Milk Paint Furniture Ideas | Antique Pine Cupboard

Looking for more milk paint furniture ideas? How about an antique pine cupboard? And let’s be bold and use a gorgeous yellow!! You will love the outcome!

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love at first sight

I fell in love with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint about two years ago. Honestly, it was the color chart on Pinterest that got me. The colors are vintage with an old world tone to them. I mean look at these gorgeous colors!

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint color chart showing milk paint furniture ideas

Our clients have loved the neutral tones we have chosen over the past two years but my creative side wants to delve into more color, especially when the colors are this gorgeous!

milk paint furniture ideas

So, when this antique pine cupboard came our way, well I just knew that Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Mustard Yellow would be perfect!

Antique pine cupboard painted Mustard Seed Yellow MMS Milk Paint first coat

first step after prep

O goodness, before I get ahead of myself like I typically do, let me show you the first step I took after prepping the piece! The top surface needed to be sanded down completely to remove the old varnish.

I chose to re-stain the top with General Finishes Glaze in Van Dyke Brown. This is not really a stain, but water-based glazing that can be used to add age to a piece. I love the color it produces and sometimes use it as a stain.


staining top of antique pine cupboard with General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze as an idea for milk paint furniture ideas

As you can see in the image above, I brush it on using a chip brush and gloves on my hands. It can get under your fingernails and isn’t the easiest to get rid of!

Then I wipe the excess off with a sturdy shop towel. The color of the Van Dyke Brown glaze resembles old and aged wood perfectly! I use this technique when I want to replicate vintage wood.

staining top of antique pine cupboard with General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

yay for paint!

So back to the painting. I covered the newly stained top with newspaper and painters tape to protect it from the milk paint.

Here is a fun little video to see the first coat of paint going on! Don’t be afraid of that first layer. It always looks a little rough!

Also, can you see our little fella helping me in the second half of the video? He likes to do his part!

quick drying

And two coats later, here is the lovely Mustard Seed Yellow making this antique pine cupboard just gorgeous! The paint is still drying in this image. The paint dries fairly quickly depending on the weather!. Another reason this impatient painter loves this paint!

full view of antique pine cupboard painted Mustard Seed Yellow with MMS Milk Paint as furniture ideas

don’t stress, just distress!

The pine cupboard needed some subtle distressing. I use a few different methods for this step and today I chose to use 220 grit sandpaper and my small kitchen knife. I know, that sounds scary! But stay with me here!

I use a worn out sanding sponge that is wrapped with a washable 220 grit sanding disc.

I lightly go over the whole piece sanding in the direction of the grain. Adding a bit more attention to the edges and high places where natural wear and tear would occur. Also, sanding the whole piece gives the paint a smooth finish.

distressing antique pine cupboard with sandpaper

distressing antique pine cupboard by sanding

I often use a knife to add a natural looking chippy effect to places on the piece.

For instance, this divot in the wood. I use the knife to scrape off a bit of the paint. Rest assured, I am very careful with this knife! No furniture was harmed in the distressing!!

distressing antique pine cupboard with knife

The inside edges of the doors and framing can have paint on them. I like a neat and tidy appearance even on the inside, so I sand off the messy parts.

sanding off extra paint on antique pine cupboard

milk paint furniture ideas

Isn’t this a great furniture idea for milkpaint?

The next step is the finishing topcoat! Stop back to see how I finish this piece! You’re going to love the end result!

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  1. Ema-Leigh Rust says:

    I love this cabinet so much, and love the uniqueness of the yellow! Great post!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks so much!! The yellow is such an authentic vintage tone!?

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you!! It’s Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Mustard Seed Yellow!