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« on: June 06, 2009 12:55:34 PM »

Hi all!

My apologies if this has been asked before. I tried using the search feature, but all that comes up are swap topics, which, while fun to view, do not help me in my quest for knowledge.

I picked up a small wooden jewelry box at a thrift store the other day with the intent to re-paint it. I have sanded it down pretty well, it looks (and smells!) like pine. Am I able to spray paint it? If so, do I need to prime it in some way first?

 Also, if after the hypothetical initial coat of spray paint, I would like to paint designs with acrylic paint. What, if anything, should I use to seal it? Would a clear coat of spray paint do the trick?

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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009 05:48:06 AM »

Walmart clear coat works, but I don't know if it yellows. What I would do though before painting is to take all of the hinges off unless they are just too grungy, but still, they can be painted separate.

I hope you post some befores and afters in completed projects when you are done.

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009 04:05:19 PM »

Yes, definitely prime it before painting!  And I agree with the other poster, and take off the hardware first.  If you can't, try to cover it in masking tape.  I painted an acrylic design on an unfinished wood box several years ago, then sealed it with a clear acrylic from the craft store (no particular brand) and the thing looks just like the day I painted it.  Oh, you also want to be careful that it doesn't want to stick closed, after you've painted it.  If the top and bottom fit into one another, you may need to do some extra sanding.  Don't be afraid to play with it!

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