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I seriously love milk paint.
I also have a thing for tool totes and tool boxes.
This week, my love for milk paint and tool totes came together just like chocolate and peanut butter in a cheesy old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial.
I bought this old tool tote a couple of years ago at the flea market for $2. It looked so rough that the guy selling it actually looked surprised when I bought it! It has been hanging out on my tool box outside while I decided what to do with it.
The metal handle kind of threw me. I couldn’t decide what color to paint it to go with the metal. I finally decided to try and blend the handle in with the rest of the tote, so I ended up choosing Typewriter for the top coat…which is convenient because Typewriter is one of Miss Mustard Seed’s featured colors for October!
Have you ever used milk paint? I absolutely love it. I am not going to go in to a huge spiel on the wonders of milk paint today, but you REALLY need to check out Marion Parson’s website. You will love Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, I promise. Once you start using it, there is no turning back. I think it is so much better than chalk paint, and her colors are FAB-U-LOUS!!
This project was not easy going. That wood was not great quality, and so dry! The first coat of paint I put on it was just disappearing. I finally gave up and taped up the handle and…
Step One…ended up being a coat of pale aqua spray paint that I had in my stash!
Step Two…I gave the tool tote a coat of MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone.
Now, I didn’t want this thing to look solid. It is a tool tote, so I wanted it to look chippy and worn.
Step Three…I used a brush and applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil.
Now for the big finish! I wanted the final color to be a dark gray, so I used Typewriter, which is black, and mixed it up in the same jar I mixed the Ironstone in. I can make it seem like my laziness in preferring to clean one jar and not two as something intentional. WIN!!
I left the tote to dry last night, and went to check on it this morning. Whoop!
Step Four…I applied a quick coat of MMS Furniture Wax
Step Five…I sanded the corners gently with a sanding block.
I am really happy with how the details turned out…
Now I just need to figure out what to “tote” in it!