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In this post I will show you how to get a vintage finish on painted furniture. There are several applications that you could use to achieve an antique look, however there is one that i find to be the easiest.

The common methods to achieving an antique look are by:



dry brushing


milk paint

and/or a combination of all of these!

I have tried all of these methods and they all create a vintage looking finish however some require more work than others.

The method that I will show you today is how to create a vintage look on furniture with Milk Paint.

I will begin by saying that I had no intentions of painting this buffet. I wanted to remove the existing finish and apply a new finish to bring out the natural wood.

Well, that was not going to work. When I sanded the old finish off it was very apparent that the top and bottom drawer were made from different wood.

I like the top drawer, but the bottom drawer was UGLY. I have no idea what it is but it’s not pretty.

I will apologize for the photos here as they were taken in my garage under a fluorescent light.

With the revealed ugly wood I had to decide what to do. I know that if the buffet were to be painted then I wanted it to be a vintage looking finish.

I decided to use milk paint and therefore chose to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

If you check out their website all of your milk paint questions will be answered. I found this website to be very thorough and complete.

After looking at the color choices I decided to use Schloss. This ended up being the perfect greige color for my home.

Knowing that I wanted a vintage look to my buffet I mixed the paint to the desired thickness that I wanted. (I did not use a bonding agent because I wanted the finish to chip). The directions for mixing are on the website and clearly stated on the bag as well.

I found that 1/2 powder and 1/2 water was a bit too thick for me so I just added a little bit more water until it was the consistency I wanted.

This photo shows the door with one coat. This is where you want to scream, swear, and wonder what in the world you are doing. Calm down. It all works out.

One of the great things about milk paint is the fast dry time. I was able to apply another coat within a 1/2 hour. BUT….


Don’t skip this step as it will create a soft finish in the end. It is worth it!!

I painted and sanded 3 times on this piece to get the look that I wanted. I almost left it at 2 coats, but decided to put on a 3rd and I am glad I did.

After the paint is dry, this is where the fun begins! You can distress as much or as little as you want with your sand paper.

And, because I used mild paint vs. latex paint the distressing was easy. I just sanded until I got the look I wanted.

Once I sanded to my desired finish I decided to use hemp oil as a finish coat. I just applied it all over with a lint free clean cloth.

I have not used this before so I will let you know how it ages. I can say that it looks and feels amazing.

Once the buffet was painted and finished I re-attached the original drawer pulls after I buffed them with Brasso. I am so glad I was able to use the original pulls and knobs.

I am so happy to have this buffet and learning how to get a vintage finish on painted furniture using Milk Paint was so much fun!

This is now desk storage for all of the household and blogging office supplies and since it is right by the kitchen it will also serve as an actual buffet too;)

For more in depth milk paint tutorials you can check out the creator herself at

I hope you found this to be helpful and may gives you the nudge to makeover your own furniture!

It is so much fun to find items on marketplace or second hand and give them new life! It is just amazing what paint can do!

Do you have a favorite technique to get a vintage finish? Let me know;)

As always I thank you for being here! Be sure to pin the image below so others may see this too. Thanks!


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  • Laurie Ekenman Laurie Ekenman on May 20, 2021

    I have a buffet very similar. Did you do anything to the handles at all?

  • Tcooper9 Tcooper9 on Jun 18, 2021

    Did you put a primer down to protect against bleed through?

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