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Milk Paint Dresser


For those of you who have missed my furniture before & afters – this post is for you!  Today I’m sharing a classic Miss Mustard Seed dresser makeover.


I bought this dresser off of Craig’s List a couple of weeks ago.



It looks like it’s natural wood, but it’s actually painted brown.  It did have the original hardware, though and it’s solid as a rock.



I painted it out in one coat of a custom mix of milk paint by Homestead House and lightly distressed it.  (I’m going to make some video tutorials on milk paint soon.)  Milk paint did the magical thing it does and created this awesome flaked finish.  I finished it off with a clear coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax, so it’s super smooth, despite the textured appearance.


I decided to paint the top on this one, since it was already painted brown (and I didn’t want to strip it in my living room or carry it to the basement.)  A little lazy, I know, but I think a painted top works better on this piece, anyway.



I’ve always been attracted to these vintage scooters, but never found one at a good price and in a color I liked.  I found this one for a great bargain and the color is perfect!  I bought it to sell, but I’m pretty smitten with it, so we’ll see.





I drew up some fun chalk art for my little photo session with the new dresser and scooter.



 Sigh…it’s nice to be painting furniture again.

 (Which is a good thing, because I’m going to have to fill up a truckload for the Lucketts fair!)

I’m linking this to SNS at Funky Junk Interiors.

Before I close my post for the day, I just wanted to share that it looks like one of my pie-in-the-sky dreams will become a reality.  It’s going to be a while before I’m ready to share all of the details, but I had a super exciting conversation today that got the ball rolling.  God is so good to me.


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  1. darlene says:

    Love the milkpaint dresser!! I also love the painted floors in your shop…..maybe you can do a tutorial on painted floors!lol . thanks for all your tutorials

  2. It sure is a beauty! It’s so perfectly timeworn looking. Sounds like more good things coming your way… congrats! Glad you’re back to painting. I know having my gallbladder out was wonderful. It was so nice not to have attacks! Best of health to you 😉

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Thanks, Shannon. Yes, I’m starting to feel much better. I still have some pinching where my gallbladder was, but I’m assuming that’s scar tissue. I can now move furniture and paint again!!

  3. It looks wonderful and so sturdy. I love the look of Homestead House milk paint and hope to buy some soon. Love the colour of both the dresser and the scooter. It’s going to be hard to keep your kids off the scooter if you keep it!

  4. Super gorgeous… You’ve been on quite a ride lately… how fitting!

  5. Kristen says:

    Love the dresser! What a great finish. I just picked up some milk paint at the local woodcraft store a couple days ago and I can’t wait to try it out. I just painted a table in General Finishes new milk paint line, but it’s a mix of latex and not true milk paint and is more durable. I also used Myland’s wax for the first time too…isn’t trying new products the best?


    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Oh, I love trying new products. I wasn’t as much of a fan as Gerneral Finishes, but it was nice to try it out. Mylands works great, but it’s super stinky. I think it’s the smelliest wax I’ve used.

  6. That is a beautiful dresser, great lines and original hardware. The milk paint color is perfect and so is the finish. I’m so happy to hear that another good thing is coming your way, cant wait to hear the details. I’m so glad you’re feeling better and back to painting furniture again. Your before and afters are always great.

  7. PS that scooter is adorable, are you having trouble keeping the kids off of it?

  8. We’ve tried milk paint once…so I look forward to your thoughts and tutorial. The color is fantastic and the scooter and chalkboard sign make the perfect vignette!

  9. I haven’t used milk paint in years, but I think I’m going to have to try it again after seeing that dresser. Beautiful! Love the scooter too. How exciting to watch your business grow and grow! Best wishes!

  10. How in the world do you find these amazing pieces on Craigslist???? Looks amazing – can’t wait to hear your news : )

  11. sullyj says:

    Getting ready to try milk paint for the first time (wish me luck!) And if you decide to sell the scooter, please let me know a day in advance so I can drive there to get it! I LOVE it!

  12. Beautiful. I love the effect that milk paint gives. I’ve never used it before, but my neighbor gave me some of her’s that she didn’t have luck with. I love chalk paint so would love to hear what you think on the how they differ & what you like about milk paint better. Beautiful, beautiful dresser.

  13. It’s SO good to see you painting again, I’ve really missed seeing your creativity. I’m also glad you’re healing well. It’s so easy to take health for granted. Atleast gall bladder surgery is not has bad as it used to be with the huge scar and all.

    I’m intrigued by milk paint, was so when you wrote about it in the past and now you’ve got me interested yet again. Perhaps that is a sign to try it! 😉

    Oh, and I love this piece above with the milk paint!!!!!! LOVE that look!

  14. I’m betting the big news is that you will develop your own line of something……. Good luck.

  15. Love this color!!! Been painting out some items in Annie Sloan Provence and well, it’s not just right…. What color is the dresser?? Yours looks like the color I’m searching for!!

  16. On Provence try adding some antique white and see if you get a color you like,also a touch of stain can change the tone too. Love the blue on your Dresser !!What is that color
    Happy your getting back to yourself.You really gave us a teaser,must be your theator back ground.

    Could it be Hgtv,or the book is going out soon,their are so many possiblities for you,

  17. MelissaPete says:

    Yes, please do a tutorial on milk paint. Is it a product or a process? I want to do this to a vanity in my bathroom; it’s the exact look I want. You get some fabulous pieces on Craigslist. In our area, “vintage” or “antique” titles most often end up being the furniture my parents had in the 80’s. 😀

  18. I am in love with the scooter!!!

  19. The colour is just lovely and such a beautiful textured finish :-)

  20. Hi Marian: I bought a similar piece a month ago off craigslist for pennies. I’m trying to date it as it seems very old. The construction is solid, back side is made up of solid wood (not plywood which I think was used post 1920’s. I might drive it up to an auction house in NJ for a proper appraisal. I love what you did with your dresser… looking forward to the tutorial.

  21. Looking forward to hearing your big news.

  22. I love what you did to the dresser! Great color. I also love the scooter and chalkboard sign!

    I read your Pie in the Sky Dreams, and you are such an inspiration. We are only limited by our own thinking! Reach for the Sky! In starting my new blog, I have taken a huge first step into my future and into making my dreams come true.

  23. Love this milk paint dresser.That color looks great with the dark wood showing through.Thanks to you I used milk paint on my table and chair set and a corner cabinet.And I love the results.Gives it a authentic looking chipped aged finish.LOVE that scooter.I don’t think I could sell that either.
    I have a question is there a blog or site that I could check out that explains how to do chalk art?I remember some time ago you had mentioned how you did that.
    Thank you,

  24. Oh, man, what’s next? Getting your own show? It’s been fun watching your career develop! I purchased some milk paint when you had it on your site before, but haven’t tried it, yet. I better get on that!

  25. I love the piece! You are so talented!

  26. What a great piece! I love the color and am looking forward to your tutorial. I’ve got a long dresser that would benefit from something like this. I’ve never used milk paint though so I will definitely wait for the tutorial first. Love the chalkboard art (and scooter too!). I have a new chalkboard wall in my kitchen that I want to tackle soon – will do that before the dresser :-) Can’t wait to hear your big news!!!! God IS good!! :-)

  27. Pauline says:

    I love it! So with chalk paint there is not sanding or primer needed right….? Sorry I am so new to painting furniture. Would love some input anyone….

  28. Pauline says:

    I love it! So with milk / chalk paint there is not sanding or primer needed right….? Sorry I am so new to painting furniture. Would love some input anyone….

  29. I’ve read there is an extra bonding agent to mix with the milk paint to use on pretty much any surface but you might want to at least lightly sand/buff up the surface if you aren’t using the extra bond. Love to hear your thought/process for preparing a piece for milk paint, Marian.

  30. Maywine says:

    Hard work, I’m sure. Think you should have left it on Craigslist. Streaky blue paint not up to your standards. Sorry.

  31. Carol says:

    I got THAT EXACT scooter for my 6th birthday! Same color and everything. I’m not going to reveal the year… I loved that scooter and rode it lots.

  32. Laurie says:

    No such thing on Craigslist in my neck of the woods….amazing transformation.
    My favorite part…the white fenders on your ride!

  33. I love the dresser. I have some milk paint sitting in my cupboard waiting on me to find the right piece to use it on. Do you have to do much prep work before using milk paint? I need to do some research first too I think. I did some several years ago then didn’t end up using milk paint after all. Can’t remember now what the best way to prep was.
    I love the little scooter – I’d hang onto it for awhile if I were you:)

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      No, you don’t have to do a lot of prep work with milk paint. You can use a primer made for it that will help it adhere or you can use it directly on wood, so it “self-distresses.” It’s a very cool paint.

      • Liz Messenger says:


        I must know –how does it self distress?? This sounds very convenient. Please hurry on the tutorial! So glad you are feeling better. And I think the dresser looks fantastic.

        Love your website and hopelessly addicted to furniture feature friday.

        Liz M

  34. Beautiful dresser!…Oh the memories…I had a scooter like that, but it was red…How I loved that scooter…Yes, it is hard to find one that is reasonably priced…I love that color though…I think I definitely
    would have preferred that over the red, but you can’t choose since Santa left it under the tree!….

  35. Terrie from Atlanta, Ga says:

    Welcome back, Honey! Bet it felt good to get paint under your nails after all these weeks ~ we love whatever you do, as long as you do it in BLUE!!

  36. Okay, I love the dresser, but I just noticed the pictures that you have hanging on the window frame. I love that they are in the center of the window! I love that you always think outside of the box! Beautiful!

    I’m so glad you are feeling better. I remember the recovery from gall bladder surgery. It is not as simple as people told me it would be. It was a full six week recovery. Glad you are on the mend!

  37. Hurray for pie in the sky dreams! and Happy to hear you are painting again.
    Thank you so much for sharing this dresser: it is absolutely gorgeous!
    I would love to know more about milk-paint. I’ve researched it a bit and I am really looking forward to trying it out especially if you teach! :)
    Greetings from faraway Cyprus,

  38. Awesome dresser, love the scooter and the sign. But I have to share with you my experience while reading the last part of your post….to quote JayLo; “i got goosies!” I’m so excited for you, your journey is inspiring and so fun to follow :)

  39. Katherine says:

    On a previous post you mentioned pricing. Would you be willing to use this dresser as an example? Price from craigslist – Price you are selling it for. Time in the piece. I know transportation, communication on CL, handling, painting, coating, etc. is all taken in the final price. Thanks

  40. I love it! My Mom has a wood veneer china cabinet that I want to try chalk paint on. I’m thinkin’ blue!

  41. Looks fantastic! We have a very similar dresser in our bedroom, though it wasn’t painted…had it’s original veneer, so we kept it that way. It’s nice to see what it would look like with a makeover though! Love the color!

  42. LOVE the dresser!!

    Just went back and reread your pie-in-the-sky post. Are things in the works for someone to come in and do your laundry!?! Just kidding. :) Ppplllleeeaaasseee tell me you’re going to be designing a line of home decor products!!!!!

  43. I bought a scooter like that a few years ago for the shop. My dad wouldn’t let me sell it.
    He had one as a kid and it’s sitting on their wrap around porch. It makes me happy
    when I see it! {I would keep the one you found…..keeps some of that child-like wonder in your shoots}

    I finished painting my office table/desk. I mixed French linen with old white and used the dark wax.
    {ASCP} Moving to our dining table next– then I have linen that I’m making my own roman shades.
    You have inspired me to say the least. {now if I can get it done before this weekend, haha}

    The milk paint looks interesting too….might have to try that on something.


  44. Mary Melber says:

    I really like that dresser, you did a great job on it. Where did you get Homestead House paint? What color did you use? I would like to try it on a table that I have. Thank you.

  45. Awesome dresser! I once was given a set of dressers that were from my husband’s childhood friend. I sanded them and did a black wash on them. One is in my family room with the tv on top. I love it for storage!

  46. Kelly DuMaresq says:

    You are so inspiring!! Just started reading your blog a few months ago and I’m addicted!
    So hoping you are collaborating with someone and kicking it off with a buying trip to France!
    Excited to hear whatever it is.

  47. I love the alter you just posted. Great for displaying things.
    Would love to have one, let me know if it doesn’t sell.

  48. susan cook says:

    Hey Miss!

    Just wondering what your custom paint mix might be? I was looking at the French Enamel, but it seems to be a little too blue? I prefer the color on your chest of drawers here. Advice?

    • Yes, I’m going to show how the mix the colors in my line to create custom colors. I intentionally went with colors that are more saturated, so they can be lightened and mixed without getting muddy.


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