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Paint a Floral Stenciled Armoire

Brighten up antique furniture by painting it with milk paint and adding metallic stenciled accents.

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brighten an antique armoire
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Mix Milk Paint and Apply to Furniture

Mix a green wash tint with milk paint (combining the milk paint with pale green latex paint) until achieving desired color. Apply to furniture surface using brush.

Use cheesecloth or rages to wipe away enough paint to allow wood grain to show. Leave some residue in furniture detailing.

mix milk paint and apply to furniture

Step 2: Create a Top Coat Glaze

Next, add three parts glaze to one part latex paint to create a top coat glaze. Paint over the milk paint.

Wipe away excess paint to leave color in detailed areas only.
The detailing on this armoire included an ornate fan top and door panel moldings. Metallic bronze paint is used to highlight these features.

Step 3: Draw a Design

Draw a freehand design or stencil a design onto a removable foam core board.

Attach panels to armoire using hot glue gun.

Paint colors used:

Milk Paint in snow white and Milk Paint Tint in Bayberry Green from Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.

Sweet Celery (KM3422-3) from Kelly Moore.

Gold Metallic Paint from Modern Masters.

brighten an antique armoire