Milk Paint Does It Again – A DIY Project


I know. You are probably tired of hearing me talk about Old Barn Milk Paint. But every time I try this milk paint, I absolutely love the end result. There are a lot of different ways you can use Old Barn Milk Paint, which you can see on their site. I like my projects to look old, vintage, and chippy. I use the “throw the paint on, scrape it and love it” approach. Today I am excited to share my DIY milk paint project.

Let me tell you what I like so much about this particular project. The cabinet was so ugly in the “before” stage that I think it could have been neglected for a very long time. First off, how about that wallpaper? I remember when I first saw this cabinet at @vintagejunktionla I walked right on past it. I mean, seriously? The good news is that since it was so ugly, the price was amazing.

And a bonus feature was that the wallpaper was also on the sides of the cabinet. Just kidding …

So I bought the cabinet for the remodel I was doing with my friends in Long Beach. They needed a tall cabinet and this was perfect. Well, of course except for the fact that it was so ugly. In fact, the text I sent to my client with the “before photo” has a caption that reads, “Use your imagination and trust me. I can make this look good”.

My first task was to remove the wallpaper. I had expected the worst case scenario but spent some time @homedepot and bought what ended up being a great find. 

I followed the directions and sprayed the wallpaper thoroughly, let it soak for five minutes, and scraped off the wallpaper. It came off immediately and was the easiest project in the world. The entire wallpaper removal took about thirty minutes.

Next, I mixed up the Old Barn Milk Paint. I did two projects at the same time. For this cabinet, I actually used Sweet Cream paint.

I used one entire bag of paint and part of a second package. That’s because the cabinet took three coats! I was so surprised but the wood just soaked up the paint! (Every other project I have done only took two coats.)


Once the third coat was completely dry, I used the OBMP scraping tool and started scraping off the paint in places where natural aging would take place. This included areas such as near the knobs, edges, and corners. You can head to my Instagram Stories to see exactly how I did this. But you can see below, it came out great!


I absolutely love the cabinet and can’t believe how much better it looks than when I originally found it.

Do you have a project that is ready for milk paint? I have quite a few lined up in our Carriage House and I cannot wait.

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