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How to Transform Furniture with Milk Paint

How to Transform Furniture with Milk Paint

I have a little confession to make...I am forever searching online sites that sell second hand furniture. I have searched frantically for a buffet/hutch that would fit into my dining room forever! At the end of May, I found my "perfect for me" buffet/hutch AND a sideboard AND a dining room table online. The deal was too good to pass up, even with the three hour drive to pick up all this loveliness.

plain wood cabinetIt was difficult to tell from the pictures online exactly where this furniture originally came from but I had a sneaky suspicion I had seen these items before.

As much as I wanted to pick up my “new to me” furniture, I was also excited to pick up some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint at Front Porch Mercantile in Riverview, NB. I have been communicating with Wendy (the lovely owner) for a while now and we finally got to meet that day. She was just as sweet in person as I knew she would be.

If you haven’t tried painting with Milk Paint, you should really give it a go. It’s truly life changing, okay maybe I’m exaggerating but it does rock! It does because there is literally no prep! No sanding, no priming, none of that monotonous “awe…do I really have to do all this work and THEN paint?” NONE of that! Just wipe your furniture clean and you are ready to go! Can you believe that?

cabinet redone in milk paintIt's a little difficult to see in the photos, but there is some lovely chipping going on the top part of the hutch. I totally understand that some are not into the “chippy” look, but I LOVE it. This is the exact look I was going for on the buffet.

As soon as we picked up these pieces, I knew exactly where this furniture was from and where I had seen it before. The lady I bought it from confirmed my suspicion by telling me that she bought all three pieces from Wicker Emporium. She was down-sizing and didn’t have room for it anymore, so I was happy to take it off of her hands.

chippy look in milk paintCheck out the before and after pics of the buffet. As much as I loved it “as is” I knew that with a little paint, I could transform it into exactly what I wanted. I also know that you are now wondering if you can paint that piece of furniture that’s been sitting in your basement. You know the one that you don’t want to get rid of but it just doesn’t fit with your other pieces? You can paint it and give it a new life, if I can do it, you can! I’d love to hear about your furniture painting adventures…go, get painting! In my next post I will be transforming another Wicker Emporium piece with another “no prep” paint. Stay tuned…

Colette Carrier

About Colette Carrier

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Hi my name is Colette and I am a Middle School Teacher, mother, and obsessed furniture painter. Nothing makes me happier than finding a piece of furniture and transforming it with Milk Paint! sanding, no priming and no chemicals! You can literally paint a dresser from start to finish in one afternoon! I hope you follow along on this journey with me and get inspired to pick up a brush and start painting...I know you'll be happy you did!

  • Anita Hovey

    One of these days, Colette, I am going to get up the nerve to do this. I can just never decide that "THIS" is the piece LOL

  • Pam Guitard

    WOW fantastic article almost makes me want to paint in fact I think your work is awesome and you are a lovely person too

  • Misty Arseneault

    Awesome post and incredible work Colette. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  • Carmel Carrier

    As Colette's mom,I get to see her awesome work before it leaves her house,I'm always
    anxious to see her next project when I visit and each one is as nice as the other.I totally understand
    her passion as I have re-finished many pieces of furniture in the day,she is just better at it!

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