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My Favorite DIY Painting Projects

old barn milk painted coffee table

One of my favorite DIY painting projects is this milk paint coffee table. I painted a dark wooden chest with Old Barn milk paint and then added a vintage ceiling tin on top. I absolutely loved how it turned out and was the first of many more milk paint projects.

A lot of people have asked what is milk paint? Milk paint is an environmentally friendly paint made from simple, 100% natural ingredients like clay, milk protein and lime—and its water-based. Milk paint is a non-toxic water-based paint and is commonly sold in the powder form.

I love how the milk paint naturally dries in a chippy way. If you want a project to look like it was painted a hundred years ago, then milk paint is what you need to use.

milk paint coffee table

For the complete DIY painting project, head to my blog post How to Paint a Coffee Table with Milk Paint.

This was my first project using Old Barn milk paint and as I mentioned, there have been many since then.

milk painted cabinet 2

This milk painted cabinet DIY was an unbelievable transformation. You have to see what this cabinet originally looked like! Everyone thought I was crazy when I bought this cabinet. It was so ugly! But boy does it look great now.

old trunk painted with milk paint

This is another trunk I painted with milk paint

milk painted armoire

And here is another cabinet I painted with milk paint!

I have one more milk paint project to complete. About a month ago, I bought two queen size beds that are dark wood. I originally wanted the white chippy ones but they were sold out. The dark wood beds were 75% off and I knew I could refinish them with milk paint. They are for the Waco fixer-upper home and I cannot wait to tackle this project!

Today I have teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to share some of our favorite DIY painting projects. Obviously, I am partial to milk paint. But I can’t wait to share these projects with you.

Happy Happy Nester


Look at this cabinet Janine from Happy Happy Nester painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

She Gave It a Go


Brendt from She Gave It a Go painted all of her kitchen cabinets herself! What a huge undertaking!

The Happy Housie

Krista painted this dresser with white chalk paint. I love how she achieved this distressed look!

Modern Glam

Ashley has a great blog post about how to paint your front door in one afternoon.

I hope these DIY painting projects have inspired you to paint something! And seriously, if you haven’t painted with milk paint, you have to give it a try!

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5 Responses

  1. I love all of your milk paint projects!! Working up the courage to paint my small kitchen cabinets!! I am not crafty at all but you make it look like a breeze…lol

  2. These are great projects. I have never worked with milk paint. I’m a chalk paint and wax or glaze girl.

    The transformations are wonderful.

    Enjoy your weekend


    1. I just used chalk paint for the first time. How can I protect the white paint without turning it yellow? Please advice.

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