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How to Pickle Wash a Mother’s Day Recipe Box

I love playing with paint, and I love the distressed shabby and vintage look. Now a product has come along that has my creative soul doing a happy dance because it combines the two so perfectly and easily: Plaid Pickle Wash!

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Plaid Ambassador Program for 2017, and some products I used were provided to me as part of the program. This is not a paid/sponsored post, nor is this post a requirement of my participation in the program. Some links in this article are affiliate links.]

Pickle Wash Mother's Day Recipe Box


Plaid’s new Pickle Wash is an easy to apply finish that gives a whitewashed appearance to wood surfaces. It goes on as a very thin liquid (with a watery consistency). After sitting for 30 seconds, the excess is then wiped off to achieve the distressed finish. The results  – and the ease of application – have to be seen to be believed. This truly is the vintage finish that I’ve been dreaming of being able to create on my projects! And it comes in a palette of a dozen vintage friendly colors like Gypsy Rose, Soleil, Sea Glass and Celadon. And of course…Cottage White! <swoon> Oh the possibilities…I apologize in advance for the Pickle Washing spree you are probably going to be subjected to on this site now.

I decided to start experimenting with my new Plaid Pickle Wash by making myself a new recipe card box for our kitchen. (A couple of decades is probably too long to be using a plastic index card box for them, right?) This recipe box would make a great Mother’s Day gift. So happy Mother’s Day to me!

Since the Pickle Wash is so thin and soaks into the grain, it really raises the grain and emphasizes any imperfections in the surface. Unlike a paint like chalk paint, which covers a multitude of sins in a surface, Pickle Wash is not nearly so forgiving. So a good quality surface is key to getting good results. Before I started painting, I sanded my recipe box down with 320 grit sandpaper, and then removed the sanding dust with a tack cloth.

Applying the Pickle Wash finish was easy. I started on the inside of the recipe box and applied the wash with a foam brush. (This is a great way to get a feel for a new finish, by applying it in an area that won’t be seen much first.) Then after 30 seconds, I used a sheet of blue shop towel to rub off the excess. After allowing it to dry awhile, I repeated the process on the outside of the recipe box.

Pickle Wash Mother's Day Recipe Box

After allowing the Plaid Pickle Wash to dry for the required time, I wanted to stencil on it. For stenciling I reached for classic FolkArt Acrylic, in – what else? – Vintage White! It was the perfect shade of not-quite-white to apply to make my stencil look vintage. True white would have been too stark against the the distressed Pickle Wash finish.

The stencil that I chose for the front of the box was large enough that it spans over the opening of the box lid. So to keep everything in place while I stenciled it, I taped the box lid shut with painter’s tape. Then, after sticking down the self-adhesive stencil, I also taped around the edges of the stencil, since the design went very close to the edges and I didn’t want to get any paint off the edges of the stencil.

Pickle Wash Mother's Day Recipe Box

I dd my stenciling with a super dry brush. I wasn’t worried about getting thick, solid color or about missing spots, since the whole idea is for a vintage, aged look anyway.

Once the stenciling was dry, I drilled a hole in the center of the recipe box’s lid with my drill. I selected a drill bit that was just a tiny bit smaller than the diameter of the screw for my decorative knob I was planning to use.

Pickle Wash Mother's Day Recipe Box

The finishing touch for the recipe box is the decorative knob that serves as a “handle” for the lid, and which emphasizes the vintage theme of the design. I chose this faux milk glass one because the vintage white look of the faux milk glass mimics the vintage white of the stenciled design.

Pickle Wash Mother's Day Recipe Box

The decorative knob came with a really long bolt on it, which would get in the way of storing recipes inside the box. So I got out my Dremel tool and cut it off very near the nut attaching the knob to the lid.

And that is it…my Mother’s Day recipe box was completed. Now that my recipes are stored so beautifully, I might actually have to cook and use some of them!

Pickle Wash Mother's Day Recipe Box

Review | Handmade Charlotte Stencils by FolkArt

Reported by Patti Sokol

Disclosure: This site is a participant in the affiliate program.

I recently received a package of paper stencils called Family Message Center from Plaid FolkArt. They are part of FolkArt’s Handmade Charlotte line designed by Rachel Faust of the website Handmade Charlotte. Handmade Charlotte was recently named one of the Top 50 Design Blogs for Moms, and has been featured in major publications.

Handmade Charlotte Stencils

The stencils come very nicely packaged with nice graphics that very clearly demonstrate exactly what you will find inside the package.


When I opened the package I found all of the stencils in a very thin and lightweight cardboard colored paper. The stencils are die cut and easily detachable. They can be used either as a mask or as a stencil, and even as a collage element.

Tabbed Stencils

The stencil designs include days of the week, to do lists, measuring charts, alphabet letters, chore lists, tabs, stars, numbers, and clock and time items.

Stencil or Mask Capability

All in all a perfect tool to help organize everything everyone in the family needs to know from the youngest member to the oldest adult.

When I decided to open the package to play with the stencils I realized that they had listed on the package that you could find further instructions on the Plaid website.

So after navigating over to the website, which was informative and inspiring, I set out to make a few samples. Luckily I had a small bottle of chalkboard paint which is recommended to use but I didn’t have the stencil tape they suggested. I chose to use some artist’s blue tape that I already owned instead. These stencils are really designed to be used on a wall in a playroom or perhaps a wood panel. But since my kids are grown and I have no playroom and also no wood panels readily available,  I used them on some mixed media paper.

Here are my samples:

Plaid Stencils

This is chalkboard paint on mixed media paper. You can write on it with chalk or pastels. But you will notice that even with my blue artist tape the stencil lifted a bit and I didn’t get a crisp edge.

I really wish that Plaid would have made them out of the fabulous material that some of their other stencil products are made from!

Plaid Stencils

This sample is using Golden Fluid Acrylic with a dauber. I love the font, and I was able to get a crisp look that can be further enhanced with a jet gel pen or marker.

Way back when my kids were younger these stencils would have definitely been something that I would have loved to pick up and used in my children’s playroom. And now that they are grown adults the stencils will definitely be used in my current artwork.


  • Adorable and inspiring images and fonts.
  • Paper stencils can be used as ephemera in crafting.
  • Excellent instructions on Plaid website.


  • Requires a very careful taping of the stencils to achieve a very clean and crisp look.

FolkArt’s Handmade Charlotte stencils retail for $5.99, and come in six different styles. Get Family Message Center on today!