Today I’m sharing how to paint a toy box in a fun boho style. Since it’s white, it would fit in well in any room, but I think it would be particularly charming in a nursery. It’s also perfect for a boy or a girl.
It doesn’t have to be a toy box either, it could be a blanket chest for a living room or den. You can modify the colors, transfers and stencils to fit your decor.
I started with this handmade wooden toy box built by my husband’s grandpa. I painted it several years ago with a grain sack stripe, and here’s what it looked like.
It was cute, but a little plain. This painted toy box needed a little more fun!
Here are the products I used for this upcycle.
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- Toy box (hand-me-down)
- White lightning
- Silk All-in-One Mineral paint Salt Water
- Drop Cloth
- Sea Spray
- Colonel Mustard
- Pure Ocean
- Boho Soul transfer
- Silkscreen stencil Western Boho
- Clear coat satin
Before we get into the specifics of this look, feel free to grab yourself one of my free guides for Dixie Belle paint. The Comprehensive Guide to all their products, or a Kitchen Cabinet Painting Guide. Click on either one to download it.
Hand Painted Toy Box with Silk Salt Water
After cleaning the toy box well, I started by painting a base coat of Silk Salt Water. Silk is not chalk paint; it has a built-in primer and top coat.
It’s not always the best choice for texture or blending, but I ended up doing both on this project and it worked out just fine!
I started this project in this video.
I originally thought I was going to leave the stripes, but later ended up covering them. I also added some decoupage feathers that I later decided weren’t working for me and I removed them.
This makeover wasn’t a straight path from A to Z, that’s for sure!
Back to where we left off, I thought the Salt Water color was too stark and clean. To add some texture, I mixed some Salt Water with sea spray texture additive. I brushed it on around the edges and a little all over.
Boho Soul Transfer and Western Boho Silkscreen Stencil
Next I applied the hanging feathers section of the Boho Soul transfer on the front. The transfer section itself is just the black outline.
Using Pure Ocean, Peony and Colonel Mustard, I painted in portions of the feather design. To age it, I sanded over the transfer a little too.
I also used the same colors with the stenciled borders on the front and top and the dreamcatcher. I used tiny little artist brushes to get in those areas.
If you look closely, you’ll see another couple of very faded stencils on the front. I’ll tell you how I did that next.
The last step for this painted toy box before sealing was a color wash. I was still feeling like the finish was too stark, so I pounced on some Drop Cloth (a much warmer cream color).
After that dried, I applied a very watered-down coat of Salt Water back over it. I let it wash over the stencils too, some more than others. I think they add a little character peeking through.
To finish this toy box off, I sealed it with 2 coats of Clear Coat in satin. I brush it on with a synthetic brush, but I’m planning to try spraying soon now that the weather has warmed up in Wisconsin.
Here are some more trunk and boho projects to check out.