Milk Paint & Bonding Agent Secrets

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Hello my friends! I recently finished this Milk Painted Dresser with this irresistible Chippy-licious Finish. Milk Paint is perfect for a distressed primitive technique because it has the tendency to naturally chip on non-porous surfaces.



When I came across this $27 Broyhill Dresser Deal at my local ReStore, I imagined the EXACT opposite. This dresser was calling out for a vibrant-clean-full-coverage finish which you can also achieve with Milk Paint!



The secret for these two opposite milk paint finishes – BONDING AGENT!

Bonding Agent works exactly like a primer. It’s the same idea as using a B-I-N / Zinsser Primer (my fave!) to prepare for your additional coats of paint.

Mixing a Bonding Agent into your Milk Paint will help create an even and dependable layer for the additional coats of milk paint bind to.



Here’s a few tips when using your Bonding Agent:

::   Use Bonding Agent when you want a full coverage finish.

::   A light sanding is still recommended.

::   It changes the consistency of your milk paint making the milk paint thicker.

::   Add directly to your pre-mixed milk paint in a 1:1 ratio for full bonding.

::   Adjust the ratio for the amount of coverage or chipping you want.

::   Works great over pre-finished surfaces but is NOT needed on raw wood.

::   Bonding Agent is only required on your first coat.

::   If in doubt, add it! You can always distress with good ‘ol sandpaper.

Now I’m excited to show you more pics of this restyled Broyhill!

She’s been painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky– wow – what a color! I would describe it as a slightly softer version of the elegant Tiffany&Co blue-green!

This dresser top was sanded and stained in one coat of General Finishes (GF) Walnut and then 2 additional coats of GF Java Gel Stain. It’s top coated/protected with Minwax Tung Oil. The body of the dresser was sealed with Minwax Furniture Wax.

Along with the co-coordinating hardware I picked up from Hobby Lobby… this dresser is amazing!





I’m so happy with the top of this dresser. The dark stain with the contrasting vibrant body is stunning! If I had the space, this one would be a keeper!




And how perfect are these pulls?! This hardware has been sitting in my inventory since December. I’m so glad they’ve found their perfect match!





Milk Paint is amazingly versatile. It’s one of my favorite paints to use! You can achieve total opposite looks depending on what type of finish you want!

Related Post ~ Making Dated Furniture Designs Disappear

I’d love to hear what you think of this dresser and if you’ve used Bonding Agent to achieve different Milk Paint finishes, leave me a comment below.  Or if you have any questions… ask away!  

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Enjoy your weekend!

Denise x


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