Before & After: Painted Armoire with Milk Paint
Hit’s here! It’s Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today. Recently, on the blog, we took you on a tour of the ground floor apartment where I lived with my parents for about a year. If you missed the tour, click here to see! I mentioned in this post that I painted the wooden cabinet in this room and wanted to come back to share more details!
It was the wardrobe before I painted it. My grandmother bought it many years ago – it’s probably over 40 and held up so well! My parents had it in their room at the old house, and it ended up in that room when we moved to this Seattle house. I used it as a closet when I was living with my family. It was pretty as is, but I love the look of old painted cabinetry and couldn’t help but imagine how beautiful painted it would be!
I wanted a simple paint option that wouldn’t require a lot of preparation, so I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I chose the color Marzipan, an off-white / almond tone color (you can get it online HERE).
Note: I ended up having to buy two of the liter bags to finish painting, so if you have a larger piece I recommend you take two!
This is the same kind of paint we used to paint our bathroom vanity (see this pre and post bathroom remodel here – we used the Shepherdess color for the blue vanity).
Here is the after! The power of paint is pretty amazing, isn’t it?
I’m so happy with how it turned out and I love how the paint really brought out all the cute details.
Since I painted the cabinet with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, I didn’t need a lot of preparation. I removed the material and dusted it off quickly, but I didn’t even sand it! If you are painting a super shiny piece, I would recommend sanding at least a little or mixing a Miss Mustard Seed bonding agent with the paint. We used the bonding agent to paint our bathroom vanity. But for the cabinet, the paint stuck very well without sanding or bonding agent.
- This article shares more details on surface preparation suggestions!
- This page has more information on using paint, mixing colors, techniques, and finishing options.
I did several layers to get the coverage I wanted. This paint is very forgiving, so don’t worry if you’re not a DIY pro! I think anyone can do it and get a great result.
I also traded in the material for these very inexpensive glass knobs on Amazon.
Let’s take a last look at the before and after, okay?
Hope this prompts you to brush up on a piece of your choice!
If you’re doing your own paint makeover, we’d love to see it in our Facebook community group, or tag @theinspiredroom on Instagram so we can see!
Want to see more of this room? Click HERE to visit my old apartment in the basement!
By the way, since leaving my family’s house I’ve been sharing bits and pieces from my new little apartment in Bellingham on my Instagram! You can follow me here to see, and check out the highlights of my story (the circles on my profile) for more.
More paint makeover inspiration:
Our stone fireplace makeover (chalk painted in gray, then in white).
Bedside table painted before and after
Much of our house has been remodeled with simple changes like painting! Click HERE for the before and after post of transforming our brick ranch into a charming coastal cottage.
The Power of Paint: Simple Kitchen Paint Makeover
Paint colors in our house (interior and exterior)