How to make Handmade Childrens Toy Boxes part 2As a follow up to a post published a few weeks ago, Traditional Painter in Ireland Adam Bermingham explains how the Handmade Childrens Toy Boxes went from a natural pine finish to a hand painted one.
And here they are in the perfect setting of a Christmas sitting room, ready for Santa to fill…
Hand Painted Toy Boxes
I know that the festivities are over for another year but I wanted to write this post to fill you all in on these Hand Painted Toy Chests. A great gift for Christmas but available at My Hand Painted Furniture all year round & perfect for birthdays…
Toy Chest cutting list
The building process is covered in a previous post but I have had a few requests for a cutting list so before I get into the painting process lets look at that…
The boards are 3cm x 18cm
Lid – 2 88cm, 1 88cm ripped down from 18cm to 14.5 cm wide
4 32cm, 5 x 5 posts
4 31cm, 2.5 x 2.5 post (lid supports)
4 84cm lengths
4 42cm lengths
Once you have cut & assembled the box I would advise that you re-measure for the skirting & the ply board base.
Once the construction is complete it’s time to start thinking about finish. In a previous post we covered an oil finish & a varnish finish. Let’s take a look at hand painting…
This may sound strange but I would not advise you to use the process I did on these particular boxes. For a raw timber with a lot of knots using a shellac based primer/sealer like Zinsser B-I-N is always the way to go. For once I didn’t have any in the workshop so I had to find a work around.
I did have a spray can of B-I-N so I used that to spot-prime all the knotty areas. I then applied 2 coats of Zinsser Coverstain, an oil based primer. In the future I will change this process and simply apply 2 full coats of Zinsser B-I-N instead of the Zinsser Coverstain.
To apply I used * Axus Decor Wood finishing Sleeves, * Axus decor Grey Pointed Precision Brush & a * Adorn DuPont Tynex 2″ Brush. Use these links to view these & other great products from my supplier My Paint Brush.co.uk.
For the finish top-coats I applied 2 coats of Colortrend Satinwood in pink & blue, perfect colours for boys & girls bedrooms. I also offer cream & white options. To apply these coats I again used products available at My Paint Brush. * Axus Decor Wood finishing Sleeves, * Axus decor Grey Pointed Precision Brush & a * 2″ Wooster Flawless, now available in multiple sizes.
Share your work
Thank you for reading this bog post, it was designed to help you all out there have a go yourself & I hope you do. When you’ve finished why not post some pictures up on the My Hand Painted Furniture Facebook Page.
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