Who doesn’t love putting on a Little Black Dress? So, we thought it'd be the perfect upgrade to this 80s dresser, and give it a bit more of a modern look. It’s incredible how a simple coat of Milk Paint by Fusion can completely transform the look of a piece. But we went a step further and remove the front panel on the two doors to make this piece look completely different!
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
80s Sideboard Gets a Modern Makeover
How to Paint with Black Milk Paint
Supplies Needed :
- Little Black Dress 1 Large Bag
- Fusion TSP
- Fusion Bonding Agent
- Fusion SFO
- Paint brush
- Wood Filler
- Sanding block
Step 1. Clean & Scuff Sand
I wanted a spotless, sleek look for this makeover, so I stripped the top of the sideboard completely to the raw wood with stripping gel.
Then sanded down a good part of the drawers, I just love it when the Milk Paint soaks into the wood, it goes on so smooth and sleek! After stripping the top, there was quite a lot of gunk left, so I wiped down the sideboard with Fusion TSP to remove any extra dirt grime and grease.
When working on a larger piece, we always recommend getting more Milk Paint than you think you’re going to need. No sense in running out midway through your project!
We chose the large bag of Little Black Dress
Step 2. Mixing it up!
We followed our mixing instructions here:
1 part Milk Paint powder to 1 part water. Give it a little whisk for a minute then let it sit for about 5 minutes until all the powder dissolves, then stir it again. It’s always important to continuously stir as the pigments are heavy and will settle to the bottom. Just constantly stir the mixture to maintain even texture in ever coat. Since I had a lot of surface to cover, I mixed up a large amount of “Little Black Dress” Fusion Milk Paint to ensure we had enough paint for our whole project.
Even though most of the original finish was sanded down, I added Fusion Bonding Agent to the milk paint to make sure there would be no chipping on the parts where the original finish had not been removed. Typically, a 1 part paint to 1 part bonding agent is recommended.
Dark Colours for Milk Paint have such amazing coverage if mixed correctly. Again always test your milk paint mix for solid coat, no lumps or clumps and adjust accordingly.
Step 3. Painting
I applied one coat of milk paint and virtually had full coverage. A few spots needed a super fine light coat, so I decided to give it one more thin coat all over to be even in the finish. After the paint dried, I smoothed the paint finish with a very fine sanding block then wiped any dust with a lint free rag.
Step 4. Finishing
I wanted a sturdy topcoat, so I chose Fusion SFO in Ebony.
It is a fantastic strong finishing oil that slightly increases the sheen of the milk paint. I used the “Natural” colour which essentially is clear, however it also comes in other colours which can look amazing to age or glaze your piece on lighter colours.
Hardware can make a world of difference to a piece of furniture. The old hardware was removed so the old holes were covered with wood filler and new holes were drilled to fit the new pulls and knobs from Anthropologie.
Isn’t she gorgeous? To add a little makeup we accented it with black and white styling, along with bold graphic patterns in the wallpaper. To top it off we added a rug for that modern edgy look.