The simple things in life

crate painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Eulalie's Sky - via My Painted Door (.com)

Sometimes life is all about keeping it simple, isn't it? And sometimes it is the simplest things that make me smile the most - like this little crate. I cannot possibly tell you how ridiculously easy it was to paint up. 

Simple project = simple instructions.

Take one old and dirty crate (raw wood).

Shop vac it out to remove the dirt and spiderwebs. I could have cleaned it with TSP, but I didn't bother. I didn't care is the paint did not stick perfectly!

Mix up some Miss Mustard Seed's Eulalie's Sky and slap on a quick coat of paint. If I missed a spot, perfect! No second coat of paint was used.

Take an orbital sander with 220 grit sandpaper and sand it. Make it look like it has been around forever!

Finish it off with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax using an EasyWax brush (or lint free rag).

crate painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Eulalie's Sky - via My Painted Door (.com)

Tie a little string around the handles to add some interest. Just for fun, tie some string around the entire crate.

crate painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Eulalie's Sky - via My Painted Door (.com)

Hang a handwritten piece of cardstock from a clip and write something on it. I am using this crate in my shop, so I wrote the name of the paint colour on the paper and have Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in it. I can just picture tags hanging from clothespins as well.

crate painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Artissimo - via My Painted Door (.com)

I also painted up a bunch of free crates that grapes came in. Free is always good! This one is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Artissimo. I did not paint the side with the words on it because I thought I looked kinda cool.

crate painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Artissimo - via My Painted Door (.com)

The crates had labels on the side so I took an orbital sander with heavier grit sandpaper to the labels and sanded off what I could. Some of the paper label stayed on the crates, so I painted right over it. It created awesome texture. How cool is that? 

I love old crates and wood boxes and use them everywhere for storage - even under my bed! The ideas are endless - use one to store books or magazines; tag them so your kids put their stuff away in them (wishful thinking perhaps?); or paint up a bunch for your garden shed for storage. 

Posted on July 7, 2014 and filed under milk paint.