Milk Paint Makeover | Curvy Dresser

As soon as I found out that I had the green light to start renovations on the she shed project, I knew I needed to start the hunt for the perfect vintage dresser to fill my space! I wanted something that had charm and would be a small statement piece without taking up too much room. I started the hunting back in the fall when garage sales were swill in full swing and was lucky enough to pick up this beautiful curvy dresser at an estate sale for $20. One of the castors had fallen off and the hardware wasn’t all attached properly.


I loved the castors on the legs. I loved the curve appeal (see what I did there!). I loved the perfectly cut glass piece the top had. The sizing was perfect and it had just enough charm to dress up the corner of the shed.

I didn’t like the wood color, It was super shiny dark wood but had started peeling on the top of the dresser.

I knew as soon as I got it home that this was going to be a great milk paint project. To be honest the process is so straight-forward that I don’t even need to explain the DIY. I chose to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone. I mixed the paint per the package instructions. I painted the first coat and allowed it to dry. I painted a second coat and allowed that to dry and then I just touched up certain spots at the end. With a shiny piece like this dresser, I didn’t need much help in the chipping department because the paint naturally chipped around the edges just like I wanted. I used a metal spatula to just help get the chipping started in a few other areas. As with most of my pieces, I want them to age beautifully so more chipping with time is fine with me, I didn’t seal the piece with any wax or poly for that reason.



I love the color so so much. Ironstone is a creamy white that doesn’t read too yellow (which I love!). It looks great with the pure white on the she shed walls. I used the original brass hardware that came with the piece.


Hope you all love this transformation! And if you haven’t tried a milk paint project yet, you definitely should! All of the aged chippy goodness is so easy to achieve. Let me know if you have plans to try milk paint soon, I would love to see your projects!