When I found this sturdy but not so cute toy box at Goodwill recently, for only a few dollars, I just knew it was a diamond in the rough. So, I did what any good DIY-er would do, and snatched it up. I knew I didn’t want to tackle a complete new paint job, so with a little inspiration from one of my favorite craft books, Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World, I decided to spray paint the inside and cover the outside with an absolutely gorgeous wrapping paper using Mod Podge.
As you can see from the before & after shots, the results are pretty extraordinaire.
- Krylon Dual paint & primer in white
- Krylon indoor outdoor in Ocean Breeze
- Mod Podge Matte
- Wrapping paper
- Clear coat acrylic spray
- paint brush
First, I dusted the box, and gave it a good two coats of the white primer paint combo. Then, I used the Ocean Breeze blue on the inside (sorry, forgot to snap a pic). I didn’t even tape it off, because I knew the outside of the box was going to be covered, so I wasn’t worried about being perfect with the paint.
Once I let that dry, I traced the outline of each side on the back of the wrapping paper, and cut it out. I cut just a little smaller than the outline, and it gave it a perfect fit.
Next, my favorite part, the Mod Podge! I just used a paint brush to apply a medium coat of the glue, and applied my paper a little at a time, smoothing with my hands as I went. I’m not an expert Mod Podger by any means, and because this paper is on the thinner side, yes, I did get a few wrinkles. But, I just didn’t stress over it, because you can’t really see them anyway.
Once that coat was dry, I applied two more coats on the outside of the box, as well as a coat of the clear acrylic spray, letting each coat dry in between applications.
Mod Podge isn’t just for little arts and crafts projects.
So far, this little beauty has held up quite well. I hope this inspires you a bit. Don’t throw out that outdated piece, just give it an update with a little paint and podge.