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Milk Paint Furniture Upcycle

It was high time I got to work on some of the larger pieces for my home and decided to give milk paint a try on an old armoire.  This is a great milk paint furniture upcycle.  This armoire was black, not at all a piece that worked in this new coastal style interior.  If you haven’t used milk paint, you may want to give it a try, my husband and I both are so pleased with the outcome!


This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.BEFORE PICTURE OF A BLACK ARMOIRE

This is a fine piece of furniture.  Really, it has a function, lots of storage and isn’t bad with the black finish and the texture with the rust color appearing in the indentations in the wood.  But this does not work in my new light and airy coastal style.  It was time to take the leap and take on a painting project!  Restyling an old armoireThis really was such an easy project, if you are afraid of diving into painting an old piece of furniture, don’t put it off, it wasn’t as scary as I thought!  I began by taking off the hardware.  I thought I would have to take the doors off, but my husband told me he didn’t think so.  We dove in!  General Finishes does recommend using a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water to clean your furniture before you paint it; and then a wet scotch brite pad with the mix and scrub the wood surface. This process will remove any dirt and grime.

DSC_0887Updating an old armoireWe began by hand sanding the armoire with 220 grit sandpaper.  We just did a light sanding to knock off the shiny surface.  We did not de-glaze the surface first.  DIY Armoire Milk Paint MakeoverHere you can see the difference on the parts of the armoire I had finished sanding versus the one door I had not yet touched.  After the entire piece was sanded, I cleaned it well with a clean damp cloth and let it dry before beginning to paint.Milk Paint restyle of an outdated piece of furnitureThe painting began and I can’t tell you how thrilled I was with the color and the “look” the milk paint gave to my old armoire!  Using milk paint to update an old piece of furnitureThis closeup shows the finish as it is looking after one coat of paint.  This is the look I was going for, so I didn’t even add another coat of the milk paint, I just kept going to finish the armoire.Using Milk Paint to restyle an old armoireHere she is…all painted and ready for wax!  The next step was protecting it with three coats of Johnson Paste Wax.  I let it dry completely between coats of wax and buffed it with a nice clean dry cloth between coats.Restyling an old armoire with milk paintNew knobs, of course.  These antique-looking white ones were the perfect final addition.  This close up picture also shows some of the detail of the finish with the single coat of milk paint.  Of course if you want a more solid color finish, an additional coat would give that to you.  Milk Paint Furniture Restyle

Here is is finished and adding a whole new look to our master bedroom.  Even though we do have a flat panel television, this armoire hides it well and adds additional storage to the room, too!

Shop this project:

General Finishes MIlk Paint in Persian Blue – Amazon
Johnson paste wax – Amazon
Sandpaper – Amazon

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  1. What a transformation! Love the color. I like how you left it at one coat for a shabby look. I am scared of milk paint because you have to mix it, therefore I haven’t tried it yet!

  2. Chloe,
    The lighter, brighter color gives this armoire a whole new life. Just beautiful!

    We would love for you to share this at our new linky party, Monday Social, that goes live at 4:00 p.m. {CDT} on my blog. Link up your photos from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, as well as your blog. This is a great forum for sharing your social media addresses and for finding social addresses of others. Hope to see your beautiful newly-painted armoire there!


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