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.
Courtney Killpack
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  • 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.

  • Laureen Laureen on Jan 11, 2022

    No sanding? My son thinks otherwise! Lol! Does mixing bonding agent really do the trick of keeping the paint intact? I would really like to try this but I'm a little wary of peeling. 😦

  • Got103760350 Got103760350 on Apr 23, 2024

    I’m inspired. Is there a more detailed tutorial of how to do this!?!! Going to do it!

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  • Irma 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

  • Priscilla Orlando Priscilla Orlando on Feb 11, 2021

    Would love to try this project on my 50 year old hutch and table.