Blue or Green? Milk Painted MCM Desk

10 Materials
6 Hours

This sweet MCM desk was updated using a pretty milk paint. Some see blue some see green, what color do you think it looks?

Legless and lonely

Without legs, the lower veneer edges had chipped and missing areas that were filled with my handy DAP wood pro-x. Areas of veneer that had lifted were glued with Titebond glue and clamped into pace to drive. I also had 4 new legs in my stash, a pair in two different colors but easily solved with painting.

The entire desk was scrubbed clean with warm soapy water and a scrub brush and once dry, all the wood filled areas were sanded smooth then wiped clean with a microcloth.

Milk paint it
Homestead House milk paint in Quaker blue was the color of choice. Here is the first coat going on.

Milk paint is a 1:1 mix of warm water and paint powder stirred well and left 10 minutes before painting.

Add bonding agent to prevent chipping

Milk paint absorbs into wood fiber and adheres very well HOWEVER on new smooth surfaces like these new furniture legs the paint will most likely chip off. To prevent this a light sanding gives the smooth glossy surface some texture for the paint to stick to and add bonding agent to the mixed milk paint.

Hemp oil sealed

The milk paint was sealed with  Homestead House hemp oil brushed on with a chip brush. Allow to soak in 10-15 minutes and wipe with a blue shop towel. If some areas are still needing more oil do another coat. Once dry, buff with a soft cloth. A few days later I applied a coat of Homestead clear wax.

All complete

The hardware was put back on after updating with Rustoleum spray paint in pure gold, wax was rubbed on the drawer slides and the desk is complete.

There is a detailed tutorial for this pieces linked below. You can also find more one of a kind FREE furniture and home decor tutorials there too. If you like them be sure to sign up for the email subscription option.

Resources for this project:

See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

Creative Moments
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?


Join the conversation