Wooden wine boxes make great accent pieces in a living room, bedroom, and bathroom. If the wood does not match your room’s décor, you can paint the boxes. It takes a few painting supplies, such as sandpaper, primer, brushes, and a drop cloth or newspaper. After you have gathered your supplies, all you need is a little time. Here are four tips that will make painting your wooden wine boxes a successful DIY home décor project.
You will want to clean off any stains and dust from the box with a damp rag. It is not advisable to use a hose or wash the box because the wood can absorb the water. If the wood absorbs too much water, it can crack. If there is anything tacky or sticky on the box, mix a drop of dish soap with four cups of warm water. Slightly dip a rag into the soapy water. You do not want the towel dripping wet because you want to keep the wood as dry as possible. Rub and work the sticky material off. Let the box completely dry before proceeding.
Sanding the wood will help the paint adhere better. Use fine-grit sandpaper. The goal of this type of sanding is to make the surface paint ready. You should not need to smooth out or grind down bumps or knots. After sanding, wipe away any sawdust.
Primer is the first layer of paint that primes the surface for the final coat. Primer comes in grey and white. White allows you to paint pastels or lighter colors over the top, and the base will not change the shade or tone. If you are going for more vibrant colors, grey is fine to use. You can apply it with a paintbrush or a small roller. The brush may leave brush marks, but with a little practice, you can make them almost disappear. Some rollers can leave an orange peel finish, so look for a smooth finish label. Wash your painting tools when you are done if you are going to be reusing them to paint the next color on. Protect the surface you will be painting on with the drop cloth or paper, and wear proper eye protection and clothing. You might be interested in learning more at the Ekan Concepts website.
After the primer has dried, it is finally time to add some color to the wooden wine boxes. Prepare yourself and the work area again. Grab your colored paint and clean or new painting supplies. Paint one coat on, and let the color dry. Once completely dry, check out the color on your refreshed wooden wine box and see if it is what you were expecting. You might be satisfied with the shade, but if you can see the primer or you want a deeper color, apply a second coat.