Dresser Makeover With Milk Paint


Everybody has that orange piece of furniture that they can’t part with right? Let’s face it we paid big dollars for those big solid Baltic Pine pieces back in the day and this beauty was no exception. So over my holiday break I retrieved this tallboy from the shipping container. I needed a big piece of furniture to fill a blank wall in my family room area and this piece was going to be perfect. After a couple of days of humming and harring on what colour to paint it, I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Typewriter. The makeover was about to take place.

STEP 1:Preparing the furniture piece- A general clean with warm soapy water to remove any dirt and grime that may have accumulated over the years. I removed the handles and puttied up the holes. I then gave it a light rub over with fine sandpaper, 240 grit is fine. You don’t need to be too fussy with this process it is mainly to take off the shine of any finishing products like varnish or waxes etc.

STEP 2: Mixing the paint- I decided to go with a one to one ratio, so one part powder (typewriter) to one part water as a wanted a good coverage. I also added MIss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent to the mixed paint as I didn’t want any chipping ( so that was equal amount of bonding agent added to equal amount of mixed milk paint).

STEP 3: Painting-I applied two coats of paint, the first in the evening and the second the next morning. Before I applied the second coat I gave the unit a light rub over with the fine sand paper to knock off any grainy furry bits. This gave it a nice smooth finish ready for the second coat.

After the second coat of paint was touch dry I used my fine sandpaper once again and rubbed gently over the areas where I wanted the Baltic Pine to appear. This was to give it more of a distressed worn look.

STEP 4:Creating the desired finish- At this stage the painted dresser was a matt finish. I wanted the surface to have more of a sheen, so firstly I rubbed Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax around the edges where I had exposed the Baltic Pine, this toned down the orange look and give more of an aged look. I then applied my all time favourite product in the range Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil. Yes as you all know I hemp oil everything, I use it on my chopping boards, timber furniture and leather shoes. I rubbed the hemp oil all over the dresser and gave it a good buff. The Typewriter colour came up as a beautiful satin black.

STEP 5: The finished product- I then marked where I wanted the new knobs to be. I drilled a few holes and screwed in these beautiful bone inlay knobs. I love these knobs so much that  I have re ordered more stock and they will be available to purchase in store and online in the next few days. These knobs finished off this new look dresser perfectly. The dresser was then styled with the following accessories- a rubber tree, Stag Head, photo frames and fresh flowers…Wella this dresser makeover looks just perfect on my once blank white wall!!!