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How to make Handmade Childrens Toy Boxes part 2

Listed under Adam Bermingham, Blog, brushes, hand-painted furniture Posted Jan 08 2014

As 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 chests

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.

Hand Painting

toy chests

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.

toy chests

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.

Satinwood Finish

toy chests

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.

toy chests

Happy Painting

Joseph & Sons kitchen painting furniture painting West IrelandSpecialist painter and decorator, Adam Bermingham, is a member of the Traditional Painter UK network. He is the first port of call for hand painted furniture and kitchens Ireland.

Joseph & Son is Adam & Tom Bermingham, a father & son team with diverse backgrounds covering specialist painting and decorating, antiques and interior design.


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4 comments to “How to make Handmade Childrens Toy Boxes part 2”

  1. My Hand Painted Furniture Joseph and Son

    If anyone has any questions not covered in the post please leave a comment and I’ll get straight back to you

  2. Charles Budd

    These are fantastic Adam. Most children’s play boxes are plastic, and eventually break of course. These will last not only a lifetime, but can be passed on from generation to generation. And they look a lot better too!

  3. My Hand Painted Furniture Joseph and Son

    Thank you Charlie for the kind words. All true in my opinion, that was the main thrust behind making them.

    To make agood quality product at a price most people can afford.

    I hope they sell well.

    How are things your end?

  4. Charles Budd

    Things are good, thank you – lots of plans for the future!

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