My Favorite Piece of Furniture I Have Ever Painted. Ever!

This is my favorite piece of furniture I have ever painted. Ever!


Here’s the runner-up!


Yeah baby! And they are both for ME!

(I guess they are also for my husband and son and maybe our dog, Bella, because they, technically, live here too. But we all know they don’t go all gushy gaga over furniture like I do so … yeah…they’re for ME!)

This vintage buffet and matching china cabinet have been hanging around my house for way too long waiting to be painted. Their make-overs are finally complete thanks to Real Milk Paint, the non-toxic milk paint we carry at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!

Here are the before shots:


DSC_0013I prepped both pieces by giving them a good scrub-down and a light sanding. I didn’t go down to bare wood, but I sanded just enough to “rough them up” a bit so the Real Milk Paint would stick better.

Then I painted both pieces with a base coat of Real Milk Paint’s Navy Blue mixed with UltraBond, an adhesion promoter. With milk paint, you run the risk of the paint chipping when applied over previously finished surfaces. That chipping looks all vintage and cool on the right piece, but that wasn’t the look I was going for here. I didn’t want to see wood coming through the navy blue.

If you absolutely do not want chips, you can either strip your piece down to bare wood … or just add few scoops of UltraBond to the paint.


I did not add UltraBond to the white. I didn’t need to help it adhere better since I was planning to distress-the-heck-out-of-it anyway. I kept the inside of the china cabinet navy blue to offset my white dishes.

Here you can see the smooth, elegant finish of the milk paint with Ultrabond added.


After the white dried, I distressed with a baby wipe. Real Milk Paint has no harmful chemicals or fumes so you can work safely indoors during cold winter months. I worked right there in my dining room. However, I didn’t want the messy dust created by distressing with sandpaper. The baby wipe did the trick!

This technique, called wet distressing, is one of the techniques students practice in our Introduction to Real Milk Paint class coming up on February 26. See details below.

img_5751Here you can see the difference between the two awesomely chunky legs on this piece. The leg on the left is solid white. The leg on the right is distressed. I like how that little bit of color peeking out gives the piece more dimension versus plain white, especially on furniture with great details like these babies.

If you rub away too much color, just come back and paint over it. I went back and forth—distressing, painting over it, then distressing again—a few times until I loved how everything looked. Then I sealed everything with Real Milk Paint’s Low Sheen Finishing Cream, one of my favorite finishing products because it is easy to apply, provides a durable hard-coat finish and makes your furniture feel as good as it looks.

Here are a few more closeups of the distressing on the finished pieces.

buffet_closeup_all-things-new-again_leesburg-va buffet_closeup3_all-things-new-again_leesburg-va china-cabinet_closeup_all-things-new-again_leesburg-va china-cabinet_closeup2_all-things-new-again_leesburg-vaYou’ll notice I didn’t do much to try to repair or camouflage the previous damage on these pieces. Actually, I didn’t do anything. I just painted right over one big ding, a lot of scratches and some damaged veneer.

I usually try to make my furniture that I sell as flawless as possible, but on these pieces—for our home—I let it be. I figured this furniture lived a full life. There’s probably a story behind every ding. I decided to accentuate the imperfections instead and I’m really happy I did.

After all, I live here—with my husband, our son and Bella. Eventually, this furniture is going to get a few more scratches and dings. It always does, but that’s OK. We’ll have a story to tell.

And they will still be my favorite pieces of furniture I have ever painted. Ever!

<3 Courtney

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This post is linking up with Friday’s Furniture Fix #65.

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.). Please join us on Sunday, February 26 for our Introduction to Real Milk Paint Class.
We take the mystery out of milk paint! Our class teaches you how to mix the paint, prep your piece and offers several finishing options. This is a hands-on class where students practice three painting techniques for creating different looks on their milk paint projects (including the distressed look I created here). Then you choose your favorite colors and techniques and paint a cute little table in class to take home and enjoy.
Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Please click here to sign up today!


6 thoughts on “My Favorite Piece of Furniture I Have Ever Painted. Ever!

  1. LaDonna G. Thompson says:

    I love these pieces and the look you have mastered. You did a great job and looks like the dining room décor is beautiful, also.

    I am so anxious to take this class end of month. Thanks for sharing your projects!

  2. Brenda Young (@UniqueJunktique) says:

    Wow Courtney, your set came our fabulous, and what a strange coincidence… I have a pair sitting here in my living room currently in use waiting for their makeover too! So nice to make some things over for ourselves once in a while! Thanks so much for sharing your pieces at Fridays Furniture Fix!

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