Who’s in the mood for a great painted furniture makeover today?
If that’s you, I’ve got good news! I’ve been holding onto this oak cabinet makeover for a while now, but today is the day to finally show it off.
Check out the great bones on this piece?! This oak cabinet is a classic example of a great paint project–good wood that can be refinished many times over (yep, paint today, then strip and re-stain it later if you want!), sturdy and still functional, with nice details that will shine with a bit of paint.
I almost always choose milk paint for my oak furniture makeovers, mainly because I think it does a great job highlighting the pretty wood grain and the look of milk paint fits well with older style furniture.
Here’s a list of the materials I used for this project:
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Mora
- Fusion Mineral Paint Casement
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Clear Furniture Wax
- Redesign with Prima’s Delicate Fleur Transfer
- Flat paintbrush and small artist’s brush
- Fusion’s TSP Alternative
- Fine grit (320+) and Coarser grit (180) sandpaper
- Lint-free cloth
The Painting Process
I find painting oak furniture with milk paint really easy! Most always, the paint soaks right down into the oak and I don’t have any issues with adhesion, but it’s always good to still do a bit of prep if you’re concerned at all about getting too much chipping with your milk paint.
To prep this piece, I cleaned it with Fusion’s TSP, and scuff sanded the top only with the 180 grit sandpaper. I left the rest of the body unsanded because I wanted to let the milk paint chip and do its thing; but on the top, I wanted to make sure I got nice, solid coverage.
I then mixed up my milk paint, which is a gorgeous shade called Mora. It’s a very faint color, with a tad bit of blue and green in it. Since it’s such a light color, it did take 3 coats to get the coverage I was going for on this piece.
Once my last coat was dry, I used the fine-grit sandpaper to sand the whole piece smooth and distress some along the edges. Then I hand-painted on a few details on the door fronts using some white Fusion (Casement) and a small artist’s brush.
At this point, I thought the front still looked a bit too plain, so I cut up a few pieces of Prima’s Delicate Fleur transfer, and created a small floral bunch design with the individual pieces (want to see more on how to apply a transfer? Check out my youtube video here).
Once the transfer design was finished, I brushed a thin coat of Clear Wax over the whole piece, then buffed it back with my lint-free rag after about 10 minutes.
Here it is all finished!
It has a real feminine vibe now, with the soft color and floral design. And like I said, the Mora is a very faint color, and looks white until you put it up next to something that is a true, bright white.
The lighting the day I took these photos wasn’t the greatest, but I hope you can still get a feel for how you can use paint to soften up a piece and give it a whole new feel.
And if you’ve never tried milk paint before, the next old oak piece you find, you should give it a try!
Thanks for joining me today and happy painting!