DIY: Painted Storage Box


I saw this project over at Centsational Girl and knew I had to give it a go.  I love projects that are simple, inexpensive and end up looking luxe.  This project gives you the look of expensive lacquer boxes (like these and these) at a fraction of the cost.

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:


Wooden box.  (Check the woodworking section of your craft store.)

Patching plaster.  (To patch holes and imperfections in the wood.)

Craft paint in two coordinating colors (one for the base and one for trim).

Painter's tape.

Paintbrush.

Felt (Optional. Not shown above.)

Glossy spray sealant (Optional. Not shown above.)


Method:

1.  Remove the hardware off the front and patch the holes with the patching plaster.

2.  Paint the entire box your base color.  Mine was lavender.  Then, use the painter's tape to tape off the edges that you will paint to create your trim.  I sectioned off the top and bottom edges with the painter's tape first and then did the sides.

3.  Paint the edges you taped off using the trim paint color.  I chose a chocolate brown.  Here's what my box looked like when I had the top and bottom edges completed:

4.  Next, I did the sides:


5.  I also painted the inside of the box to give it a complete look.  Then, I gave the box a coat of glossy spray sealant to add a little sheen.

6. To finish, I cut a piece of felt to put in the bottom of the box:

And that is all there is to it.  Now you have a pretty place to store all your treasures...




I've got a bright, fun version of these boxes to show you later this week, so be sure to come back to check them out.

UPDATE: Check out the neon version HERE.

53 comments:

  1. I am always and always impressed by your ideas :) Have a nice day xxx

    Sneak peek into my life

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    1. Thanks! Hope you're having a beautiful day too! :)

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  2. this is really beautiful!

    chooohanna.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Hanna! You could do this in any color your heart desires.

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  3. Love this idea!! You've created a very sophisticated lil box. A lovely gift idea too.

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    1. Hi Vinita! That is a great idea... it would be an awesome gift for sure. :)

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  4. that is the exact shade of purple that I'm obsessed with for my nails right now!

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    1. Oh my goodness... I recently bought lavender polish for my nails too! I'm really beginning to think there really is something to this whole "twinsie" thing.

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  5. I love your projects! You make them seem simple enough I think I could actually manage to create something :)

    I nominated you for the Liebster award, for bloggers with under two hundred followers! Your blog is awesome!

    Have a fabulous day!

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    1. Awww, shucks, thanks Kim! Your comment brightened my day. :)

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  6. I love the color you chose. It's so cheerful!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, I'm having a lilac moment right now for sure. :)

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  7. it's so easy to do that! where I live there's a store full of boxes to be paint, some people do mosaic on the top of it, it's also lovely ;)

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    1. A mosaic would be so pretty. The possibilities are endless!

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  8. So pretty!! And looks pretty easy ... love the colors you chose too! I think I may try this...

    xo everything-pretty.com

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    1. I'd love to see yours when you get the chance to make it! :)

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  9. So many DIY's! Love it. This box looks so much better painted. Great idea, thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Hi Allison! Glad you like the tutorial. I hope you give it a try. Let me know if you do. :)

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  10. That turned out perfectly! Ive been wanting to experiment with painters tape for the longest.

    jadepurplebrown.com

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    1. Thanks Jade! You should really try to experiment with painter's tape. There is so much you can do with that stuff!

      BTW, loved your recent post about which boy you'd dress like. Interesting to think about....

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  11. looks great! love the lavender color you've chosen!

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    1. The lavender is so pretty, isn't it?!! :)

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    1. Thanks Tammy! Looks like you are having a great time in Mexico! :)

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  13. Hey Erica! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a lovely comment :) I hope you visit often!

    I love all your DIYs! you're very talented! I'll be visiting often!

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    1. Hi Julie! Glad you like the DIYs. Your morse code jewelry is really cool too! :)

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  14. So pretty! Love the colors you chose. This would be such a great gift idea for someone special!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. This would make a great gift for sure. :)

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  15. oooooh LOVE the lavender color for your jewelry box...and the black edges add a crisp and classy look to it I think. :) great tutorial! You are one talented lady! :) All of your pieces you added that fantastic DIY flower to are lovely! xo

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    1. excited to follow along and keep up with your great DIY projects :)

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    2. Thanks Haley! Glad you like all the DIYs. :)

      I'm excited to have you join the blog! I'm following along with all your fun family adventures too! :)

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    1. Thanks Shelly! Your grapefruit margarita recipe looks divine! :)

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  17. I could totally do with one of these for my jewellery , it doesn't fit into my box anymore.
    They would make a great present too.

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    1. A painted box would be the perfect solution to hold all your beautiful jewels. They are so easy to make, you could even make a few.

      This would make such a great gift! Thanks for the idea Liv.

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  18. I love all of your ideas. This is really simply, yet looks expensive. I love looking at a project and thinking that I could do it too!

    *Erin

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    1. You totally can do this. It's super easy! Have fun making your own!

      P.S. Great hiking pics! I can't get over the lack of trees in CA. So different!

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  19. This is so pretty- I just know if I did it, it would come out a mess. You are so creative.

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    1. You could totally do this. It's sooooo easy.

      Also, I'm jealous you've been going to music festivals. So. Much. Fun. And be sure to keep those pesky kindergarteners in line. ;)

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  20. This is such a sweet DIY! I love it!

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    1. Thanks Diana! I love your lace sleeves DIY post too!

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  21. Gorgeous- and it looks so simple! I don't really need more boxes around, but I might need to make an excuse to do this project anyway.

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    1. Hey! Glad you liked the project!

      I dropped by your blog and tried to leave a comment, but I don't think it ever posted. Boo! Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'll try again later. Any tips on using Disqus? I'm technology challenged... what on earth am I doing with a blog! LOL!

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    2. I'm an idiot. Looks like the comment posted... lol! Sheesh.

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  22. Es preciosa y además muy útil.
    Un beso guapa.

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    1. Thanks! They are very useful for collecting odds and ends. :)

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  23. love that you chose lavender! very chic and pretty! <3 :-)

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    1. Lavender is such a soothing color :)

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  24. Adorable, of course -- but I'm rooting for the less is more: neon version. Clever and I'd actually use them!

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