Happy 2020!

Welcome to our monthly thrift store challenge hosted by Emily at Le Cultivateur and Tara at stilettos and shiplap .

This month for our challenge I’m going to transform a chest that was purchased from Facebook marketplace.

For the transformation I’m using milk paint for the first time and going to finish it with hemp oil. Typically I use chalk paint when working on furniture and frames, but I love the chippy look of milk paint so I decided to try something new!


Honestly, this is a beautiful chest! In the end it would have looked just as beautiful if I had touched up the few spots that were chipped and left it as is, but I really love a piece that Kalyn @boxwoodandspruce transformed and started out going for this look.

I even purchased the same hardware with the intention of using it, but in the end the original hardware gave it way more of the vintage look that I love.

Here we go…

With chalk paint there is no sanding making it a double plus to use!! Have I mentioned that I HATE sanding? Lol

From what I have now learned with milk paint sometimes you have to sand and others times none is required. Seems like it depends on the finish of the piece you are painting. I started out not knowing this, so I mix my paint and get busy with a goal of finishing this project in one day.

I cleaned the chest and then applied my first coat. As it dried it was actually looking really good, but I soon realized that it was bubbling up and flaming off. At first it looked like this was just happening on the face of the drawers.

After speaking to a few friends I learn that I either need to sand the piece down and start over or add a bonding agent to the paint. I went with sanding since I would have to order the bonding agent online and wait a few days to get it in the mail.

I started by sanding the drawer faces. After I sanded them I LOVED the look of the raw wood against the black and decided to go with this for the finished product. It wasn’t long before I realized the paint on the whole piece was flaking off 🤦🏻‍♀️.

Here goes the sanding… I sanded the entire piece, cleaned it up, and then started the painting process over.

This time it worked out perfect! The paint became chippy in a few places on its own and others I gave it a light sanding to give it the aged look.

I applied 2 coats of the milk paint and then after it was dry I used hemp oil to seal it. I then reinstalled the original hardware.

So what do y’all think? I love the way the hemp oil brought out all of the details of the wood!

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  1. Danya, I love the way this came out! Great job!!!

  2. Danya , your piece came out beautiful!
    Oh boy it seemed like a lot of hard work but when you see the finished product it sure is worth it!
    I’ve never used milk paint before and didn’t know anyone that did . Great too on the sanding process!!
    Well done Danya 🙂

    1. Thank you Teresa! I love what you did with your shutters. I’ve been looking for something to use on mine.

      1. Aww thank you Danya glad you like them..

  3. It’s crazy how having to go back and sand down the entire piece made you realize you liked the drawers better that way! Isn’t it funny how that works sometimes? Annoying at first and then almost glad it happened lol! This piece is perfect, you did a fantastic job!

    1. Thank you Dori. It is so crazy how a huge inconvenience turned out so perfect 🙂

  4. Dayna, this turned out great. I can work magic with chalk paint but I have always been afraid of milk paint. Actually I have a fear of it not working right. So pretty.


    1. Thank you! Now that I know how to use it, I’m actually excited to try it again.

  5. I love how this piece turned out. Sometimes these issues that come up and up becoming happy accidents. Enjoy your new piece!

    1. Thank you, I love how what seemed like a disaster turned out perfect.

  6. I LOVE IT Danya!! Truly a beautiful piece and you turned it into something that works perfectly in your home. You did a great job transforming it too.

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