Step 9: Paint the Box

this old house editor mark powers painting the wooden box red both inside and out
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Fill all the faster holes and seams with wood filler. Sand everything smooth using medium-grit sandpaper.

Apply painter's tape to the inside edge of the box. Coat the front edges, door, tray, and outside of the box and the door piece with primer. Once the primer is dry, sand the finish smooth using fine-grit sandpaper and paint with a semi-gloss paint.
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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • pencil compass
      Pencil Compass
    • rasp
      Rasp
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch drill bit
    • combination square
      Combination Square

    Shopping List

    1. 1x12 laminated shelving board Get two 6-foot boards

    2. 1x2 Get one 6-foot board

    3. 1x3 Get one 6-foot board

    4. 1x4 Get at least 2 feet

    5. 2-quart dog dishes with lip edge Get two dishes

    6. 1 5/8-inch #6 trim head screws

    7. Wood glue

    8. Wood filler

    9. Contact paper

    10. Piano hinge Get one that's 18 to 22 inches long

    11. Magnetic door catch

    12. Friction door slide

    13. Door handle

    14. Latex primer

    15. Latex semi-gloss paint