The Best Paint for Furniture Makeovers – No Sanding No Priming

If you’re like me, I am constantly painting things. There is a running joke in my house that if you stand still long enough you’ll get painted. However, my life is crazy busy with running a business from home and trying to juggle 3 kiddos, so I don’t have space in my life for time intensive, paint projects. I need things quick, easy and amazing! So… when I ran across General Finishes Milk Paint, I became a little obsessed. It is so easy to use and the results are amazing!

Remember years ago when Hunter Green was all the rage? Well, I dug out this old trunk I had from days gone by and thought I would give it a face lift.  I started by wiping off the years of dust, taping off the trim with painters tape and then applying a coat of Seagull Gray, Milk Paint from General Finishes. That’s right, no sanding and no priming…just start painting!



General Finishes has a variety of different color milk paints. I love the Seagull gray, because it’s bright and modern, but depending on the project you’re tackling you may want to check out their other options.

Because the trunk was such a dark color, I applied 2 -3 coats of milk paint until I received the rich color I was looking for. Once the gray dried, I peeled off the blue tape and decided I didn’t like the original trim color on the trunk. I ended up painting the trim a bright white with 123 Bullseye, All-Surface Primer.


The final step is the top coat. This is important as it will help protect your item from getting scratched. I used the top coat from General Finishes, but really any clear polyurethane should do the trick. It recommends 3 coats of polyurethane and since this trunk is going into my 5 year old’s bedroom…I did all 3 coats.


I love the way this trunk turned out! It is so pretty and updated and was an easy project to conquer.

If you take a peek into my house you will see General Finishes milk paint projects everywhere…even my entire kitchen cabinet makeover (post for another day). My house and life are full of DIY projects and I love sharing these tips and tricks. Stop back soon for more projects and ideas.


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