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Milk Painted Metal Ammo Box

Milk Painted Metal Ammo Box

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First I must start with an apology…… I am so sorry I have been MIA for way too long.  The funny thing is I have been running around like a chicken with her head cut off doing the same things I would always do…. the only problem is I have been lacking in the blogging department.  So I am sorry….I PROMISE to do better!!   We have been working on expanding our website to include LOTS and LOTS of video tutorial (yes it freaks me out a bit…I don’t like being on camera) but I am pushing through that awkwardness.  I get so many questions asking me to teach classes or how to do this or that and the reality is teaching a class isn’t feasible for me right now…..but creating a community with so many that share a love for the same things I do gets me excited.  The site extension will be geared to just that.  So stay tuned.  If you want to stay informed on the latest updates subscribe to our newsletter.  You can do so on the right side bar.

Now…on to my milk painted metal ammo box.  I found these not so pretty ammo boxes at a war surplus store and I really had no idea what to do with them or how I was even going to get them home but I decided I liked them so they were coming home with me….where they would sit in my garage until I did decide what to do with them.  You can see why my husband often rolls his eyes when I bring things home.  Good thing he is a very patient man.  Well I am happy to say these ammo boxes are no longer sitting in my garage… are you ready to see what I did with them?

Milk Painted Ammo Box Before

Well I painted them of course!!

Paint metal with milk paint

They look awesome painted and chippy.   I used Sweet Pickins Sweetie Jane Milk Paint that I bought from Momtique.  You can purchase it here

Did you know you can paint milk paint straight on old metal?  The only prep I did was to make sure I got all the dirt and grease off.  To do that I just used dish soap!

Prepping a metal ammo box for milk paint

My awesome helper, aka the husband, got his rag wet put a little bit of soap on the top and scrubbed it until everything came off. He then wiped it down again with a clean wet rug and it was ready to go!

Prepping metal ammo box for milk paint

Now that my ammo box is cleaned up and ready to be painted it is time to mix up my milk paint.

A true milk paint comes in a powdered form and has to be mixed up.  Why you ask?  Since it is milk based it will spoil within a day or so.  If you need to keep it a bit longer place it in the fridge.  That being said I only mix up a little at a time.  For this project I used 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk paint.

How to mix milk paint

Once everything is measured out dump the powder into your water…..

How to mix milk paint

and begin mixing.  You will want to mix you milk paint for 2 minutes until all the clumps are gone and it will become a bit more thick.  Sometimes it is easier to use a wisk to mix it up.

How to mix milk paintAfter the milk paint is mixed up it is time to paint!  Like I said earlier there is no need to prime or sand old metal so I just started painting.  Once everything was painted I let it dry.  As milk paint dries it will begin to flake in random spots…thats ok let it do it’s thing!  After the first coat has dried I used a 220 grit to get all the flaking paint off and to sand everything smooth.  Once it is smooth I applied the last and final coat…..and this is what I got…….


A milk painted metal ammo box with the perfect amount of chippy goodness!!

Milk Painting an Ammo Box to achieve a chippy look

I have been looking for the perfect box to put under my entryway table that would not stick out and this ammo box is the perfect fit.  Good thing I hauled these boxes home.  (the other box has been painted too…..I just haven’t found a spot for it yet)

Milk Painted Furniture and Ammo Box
Bucket full of Hydrangea by Start at Home Decor
Milk Painted Ammo Box and Entry Table
Home Decor by Start at home Decor



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  1. Irene
    August 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

  2. Rochelle
    August 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Your directions state “For this project I used 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup water”, I assume you mean 1/2 cup powder?

  3. Kelly
    August 31, 2016 at 4:49 am

    In the mixing instructions, did you mean to say 1/2 c water and 1/2 C paint powder? It says 1/2 C water and 1/2 C water. Thanks!

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