Paint Details on Pine Blanket Chest Redo

In my last post I got right to the nitty gritty and revealed an old pine chest that I updated with painted memories.  You can read about that {here}.

Today I'll give 'ya the details on the products I used.

I painted the pine box with Maison Blanche paint in chocolate so the letters would be dark.

Pine Blanket Chest Redo

I used a vinyl cutting machine, sized the letters, and stuck them on, which was no easy task - for some reason they didn't want to stay on and I was worried the paint would bleed under the edges, but it didn't.

My favorite paint to give projects with lettering a vintage look, is Maison Blanche La Chaux lime paint.

I used White Pepper over the brown, which is the same color I used on this dairy scale sign that hangs above French doors in our breakfast nook.

Dairy Scale Sign,
The photo above gives you a good idea of the textured look this paint can create.

The difference you see in coloring between the sign and the chest has to do with how I waxed it, which I'll tell you about in a minute.

Pine Blanket Chest Redo

A 1/4" piece of hardboard that we use to set things on to spray paint in the garage, was cut up with a jigsaw to make this boot as well as the other shoe for the chest.

Now what am I gonna lay things on in the garage to spray paint them?  Hmmm.....

I almost left the boot just like it was with over spray from some past project, but then I decided to give it a coat of gray and black craft paint.

Pine Blanket Chest Redo

Holes were drilled to mimic where the boot laces would go and metal eyelets were hammered and glued in.

I have another package of these eyelets and I have no idea why I bought them, but at least I'm putting them to use.

Pine Blanket Chest Redo

The boot is my favorite part, well next to the names Flynn & Malone that is.

Pine Blanket Chest Redo

The other shoe was painted a beige color, distressed, then I hand painted the little laces on.  Both the boot and shoe received dark wax.
Pine Blanket Chest Redo
I decided to use Maison Blanche Lime Wax as a first coat on the box.  I didn't want it to be as aged looking as the dairy sign.

If you were standing in my bedroom you would be able to see how the chalky white lime wax filled in all the nooks and crannies and gives it an aged sort of plaster look.  It's not as obvious in photos.  

Pine Blanket Chest Redo

I also gave this a coat of the dark wax after the lime wax, which aged it just a bit more without turning the whole thing a dark brown.

The lid was stained with a custom mixture we use on many of our projects.  The color isn't black and it isn't a brown, a nice medium between the two, and then I gave the lid a coat of Maison Blanche water based varnish.

I'm pleased with how the chest turned out, and I've already put the winter blankets inside it.

However, don't think it's just for show..... this morning a certain 7 year old opened the lid up and he and his 4 year old teammate used the box as a basketball hoop for an hour.  Bonus!

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  1. What can I did an outstanding job and this is a treasure! I could never make anything like this so kudos to you!

    Jane xxx

  2. This is amazing Bliss - LOVE the shoes ( would never have thought of that in a million years ! ) WOW !!!

  3. Exceptionally cute! What a creative lady you are!

  4. You are so good girl. Everything you do is perfect. I want to try the lime paint. Hopefully where I by it from they carry it. I'm thinking it really gives an older look


  5. I love this finish, B. I'm going to try the lime paint soon.

  6. Everything you touch turns to gold! Awesome.

  7. Great job Bliss ... love the way you drilled holes in the boot and added eyelets to make it so realistic looking.
    Easter Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  8. I love this project. The boot is by far my most favorite part, and as Martha Stewart says....the details make the difference. Love the little eyelets, and of course you had some in your stash!!

  9. Out did yourself, yet again. My new favorite Bliss piece!

  10. Glad to hear that it's getting some good use now! LOL! I love how you made the artwork almost 3D by adding materials to the wood. Very clever.

  11. Whew...Okay. I just tried to leave a comment and it was all messed up! I switched browsers and now it's here again. 'Twas terrifyin' not bein' able to leave my lassie a comment on her lovely chest!


  12. Are you kidding me, real grommets? Genius!

  13. So many interesting details on that piece. It turned out really well. Thanks for sharing the 'how to'.

  14. Beautiful Bliss! I love your projects!


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