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.
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.
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.
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