How to Update a Shabby DIY Front Porch Storage Box

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4 Days

Years ago, I was given this milk crate box and updated it. Here is the original post I made on HomeTalk. Over the years, this box became weathered and shabby. We recently purchased a new door and got the concrete painted, so the box needed an update. See how I transformed this box.

BEFORE PICTURE: This is what it looked like years ago. While it was cute, it was still the original wood, and all I did was add stencil numbers and flowers.

Here is the paint, box, and brush that I used for this project.

I cleaned the outside and inside of the box from the debris that collected on it. I sanded. Then, I painted at least two coats and waited about 1-2 hours between coats to make sure it was dry.

Next, I repainted and touched up the top with white paint. I just used chalk paint to touch up the edges and let them dry completely.

Then, I got to work on the vinyl label numbers. Using my Cricut Machine, I used one removable vinyl sheet. I made the numbers 5.765 inches wide and 7.675 inches high. This size was large enough to fit on the front of the box. I added it to the front that I wanted to use using the transfer paper after I weeded excess vinyl from the numbers.

Then I transferred it onto the box.

The Nails were getting rusty, and the wood was breaking down. To add extra support, I added scraps of PVC to the bottom of the box. I then added rubber feet to each corner to elevate the bottom of the box not to scratch the newly painted porch.

Here's the After Photo of the storage box in its home. I love it.

Here is another view of the image and the porch area.

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Suggested materials:
  • One container of Dixie Belle - Chalk Mineral Paint - Barn Red   (Amazon)
  • Several 1-inch disposable sponge brushes   (Amazon)
  • 1-inch x 8 inches pieces of PVC molding to ensure the bottom of the bo   (Home Depot)
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