Storage Cube Receives a Lovely Milk Paint Makeover

Happy Friday to you all! Quick laundry room update…I have the cabinets in my possession (hooray!), and I have the tile and butcher block countertop on order. Things are happening, but nothing to show for it yet. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I completed a very fun little milk paint furniture makeover. I have had two storage cubes in our garage for about 5 years that I’ve been meaning to remake into something else. We even moved them from California to Colorado!  They are Pottery Barn Tristan storage cubes, so the quality is excellent, which is why I had a really hard time giving them away before moving.  However, the wear and tear they received from when our children were young left them in need of some serious TLC. Here is a picture of one of the storage cubes – I had already removed the chunky feet these cubes came with by this point.  

pottery barn tristan cube makeover

This particular storage cube was whispering to me that it wanted to be turquoise and have a stencil applied to it.  So, I thought I would give milk paint another try (you can read about my previous milk paint fiasco and eventual recovery here, here, and here). I chose to use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Eulalie’s Sky 1qt that I bought from I love their quick Prime delivery, because I admit I am very impatient when I want to start a new project, and I don’t like to have to wait for supplies to arrive. Here is a picture of the milk paint. If you are not familiar with milk paint, you have to mix it with water to make the paint.

Eulalie’s Sky is a really beautiful light turquoise, and I fell in love with it when I saw images of other furniture makeovers using this color. My second experience with milk paint went much much smoother than the first.  I lightly distressed the piece after painting, and hand painted the stencil (read down further for more info on how I did that). Here is the result of my storage cube makeover!

eulalie's sky miss mustard seed makeover

turquoise storage chest for bedroom

turquoise milk paint storage cube


Isn’t is lovely? I just love furniture makeovers, and I’m really happy with how this one turned out. I think it would look super cute in a girl’s bedroom for storage, or in a guest room, as in a nursery as a blanket storage chest…so many possibilities.  I’m going to be selling this particular storage cube in my shop for Colorado residents only…because I really don’t think I can figure out a way to ship this puppy economically across the country.


For the stenciling, I once again turned to my favorite little sidekick – Saral Transfer Paper! This stuff is the best purchase I have ever made for creating lettered wood signs, or for transferring images, or for stenciling on furniture. At this point, I can’t live without it. You can reuse the paper again and again, so it lasts forever, and it wipes away easily so you never see the trace once you are finished. Amazing stuff!

I bought a nice stencil from Michael’s, and then put the paper underneath the stencil, and taped it in place on top of the lid of the storage cube. I traced the stencil with a ball-point pen, which transferred the image to the cube.

saral transfer paper for furniture stencil

And here is the transferred pattern you see once you take away the paper and stencil. Nice clean guide lines for painting!

transfer paper for furniture stencil

Next, I hand painted in the lines (mostly) using some acrylic paint and a small paint brush. Don’t try to make it perfect…you’ll drive yourself crazy!

hand painted stencil for furniture

And that’s it!  This was a really fast, easy project.  I think I’m starting to like milk paint!  The second storage cube is asking to be masculine and a little industrial, so I’ll post about that little furniture makeover soon. 🙂  Have a great weekend everyone!

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By | 2017-07-17T10:39:19+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Furniture, Paint|26 Comments


  1. creativejewishmom/sara June 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Love it! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    • mwelsh June 26, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Thanks! Love your link party!

  2. Helen at Pleasures of the NW June 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I love this – it looks so fresh! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • mwelsh June 26, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Helen! And thanks for hosting!

  3. Leanna June 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    This is such a pretty box, I was surprised to see how big it is. Your overall bedroom design is gorgeous.

    • mwelsh June 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Thanks so much! I love the way it turned out!

  4. Carrie June 26, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Neat!!! That is great in a bedroom. You painted it a very pretty color.

    • mwelsh June 26, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for your comment! I was afraid the color might end up being too bright, based on pictures I saw of the same color before I started. But, once I started painting the cube, I fell in love with it!

  5. Angela June 26, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Great makeover! I love the color and the stencil!

    • mwelsh June 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Angela!

  6. Gentle Joy Homemaker June 27, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    A great change… looks wonderful.. 🙂

    • mwelsh June 29, 2017 at 1:09 pm


  7. Jann Olson June 27, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    This is so sweet and I love the stencil! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Michelle June 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I love the transformation you did on this gorgeous little box! The stencil really sets it off! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! I’ve chosen it as one of the features for tomorrow’s party 🙂

    • mwelsh June 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks! I love the way the stencils gave it just the special touch I was looking for. Thanks so much for featuring my post at tomorrow’s party, and thanks for hosting!

  9. Carol June 30, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Your storage cube has a charming new appearance. Milk paint can totally change a piece and then your room.

    • mwelsh June 30, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Thank you! I’m definitely becoming a fan of milk paint.

  10. K.Rupp June 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This is such a great makeover! I am a big fan of stencils!:) I love the color too! I am glad I found your site through the linky party! I will be back:)

    • mwelsh June 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m planning to use stencils on another project I’m working on, too. I just love the feminine touch they add!

  11. Sharon@BlueWillowHouse July 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    You did a lovely job painting and stenciling this storage box. Both the color you picked and the stencil are perfect for this piece. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle and drop by my blog today to see your PB storage box featured at this weeks Snickerdoodle party.

    • mwelsh July 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much!

  12. Cecilia July 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    What a transformation and I love the color! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    • mwelsh July 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Cecilia!

  13. Organized 31 July 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    What a beautiful makeover! I now want one of my own. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

    • mwelsh July 6, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thanks! I just love furniture makeovers!

  14. Pam July 29, 2017 at 7:26 am

    This turned out so good! I love seeing furniture remade. I’ll definitely be looking for that transfer paper in the future!

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