MIY – Old Barn Milk Paint Coffee Table with Ceiling Tin

Oh my gosh. You know when you have an idea in your head for a DIY, but you are afraid that it might not work? I have been so nervous about my DIY because I found two perfect items that I truly believed would make a perfect coffee table. Fortunately, the idea became reality.

Today I’m sharing with you a MIY Project with Old Barn Milk Paint.

I found this wooden chest at www.vintagejunktionla.com. The size seemed perfect.

Many months before I found this chest, I bought two of these vintage tin ceiling panels. At the time I bought them I had no idea where I would put them. But for $10 I knew I would eventually find a good use!

Finally, for a long while, I have wanted a coffee table in our living room that would look good with our vintage general store counter. The counter has a white chippy wonderful look and I knew the only way I could achieve something to match it was with milk paint. So I reached out to Old Barn Milk Paint and they were kind enough to send me some of their products to try out. Please note, that this is the first time I have ever worked with milk paint. I watched a bunch of their videos just to make sure I wouldn’t do anything wrong. And it was really easy to do.

What You Will Need

I mixed one bag (12 oz.) of Sweet Cream Old Barn Milk paint with 12 oz. lukewarm water. Mix with a whisk for a few minutes until smooth. Put aside and let sit for ten minutes. If necessary, add a bit water if paint seems too thick.

Using a brush apply one coat of milk paint to your piece of furniture.

Let dry approximately 30 minutes. Apply another coat of paint.

Let dry for a few hours. Using a paint scraper (I love the one from Old Barn Milk Paint), scratch off paint in the common areas, that is the places where it makes sense that the piece of furniture would wear over time.

Scrape off as much paint as you want. Then lightly sand the entire piece of furniture.

Seal the paint with one light coat Old Barn Milk Paint Clear Wax. You can apply with a large round brush or a soft cloth.

Once I was done painting, scraping and sealing the chest, I pulled out my piece of tin. I knew immediately it was going to work.

My only concern was that my piece of ceiling tin was about 3″ too wide. So I bought a large pair of tin scissors and carefully cut along a cut line I drew with a sharpie. I cut very slowly to ensure a straight line.

It worked! Next, I made some nail holes in the tin with a medium sized nail and then hammered in small flat hear nails about every 8 – 10 inches. I then painted the nails white with the Old Barn Milk paint so they wouldn’t show.

I carried in the table so I could see how it looked. Of course, it was still a bit wet because I just couldn’t wait! And I think the result is amazing!

The end result is exactly how I hoped it would look! I absolutely love it.

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9 thoughts on “MIY – Old Barn Milk Paint Coffee Table with Ceiling Tin

  1. Leslie! I love this and am glad in the midst of refinishing my hope chest!! I think you have inspired me to do something different with it than I originally thought!! Thanks for sharing! Claire @designsbyhuntersridge ❤️

  2. Leslie it is perfect! I’m just experimenting with milk paint and this gives me even more ideas.
    Thanks for your inspiration.

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