Step 5: Paint the Lid
The top lid you can paint plain red, (paint both top and bottom). I love the bright reds that remind me of cinnabar which was the pigment in many famous Pompeii red backgrounds. The rest of the box will be covered with paper. You will probably need two or three coats of red for a nice flat color. I changed my mind half way through and decided to print out a clay tile roof for the top of the lid (I scanned an actual plastic one for miniatures). You can use it or just leave the roof painted. I think it completes the illusion of architecture to see those red tiles on the top of the lid.