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Modern Farmhouse Milk Painted TV Stand Update

I purchased this TV stand when the real “shabby” look was in. You know what I mean, right? I would almost say that this tv stand looked dirty. I got a wild hair one night and decided to do something about it. Project time; or more specifically my modern farmhouse MILK PAINTED TV STAND UPDATE.

I recently discovered that painting is a stress reliever for me. The more stress I go through, the more I want to paint and create.  I’m sure everyone has an alternative they turn to when times become a less than optimal. That being said, I went through a “low time” when my daughter was about 6 months old. She never slept, she was always screaming, and I also had a 3 year old to take care of.  Let’s just say my tank was empty.

This little project was a great stress relief for me. That being said, don’t mind the “baby crate” around the tv stand. It’s real life around here, lol.

Milk Painted TV Stand before and after

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The “before” picture of the TV buffet before milk paint.

tv stand before paint

It didn’t look bad, I just felt like it needed a little “up cycling!”

First I needed to decide on a paint color and then a paint.

I decided to use Antique White milk paint made by General Finishes.

I feel the brighter white colors match my modern farmhouse style a little more than the old dingier creme colors.

I love this stuff! It doesn’t require any real “prep work (most of the time at least)”  and goes on smooth. This is a great paint for those DIYers who don’t want a lot of steps when refinishing a piece of furniture.

Full disclosure; all milk paints are different. For this post, I’m speaking about General Finishes. You can see another post where I used a completely different kind of milk paint product HERE.

I’m really liking the milk paint better than chalk paint these days. You can see more about Chalk paint VS. Milk paint here.

chalk paint vs. milk paint

In my opinion, milk paint has a smoother, slightly glossier finish than chalk paint (the General Finishes brand, not all milk paints). Chalk paint requires a top coat or wax, otherwise it will rub off easily.

I have found that milk paint is a little more durable without a top coat (these are 100% my opinions only). If you want to know more about Chalk paint, you might find my post useful.

the TV stand before milk paint

So here I go… notice the “cage” I had to use to enclose the TV stand so my sweet but nosey child wouldn’t terrorize it!

Since the current color of the TV stand was already a light color, I only had to use one coat of paint.

I could have used another coat, but I like the more “rustic” distressed furniture finish.

The last thing I did to complete the TV stand update was to spray paint the existing hardware. I used an antique bronze color spray paint (I’ve used all different brands, they all seem to work about the same) to spray the hinges.

I replaced the knobs with pulls I bought at Lowe’s because in my experience, anything you continually touch doesn’t need to be spray painted. Using the spray paint for light fixtures, hinges, or anything that requires very little touching is perfect. For knobs (which are used continually by my little ones) the spray paint will probably NOT hold up.

Milk Painted TV Stand Update
Milk Painted TV stand with Iron Orchid Transfer applied

I like the new clean white look. It still has an old vintage feel, but with more of a modern farmhouse touch.

milk painted tv stand update

I added a vintage inspired furniture transfer by Iron Orchid Designs. I love the way it transforms my milk painted TV stand and makes it a little more personal. Come on over HERE to see a post all about image transfers with IOD.

Best part about this furniture makeover? It was virtually free! More importantly, it was an escape for this tired mama!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve been inspired to repurpose or up cycle something of your own.



Monday 9th of September 2019

Hi there, what color milk paint did you use! Love it!

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Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Hi Monica, it's Antique white by general finishes. You can see an affiliate link here:

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