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No Fuss Pre-Mixed Milk Paint Furniture Makeover

Milk Paint Furniture Makeover

For this milk paint furniture makeover I didn’t have to mix a thing. Gotta love that. I like milk paint a lot but we all know mixing it up can be a pain.No Fuss Pre-Mixed Milk Paint Furniture Project Petticoat Junktion

Milk Paint Furniture Makeover

I’m really excited about today’s painted furniture project! You guys remember when I went to Plaid Headquarters and worked with new products being introduced this year. Well, this project features FolkArt® Milk Paint. The paint will be available in stores this month….maybe already in a store near you! I fell in love with the paint…no mixing, no fuss.

project table


The table hubby (also known as The JTS, Junktion Technical Specialist) bought at an auction needed a makeover in the worst way. I like the size of the table and decided it would be a good replacement for the trunk/coffee table in our living room.

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The trunk really doesn’t fit the décor in our small living room.

FolkArt Milk Paint Products I selected Pirate Black for the table makeover. There are black framed photos hanging above the sofa and decorative black print pillows on the sofa so extending the color to the table would be perfect.

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applying FolkArt Bonding Primer Sealer

I started by priming the table with the FolkArt® Milk Paint Bonding Primer & Sealer. The primer goes on white and dries clear.

FolkArt Milk Paint Pirate Black color Petticoat Junktion

I waited the recommended dry time for the primer ( 4 hours ) and began applying the milk paint. I used the FolkArt Milk Paint brush and the paint went on nice and smooth. The milk paint is thin and I really thought I would have to use several coats to cover the white paint. Boy was I wrong.

FolkArt Milk Paint Pirate Black Petticoat Junktion project

This photo shows the table with one coat of black milk paint. I applied one more light coat of paint primarily to cover the leg joints I missed the first go-round.

distressing milk paint

Since our sofa is off-white I thought it would be nice for a bit of the original white paint to peek through under the black. I distressed all edges and details lightly with a sanding block.

distressing milk paint petticoat junktion

I’m liking the look!

applying FolkArt Milk Paint Sealer Petticoat Junktoin

After sanding I wiped the table with a dry cloth then applied the Bonding Primer And Sealer. The sealer darkens the paint slightly and adds just a bit of satin sheen. The milk paint is flat black and doesn’t require sealing…just an option.

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The milk paint doesn’t chip or peel. It distresses perfectly. Of course, it doesn’t have to be distressed but you guys know me….aka…..the “Queen of Distressing”.

FolkArt Pre-Mixed Milk Paint Furniture Project Petticoat Junktion

I like the fact that it’s pre-mixed. What a great idea! It’s a time saver and money saver. No lumps in the paint and the paint won’t spoil.

FolkArt Milk Paint project Petticaoat Junktion Pre Mixed paint

When I posted about the auction table we discussed mirror topped tables. I got some yeas and some nays. I was leaning toward nay but the black paint really showcases the mirror, or maybe the mirror shows off the black paint? Either way I like the look of the mirror. Our living room is the least used room in the house and it’s a little more formal so the mirror and black paint works. Our den is large and really casual and that’s where we hang out most days.

FolkArt Milk Paint color chart

The milk paint comes in 33 colors and they can be combined to make custom colors. Not that I would ever mix colors, hahahahaha.

FolkArt Pre-Mixed Milk Paint

How do you like the table now? Much better, huh? Keep an eye out for the paint in your local stores.

I just painted another table with the milk paint and it’s a doozy….stenciled it too. You can see it here……Inkwell Color Milk Paint Table.

Read more about the FolkArt Milk Paint on the Plaid On-Line Website.

Disclosure: I partnered with Plaid Crafts on this post. All words, ideas and photographs are 100% my own. 

See you guys tomorrow. Have a great day.

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Wow! The new table looks great. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  2. Pre mixed milk paint? I would so be in the market for such a project. Thanks for review on it. I’ll keep my eyes open for it

  3. I love it! It turned out really beautiful. It really complements your decor, and you can’t go wrong with classic black! I like the mirror top too!

  4. I love all paint that is premixed so I’m thrilled to learn about this milk paint. Your new coffee table is awesome…look forward to someday seeing it in person. Congrats on a great project. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  5. The table looks great and love the idea of pre-mixed milk paint!

  6. Hi Again, I live in a small rural town so I would like to know if you bought the paint online or at a particular store? Love the distressing on table. The more distressed, the better:)

  7. Nice makeover, Kathy! I’ll definitely keep me eyes open for this paint. I like that it’s premixed.

  8. No, this paint will not chip. It is recommended to use the bonding agent when using the milk paint over a painted finish.

  9. Cathy–I get a little confused about when/where to use these paints. What is the difference between this and chalk in terms of finish, durability, etc? I’d love to see a comparison of all the various finishes/paints: pluses, minuses, etc.

  10. Well this is fun! Kathy, do you know if the paint would chip like other casein milk paint if you hadn’t started with the bonding primer? Thanks!