How to Paint Decorative Boxes

Follow these steps from HGTV Magazine to create this fun DIY painting project.
By: Jessica Dodell-Feder and Jodi Kahn
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How to Paint Decorative Boxes

HGTV Magazine shares this how to exclusively online

Photo by: David A. Land (Styled by Matthew Gleason)

David A. Land (Styled by Matthew Gleason)

What you'll need:

  • sand paper or sanding block
  • box paint
  • tack cloth
  • primer
  • detail paintbrush
  • high-gloss white crafts paint
  • masking tape
  • spray lacquer
  • clear acrylic sealer (optional)

Step 1

Lightly sand unpainted wood boxes with hinged lids. Wipe them clean with a tack cloth.

Step 2

Prime the boxes and let dry.

Step 3

Using a detail paintbrush and high-gloss white crafts paint, paint a stripe that’s a little wider than 1/4 inch along the edges of each box (it’s OK if the stripe is a little messy, as you’ll be taping it off in the next step and using a darker spray paint that will hide any slipups). Let dry.

Step 4

Carefully tape over the stripes with 1/4-inch-wide masking tape. Spray each box with three or four coats of spray lacquer, letting dry between coats. Let dry fully, then peel off the tape. For extra shine, coat the boxes with a clear acrylic sealer.

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