Painted Wooden Boxes

A design trend I’m seeing everywhere these days is the colorful geometric pattern.  I’m crazy for it, and have some fun notebooks that make me happy just looking at them.  I wanted to bring more geometric pattern into my life and yesterday, created a colorful, decorative box for my office.   All you need for this project is an inexpensive wooden box from the craft store, craft paint, paint brushes, painters tape, and clear enamel spray to give your box a glossy finish.

I started with a rough sketch of how I wanted my pattern to look, then used a ruler to draw straight lines on the box.  I used one of my favorite color combinations: hot pink, light pink, black, white and gold and dotted them on the box where the the paint would go.  Then, I taped off the first areas to paint.  It’s key that you press the tape down very firmly so that you get crisp lines and no paint seeps through.  I used Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape With Edgeblock and it works great.  I only had a couple of minor spots to touch up with a small paint brush when I was done.  Which reminds me to tell you to use a better quality paint brush.  My first brush was a cheap one and the bristles kept coming off onto the paint and I had to dig them out with tweezers- annoying.  The project was much more enjoyable with these brushes.  
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I painted three quick coats before removing the tape and moving on to another section.  The paint dries quickly on this wooden box, and taping over a dry section was fine. 
Continuing the paint down the sides of the boxes looks cool too. 

I painted the box with a piece of paper in between the top and bottom, but it still nearly sealed closed while painting- I should have used painter’s tape!  I haven’t painted the entire inside yet just the edges so that when it’s closed, you don’t see any wood peeking through.  
When all the paint has dried, spray a light coat of  Crystal Clear Enamel for a glossier finish.   
I’m kind of in love with the finished product!
See more wooden box makeovers here and how this project inspired me to paint my office doors pink
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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Looks like a fun DIY! Do you think it matters what order I do the colors in? My fear is that some of the paint may come off when I strip the tape…but I guess I could do several coats like your showed. 🙂 Good tip about using painters tape in btwn the top and bottom.

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