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It’s a Chippy Old White Armoire…and It’s Freaking Fabulous.

It’s a Chippy Old White Armoire…and It’s Freaking Fabulous.

My neighborhood has a Facebook page and this little beauty popped up with a “For Sale” listing on the post. I had to have it. Another neighbor clearly thought the same thing and after a little persuasion, I got my hands on it. (I couldn’t give this one up.) I wasn’t crazy about the color, but the bones of this piece were perfect for what I envisioned for the corner of my bedroom.

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I got my hands on it and went straight to refinishing it.  I decided to go with milk paint, as I wanted a genuine, chippy paint look. I wanted it to truly look aged. I went with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, which I purchased from this Etsy shop (Fresh Vintage From Amy.)

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photo via Fresh Vintage

I first coated the armoire with Polyacrylic (to keep the original stain from bleeding into the milkpaint) and then I added a coat of milkpaint in Ironstone. The first coat went on very sheer and I was growing nervous about the results. After a few more coats of the milkpaint, it gained a more opaque appearance. It then started to naturally chip and peel away in different spots on its own. That’s what I love about milkpaint…you can never predict where it is going to chip. That creates a very “naturally aged” element to the end result.

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I noticed that the paint was going to likely continue to chip away with normal wear and tear, so I added a coat of polyacrylic to impede the chipping process. It was exactly as I wanted it and didn’t want any additional paint to come off.

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On a side note, I was snapping away at the piece of furniture when I turned around to see this tiny, sleepy face (who was previously engrossed in a movie) watching me. What a little stinking cutie.

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