Black Milk Paint Vintage Record Cabinet – Updated!

I’m going to keep this post short and let the pictures speak for themselves. Remember this little cabinet, previewed here?


It’s a vintage record cabinet, stained in an awesome shade of orange-y orange. I wish I had taken pictures of the inside, but didn’t.  At one point there had been three vertical record separator slats, but two had been (sloppily) cut out. I cut out the third and filled in the slat holes with wood filler.

I debated over two paths with this piece… First, I thought there was a good chance that the orange would bleed through the milk paint. So I wanted a color that wouldn’t show. My two paths were… red with a handpainted design, or black with the edges distressed to highlight the details. Obviously, I went with the black distressed… I used Pitch Black by The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. This paint is amazing and covered in one coat (mostly – I did two coats over the areas where wood filler was applied).




Look at the little scalloped detail – so sweet! For the drawer liner, I wanted something somewhat masculine, but didn’t have anything that quite worked. So I stuck interesting pages from a vintage dictionary to a sheet of clear Con-Tact shelf liner, cut it to fit and voila!



Interestingly, I actually like the orange stain when it’s peeking through Pitch Black…

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  And if you’re local to Connecticut, this perfectly utilitarian little cabinet can be purchased at The Housatonic Trading Company.


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11 thoughts on “Black Milk Paint Vintage Record Cabinet – Updated!

  1. i LOVE the way this came out! I have a smaller record cabinet I bought for $10. It’s painted a blue green – not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. This gives me some great ideas though – I do love the liner for the drawer! I’ll have to try that milk paint. Did you use anything after, like a wax? It has such a soft finish…

    • Oh, very good point! I forgot to say that part. After painting it, I distressed the edges a bit and gave it a coat of Howard’s Feed & Wax. It’s a great combination of oils and beeswax, and I find works really nicely on porous surfaces like this wood and milk paint, especially black (and other darker colors – I haven’t tried it on the lighter colors, as it seems like it might alter the color). And the Howard’s is a liquid so very easy to apply!

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