I Tried Milk Painting Furniture

I Tried Milk Painting Furniture

everybody it’s christina from pretty
distressed welcome back to my channel in today’s video I’m going to be milk
painting this antique dresser as well as trying out some new paint brushes so if
you want to see how I got this look and hear my thoughts on the milk paint and
the brushes that I used just keep watching some exciting news about today’s video
I’m gonna have a giveaway I’m gonna be using these Zibra paint brushes in my
video today and zebra has provided two sets of five brushes for you guys to win
and a bonus Shackteau Interiors is going to give away a pint of paint with
each set super easy to enter all you gotta do is watch this video all the way
to the end like it leave a comment on what you want to paint with these
brushes and go follow me on instagram and go follow zebra brushes on instagram
as well I will put all that info down in the description box and when the contest
is going to end and all the rules and all that so go check it out two winners
super-excited thanks Zibra okay so I’m doing something new today I am milk
painting today I’m definitely not an expert in it this is only my second time
using milk paint I have this beautiful dresser that I am refinishing for a
friend I used to do a lot of client work back in the day but with this whole
YouTube thing I just don’t have a lot of time to do client work but she showed me
this piece and I was like I would absolutely love to refinish that piece
if I can film it for my channel and she said yes I’m gonna be using Shackteau
interiors milk paint and these Zibra brushes to make over this dresser today
so let me grab all my stuff zoom you in and we’ll get started so this is a very
old piece it came from a flea market it is solid wood this type of piece is
really perfect for milk paint and you’ll see why in a minute I did decide that I
wanted to keep the top natural so I just stripped off whatever top coat was on
this piece I used my orbital sander and a sixty grit sandpaper just to clean all
that up and get all that existing top coat off and I also knew I wanted to do
some fun a glass antique knob so I’m just removing the existing hardware that
is on here before I start painting and I’m giving it a quick vacuum too just to
get all the cobwebs out now I’m grabbing my denatured alcohol and I just have a
rag and I’m gonna wipe down the entire piece to clean it you can also use TSP
to do this but it’s really important when you are finishing over an existing
finish like this that you clean it really well and get all the dirt and
grime off before you go in with your paint it’s just gonna make it adhere
better and once you wipe down the entire piece just let that dry for a little bit
and then go in with a damp cloth and just remove any
remaining residue since this piece was really old I had a lot of repairs to do
so I just glued a couple of spots that we’re sticking up where the veneer was
coming loose and clamped that down and then I also added some wood filler to
some spots where there were cracks and divots once the wood filler dried I went
back in and just sanded everything down smoothly and then I was ready to paint
so like I mentioned earlier I will be using Scheck toe interiors milk paint in
black beech to paint this dresser today what is really cool about milk paint is
that it’s an organic and non-toxic environmentally safe paint this is the
way people used to paint stuff back in the day it’s in a powder form so what
you do is you just mix it in a one-to-one ratio so I grabbed a
container that you concealed and measured out 3/4 cup of water and I’m
gonna pour about half of that into my container and then I’m going to take my
3/4 cup measuring cup over here and I’m going to measure out 3/4 cup of the
powder paint and then I’m gonna take that and dump that into the jar and I
made a big old mess I really wouldn’t recommend doing this in your kitchen but
I was doing it for filming purposes so once you have at that powder in there
with about half of your water you just take your cans seal it really tight and
then just shake it up kind of distribute that water and paint in there and then
you open it back up and you take the remaining amount of water that you need
to mix up your paint and just pour that in there shake it up again and then
you’re gonna let that sit for about 10 or 15 minutes and come back and check it
so after 15 minutes come back and check the consistency of your paint if it’s
lumpy or chunky at all just add a little bit of water to thin that out I’m gonna
be adding extra bond today because I don’t want my paint to chip you add this
in a two-to-one ratio so I’m just filling up half of my cup that I used to
measure my paint and I’m just gonna stir that in there and like I said earlier
I’m gonna be using a zebra brushes to apply my paint today this is what Scheck
toh interior sells and I have just heard really great things about these brushes
all in the furniture painting community so I’m super excited to be trying them
out today and they work really really well with milk paint
things I will tell you about milk paint if this is your first time using it it
is a lot thinner than like a typical furniture paint or a chalk paint if
you’ve worked with that or any of those matte type furniture paints that you can
just paint on an existing finish milk paint is a lot thinner but I will tell
you with that bonding agent it goes on really well like I was getting super
great coverage on this first coat the thing with milk paint is if you don’t
use a bonding agent can do really cool chippy things but it’s really
unpredictable so just know if you’re going in to milk painting for the first
time it can be quite scary and intimidating but it can do really really
cool things but just for this particular piece of because I’m painting it for
someone else she didn’t want like that really shabby chippy look so that is why
I’m using the bonding agent but you can do either one there’s lots of super
super cool things that you can do with milk paints so I definitely recommend
checking out Kirsten sight because she has just beautiful examples of all the
different things that you can do with milk paint here I have grabbed another
zebra brush this is called the triangle brush and it’s nice and has a pointy tip
on it and I was able to get into the really detailed portions of this
balusters and get behind it as well to really push that paint in there so after
my first coat I put my brushes in these a brush baggies which are new great item
that I found Saul link those below so you guys can check them out I do not
like cleaning my brushes in between coats so this really saves you some time
so here I am just putting on the second coat I just closed my paint up in
between coats and you just wait like a couple hours in between it’s really best
to use this paint all in one day when you mix it so if at all possible
do all your coats in one day I only ended up doing two coats on this piece
but you can do as many as you want sometimes you might need three but if
you do have to keep your paint overnight they do recommend keeping it in the
refrigerator again tightly sealed and that will help it kind of last through
the next day okay I am going to do some light distressing now that I have all my
paint on with this 320 again my piece is completely dry this is the next day so I
am just taking that three 20 sandpaper block and just lightly
rubbing it over different areas that I want to see some distressing in I just
do the edges and I did around the dresser drawers a little bit and around
these keyholes I just like to distress milk paint and furniture paint because
it’s just gonna make it look more natural I know this kind of freaks
people out but I like to just do little light touches it just makes it look more
natural it makes it look old and it’s definitely gonna go with this piece
since I’m done distressing I just grab a clean soft brush like this and brush
back any dust that I kicked up sandy and you can also use a tack cloth or like a
damp paper towel I am gonna be using Scheck toe interiors hemp oil to seal my
milk paint now so I’m just pouring this into a little container and I have a
lint-free cloth that I’m going to apply this with I am wearing a glove but you
don’t need to this is all-natural so it’s totally safe to handle I just
didn’t want a greasy hand so that’s why I’m wearing a glove but you just rubbed
this on and I rubbed it on with the weymouth that my paint strokes were
going just to make sure that I’m getting it nice and rubbed in and thick and this
is you know just like I say with wax you really want to just keep rubbing and
rubbing this in you want to think about the hemp oil absorbing into the paint
and really becoming one with the paint there are a number of ways to seal milk
paint you don’t have to use hemp oil you could use a natural wax like that’s made
of beeswax or you could use a wax that is made up of solvents and you can also
use water-based topcoats like you see me use on here before but I wanted to do
the hemp oil just because it is a natural finish and since this paint is
natural I wanted this to be as clean as possible so you’re just gonna let this
set on here for anywhere from five to thirty minutes and then you’re gonna
come back with a completely dry clean cloth and wipe it down and then after
you wipe it down it’s still will look really wet it will continue curing and
drying as you let it set and you can go ahead and apply multiple coats just wait
for about two hours in between coats I also decided to seal the top of the
piece with hemp oil hemp oil is great for raw wood like this it just brings
out a natural color and skills it at the same
time so you can apply this with a brush or a rag a brush probably would have
been a better idea but I didn’t know that so he used a rag it still turned
out fine once you get this all on you are gonna take a dry cloth again and
wipe it down and just get that excess oil off so after I let mine set
overnight I had some weird spots that were absorbing the hemp oil so I decided
to grab this natural wax I have it’s dixiebell big Mama’s betta and this is
actually a scented one they have a couple scented ones and then they have
an unscented one so you could you work with whatever you want to and I know
Scheck toh interior sells a natural wax like this too if you want to check that
out so I just wanted to add again more protection and these the hemp oil and
this natural wax are interchangeable so I just am buffing this on with a clean
cloth and then once you get it on you can go immediately back over it and take
the excess off with a dry cloth and that kind of seemed to fill in the holes that
I had so typically I don’t think that you’ll have to do this a couple ways you
can avoid this one I’m using black which is one of the trickiest colors to work
with nine times out of ten I don’t think you’re gonna see stuff like this on a
lighter color and I probably should have sanded my piece down just a little bit
before I painted just for extra insurance just to give it some teeth to
stick to again I don’t think you’re always gonna run into it this issue but
it’s just good to know that sometimes you run into things and you got to work
with it to finish this off I did get some old looking glass knobs from Hobby
Lobby this price says $7.99 but I did get them for 50% off and they were
really easy to install I didn’t have to drill new holes or anything I’m finally
finished just to remind you here is what we started off with and here is what our
piece looks like now completed with Shackteau interiors milk paint I really
enjoyed working with this paint I can’t wait to try it on another project I
think next time I’ll leave the bonding agent out and see what happens with a
little chippy look thank you guys for watching this video all the way to the
end I hope you had fun learning about milk paint I know I did don’t forget to
do all that stuff to enter to win those Zibra brushes thanks to
so interiors for providing the milk paint for today’s project check out
Kristen’s site check out her Instagram don’t forget to subscribe before you
leave and I will see you guys next time

100 thoughts on “I Tried Milk Painting Furniture

  1. Black can be tricky to top coat without streaking. The hemp oil is an easier alternative, especially for beginners. I have yet to try milk paint, but I love the idea of mixing up only what you need for a project. Thanks for the giveaway Shachteau Interiors and Zibra. The Zibra brush pack would be awesome! I'm on IG @TXGirlDana.

  2. That turned out beautiful! I have milk paint and have been so afraid to use it but I bet those brushes would make it a little bit easier! 👍 @Andlloyd1169 is my Instagram and would love to win but I never win anything so won't be shocked if I don't. Keep making pretty things and inspiring me to keep going. Thanks 👍

  3. Wow! Have been collecting freebies / hand me downs / yard sale finds for awhile (dresser used as tv stand, old dining set, sofa table, 2 mismatched end tables, 2 bookshelves) for my living room that I’d like to paint all of them distressed white with stained tops for cohesiveness. Loved this video!

  4. New to the furniture painting scene but I'm obsessed and so in love with the magic that happens! I love giving new life to old things! I would paint my out dated furniture along with everything else i could afford to paint with these brushes! I haven't tried milk paint yet but I def want to bc i enjoy the chippy look! @kbang29728

  5. I just moved in to a new apartment and brought a lot of old furnitures to refinish. I would love to use this paint and these brushes in refinishing and update a dining table. Crossing my fingers.

  6. Omg what a beautiful job you did!!! Love milk paint and zibra brushes but would love to try this brand of milk paint!!! My IG handle is @dezarosedesigns ☺️

  7. Going to try the bonding agent. Love milk paint but always worried about how it will adhere. Too much of a control freak I guess..:(

  8. Beginner furniture painter here! Loved watching your videos as I did research to start my first project! Hope I can get some nice brushes! @veeooh

  9. I loved the video! I would love to use the paint and the brushes on my “hope chest” that I received over 30 years ago before i got married. It’s been through a lot and needs some love. Thanks @CJFOLSKE

  10. I have a couple of thrifted pieces, desk, side table, bookcase in need of some tlc but knew that i wanted to go non toxic route with the paint..so glad I cam across your video. @nyladya

  11. Great Video! Been trying to learn how to use milk paint on my projects. Seems to have more of a learning curve than chalk paint. I have a vintage wooden magazine rack I am planning on painting. IG handle #kamiscuriouskreation

  12. Love it ❤.. I'd love to paint a couple of end tables I've been wondering what products to use , these sound great !

  13. I love what you did with this dresser. I have used chalk paint quite a bit, but haven't tried milk paint. You make it look so easy that I may give it a try soon. @mjeanenegardner

  14. Love chalk paint. And I have one of the Zibra brushes that I’ve had for a couple of years and it is by far my favorite brush for furniture painting.

  15. That turned out Beautiful as usual!! I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to trying new things. I have a small nightstand I think I would try it on. Thanks for sharing all the good tidbits. ❤️ your work!

  16. That looks really nice. Lots of good tips. I’m planning to use milk paint for a tv cabinet I purchased at an outlet furniture store. Looking forward to using this technique.

  17. Great job. Love the finished product. I actually just received my first order from Shackteau Interiors, just need the brushes now! 😃

  18. Loved this video. I have a buffet I have held off on doing because i want it done with milk paint but have been a little intimidated by it, but you make it look so easy.

  19. Hey Christina! Love your videos! Cudo’s to Shackteau and Zebra! I have not used milk paint yet but want to! Keep making the video’s girl! #judiackert#paintingthequietlife

  20. Great video! Thanks! I have a dining set with carved wood chairs, table legs and lots of intricate work on the china cabinet. A set of brushes like these would be a huge help when I paint.

  21. Great video! New subscriber here and finally found someone that gives step by step instructions with great inspiration! I would love to try milk paint on my antique dresser or Singer sewing machine. IG.. Lourdes_McLevey

  22. I have two end tables with some detailing that I would like to tackle this winter. The Zibra brushes look like they would make the job easier. @SWOrtiz56

  23. LIKE The video! I have SEVERAL furniture pieces that I would LOVE to paint, but my handmade corner shelf that is over 60 years old, would just LOVE a new coat of paint put on by the Zebra Brushes! 🙂 (AND an OLD wooden dresser that I am using now as my coffee bar and can good storage

  24. I love all your videos! Now I'm not intimidated to paint furniture because your instructions are easy to follow! (Instagram handle Donnamarie4444)

  25. I love your channel. The furniture I'm wanting to repaint is my Jewerly Armoire. These brushes would be perfect to get all the nooks and crannies. My IG is https://www.instagram.com/j_kerstenlingle

  26. Very cool, my mother in law has an octagon end table from the 70’s I want to refinish for her. {surprise her for Christmas}

  27. I have been waiting till the weather cooled down to work on 4 pieces. I think this milk paint will look great on the coffee bar/storage piece!! Love those Zebra brushes.

  28. @afreebirdflys (IG)
    I'm a chalk paint fan, but excited to learn about milk paint and that's it's all natural. Already a fan!

  29. The dresser turned out beautifully. I also bought glass knobs from Hobby Lobby for my granddaughter's dresser I painted. I have an older, nice quality french provincial desk that was given to me years ago. Not really my style, but I think painting it would look really cute. I would be thrilled to have some good quality Zebra paint brushes, I usually just use the foam ones.

  30. Love your work and inspiration. I have done everything to enter contest. I would use the product to paint a hutch I just scored. I recently moved into a small farmhouse. Thanks for your giving heart! ❤️

  31. I have a vintage coffee table that I have been holding off on painting because I think it would look good in milk paint but I’ve never used milk paint before. Thank you for doing this video.

  32. Could you possibly do a video on a redone baby crib that is safe for baby and in a white or grey…I love your videos and we are wanting to redo a crib, dresser, & nightstand for baby's room (#2) instead buying all new again since it can be very expensive…would like to see if Dixie Bell is a option…

  33. Nice video Christina. Would love some new brushes for my projects. Currently getting ready to paint an old china cabinet for my dining area. Lots of nooks and crannies on this piece. Happy painting @treshamck

  34. I just found you a week ago and I’m in love with your videos 🥰 my first project it’s going to be this antique grandfather’s clock that my husband loves and I absolutely hate 😹 jiji so yeah this milk paint would come in handy 🙌 let’s wait and see.

  35. Would love to use the brushes and milk paint on an antique dining room pedestal table that was cut down to coffee table height. There's allot of carving on the legs and claw feet and the Zibra brushes look like they would be perfect for the job. Love the hemp oil idea as well.

  36. I found a 9’ two pedestal legged table on marketplace and Queen Ann chairs. The table is in great shape so I decided to chalk paint it. After a 6 hour round trip drive I splurged and purchased my first Annie Sloan chalk paint; Coco and Country Grey along with clear and dark wax. I can’t afford at this time, to purchase the recommended brushes so I will have to wait. But if I could win this awesome set, I could have the table and chairs ready for Thanksgiving dinner where my family of 10 can sit together at one table. That is my favorite tradition for the holidays and for the first time I will not have to bring in tables from the storage building!! IG. TSBMBROCK

  37. Oh I love the black with natural top! I just bought a beautiful buffet 1920s-30s with lots of gorgeous detail…for my big old farmhouse dining room..those brushes would sure come in handy with that and the 5 other pieces I need to paint to complete the room. Thank you for sharing😊
    IG @ kimpeacockdrake

  38. This piece is perfectly stunning, and just the look I'm after for my antique headboard & nightstand. Thank you for the demo and chance to win some goodies!🎃

  39. New to chalk paint and painting furniture, I have watched video after video and finally upcycled my first dining table 😊. I have two barstools ready to be painted with these brushes and pint of paint. The table was a success, and so will be the barstools! 🙏🌹❤️
    Milk paint next! Whoot whoot!#ennazusatoris

  40. Would love the brushes for a couple custom orders I’ll be painting soon! Followed all pages with instagram handle @mwtreasures ☺️

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