Thursday, 7 November 2013

Dresser Overhaul: Full Real Milk Paint® Review

As you may be aware, if you have been following me for a little while, I started a project at the weekend to transform my old dresser and bring it back to life using Real Milk Paint®

Real Milk Paint® is an environmentally friendly, non-toxic, organic paint option and ships to your door as a powder, which you then mix with water and [if you like, but not always required] a bonding agent, stir vigorously for a few minutes and let sit for 20! When done, the paint holds a creamy, bubbly consistency, which can be made thicker or thinner as you like it with a little more powder or a little less water! 

Personally I love everything that this paint offers - the vast range of colors, the ease of use, the lack of toxicity, the fact that it is lead free, made from purified milk protein, lime, natural fillers and pigment and is not at all radioactive! I also love the fact that you can use it for a minimum of 2 weeks after you mix up the paint, which is not always so with other milk paint alternatives and means less rushing through a project and less wasting of paint!

For this particular project I chose the following colors and extras:
Cobalt Blue Paint (1 quart $16.50)
Sweetheart Pink Paint (1 pint $10.95)
Gypsy Pink Paint (1 quart $16.50)
Cream Paint (1 pint $10.95)
Ultra Bond (16 oz. $14.00)
Dead Flat Burnishing Paste (16 oz. $22.99)
Set of 4 Paint Brushes (varies per brush)

Before I started, my dresser was a dark, shiny black color with silver knobs that looked like something out of the disco era! There were also some drawer knobs missing and a broken drawer! The dresser was on its last legs and headed for the trash if I couldn't do something with it soon and then I had an idea and wanted to give it a go before I sent it packing!! 

It really was a sorry sight, wasn't it? - WAS being the operative word there as you should see the dresser now, it looks fabulous, even if I do say so myself! After taking it down to bare bones and sanding the dresser using an electric sander and elbow grease for the nooks and crannies, the dresser started to shape up and show some potential already and so I packed up the sander and headed out to mix some paint! 

I utilized an old Turkey Hill tea container by chopping off the top to use the rest as a mixing tub and mixed the Cobalt Blue paint as directed, before letting it sit for a while! I wasn't sure how much I would need to use and so I only mixed up a little and figured I would make more if I needed it and would waste less this way even though I knew it could be kept for a while after it was mixed up! I added the Ultra Bond to the mix to make sure it would take to my previous surface and whisked myself back into the other room to put on the first coat! 

The first layer of paint went on effortlessly and stuck very well! Being a darker piece of furniture I wasn't sure if I should prime it with a layer of white beforehand or not and decided to go without! I absolutely love the results of the color and actually think that the darker color underneath emphasizes the grainy look when the paint is applied, which is just what I was looking for! I found that this paint dried quite quickly, and so I moved fast - but never rushed! There was plenty of time to get the paint down and walk away to let it dry thoroughly before coming back to add a second layer! I think I could have gotten away with just the 1 layer if I had to, the paint applied that well, but I am a stickler for a second coat and so on the follow up went!

The drawers were next and, similarly, I had them sanded down already and didn't feel the need to prime them. I mixed up a Gypsy Pink for the bottom 4 drawers and a Sweetheart Pink for the 2 drawers above those. I alternated between the two colors for the top 3 drawers and I once again applied 2 coats of each color. Speaking of color, the Sweetheart and the Cobalt mixed just as I had anticipated, but the Gypsy Pink was more of a purple than I had been expecting! It does advise on the box that the color might be a little different to the label so I was prepared for a little change in the outcome and pleasantly surprised by the results. I love how well it worked with what I had wanted in terms of color and hadn't even realized that this was exactly what I had wanted!! 

When complete, the whole drawer set was coated with Dead Flat Burnishing paste (also available from, which took little time at all and with low odor and a washable finish! Super easy even if you have never attempted something like this before!

The finished set looks great and you can alternate the drawers for different patterns of color although I love them as they are now! All that I have to do now is pick up some new drawer knobs and we are all set! - I do plan on painting those with the Cream Real Milk Paint® for a subtle finish and will utilize the old ones if I can find matching ones instead of buying all knew! I will update you on those in a future post!

So, for now! Here is my overhauled dresser! Anyone can do it but I couldn't have done it without Real Milk Paint® Why not head on over to their website, Twitter or Facebook and check them out for yourselves and finish that project you've been putting off for a while? You might just find yourself a new favorite paint and MUCH more - I know I did!!

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated monetarily for this review but I have I received the materials to complete this project (as pictured) care of Real Milk Paint®


Kathy said...

Wow the finished look is amazing! I really love all the colors. So beautiful.

Abrie S said...

Really nice finished product! This is making my creative juices start to flow. I really need to overhaul my dresser and i have an idea!

Melissa said...

Now that is an overhaul! I love the fact that you can mix up as much or as little paint as you want. Perfect for projects like this!