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MMSMP Cedar Chest / 5 Days Of White Furniture

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Day 3

My white furniture project today is extra special…..because I used MMSMP.


MMSMP project in Linen 5 days of white furniture Petticoat Junktion

MMSMP Cedar Chest in Linen and Boxwood

It’s been a while since I’ve used the milk paint and I forgot how much I love it.



The cedar chest has been serving as our coffee table/toy box in the den.

I painted the chest Boxwood a little over a year ago.

Now I’m feeling the urge to lighten up the den.

mixing mmsmp Petticoat JUnktion

So Linen it is!

I don’t measure anything.

I just poured the milk paint powder in the cup until it looked like enough to paint my project.

It was probably about 2/3 cup of powder.

mixing mms milk paint for a project Petticoat Junktion

Then I added a little water.

Not too much at first because it doesn’t take much.

I can always add more water if I need to.

The paint needs to be stirred for a few minutes to remove all the lumps.

I probably had 3/4 to 1 cup of paint.

milk paint project Petticoat Junktion

I was almost finished painting the chest when I tipped over the paint.

That’s one bad thing about the light weight plastic cups.

They tip over easily.

Being a thrifty person I lapped up the paint with my paint brush and painted the top of the chest.

painting with MMS Milk Paint Petticoat Junktion

What was spilled on the tarp covered this much!

I mixed up just the right amount of paint.

There were a few dregs left in the bottom of the cup.


MMS Furniture Wax for Milk Paint Project Petticoat Junktion 2

I applied two coats of paint literally back to back.

I would paint a side of the chest then immediately go back to the side I just painted and apply a second coat.

I don’t know if that’s what gave the finish a crackle look but I like it.

I used a paint scraper to remove the chipping paint and I also ran the scrapper along the edges and detailed areas to pull off more paint.

chippy mms milk paint in linen project by Petticoat Junktion

You can see little bits of boxwood green peeking through…and also some of the original wood finish.


milk paint furniture project 5 days of white furniture Petticoat Junktion

In honor of Summer (it’s almost here), I gathered up my sea shells for this display.

They bring back fond memories of the years we lived in Florida and of our visit last year to our daughter and her family on Kodiak Island.

As I mentioned this piece is doing double duty in our den.

I hope granddaughter Sofi likes the new look of her toy box.

She’s kind of particular.

She did love her daisy table…so I’m thinking we’ll be okay.

If you missed the first two days of white furniture here are the links….

Day 1 Shabby Chic Table / 5 Days Of White Furniture

Day 2 Cottage Chic Magazine Table / 5 Days Of White Furniture

Are you lovin’ the white paint or are you ready for some bright colors?

Our  Elements of Summer Tour starts today….

thirty Home Décor and DIY Bloggers for 5 days of inspiration…woohoo!

Links to  today’s tours are below

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10 Responses

  1. Ellen says:

    I always love white paint. It brightens up any area in the house and is so shabby chic. I don’t think you can go wrong with white.

  2. Tami Toppen says:

    Love it!

  3. chris aka monkey says:

    kathy you taught me it was ok to use colors but i am loving this white, i like this chest so much better now xx

  4. Andrea says:

    I just love it…now, I had a brain flash!!…what if that same chest, someone took gold or silver paint and rubbed it into the flower motifs on the front (only into the carving) and wiped off the excess….wouldn’t that be soooo cute? It would make them appear to have been made of some kind of metal. Also they would pop with a little tiny bit of glitter in the cracks and crevices!!

  5. Ms. Mike says:

    I’ve missed your posts. One day you were there and the next you were gone. I tried to sign up again and couldn’t, yada, yada, yada. Anyway today you are here again and I’m so happy! Love the white cedar chest. This is one of the most useful pieces of furniture anyone could have, any style, any color, and can be used anywhere. Thanks, Kathy.

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Thanks Ms. Mike, I’ve been wondering what happened to you. I was going to shoot an email to you but now I know you’re ok. Yes, there have been lots of problems in blogland over email. We still aren’t sure what is going on. Glad I’m there again, lol.

  6. Patty says:

    I just love it. It almost has an old European look.

  7. Donna Kay from One of a Kind Finds-Vintage Fare says:

    looooove the white, shabby, chippy, scappy look!!!

  8. Lori says:

    This looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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