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Milk Paint Chair Flip | How to Use Milk Paint

Milk Paint Chair Flip | How to Use Milk Paint

, by Mary Kate King, 7 min reading time

Join Amy Howard as she takes a thrifted chair bought for a mere $5 and give it a stunning makeover using milk paint. Watch as we guide you through the step-by-step process of glazing with milk paint, a versatile and eco-friendly medium that adds character and depth to any piece. Discover the secrets behind achieving a professional-looking finish and learn valuable tips and tricks from Amy herself. Get ready to unlock your creativity and rescue, restore, and redecorate furniture yourself!

Products Used:

Additional Supplies:

  • Fabric Softener
  • Plastic containers for mixing paint
  • High grit sandpaper
  • Water mister or spray bottle
  • Lint free cloth (or old t-shirt)


Amy and Gene found this $5.00 chair at the Haven House Thrift Store in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 
Step One
Take the One Step Paint and shake well for several minutes. Open the can and stir with a stir stick, making sure the contents at the bottom are well incorporated. Take the paint, fabric softener, and water and mix together in a separate container in a 1:1:2 ratio: 1 part water, 1 part softener, and 2 parts paint. Mix until well combined. Take the spray bottle and mist the area of the fabric you will be working on first. You will mist the fabric before painting as you go. Using the Flat Paint Chip Brush, begin painting the fabric. Don't use too much paint or worry about any spots or colors still showing through. You will come back and add a second coat that will cover it. Continue to mist the fabric first, then paint until the piece is completely covered with the first coat. Allow to dry completely overnight. 
Step Two
Once the fabric is completely dry, use a high grit sandpaper to lightly sand the fabric in the direction that you painted even if you see some cross hatching appear. You will instantly feel the difference in the softness. You might also see some white scuffs appear as you sand, but don't worry about those.
Once the fabric is lightly sanded, take your paint mixture and begin the second coat. You will not need to mist the fabric with water before painting the second coat. Once fully painted with the second coat, allow to dry overnight. Once fully dry, repeat the sanding process, remembering to sand in the direction that you painted.
Step Three
Using the Nylon Tapered Brush, load with paint and begin painting the wood trim around the chair. You will want to paint a thin coat; do not use too much paint.
Once fully dry after 30 minutes to 1 hour, apply a second thin coat of paint for optimum coverage and protection.
*Note: Continue to stir the One Step Paint as you work so it remains well mixed. Also note that thin coats of paint are best. 
Step Four
Take the Scandinavian Grey Milk Paint and mix one part Milk Paint to one part water (ex. 1 cup powder to 1 cup water). Mix well but not vigorously so as to avoid foam. TIP: If using already mixed Milk Paint from the refrigerator, allow to sit out and come to room temperature before using. Using the Natural Chip Brush, load your brush with paint, off load, then choose a section of the wooden/carved area and begin painting. TIP: Normally, Milk Paint is best applied to a horizontal surface, but this is a milk paint glaze technique, so it's okay for the Milk Paint to run on the piece.
Once fully covered, take a dry Natural Chip Brush and pounce over the wet milk paint, pushing the paint into the crevices of the carving and absorbing any of the drips and runs. Once done, take a lint free rag and pat the are just a little bit. The Milk Paint will not be greatly pronounced, so you may pounce with the dry brush and cloth until you reach the desired effect. Repeat this process for all the wooden/carved areas on the chair.
Step Five
Once the piece has fully dried, use a Natural Chip Brush and load it with the Light Wax. Offload onto a piece of cardboard or wood. Lightly feather the Light Wax over the wooden trim. Feather over the whole piece, loading (and then always offloading) as needed. Now use the same technique for the Dark Wax. Load a separate Natural Chip Brush, offload onto cardboard, and feather over your piece, focusing on edges, corners, and any trim that would naturally show the most wear from being touched repeatedly over the years. TIP: Do not add too much wax. You need very little amounts feathered onto your piece. If you accidentally add too much and the wax has not dried in over an hour, you may take some of the wax off with Clean Slate
Step Six
 Allow the wax to come to tack (15-20 minutes), and then use a clean Chip Brush to dip into the Dust of Ages and lightly tap to shake off the excess (wear a dust mask during this process if possible). Pounce the dust onto the wooden edges. Reload your brush as needed. Once fully covered, use a lint free rag to burnish (rub) the Dust of Ages into the surface and wax underneath. 
Enjoy the Bragging Rights!
Check out the transformation. An outdated $5.00 chair is now a gorgeous neutral piece for any room in your home. 
Watch the tutorial to see the full process from start to finish.
Want to see more stunning transformations? Join the Before and After Facebook Group to see how people just like you are flipping furniture, saving money, and Enjoying the Bragging Rights. You can also follow us on Facebook and get alerts when Amy goes live with her next project!
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