Let me tell you a story about this sad little table. This table is a survivor from my husband’s bachelor days.

It somehow has managed to stick around through the years, first as a nightstand at our very first apartment as newlyweds, then back and forth between bedrooms in our various homes, then stashed in a closet, and finally, relegated to the basement. But this little table has been rescued from the depths of our musty basement and given a new life.I’m sharing our side table makeover with FolkArt? Milk Paint. This is what our formerly sad little table looks like now.
Here are the products and supplies I used on our sweet little side table:

FolkArt Milk Paint in Monument Gray
FolkArt Bonding Primer & Sealerfolkart-milk-paint-brush-2
FolkArt 1.25″ Milk Paint Brush
Sanding Block



FolkArt Milk Paint is perfect for vintage items and raw wood, but can be used on finished wood too if you use the Bonding Primer first. The milk paint is extremely versatile and can be used on several surfaces, including walls, furniture, unfinished wood, metal, concrete, and masonry. It produces a beautiful flat finish, and brushes like a stain but the finished product looks like paint. The thing that sets this particular milk paint apart from others on the market is the fact that it is premixed and ready to use, is casein based, and will not spoil like the powdered milk paint mixes. It’s non-toxic, durable, and can be used to create a variety of looks, from distressed and aged to a smooth finish. It’s known especially for its durable and velvety smooth finish. It comes in 33 gorgeous, rich colors.


As a member of the inaugural team of Plaid Creators, I was able to visit the Plaid Headquarters here in Atlanta and play around with lots of new amazing products hitting the market. One of those products was FolkArt Milk Paint, and I couldn’t wait to get home and play around with it some more. This paint is awesome, and it’s brand spankin’ new and launching this month.

FolkArt has also come out with a line of milk paint brushes which are designed to work with their milk paints, and the bristles have natural “flag” tips for the best performance possible, and rounded edges to reduce brush marks.



Step 1: Prep


Since our side table was previously stained and sealed, I lightly sanded it and then brushed on the FolkArt Milk Paint Bonding Primer and Sealer.

Step 2: Paint


I allowed it to dry according to the directions (approximately 4 hours), and then brushed on a coat of the Monument Gray Milk Paint in the direction of the wood grain.

Step 3: Second Coat


I allowed the first coat to dry for about 30 minutes, then lightly sanded and brushed on another coat.

Step 4: Topcoat


I sealed it with another coat of the Bonding Primer & Sealer as a topcoat.


So tell me, which color of milk paint are you dying to try?

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