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How to Milk Paint a Vanity

An old-fashioned milk-paint treatment gives an antique look to this yard sale vanity.

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    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Sand the Vanity

Thoroughly sand the vanity surface with 150-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth to remove all dust from the piece. Remember to sand the handles and other wooden accessories.

Step 2: Mix the Milk Paint

Mix the milk paint powder with equal parts warm water. Mix the paint thoroughly and set it aside for about 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Tips: Milk paint works best when mixed with room-temperature water. For a unique color, mix two colors of milk paint powder before adding water. Make a note of the "recipe" to re-create the same color later. Use the time while the paint thickens to do any last-minute sanding.

Step 3: Apply a Coat of Milk Paint

Paint on a coat of milk paint and let dry. Apply a second coat if desired. For a more antique look, Kelly used just one coat and let the white paint underneath show through.

Step 4: Seal the Vanity with an Acrylic Sealer

Seal the vanity with a non-toxic, clear-coat acrylic sealer. Water will leave spots on unsealed milk-paint surfaces. Tip: Use thin coats of acrylic sealer; the sealer can dry milky white if applied too thickly or if the room is too humid.Install the vanity as desired, hooking up the drain line and water supply.