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Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company Green Painted Dresser

Learn how to paint your furniture using Old Fashioned Milk Paint! Tavern Green is one of my favorite Old Fashioned Milk Paint colors. In this green painted dresser makeover, I'll share with you some of my very best milk paint tips and tricks!

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Hi Friends! Today, I'm sharing a quick painted dresser makeover in one of my very favorite colors... Tavern Green from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.

It's one of my favorite paint colors from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.

In this post, I'll share with you how to mix the milk paint powder, how to prepare and apply Old Fashioned Milk Paint to your furniture and where you can buy milk paint at.

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I was standing in a long line at the grocery store one day. 

It was coupon day and I just happened to pick the check out line that had two master coupon effecianmtoes in front of me. 

Before I could back out I was squeezed in.

Since I had several minutes to wait, I scanned the magazine rack to see if any of the magazine covers could entice me to catch up on my 5 minutes of entertainment news. 

Fortunate for me, the People magazines were all sold out.

So, I decided to pass the time by perusing Craigslist from my phone. 

As luck would have it, I spotted this Hepplewhite Highboy Dresser near the top of the furniture listings.

The owners weren't asking very much for it because the top drawer was cracked and it was covered in scratches and dings. 

After assessing the dresser drawer, I knew I wouldn't be able to sand and re-stain this dresser.

But, I thought it sure would look lovely if I repaired the damaged areas and painted it with milk paint! 

Tavern Green milk paint, is such a pretty shade of green. 

I painted this antique dresser using Pitch Black milk paint and both Blue Soldier and Driftwood milk paint colors are also really popular!

If you're looking for some milk paint furniture inspiration, follow our Old Fashioned Milk Paint Pinterest Board for some lovely milk painted furniture ideas!

Do you love these white flower knobs as much as I do?

If you want something similar for your furniture makeover, they offer them in a few different colors-  I'd love to try the coral flower knobs next time!

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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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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 grab a medium sized container with a lid. Add my milk paint 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 but, don't panic, you can paint with the foam!

For this dresser makeover project, I opted for full coverage instead of a distressed 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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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 FREE 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. That color is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

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

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

  4. what a gorgeous color! its a feature tomorrow

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

  5. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  9. 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

    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!

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