a dresser painted with a yellow, aged milk paint patina
Steps // How to Create an Aged Milk Paint Patina on Furniture
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Wax On

 
Step One // How to Create an Aged Milk Paint Patina on Furniture

Wax On

hand applying solid beeswax to a dresser for an aged milk paint patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

Run solid beeswax along the corners, edges, and details that would naturally show signs of wear, to keep paint from adhering to those spots.

 
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Paint the Base Layer

 
Step Two // How to Create an Aged Milk Paint Patina on Furniture

Paint the Base Layer

applying milk paint to a dresser for an aged milk paint patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

Mix powdered milk paint with water, and let sit for 10 minutes or until the pigment dissolves. Only mix what you need—it contains a natural protein that will sour after a few days; apply with a chip brush.

 
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Scrape the Paint

 
Step Three // How to Create an Aged Milk Paint Patina on Furniture

Scrape the Paint

running a scraper over paint to simulate wear on a dresser for an aged milk paint patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

When 90 percent dry, run a paint scraper over spots that would typically wear.

 
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Use Tape to Remove Paint

 
Step Four // How to Create an Aged Milk Paint Patina on Furniture

Use Tape to Remove Paint

adding and removing painter's tape to simulate wear on a dresser for an aged milk paint patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

Lay down painter's tape on flat surfaces, then carefully pull it up to remove some of the paint.

 
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Seal With Wax

 
Step Five // How to Create an Aged Milk Paint Patina on Furniture

Seal With Wax

applying wax to a dresser for an aged milk paint patina
Photo by Daniel Hennessy

With a round wax brush, apply finishing wax in a circular motion, about 1 square foot at a time, wiping away any excess with a rag as you go.

 

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