Thought I would try another small milk paint project. (see my last post for little project #1) I had ordered a pretty blue color too, with the intention of using for the interior of my corner cupboard. I have seen this done several times; blue is a great background for red ware and yelloware that I display in that cupboard.
I use this old wooden tote to show vintage kitchen items. It is not a fine, valuable antique, so I decided I would paint it. I was never that crazy about the color or the black streak running down the side. The wooden pieces don't contrast very well against the box. Enter milk paint...In this case I painted one coat of blue on the outside and one coat of yellow on the inside. One coat allowed some of the wood character to show through. I haven't done any distressing but I might do a little something to the blue.
For my cupboard interior I am going to tone the blue by mixing it with white. OK, now back to the book--this time for sure!
UPDATE: just did a little sand papering and a coat of antiquing wax. I like it better now.