 27

I recently decided I wanted a chest of drawers to paint. I need it for an upcoming “She Room” I am putting together.

You know how it is when you “need” something.

I put the word out to all my gal pals and asked that they be on the lookout, just in case they were at any upcoming estate sales or maybe had a piece they were letting go.

And you know what happened??

Literally, an hour later, my friend texted me and said she was at an estate sale of an old family friend, and found something she thought I could use. She sent me a picture and guess what?

It was perfect!

It had the right amount of drawers and the shape was exactly what I had envisioned.

My gal pal was nice enough to pay for it and Mr. Mitten and I picked it up the following day.

I had a specific color picked out in my head. I wanted a beautiful soft pink. Thanks to Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint, they sent me the perfect shade of pink. It’s called Arabesque.

Isn't it beautiful?

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Below is the step by step process I used to complete the look of the dresser.

1.) First, I pulled out the drawers and removed the hardware. I put the handles in a bucket of hot soapy water and used an old toothbrush to scrub them. I then rinsed and put them on a towel to dry.

2.) Before I started painting, I needed to prep it. I washed down the chest of drawers with some Simple Green. I always use this before I paint my furniture pieces.

3.) As you can see by the picture, the chest of drawers was a dark olive green. I ended up priming the furniture because I didn’t want that dark green to bleed through. I used primer that I had on hand. I let that dry for a few days before I started to paint with the milk paint.

4.) If you have never used Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint, I am here to tell you, it is amazing!! The paint comes in a resealable bag and is in powder form. You mix one part paint to one part water. I used a small whisk to mix mine.

So easy, right?!

I used a natural bristle brush. It was inexpensive and perfect for this type of paint. I painted one coat on the drawer fronts and chest, letting it dry overnight, before I applied the second coat.

5.) Once the paint dried, I used Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil to seal it. I found it is a great alternative to using wax, and I loved it. I also used the natural bristle brush to apply it. You do need to wipe it down after applying. I let the furniture sit overnight after applying the first coat, to let the oil soak in. By the next day, you can visibly see where the oil needs to be rubbed in better. So, I took a dry soft cloth and rubbed it in. I then repeated the process.

6.) I wasn’t happy with the original color of the hardware. It was dark and I felt the piece needed something soft. I used Krylon’s metallic gold leaf spray paint and the results were perfect! I always make sure I spray paint out in the garage or better yet, outside.

6.) My last step was to add some shelf liner to the drawers. Once that was in place my DIY was complete! An inexpensive project that will be perfect for my “She Room”.

Speaking of the “She Room”, I promise to blog about it when it is complete.

If you have never painted furniture, I hope this step by step encourages you to do so. If you have, I hope I have inspired you to try Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint, if you haven’t already! It is such a fun product to work with.

Peace and Blessings,


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