Today I am going to show you how Painting with milk paint is a good option for outdated shelving!
I had fun with these shelves! I got them from Pottery barn when we built our house 14 years ago! They were just hiding out in the basement waiting for an up-cycle. I really liked them, but they were looking rather dated, but I couldn’t get rid of them and I’m glad I didn’t because I love them again!
I was given some milk paint from Old Barn Milk Paint. It was a fun happy mail day! I couldn’t wait to get started and I had just the shelves to make pretty again!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t a blogger when I added the photo below on Instagram, but you will get the idea 😉
A bit more fresh, wouldn’t you agree?
Now, let’s get back to how I got this look.
- I mixed the paint according to the directions on the box. It is definitely not as think as regular paint or chalk paint.
- The shelves I was painting had a clear varnish on them, so I sanded them lightly with 120 grit sand block rather lightly.
- Then I applied the bonding cream, You mix this with the paint you just mixed. Again, the directions are on the container.
- After waiting for 30 minutes for it to dry I was ready for the first coat!
Here is what it looks like after the Bonding cream:
I waited 30 minutes for it to dry and here is the first above & the second coat:
Notice the cracking and it even had little bubbles
I used my sanding block and sanded the areas that were cracking or looked like it had bubbles.
I then added the wax and wiped away, when I did this bigger chips of paint came off…for a perfectly aged chippy, vintage looking shelf!
It’s just the extra pretty vintage touch I needed in my bedroom. I like mixing new pieces with old. This dresser from Ikea is all shiny and new & I love it, but I think added some vintage pieces to the room adds so much more texture and character!
I thought this project was fun and easy! So, I tried to do another piece of furniture and it was an epic fail 🙁 The piece was very vintage and did not have any finish left on it and seemed to me to be very pourous, so I didn’t use bonding cream and after I painted the two coats I went to check on it and started sanding it, and it kind of crumbled like sand! So, I think I should have used the bonding cream! I’m not going to give up , so if you have any suggestions let me know. & when I figure it out I will post it for y’all 😉
I hope you like this Pottery Barn up-cycle and if you’d like to save this milk paint tutorial for later, I made along pin for Pinterest below, Just for you!