Monday, January 12, 2015


Tropical Flowers Painted Storage Box

I hope you are ready for an awesome project! I want to share with you how I changed a plain wooden box into a piece of art that will brighten up my desk space.

Before Christmas I'm on a run to Michaels to pick up supplies for some last minute gift projects and was browsing around the store when I saw this amazing oval shaped box and instantly thought that it would be perfect on my desk to hide all those pesky cords for cameras and phones and headphones. I'm trying to do what I can to make my home a little more organized but also throw in some pretty accents too. So I put the box and some paints into my cart and headed home. After all the craziness of Christmas was done I had some time to finally work on my plain wooden box.

It's cloudy, cold, and gloomy here in Kansas so I wanted to bring a little bit of bright tropical color into my desk space. So I took this plain but awesome wooden box and painted it up with some tropical looking flowers and some bright colors!

So are you ready to see the finished project??? I'm super excited about it! Here it is!

It's always nice when inspiration hits and a project comes out exactly how you saw it in your head. Now, lets get on to the how too part. Take a look below to see all the goodies that you need for this project. 

~ Supplies ~
  • Artminds Oval Wooden Box from Michaels
  • DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin Paints: Cottonball, Flamingo, Deep Turquoise, Chartreuse, Night Sky, Lemon Zest, Dark Scarlet, and Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Satin Varnish
  • Painters Tape, Stylus, four wooden beads, hot glue gun, 5/8" angled paint brush, plastic container for a palette
I started off by painting two coats of Flamingo paint on the inside of the box for a fun and bright pop of color. 

Next up I painted two coats of Deep Turquoise on the outside and the rim of the box and lid. 

Now it's time to add some flowers. I put together a video for you so you can see how I painted all the flowers and leaves. It would have been way too difficult to try to describe it with text and it end up making sense to anyone other than me. 

After the flowers were all nice and dry I put two rows of painter's tape around the lid to leave about 1/4" line around the lid. Then I put another piece of painter's tape about 1/4" up from the bottom of the box. After the painter's tape was pressed into place real well I covered the stripes I wanted to paint with some DecoArt Media Satin Varnish. Why you ask? Well, no matter how well you think you have the tape pressed down there is always a little that bleeds underneath. If your first coat is a clear sealer then what bleeds underneath is clear and it seals up all those gaps to keep your color from seeping under the tape. That and if I didn't use the painter's tape I would have a really wavy line of gold rather than a nice straight line...

After the sealer dried I added four coats of Metallic Gold. I wanted to have a really solid gold stripe around the lid and the bottom of the box. Four coats seems like a lot, but it dries really quickly so I was able to put the second coat on the first line after finishing up the first coat of the bottom line. All in all it probably took about 20 minutes to apply all four coats then remove the painter's tape. I had a couple places where the gold still bled through the tape so I just touched that up real quick with more Dark Turquoise. 

As an afterthought I decided to grab some wooden beads from my stash and paint them with a few coats of the Metallic Gold paint. Then I just hot glued them onto the bottom of the box for some gilded feet.

Once all the painting was done I finished it up with a coat of the DecoArt Media Satin Varnish just to protect all my hard work. Now I'm ready to put it on my desk and fill it up with all those things I want to hide in my pretty box!

I am so very happy with how my flowers came out! (Squeal!) All in all the project only took about 3 hours total including drying time. This paint goes on so smooth and dries really fast so it makes it easy to start and finish a project the same day.

The pop of pink on the inside is just so much fun!

Now a look at the before and after...

Don't be afraid to pick up something that needs some love and use some paint to brighten up your space with fun colors and functional storage! Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration. Did you know that you can use Americana Multi-Surface on glass and metal? Or use it to brighten up an organizer, or create a fun sign or canvas to hang in your home!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The project, photos, and opinions are entirely mine. 
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