The Perfect Pop of Yellow to Brighten Up Any Room

4 Materials
3 Hours

A pop of yellow paint is such an easy way to turn an old dark piece of furniture into a cheery piece of brightness. We all need a little sunshine in our lives!

I have been wanting to get my hands on this vintage dresser at the family cottage and recently I did just that. I had brought along some bags of milk paint in a few different colours that I thought might work and almost immediately settled on the Fusion milk paint in Mod Mustard.

When using milk paint for the first time, I always tell people not to be scared of the first coat. Milk paint always looks better the more coats you put on so don’t be frightened with that initial coat.

For this dresser, I went straight for full-on paint with just a tiny squirt of bonding agent to make sure it stuck. I knew I wanted to distress the dresser so didn’t add much and didn’t worry about letting it bond overnight.

The dresser was already looking better as the second coat was going on. You can see what a difference that next coat makes.

Since I wanted the dresser to have a well-used cottagey feel, I only put two coats of paint on it. After the second coat was dry, I began sanding. I really like distressing to look natural, like it has occurred over a long period of time so I kept the sanding to the edges and places that wear would have naturally occurred.

The final step for this beauty was to seal it with a coat of wax. If you have not tried the Fusion furniture wax, I would highly recommend it. It is so creamy and smooth.

This project was so quick and easy and made such a big impact. I couldn’t be happier with how much brighter and warm the dresser feels. No wonder Milk paint is always my go too! Have you tried it yet?

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Suggested materials:
  • Vintage dresser
  • Mod Mustard Milk Paint by Fusion   (local stockist)
  • Bonding Agent   (local stockist)
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Recreated Designs
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  • Teresa Teresa on Jan 05, 2022

    So… what is the difference between milk paint and chalk paint. Besides the ingredients. How, in your opinion, are the paints different application wise?

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  • Bry Bry on Jan 02, 2022

    Heavenly shade of yellow!!! OMG, I'm lovin' it. I agree, it's the ideal amount of distressing for your cottage style. Very well done.

    • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jan 04, 2022

      Thank you so much! I am looving the colour as well. It's so nice and cheery.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Jan 02, 2022

    Such a lovely, soft yellow 💕