China Hutch Makeover With Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

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Did you know you can achieve a non chippy look with milk paint? I painted my 80's oak china cabinet and turned it into one of my most favorite pieces of furniture in our home. I love a good ole diy!
Here's the before and after. Here's the before and after pictures. I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter for the exterior and Trophy for the interior. The first coat of paint, I mix in the bonding agent so it would stick to the wood. The great thing about milk paint is that you don't have to do any prep work like sanding or priming the wood before you paint, just add the bonding agent to the paint, and ta da! After three coats of paint, I applied two coats of hemp oil, and one coat of furniture wax to give it extra protection because I don't want to ever paint this piece of furniture every again!
I replaced the weird looking knobs with these antique brass knobs.
One of the things I really liked using the milk paint, is that it has the most beautiful finish. It has a matte finish, but as you add coats of hemp oil and furniture wax, it gives it more lustre and the wax really brings out the wood grain, which looks absolutely gorgeous with the dark color. It gives it some texture to the piece which makes it look really interesting and chic looking.
Aren't those leaded doors and shelves beautiful?
I love opening up the door and seeing a different color, I feel like it gives the china cabinet so much more depth and character.
The white china I have is the perfect contrasting color against the grey and black.

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  • Rebecca Cooner
    Rebecca Cooner
    on Nov 21, 2019

    How much paint did it take to cover your hutch? I'm wanting to paint my outdated hutch and table but have no clue how much paint I would need.

  • Kathy
    on Jan 1, 2020

    can you send directions for process to paint and finishing both paint colors

  • Charlotte Freeman Malone
    Charlotte Freeman Malone
    on May 22, 2020

    What kind of bonding agent did you use to mix with paint? Also, what type of hemp oil and wax. I have ordered the Miss Mustard Seed "Farmhouse" color milk paint. Plan to start on this project as soon as my paint comes in.

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    on Jan 31, 2020


  • Irma
    on Aug 31, 2020

    I am trying to do something like this. Would you walk me through? This is my first time doing something like this. Thank you

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