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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Milk Painted Jewelry Box

Hey Everyone! I have been experimenting with milk paint lately. My current obsession began when I began seeing a lot of chalk paint in blog land. As a hardcore DIYer I thought that maybe I could find my own recipe for chalk paint. I couldn't but I did find recipes for milk paint. There are two types of milk paint, one made with lime and the other with borax. I used borax because this is what I have in the house. For the color I swiped some of my daughter's acrylic paints. There are plenty of recipes on the net, if you try this just find the recipe easiest for you. I tried the milk paint on a jewelry box that I scored for a dollar from a recent garage sale. This box was handmade back in '83.

The original box. The drawers were lined with red felt.

 I first removed the hardware then sanded the whole thing down.

One drawer with the paint, one without. I purposely kept the paint very transparent so that you can still see the woodgrain. For an opaque paint, use white color in addition to your preferred color when tinting the paint.

Here is the paint. Pink!
 After painting, I lined the drawers with some cute scrapbook paper.

And here she is. Pretty in pink! You can see how crooked this box is.
I left the back as is so that we can see who made the box.

For a dollar and some old milk, this turned out pretty well, don't ya think?

1 comment:

gertie @ The Old Block House said...

Now I'm going to have to search for the milk paint recipe! I experimented a little bit with cornstarch and latex (some leftover), but didn't get what I wanted.

Thank you!

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