Have you ever walked into a thrift store and cast your eyes on something that you have recently seen in the shops?? After an impromptu stop at my local thrift shop, these sweet drawers presented themselves! I couldn’t believe what my eyeballs were seeing because they were brand new and looked like they had stepped straight out of Kmart. So as you can imagine they were grabbed in an instant. Be rest assured I wasn’t going to let these out of sight because these drawers had just become my long awaiting Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint project! It’s been a while since using milk paint so these Industrial Farmhouse Numbered Drawers were surely going to let me dip my toes in the water again!
Industrial Farmhouse Numbered Drawers
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- Small Set of Drawers – Available in Kmart Australia or any drawers will work
- Drawer pulls – These drawers came with these ones but I have used these ones in other projects
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint – I used Layla’s Mint and Shutter Grey
- Paint Stirrer – I just used a plastic spoon but you can use a small whisk
- Sander with 120 grit sandpaper
- Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax
- Deco Art Industrial Stencil
- Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
Step 1 – Mix up both milk paints. Use a disposable cup or glass jar and make sure that you can get your paint brush in if you are using a smaller jar or cup. Mix 1 part milk mix to 1 part water. Mix slowly to prevent bubbles and keep stirring until all is combined. Let is sit while preparing the drawers. Remove drawer pulls.
HANDY HINT: Leave your mixer in the paint so that you can keep mixing as your painting as milk paint tends to separate.
Step 2 – Using your sander give the drawers a light sand. This opens up the pores of whatever you are sanding for the paint to adhere to more easily. If you are painting onto a shiny surface make sure to add some Miss Mustard Seed bonding agent into the milk mix because this will help the milk paint stick.
HANDY HINT: Milk paint mix shouldn’t be thick and more on the runnier side. This makes it easier to brush the paint on. Don’t be terrified after your first coat either…. just keep swimming because each coat makes a HUGE difference.
Step 3 – Mix the milk paint again and begin to apply to the drawers. For this piece, I used Layla’s Mint on the drawer fronts and Shutter Grey on the sides and the back. Apply 3 coats letting each coat dry in between.
Step 4 – Using your sander sand back to distress to your taste.
Step 5 – Apply the numbers from the Industrial Stencil using the black paint and spouncer. Make sure to measure in from the side and top of the drawers and mark where you want to stencil because you don’t want crooked numbers! Give a light sand.
Step 6 – Grab your wax and chux and begin to apply. I had forgotten how beautiful Miss Mustard Seed Wax is to use. It leaves a smooth silky feeling and glides on like butter!!!
Step 7 – Pop your drawer pulls back on and you’re ready to rock and roll!
I love the combination of the Layla’s Mint and Shutter Grey together because they are a nice soft match and can work in with any colour scheme. Miss Mustard Seed will be getting a lot more attention from my paint brushes in coming makeovers since I really enjoyed using milk paint again! If you’re unable to find a small set of drawers, you can always apply the same method to a larger set. Just get larger drawer pulls that fit better than the smaller ones.