Just a note: I did not mention in the instructions below but I did sand between paint coats and let everything dry between steps. Keeping everything smooth makes the finished box look even better.
Plain wooden box – pay attention to hardware as this will have to be removed and reattached later
Wooden appliqués – available at craft stores
Spray Paint – Black with Satin finish
Spray paint – Metallic, I’m using copper here but silver or bronze would also look good
Old rag or sock for applying paint
Step 1: Step 1
I played with a few different layouts of the appliqués to see what I liked.
Step 2: Step 2
Attach the appliqué. Wood glue works great for this.
Step 3: Step 3
Break out your stray sock and a disposable bowl. Spray a small puddle of the metallic paint in the bowl. Use the sock to dab and swirl the paint onto the box. This is the fun part. Go crazy.
Step 4: Step 4
Reattach the hinges and/or feet. Enjoy or give to someone special.