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Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. Painted Green Dresser



Hi Friends! Today, I'm sharing a quick dresser makeover in one of my very favorite colors... Tavern Green from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. It's such a fun and playful color. And isn't this dresser twice as cute now that they are paired with these white flower knobs!?



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Prepping Your Furniture for Old Fashioned Milk Paint


You can get an authentic old looking piece of furniture using Old Fashioned Milk Paint or OFMP.  It's not necessary to sand or prime your furniture before using it, but you should ALWAYS clean your furniture to make sure it's free from dust, dirt and oils. I like to use TSP.


Old Fashioned Milk Paint will adhere to almost any clean, porous surface and the paint will flake off where the paint wants to. It has a mind of its own. It can be unpredictable, but that's what really makes a piece of furniture interesting and gives it those one-of-a kind character traits without trying really hard.




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Mixing Your Old Fashioned Milk Paint


Old Fashioned Milk Paint will arrive in powder form in a bag. Make sure to store your unused OFMP in a dry area. Mixing milk paint is simple. If you can mix cake batter, this will be a breeze! The directions state to mix one part water with one part paint. I prefer to mix the powder with warm water.


I grabbed a medium sized container with a lid. Added my powder and my warm warm, then put the lid back on and gave it a shake. You can also stir the powder and water together if you prefer, but shaking does a great job of mixing the two! Shaking it will also produce some foam. Don't panic, you can paint with the foam!


For this dresser project, I opted for full coverage instead of a chippy milk paint finish. If you want control over the amount of distressing your piece will get, simply add two-parts mixed paint with one part EXTRA-BOND and stir together.





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Get A Similar OFMP Finish


Paint your 1st coat with white paint. Then, paint with your Tavern Green OFMP and Extra Bond mixture for your second coat. Let dry, then distress with 180 grit sandpaper so that the white under layer peaks through. Protect your furniture piece with a few coats of General Finishes High Performance in Flat.




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I have several more finished furniture makeovers to share this week... I've been on a painting frenzy but I'm behind in displaying them here! If you'd like to see more pieces painted with Old Fashioned Milk Paint, visit our Pitch Black Milk Paint Dresser for a rich classic look or check out our furniture tutorial shop which is filled with lots of tips and tricks to help YOU refinish your own furniture!


Next up!? A Restoration Hardware inspired dresser makeover..



Happy Monday, everyone!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street


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    1. Such a compliment coming from you, Kayla! Thank you!

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  2. That color is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

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    1. I agree, Tavern Green is such a pretty color!

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  3. The green is amazing and I really love the shape of that dresser as well!

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    1. Thank you! Tavern Green is such a great color!

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  4. I absolutely adore this color! It's beautiful. What a great transformation. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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  5. what a gorgeous color! its a feature tomorrow
    Maria

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    1. Thank you, Maria... it's one of my favorite paint colors too!

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  6. I have never used milk paint. But I love how your projects turned out. Of course I had to flip over and see the Marissa too and I love it's chippy detail. Both projects look aged and gorgeous. I am a huge fan of this color of green with black and white, you leave me swooning as always.

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    1. Nikki... Thank you! It was definitely a fun makeover!

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  7. This shade of green is fabulous. I have never tried milk paint but may just have to find a new project to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope you'll give it a shot, Donna... OFMP is a great product to work with!

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  8. This is gorgeous! Sharing on my FB page.

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  9. I really like the color!! And those knobs <3 Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  10. I'm with you, Tavern Green is such a fun color. And it's nice to see the paint used in a different way, meaning less chippy and more full coverage. It is always a joy to have you share with us at Friday's Furniture Fix. Thanks so much for linking. Susie from The Chelsa Project

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    1. I think I'm becoming less and less chippy. ;) It's always fun to swing by and see the amazing furniture makeovers at Friday's Furniture Fix. Thanks for hosting!

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  11. I love the color you selected for the dresser makeover. It looks great with the white knobs. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinned.

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