Blue Milk Paint Dresser

6 Materials
4 Hours

I painted my son's dresser with milk paint-- a brand I had never tried before. It comes in a powder and you add water. It was a good experience and I want to tell you all about it!

This is the brown dresser I started with.

Dresser Before

I took off the hardware to paint it. I also lightly sanded the dresser by hand.

After mixing the powder according to the directions, I began painting one coat on the dresser. There were no brush marks to worry about!! I was going for a look that let the wood show through. Otherwise I could have painted 2 coats to completely cover the wood.

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After one coat of paint had dried (and it dried quickly), I applied hemp oil. Hemp oil does not go rancid. It turned the color darker (which I expected since I had practiced on a wooden picture frame).

I wet sanded the dresser with fine sandpaper while the oil was wet. Then I wiped the oil off with a rag. I reattached the hardware and voila! The dresser turned out like I had imagined!! I was so happy with it!

Dresser, AFTER!

For a lot more details, including a video and questions and answers about milk paint for beginners, please visit my original post at Blue Milk Paint Dresser.

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3 questions
  • Amanda
    on Nov 20, 2020

    How is the paint holding up?

  • Shelley
    on Nov 23, 2020

    Why not update the hardware instead of the dated hardware..... just a thought....

    • Rita Hendricks
      Rita Hendricks
      on Dec 2, 2020

      Looks like she cleaned the tarnish from the hardware... it definitely looks much brighter than the B4 picture

  • Lisa
    on Nov 23, 2020


    What would happen if you did not do the hemp oil?

    • Lisa
      on Nov 23, 2020

      I like the light color, so maybe I would try the furniture wax.

      Thank you!!! That was helpful.

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