Finding the Perfect Chippy Paint Look with Old Barn Milk Paint

I have a new love. And it’s called Old Barn Milk Paint. I know, it seems silly to love a paint. But I just love what this paint can do! Old Barn Milk Pain helps you achieve a perfect chippy paint look.

I am really happy to share with you my latest DIY project. I am so happy with how it turned out.

Here is my newest piece of furniture acquisition. It’s an old cabinet. I don’t know exactly how old it is but it has square nails and the hinges are … well … incredible!

At some point in time shelves were added to the cabinet. The levers on the front were also added and I took them off. Right away!

The DIY project only took about three hours. Which is pretty incredible since this cabinet is quite large. Here is a larger view of the finished project. I honestly feel that the cabinet looks like it was painted a very long time ago and that the wear and tear of the paint occurred over time.


What You Will Need

An old piece of furniture

One bag of Old Barn Milk Paint (I used the color Stoneware and I love it!)

Old Barn Milk Paint  1″ scraper

Old Barn Milk Paint Finish Coat (one bottle)

Follow the directions on the package to add water and mix up the paint. I used equal parts water and paint. I mixed it up with a whisk and let it set for about ten minutes.

While the paint was resting, I removed the levers on the front of the cabinet. They just didn’t look right. Especially with the tiny pieces of plywood. Oh jeez.

I also lightly sanded the cabinet to remove some of the varnish finish.

Using a wide synthetic brush I applied the first coat of paint. The coverage was thin but don’t worry. That’s why you use two coats. Here you can see the cabinet with one coat of paint.

Next, I applied the second coat of paint. As the milk paint dries it’s as if magic happens. In most surfaces, the paint just dries evenly. But in other places the paint will almost bubble, giving it a worn and antique look. It’s amazing how it can

Once the paint was completely dry I used the Old Barn Milk Paint 1″ scraper and scratched off the paint where I thought normal wear and tear would have done the same.

Here is a close up of the front of the cabinet. Some of the worn areas occurred naturally when the paint dried. In other areas, I scraped it off.


Once I was done with the scraping, I applied a coat of Old Barn Milk Paint Finish Coat so that no more chipping would occur.

I am in love with this cabinet. And it looks so great thanks to the Old Barn Milk Paint. Now I just need to get this cabinet to my house and in my living room!

Be sure to watch my Instagram stories for a step by step video tutorial. You really should try this yourself.

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  1. I am fairly new to your blog and I can’t tell you how much I love it!! I came across it by accident while searching for information on the original black large print Rae Dunn items. Love your gorgeous home and all of your projects!!! The cabinet looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!!! Irma Loebe

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