Milk Paint Furniture!

From my first piece of milk paint furniture, I was completely sold!!  I love the beautiful antique, worn looking finish.  The final result is subtle, complex and interesting!  I also like how it gets more beautiful as it ages and as it gets used!  The dents and bumps from rambunctious kids don't matter!  They just add to the rustic character of your piece.

I realize there are some things that require the boring, more uniform look of regular paint, but I get very excited when I find a project that is just right for milk paint.

Shown below are 5 of the milk paint furniture pieces I have done over the past few years.

White Milk Paint
Over Dark Wood Dye
for This 2 Handle Step Stool

This was such a fun project to build and then to paint!

Check out the 4 easy steps
for milk painting this 2 handle step stool!

You may also click on the photo to learn more.  The "Milk Paint a Step Stool" page also has a link if you would like to build that step stool.

This Arched Bench was Painted
with Barn Red Milk Paint.

This was one of my most favorite projects both from a woodworking standpoint, and from a finishing standpoint!

I love the arches along the legs and underneath the bench!

To learn how to make this bench, visit

Continue reading to learn about finishing this bench.

I also loved the visual texture that resulted from the use of both wood dye and milk paint on this bench!

The wood dye seemed too dark when I put it on, but. . . .

When the red milk paint was applied over the dye, it was perfect! (P.S.  I don't say that about every project.)

To see how I achieved this look, you can visit this page:

This Step Stool
Started With Blue Milk Paint.

Removing the plastic frames around the glass insets was a serious chore!

It's hard to tell from the final result, but this step stool finish did start with a bright blue milk paint.

Removing the outdated plastic decorations was absolutely essential.

That was a mistake!!! But, since this was my first piece of milk paint furniture, I gave myself room to learn a lesson.

I should have used the wood dye first, so that when the raw wood showed through - due to distressing - it wouldn't look new.

I then used a dark brown wax over the blue milk paint.  The objective was to make it look aged, and it accomplished that.  But it lost some of its "cuteness", and was kind of a heavy look.

I also didn't like the feel of the wax.  It just felt sticky, and took a long time (i.e. a couple of years), and a lot of use to wear off.

To see all of the steps in this milk paint project, you may visit:

If you would like to build this step stool, you may visit:

Green and Black Milk Paint
Were Used on This Sofa Table.

Removing the plastic trim left a bunch of holes in the exterior of the door.

This was such a special project!  A friend found the legs used in this sofa table in his grandfather's woodworking shop.  The sofa table was designed to fit the legs, which had several layers of paint on them.  The goal was to match the table aprons, made of new wood, to the legs.

The apron pieces were first dyed the dark brown.  Then the green milk paint was applied.  It was a LOT BRIGHTER than I expected.

Black milk paint was applied over the green, and then some was wiped off in the direction of the grain.

It took several layers of the black to get the look similar to the legs.

For more details on finishing this sofa table you may go to:

White Milk Painted
Step Stool With Handle.

Oh, this was another one of my favorites!!  The woodworking part of this step stool is a little more complicated than the other step stool plans on this page, but it has so much character!!

If you want to build it, click on this link:

I dyed the raw wood with the dark brown wood dye.  The dye made the grain stand up, so I sanded it smooth before I painted.

I used a slate blue milk paint as the next layer.  The look was much softer than the bright blue I had used on the blue foot stool.

A cream colored milk paint was applied over the blue.  It took several layers of the cream, and I sanded between each layer.  I also worked at the distressed look between each layer.  Some of the wear spots show blue, and some go down to the dark brown.

All was protected with several layers of clear coat.

The process was a lot of work, so the result was worth it!!  If you would like more details on the steps, check out this page:

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