Lane Cedar Chest Makeover: Trying Milk Paint For The First Time

I was fortunate to receive some free milk paint to sample from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.  I had been wanting to try milk paint for some time and was thrilled when this offer presented itself!  I would highly recommend this product and the company as they really went out of their way to be sure I received the sample as well as answered all of my questions.  I asked to try the Bayberry Green as I rarely paint in green and thought it was a gorgeous color.
I had been storing a Lane Cedar Chest in my garage for nearly a year really hoping my home would sell and I could take it with me; however, my house is still on the market and moving doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon!  I decided it was time for a much needed makeover as well as to be moved on to someone else who could appreciate her since I hadn’t the room.
Here is the before picture:
And here are some afters:
This paint is different than any others.
The paint comes in a powder form and you mix it with water.
You only want to mix what you plan to use.  The paint dries very fast – I was able to do a second coat within an hour.  The paint also dries quickly in the container in which you mix it.  I tried to salvage some, but once mixed, it dries so fast that it is hard to save for long.
I liked mixing what I needed and I also liked being able to thin down the paint as I wanted.   You could even use it to make a tinted stain for furniture.   I followed the directions for mixing and added some Extra Bond (also sold at the OFMP company) to be sure the paint would adhere properly.  The paint was very thick to start which I would describe as a paste, but it thinned easily with some warm water.  I mixed it, stirred it and then let it sit 15 minutes as directed before painting.  When painting, there were some lumps, but they seemed to paint out.
The coverage was nice…I painted three coats on this chest although I think I could have been fine with less.  I used a brush although you can spray it or use a roller as well.  The milk paint seemed to distress easily as well which was a great benefit.
I like easy distressing.
Overall, I was very pleased and I would definitely order it again.
I think it costs $17 for a quart of milk paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company which is quite affordable for a speciality paint.
I love this paint and I can’t wait to try some other colors!
If you have tried milk paint, what was your experience like?
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  1. It looks beautiful. That color is awesome.

  2. Love your cedar chest makeover. It’s a gorgeous shade of green

  3. I like the simple tree just on the corner….restrained and perfect! Nice shade of green too!

  4. I love it, there is no way I could ever get rid of a treasure like that. Beautifully finished!

  5. I’ve never tried milk paint. Is it like chalk paint in that you don’t have to sand or prime before painting? Do you prefer one over the other? I’ve been wanting to try Miss Mustard Seed’s and CeCe Caldwell’s paints because of the great colors. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings, Patti

  6. Stacey…your chest turned out beautiful1 Once I return to project making and my posts I will be trying either chalk or milk paint and can’t wait to see how it works!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful Lane chest! How well I remember those. Love cedar. Love the color you chose and the corner design. If I were more of a furniture painter, I would definitely try this paint. (Right now I’m stuck on sewing so getting my furniture fix via your blog!)

  8. Dying to try milk paint! Thanks for the info Stacey!

  9. Beautiful makeover! I’m really into green & aqua lately…..starting to notice yellows more too. I think the cheerful colors of spring have caught me :) Thank you so much for sharing your experience with milk paint. I’m absolutely dying to try it & it’s always a plus to have as much info on a new product as possible. Have a beautiful weekend.

  10. Beautiful makeover! I’m really into green & aqua lately…..starting to notice yellows more too. I think the cheerful colors of spring have caught me :) Thank you so much for sharing your experience with milk paint. I’m absolutely dying to try it & it’s always a plus to have as much info on a new product as possible. Have a beautiful weekend.

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