After much debate and self-talk, I forged ahead with this painted carved box makeover.
Here’s the tale of how the painted carved box makeover began. Don’t you just love surprises? I do too- especially when it’s free and it’s vintage. A few years ago I purchased an antique hope chest for $25. As if that weren’t a great score by itself, there was more.Inside the chest was a cardboard box – which I pointed out to the seller- and he informed me that it was included in the price 🙂 What he really said was “Aww…take it”.Inside this cardboard box were many treasures, including this wooden box.
The box is very pretty and carved – and in these close up photos it looks really good. I assure you that I never noticed the carving until I was close up to the box. This pretty box was displayed in different spots around the house but it just kind of blended into the scenery and felt flat.
I decided to do a paint wash treatment to it. My dad hates it when I paint wood and I did debate doing this but I determined:
- I wasn’t happy with its current look
- I won’t use it or display it
- It was free
- It’s not antique
- I want it to pop
This project took literally 10 minutes start to finish – my favorite kind of project 🙂
The blue-gray paint I used was leftover from another painting project.
- Paint color of your choice. Typically any type of paint will work as long as you can use it on wood. Chalkpaint works best in my opinion.
- Paintbrush or sponge brush
- Container to hold water and paint mixture
- Paper towels
- Drop cloth to protect from paint drips
- Paste wax – optional
How to Whitewash wood with color
- Mix 1 part paint to 2 parts water. Mix very well.
- Test your paint in a small inconspicuous area. Paint will obviously be very runny due to the watery consistency. This is the time to adjust your paint-to-water ratio. Add more water if necessary.
- Paint a large portion of your wood piece. Blot with paper towels. Pay special attention to drips, as these will dry as they are. Blot any paint that has runs or drips.
- Keep adding paint until you are happy with the finish.
- Let dry completely.
- You can now add another coat of whitewash if you want more color. If you are happy with the look, proceed to the next step.
- Add paste wax – optional. Adding was is NOT necessary, but I prefer the smooth finish and the protection that it provides.
Painting the entire box top with the paint-wash combination.
Just keep adding the paint-wash, then blot excess paint.
I didn’t let the wet paint surface sit for very long. Using a paper towel I began removing the wet paint-wash being sure to leave wet paint in the carved areas. I kept blotting until I had the desired finish that I wanted.
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