Chippy Church Pew

Hi my friends! Happy December!

Sooo… Last week I decided to do a thing... I painted our antique church pew. I know this may be a slightly controversial subject, painting antiques, but when the side has been chewed up by an animal (not mine), I wouldn't say it has been in excellent condition. ;)

Because this piece is a special one to me though, I wanted to give it a special paint job. Visions of chippy white paint flew around in my head and I knew the best route to take to get me there would be Milk Paint! Milk paint is known to chip if painted onto previously sealed surfaces such as lacquered, polyurethaned, or other types of sealed pieces, but will not chip if painted on porous or raw wood. Here are the steps I took & the products I used to achieve this chippy farmhouse look.


Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Farmhouse White

Blue Painter's Tape

blow dryer or heat gun

Clear Wax

lint free cloth or wax brush

drop cloth or plastic table cloth ;)

paint brush

sand paper 220 grit


1. Mix paint powder with warm water. Follow directions on package. (Ratio is 1 part powder to 1 part water.) I use warm water to mix easily.

2. Paint on first coat (can be scary but don't freak out lol), let dry, follow by second and possibly third coat.

(The paint can appear a little thin in the beginning. You can add more powder if needed or let sit a little longer to thicken.)

(After first coat)

(After second coat) (I applied a total of three coats.)

3. To achieve the chippy look I desired, I used a blow dryer right after finishing the last coat. (A heat gun would've probably worked faster.) The heat helps to lift and dry the paint to promote chipping. (This trick came from a friend on IG @burlaprosesrevivals.)

4. After drying and promoting the paint to chip, I decided to help it along by applying blue painter's tape, pressing on and ripping it off. This is how most of the paint chipped off this piece. Giving it an authentic chippy farmhouse look. (Sorry about the poor picture...)

5. The next step was using a sanding block to smooth out any rough edges.

6. Lastly, I used Clear Wax and a lint free rag to seal in the paint. Simply wipe on and buff in.

Y'all, I love this pew now and I'm so glad I painted it. Remember, it is just paint. ;)

It was also fun to decorate and style up for Christmas here in the office. ;)

Using antique window screens to frame out these paper prints from a local antique shop gave the space a bit of added character as well.

I give Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint 5 stars!!! This post isn't at all sponsored by their company but I sure wouldn't turn down another chance to review it. lol

Many Blessings to each of you today and throughout this season as we celebrate the Joy of our Savior's Birth.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Luke 2:14

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