Hello my friends! I recently finished this Milk Painted Dresser with this irresistible Chippy-licious Finish. Milk Paint is perfect for a distressed primitive technique because it has the tendency to naturally chip on non-porous surfaces.
When I came across this $27 Broyhill Dresser Deal at my local ReStore, I imagined the EXACT opposite. This dresser was calling out for a vibrant-clean-full-coverage finish which you can also achieve with Milk Paint!
The secret for these two opposite milk paint finishes – BONDING AGENT!
Bonding Agent works exactly like a primer. It’s the same idea as using a B-I-N / Zinsser Primer (my fave!) to prepare for your additional coats of paint.
Mixing a Bonding Agent into your Milk Paint will help create an even and dependable layer for the additional coats of milk paint bind to.
Here’s a few tips when using your Bonding Agent:
:: Use Bonding Agent when you want a full coverage finish.
:: A light sanding is still recommended.
:: It changes the consistency of your milk paint making the milk paint thicker.
:: Add directly to your pre-mixed milk paint in a 1:1 ratio for full bonding.
:: Adjust the ratio for the amount of coverage or chipping you want.
:: Works great over pre-finished surfaces but is NOT needed on raw wood.
:: Bonding Agent is only required on your first coat.
:: If in doubt, add it! You can always distress with good ‘ol sandpaper.
Now I’m excited to show you more pics of this restyled Broyhill!
She’s been painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky– wow – what a color! I would describe it as a slightly softer version of the elegant Tiffany&Co blue-green!
This dresser top was sanded and stained in one coat of General Finishes (GF) Walnut and then 2 additional coats of GF Java Gel Stain. It’s top coated/protected with Minwax Tung Oil. The body of the dresser was sealed with Minwax Furniture Wax.
Along with the co-coordinating hardware I picked up from Hobby Lobby… this dresser is amazing!
I’m so happy with the top of this dresser. The dark stain with the contrasting vibrant body is stunning! If I had the space, this one would be a keeper!
And how perfect are these pulls?! This hardware has been sitting in my inventory since December. I’m so glad they’ve found their perfect match!
Milk Paint is amazingly versatile. It’s one of my favorite paints to use! You can achieve total opposite looks depending on what type of finish you want!
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I’d love to hear what you think of this dresser and if you’ve used Bonding Agent to achieve different Milk Paint finishes, leave me a comment below. Or if you have any questions… ask away!
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Hi Alicia! I wrote an article on Milk Paint Laminate here. 🙂
If I forgot to add bonding agent to the first coat, and now I have a crackle effect will adding bonding agent to the final coat solve this? I did this on a wall, before researching, and it does not look good. I am praying that bonding agent will be my saving grace. Lesson learned!
And your dresser is absolutely gorgeous! We originally got milk paint to use on an antique dresser, and now I am totally inspired. I will definitely be adding bonding agent when I do the dresser!
Hi Emily! If you’re first coat is already chipping and peeling, adding bonding agent to any additional coats (unfortunately) is not the solution. Eventually, it will crack/peel. Sorry, I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for. 🙁
This is beautiful! Did you put a new top on this dresser and stain the top??
Thank you so much!
Thanks so much Angela! No, this is the original dresser top even though it doesn’t look like it. It needed tlc with a good sanding but the staining was easy to do.
Featuring tonight on The Painted Drawer Link Party and thanks for sharing! Love this pretty one, Denise!
Heeey… thanks Suzanne! Have a great weekend! x
Jessy Shaw says
My grandmother recently passed away and my brother and I have been going through some of her old things. The antique furniture that she has is absolutely beautiful and I would love to get some refinishing done on a few of the pieces. There are a few that I plan to do myself, but others that I will leave to the professionals. I am glad to see that your project turned out so well!
Thank you Jessy. And all the best refinishing your Grandmothers pieces. It’s really nice you’re keeping them in the family. x
Diana Leyh says
I always love what you do Denise, I was just getting ready to get a couple different colors of MMSMP but so many awesome colors to choose from, this is for sure on my list to get, you made it look amazing, I love the dark top, that’s a thing I’m into right now, of course, the knobs, love, love, love them. You put it together as it was meant to be all along, thanks for your tips and info, always helpful!
Thanks Diana…appreciate this. <3 I'm so into the stained top and painted bottom too! When the stain and paint compliment each other, it looks amazing.
This dresser is amazing! I love what you’ve done with the hardware. Great choice! I hope you’ll link this dresser up as well as all of your other furniture makeovers to Friday’s Furniture Fix! Doors open every Thursday night at 9PM EST and close on Monday’s at 11:59PM EST. Hope to see you there!… Carrie http://thirtyeighthstreet.blogspot.com/2015/09/week-7-fridays-furniture-fix.html
Thanks Carrie… will do! I appreciate you stopping by. x
Love this! This looks similar to a dresser I up cycled into a sideboard for our dining room! Great job.
Thank you Lacey! I’m not sure why but your url was showing up as a 404 so it has been removed. Please feel free to try to link again anytime though! x
Lisa R says
I think it’s absolutely gorgeous! You do great work! Thanks so much for sharing your directions. I will try this someday!
thanks Lisa! x
I love milk paint and I’ve used it with and without bonding agent. Your dresser turned out beautiful and I love the handles. Remarkable!
Thank you Lia! x
Just beautiful and the Dark top sets off that soft color so nicely, otherwise it may have looked a little washed out but it was the perfect choice…. and the pulls are to die for, don’t you love it when you find old stuff to stash and they tell you where they want to be later.
I actually just bought this color myself, so now I know how it will look done in a saturated way, thank you!
Can’t wait to see what you restyle with Eulalie’s Sky Chez! And yes, I’ve been waiting and waiting to use this hardware on something… finally!!! lol