I picked up this cute little vintage shutter cabinet a few weeks ago and knew as soon as i saw it just how it should look when finished. When i see old shutters, i always think chippy vintage green – one of my favorite colors and looks :)
To get the chippy, weathered finish that i wanted for this piece – i knew right away that i would use milk paint. As much as i love my paint sprayer, its nice to paint with a brush now and then and i love the look that milk paint gives. Its very unpredictable though – on this piece i had crackling, flaking off and some spots where it adhered really well, you just never know!
The beauty of milk paint is that there is no prep work at all. You dont need to pre sand because you will be doing all the sanding after the paint is applied. So you can just dive right in with your project – thats awesome because sometimes by the time im done prepping i have lost all my motivation!
To get the color for this cabinet, i mixed 1 part snow white to 1 part tavern green – both are Old Fashioned Milk Paint colors.
After applying one coat of paint and letting it dry, i took a sanding block as well as an orbital sander and distressed it until i liked it. I followed that up with Howards Feed n Wax. Super easy and quick project!
I loved working on this cabinet and it turned out exactly as i had envisioned it – gotta love when that happens!!
And how cute is my little vintage wheel?! My dad found that for me a few weeks ago and i love it!! You can still see the spider webs and dead grasshoppers on it – gross!!