Before & After: Black Milk Paint

This week’s guest post is a drool-worthy dresser transformation from Jenni of the blog Girl Meets Restoration. Jenni’s amazing dresser rehab combines black milk paint and vintage maps to result in a refreshingly modern piece. Take it away, Jenni!

“Hello, I’m Jenni. I’m a Southern girl by birth who found herself in DC after college with dreams of saving the world. When I’m not busy saving the world you can find me at my blog, Girl Meets Restoration, where I just recently began chronicling my adventures (and many mishaps) in furniture restoration.

I was immediately taken with the shape and functionality of this piece. I loved that this chest of drawers had an unexpected cabinet with hidden drawers at the top. Sometimes, you immediately know what you’d like to see a piece become. That was the case with “Casablanca.””

Here is a before shot of the dresser.


Jenni’s Process:

– Lightly sanded all over with a medium grit sandblock then wiped the entire piece down. – I made sure to mix up more milk paint than I thought I would need (the color never comes out the same if run out so be sure to overestimate).
– Added the bonding agent per the instructions on the bottle.
– I then applied 2 coats of the milk paint with bonding agent.
– Applied a rejuvenating oil with a lint free cloth to the drawers I left bare.
– After the paint was thoroughly dried I applied 1 coat of wax (with a splash of mineral spirit to soften) to seal the piece.
– Used mod podge to apply the pages from a vintage travel book then sealed those pages with mod podge as well.
– Lastly, I added the new hardware and voile!
I worked on this piece for two evenings on the weekend so around 8ish hours (I’m pretty meticulous).

Products Used:
– Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Lamp Black
– Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Bonding Agent
– Watco’s Rejuvenating Oil
Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax (w/ a splash of mineral spirits)
Annie Sloan’s Small Waxing brush

Here is the finished product, so gorgeous!

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Thank you so much Jenni for sharing your lovely dresser transformation! To see more of Jenni’s projects, head over to her Facebook page.

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