Yes! You read that totally correct. Napkins are playing a part in today’s fun project. Along with some help from some Sweet Pickin’s Milk Paint and an old box which needed some loving. Let’s see how to upcycle an old box using Milk Paint and Napkins.
How to Upcycle An Old Box Using Milk Paint and Napkins
Over on my Facebook Page, we are in the middle of a 6 Day Thrifting Challenge. Where I’ve grabbed 6 things that I have bought from the thrift store or from around my home and giving them a fun makeover. You’re most welcome to come on over and join us.
- old box
- Fusion Mineral Paint – TSP
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Tickled Pink
- Napkins – I found this cute bunny napkin at Big W
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Top Coat
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Clear Wax
- 120 grit sandpaper
- IOD Decor Stamp – Rose Toile
- IOD Stone Gray Ink
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Little Lamb
- B-I-N Primer Sealer Stain Killer Zinsser Undercoat
- Wax Brush
- Scrap lace and jute
When using milk paint should I prep my piece?
Absolutely, milk paint is one of those paints that need to have a bit of prep before you start painting. But is well worth it for the end result.
Take a peek at the first part of the prep in the video below:
Now let’s get on with the Napkin Technique
Step 1 – Distress your box using 120 grit sandpaper to your liking.
Taking your napkin remove all of the layers apart so that you are left with the layer with the design on it. Using your scissors cut around the design of the bunny as close as you can to the design.
If you want more of a vintage look you can also tear around the bunny. Just take your time with it so not the ripe the design. Cut out 2 of the crowns for the top of the box.
Step 2 – Flip over the bunny and apply with a 1″ craft brush, some topcoat to the bottom part of the bunny. Line up on the bottom of the box and apply.
Step 3 – Hold the top part of the bunny and using your other hand apply more topcoat to the back of the bunny. Then gently run your fingers over the bunny at the front with your finger to remove any air bubbles. A little like when you cover your books with contact.
Pop some topcoat on your finger and run over the bunny design to make sure that all of the napkin has adhered to the box.
Step 4 – Using the same method in step 2, apply the flower crowns to the top of the box. Then load up your brayer with ink and using the script part of the Rose Toile Stamp gently apply to the box in random areas.
Step 5 – Let the ink completely dry.
Meanwhile, paint inside the box using the rest of the milk paint or a coordinating colour of your choice. Pop some topcoat on the bottom of the box and apply some book pages. Then apply another coat of topcoat over the book pages to seal.
Almost There – Step 6 – Paint your handle with a coat of B-I-N Sealer and then Little Lamb. Distress to your liking once dry. Wax the entire box to seal using your wax brush. Tie some vintage lace and jute to the handle for embellishment.
Don’t Have Time To Make Now? Be Sure To PIN For Later!