How to Create a Chippy White Milk Painted Potting Bench

The before is an Ethan Allen hutch in pretty bad shape.

Chippy White Milk Painted Potting Bench before picture www.homeroad.net

I'm going to make it beautiful using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone.

I gave the top of the hutch 2 coats of milk paint then watched the magic happen... 

the chipping began as soon as the paint began to dry. 

Chippy White Milk Painted Potting Bench  www.homeroad.net


When the paint was dry and the first chips began to fall I gave the entire piece a sanding with fine grit sandpaper. 

Chippy White Milk Painted Potting Bench  www.homeroad.net

I distressed the hutch on the edges and around the knobs where wear and tear would naturally occur.

Finally, I coated the hutch with Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat to protect it and to stop anymore chipping. 

This hutch is a great size and has a beautiful farmhouse look that is the perfect neutral color. 

I didn't stop there... I decided this piece needed to be a potting bench so I added some accessories. 

Chippy White Milk Painted Potting Bench  www.homeroad.net

First I added a steel towel bar with clips to hold seed packets.

chippy potting bench clip handle

Then a galvanized steel bin for seeds and tools. 

galvanized seed organizer

The whole piece came together when I painted and distressed the word GARDEN at the top of the piece. 

I think my favorite things to make are potting benches... see below for links to a few more of my favorites.

chippy DIY potting bench


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .