A colorful  floral wood box

Brighten Up Your Home with a Creative Painted Keepsake Box

Painting boxes for storage for a pop of color in your decor

Gather Supplies and Choose Your Paint.

To create your own painted keepsake box, you'll need some basic supplies such as a wooden box, paintbrushes, sandpaper, and acrylic paint.

You can choose any color palette that fits your style and matches the decor of the room where you plan to place the box.

Consider using bold and bright colors for a playful look or softer shades for a more calming vibe.

Once you've gathered your supplies and chosen your paint, it's time to get started!!

 Laser etched wooden box 

There are beautifully etched boxes available in craft stores  you can paint them pretty and colorful as per your choice or to match your room decor!

Prep and Prime the Box for Painting.

Before you start painting the box , it’s important to prep and prime the surface.

- When using a wooden box, sand the surface lightly with fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface for painting.

Then, use a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris from the surface.

- For cardboard boxes, use a primer or white acrylic paint as a base coat for better coverage and durability.

Apply an even layer of primer or paint onto the entire surface of the box and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

By properly prepping and priming your storage box, you’ll create a beautiful painted finish that will last for years to come.

Create a Design or Use Masking Tape for Clean Lines.

Once you have applied the base coat and let it dry, you can start creating your design on the storage box.

You can freehand a design using a paintbrush or use masking tape to create clean lines.

For instance, you can use painter’s tape to make stripes or other geometric shapes by applying the tape over where you want your design to be, filling in with another color of paint, and then peeling off the tape once it's dry.


masking tape while painting

This will create clean lines that are straight and even without needing a steady hand.

Alternatively, if you have a specific stencil or image in mind for your storage box, you can trace it onto the surface and then fill it in with paint once it has been drawn out.

Always allow each layer of paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details.

If you're looking for inspiration on what to paint on your box, consider using the design as a way to organize its contents.

For example, if you are using it to store office supplies, you can paint a pencil or paper clip motif on the outside.

If it's for your child's toy room, perhaps paint their favorite superhero logo or animal print.

You could also make it a decorative piece for your living space by painting a landscape or abstract design that matches your decor.

a unicorn themed small wood box

The possibilities are endless!

With just a few coats of paint and some creativity, you can transform an ordinary storage box into a functional piece of art that adds charm and character to any room in your home.

Apply a Sealant and Enjoy Your New Storage!

After you have finished painting your storage box, it’s important to apply a sealant to protect the paint from chipping or fading over time.


You can use a clear spray sealant or a brush-on acrylic sealer for this step. When applying the sealant, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply in a well-ventilated area.

Allow the sealant to dry completely before using your new creation for storage or decoration around your home. With a little creativity and some DIY skills, you’ll have an eye-catching and functional painted box ready for beautiful storage and organization, that adds charm and color to any room in your home!