I have finally gotten around to photographing my latest project that I just finished recently. It was an old blanket/storage box that I had since I was 16 years old. I think I bought it to use as a glory box to store items that I bought for when I got married. Pretty old school thing to do but I did appreciate that things in there once I was married. Do people still do the glory box thing?
This old box needed a bit of love and by the pictures a bit of a clean from all the dust that had accumulated on it. I wanted it to fit into the theme of the family room area but keep it a bit different to the pieces of furniture that I had already done up for this room (Lamp table, Hall Table, Tallboy Cupboard, Wingback Chairs, Side Table) Phew that is a bit of a list. They had the wooden top, white base or all white look to them and I know I needed something different or it would all look a little matchy matchy!
So after a little time sitting back thinking what I was going to do with this box, I took some inspiration from the pillow's on my cream sofa... I did not think to take a picture of them but they are navy blue and cream striped and I thought I would use the navy blue as an accent colour in this piece. Navy blue you say?... "ergh" some might think. Ok bear with me here. Keep reading and you will see what I mean!
I decided to go with John Millen Hardware - Old Fashioned Milk Paint to paint the box. I went to my go to girl - Miss Mustard Seed for a bit of inspiration on how to use it and what projects she used it on. I went with two colours for this box - Soldier Blue for the base colour (above) and Snow White for the top coat. The milk paint comes in a powder form which you mix with water to form the paint. It is made from milk protein (casein), lime, clay, and earth pigments. There are no preservatives, fungicides, lead, hydrocarbons or petroleum derivatives in the paint, which is nice to know!
I primarily chose this paint because of the chippy effect that it gives when dried. The paint flakes in places leaving you with a old, worn look which I love. I accentuated this with a little sanding here and there. I gave each colour layer about 2 coats of paint to give the colour strength I wanted. To bring the blue through I gave the whole box a sand and sanded some parts harded than others to really create the blue accent that I was after.
I am happy with how it turned out and I think it fits in the room really nicely. (You can see my striped cushions below) Hopefully this box will last another 10 years or more being what it is and I guess one day it will probably turn into a kids toybox along the line.