Milk Painted Treasure Chest

Do you have a piece of inherited furniture or an old antique that doesn’t match the style of your home?  Is this a piece that you keep moving around because you can’t bear the thought of getting rid of it, but you dont particularly love it? This lovely handmade Cedar wood chest is beautiful, inside and out, but it just didn’t match my style (or the rest of my furnishings really).  My Solution; Milk Paint the treasure chest.


My Uncle made this CEDAR CHEST for our wedding present in 2006. It was constructed out of Cedar wood from my family’s farm in Lebanon VA. I love this chest, and the fact that my Uncle made it from wood from the family farm. I like the “country wood” finish, but it wasn’t my style and I kept finding myself moving it out of the way because it didn’t match the rest of my decor. My husband asked me one day how many times was I going to move the piece around because every time he sees it its in a different place! Well, I finally decided it was time to paint.

I decided to use MILK PAINT since it is the newest craze and I had to try it for myself. I used the General Finishes milk paint in the color Antique White. I love it! Milk paint is very different than chalk paint in my opinion. Chalk paint is exactly like it says, very “chalky” meaning you can scratch it and it will come off. Chalk paint really requires the wax coat to “seal” it. In my experience, the general finishes paint does not really require a sealer. I have painted a few pieces of furniture with this particular brand of paint and have not put any sort to sealer on it and they have held up just fine.

I took the hardware off and added one coat of milk paint…

One thing I noticed about milk paint that differs from chalk paint is that milk paint tends to shows brush strokes much easier. Because of this, it is a good idea to use a foam brush to minimize brush strokes.

I really like the Milk paint because it goes on smooth and doesn’t require the final “waxing” that chalk paint does.

After I painted I started to distress a bit……IMG_4323

I used a hand sander with a fine grit sand paper (about 800). Finally I spray painted the hardware oil rubbed bronze. I’ve used quite a few different brands of the “oil rubbed bronze” to spray paint hardware, and haven’t really found a favorite; they all seem to do the same quality job.

And the final product……..

I think my chest has finally found it’s place in my entryway now that it fits the rest of my style!


Lindsey **


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  1. This is an awesome project. I have never tried milk paint before. I like that you don’t have to wax it, chalk painting can be tedious! You have inspired me to try it! Thank you for linking up To Thrifted & Re-lifted!

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