Milk Paint Does It Again – A DIY Project

I love using milk paint to update vintage furniture. One of my favorite projects was redoing this amazing Armoire. Today I am excited to share This milk DIY paint project.

armoire painted with milk paint

It’s a new month and I have a new theme. And I am doing a Milk Paint DIY project.

The theme for April is Just Do It Yourself and today I am sharing a cabinet I redid with milk paint! I love using milk paint to paint vintage furniture. You paint it on and it flakes off and looks so original! Every time I use milk paint, I absolutely love the end result.

Check out how I made this vintage coffee table and this old wooden chest. I painted this armoire as well. There are a lot of different ways you can use Milk Paint. I like my projects to look old, vintage, and chippy. I use the “throw the paint on, scrape it and love it” approach. 

finished milk paint cabinet

This project is one of my favorites. Let me tell you what I like so much about this particular project.

The cabinet was so unattractive 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 unattractive, the price was amazing.

milk paint cabinet

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

ugly armoire

So I bought the cabinet. It had great bones, was made very well and it was perfect. Well, of course except for the fact that it was so unattractive. In fact, the text I sent to my friend 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 online and bought what ended up being a great find. It’s called World’s Best Wallpaper Stripper.

how to remove wallpaper

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.

how to paint a wood cabinet

Next, I mixed up the Old Barn Milk Paint and for this cabinet, I used Sweet Cream paint.

old barn milk paint 2

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.)

painted cabinet  

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!

how to paint a wood cabinet with milk paint

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

finished milk paint cabinet

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

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  1. I love it! What does the inside look like? I am doing a similar cabinet and can’t decide what to do with the inside.

  2. Thanks for this post Leslie! What a great result, it’s gorgeous. Thanks also for listing all the supplies, it makes it so much easier and I will be purchasing some from your links soon!

    1. I am so happy that you enjoyed this post Linda. I do try to make it as easy as possible to find everything so that you can do the DIY also. This one is one of my favorites! Please let me know how your project turns out!

  3. Leslie, you did a great job. I especially love the diamond hardware behind the knob, and how you scraped areas to age them. I have to admit though that I LIKED the wallpaper. LOL. In my mind I’m imagining what it would look like with the wallpaper left on (at least on the doors), but with your choice of color of milk paint on the dark wood–a combo of both of our likes. That’s what so much fun for me–I love to see what others have done, but I also love to imagine how I’d redo the projects if they were mine. Thank you for the inspiration and congrats on finishing another great project!

    1. Thank you so much Stephanie. I loved this project and love using milk paint. Thank you for sharing your ideas, so much flexibility when redoing old pieces!

  4. This is a question that is related to another post you did on aging terracotta pots. I can’t find garden lime in our area and was wondering if you knew whether dolomite lime would work just as well?

  5. I love the wallpaper but not with the brown stain. I believe the wallpaper and the milk paint would had been perfect because now it’s just blah. That would had been an awesome redo. Thanks for the tips.

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