I found a set of boring red napkin rings at a yard sale, and knew right away I wanted to turn them into something special for the 4th of July. Check out the trash to treasure DIY!
Is it weird to admit that I’ve been scared to try milk paint? I mean… I kicked cancer’s a$$ and survived four rounds of chemotherapy… but craft projects scare me. Trying new things scare me. New craft projects…. Mommy hold me!!! But I did it. And if I can do it, so can you!
Old napkin rings
Red, white, and blue milk paint
When I tried to apply the white milk paint directly onto the red napkin rings, it slid right off. So I sprayed them down with regular ole white spray paint and gave them a few coats to hide the red. Next, I took a sanding block and gave each of them a little rub down to make it easier for the milk paint to stick. It worked! I applied each napkin ring with four light coats of milk paint to thoroughly cover.
Next, I took the star stickers, and placed them on two of the napkin rings, and painted over with the blue paint. The blue paint was a little more saturated, so I only needed one coat plus touch up.
For the other two napkin rings, I used the painters tape to mark off stripes, and then painted red strips to the top and bottom. I used two coats of the red paint to ensure full coverage.
I removed all of the tape and stickers, and only needed a little touch up. The final step was to give each of them a little more sanding rub down for a distressed look.
And here they are… the pride and joy of our 4th of July tablescape!
I also used them for the Colonial Americana inspired tablescape.
Lots of stars and stripes for a patriotic table setting!
I had fun mixing and matching the red striped napkin rings with blue checked napkins….
… and the blue star napkin rings with red polka dot napkins.
I’m excited because I’ve had another project up my sleeve for awhile, but I wanted some practice and to be comfortable with the milk paint. I’m totally hooked!
Love, hugs, and no fear… just a paint brush!