Friday, May 13, 2011

Milk Paint and an Old Wooden Box

Remember this?

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Yeah, I know. It’s an old wooden box. My mom brought it to me to use as a step up onto my too high front porch. Turned flat, it would have served very well for a time.

But I just couldn’t do that to this old, serviceable box. It looked like it could be something more.

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A good scrub got rid of the grime and the dead bugs.

And then… It sat around and waited for me to get a few free hours.

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I was so glad when my handsome honey brought this lovely Milk Paint home. Those are my two favorite colors, a deep red and an old fashioned green similar to the paint on my potting bench.


The paint comes in a powder form. Just add water. It really is that simple. I mixed up a small batch to test it out.

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I wiped the dust away with a damp cloth and got busy painting.

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I love how the grain of the wood shows through the paint.

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The paint dries a bit lighter and looks a bit dull, but we’re not finished yet.

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A block of wood and a bit of sandpaper helped me to rough up the edges, true to it’s found in the barn past.

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Pretty but still not done.

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An old rag and some linseed oil added a bit of shine.

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Now imagine this 5 inch deep box, hung on my kitchen wall (it will be soon). The dividers will serve as shelves, just deep enough for a photo frame or some pint jars of apple butter or strawberry jam.

Not too bad for an old box.


  1. You are so crafty! I love it and I am totally jealous. So neat and useful!

  2. I love it!!!! You are so handy! now I can't help but wonder.... HOW ARE YOU GETTING ONTO YOUR TOO HIGH FRONT PORCH??? hahaha.. And I love your potters bench. Can I move in with you? LOL

  3. It's beautiful.
    I want one now, though I would probably paint it a different color.

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  5. This looks great! Heard of milk paint but never seen it used, thanks for sharing.

  6. Excellent job!! I am going to try my first hand at Milk Paint. but have to order it first. I have found an old child's rocker and an old bench that I am starting with for my first ever project. Hope they turn out well. What is the color of Milk Paint that you used on your potting bench? I think you said old fashion green??? Thanks bunches & God Bless, Jerika
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