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Step 3: Sealing the Box With Paint

  This is the box (I am showing one primed, and one natural), which should be sealed with primer. I use Kilz acrylic white sealer. Two coats, with sanding in between. You want a nice smooth surface. Remember to sand and paint the inside of the lid, and the bottom (don't forget the inside of the circular opening where you will be pulling out the bags). Make sure it is smooth. If there are any dings in the wood for any reason, fill them with anything like wood putty, or molding paste before you paint. This box was pristine and smooth when I got it. I only had to fill in a few chipped places around the hinge which every saw leaves behind. If you wonder why dings need filling, when you are covering the area with paper, every dent will show through the paper. Anything that disrupts the smoothness of the paper illusion will defeat it's purpose. Frankly, with these boxes, they are so well made, you aren't likely to have to fill anything.
Beautiful!&nbsp;I&nbsp;also love the crack finish. This would be cool to make a bird house out of =) Great job very clear instructions!<br /> <br />
Crackle not crack <br /> My bad &gt;.&lt;<br /> <br />
Thank you for that idea. You know I was also thinking of a bat house, because they like the close fit, but the lid would have to be attached against the wind. I&nbsp;have been trying to find out if they texture the inside walls of bat houses. A board on the bottom inside, glued down, plus a new little hole on the front! I&nbsp;read an article that many places are making their bird house entries smaller so that cowbirds can't get in them--they lay eggs in other bird's nests like the cuckoo and are enjoying a population explosion. I&nbsp;am going to make sure and tell the carpenters about any multi-use Idea, and think up a decoupage for a bird house--which could be sealed with outdoor epoxy. Great idea!<br />
Thanks!&nbsp;Ya&nbsp;I heard about that too. This is my new account =) (so same person)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheers,<br /> Meheh<br />
Wow, great project, I love the crackle finish.<br />
Thanks! I&nbsp;only wish manufacturer's would stop messing with crackle kits. The best one on the market, Anita's, went out of business!&nbsp; It was all the rage, and then suddenly no longer &quot;cool.&quot;&nbsp; <br />

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