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
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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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  1. Super cute Susan! Congrats on your TV appearance too!!

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    1. Thanks so much Anne! I know... look for me on HGTV July 26th at noon! Thanks!

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  2. What an awesome outcome! Adore this! I think I need a hutch in my life...

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    1. Thank you Donna! I love the way it came out... the clips are my favorite part!

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  3. I love what you did with this hutch. The potting bench is to die for... It is awesome!

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    1. Thank you Jean! I am very happy with the way it came out!

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  4. So, so awesome!! Love your finished work!!

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  5. this might be my favorite project you've ever done Susan. I love your chippy white milk painted potting bench. The galvanized holder is fabulous!

    gail

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    1. Oh Gail you are so sweet! Thanks so much... coming from you that means a lot!! :)

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  6. Wow, this is beautiful. It's an amazing transformation!

    By the way, I'd love to invite you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts all weekend, if you're interested.

    Jennifer

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  7. Beautiful potting bench - really like the metal you added - looks great off the white.
    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  8. Hi Susan- I love your hutch makeover to potting bench! Would you mind if I featured this on my other blog - DIY Furniture Makeovers? (http://diyfurnituremakeovers.com) Let me know- thanks so much!

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