Two-tone wood box

Two-tone wood box

If you are a follower of Krafty Kath you might have figured out by now that I have a slight obsession with containers. Boxes, bins, baskets, or containers…I love them all. If I could own The Container Store I would. So if you love containers as much as I do, then I’m your girl. The container crafts will keep coming as long as I am blogging. :)

I have purchased boxes with hinges for past DIYs, but for this one I really wanted a box that had a traditional lift-off lid. I found theseĀ  great unfinished boxes on Turns2Art Etsy shop. They have a great selection of unfinished wood pieces.

For this particular box, I wanted to create something a little different instead of painting the entire box one color. So I decided to paint a combination of clean modern white and rustic dark wood. I love the contrast!

Two-tone wood box


  • Unfinished wood box
  • White spray paint
  • Clear glossy spray paint (if you have GLOSSY spray paint, then you don’t need the clear coat)
  • Minwax Wood stain
  • Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
  • Paper towel
  • Old cloth
  • Foam brush
  • Sandpaper

Two-tone wood box


Step 1:

Sand any rough edges off your box. Mine came pretty much smooth as can be so I just did a little on the edges.

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Step 2:

Spray the bottom half of your box with the white spray paint. Let the white paint fully dry and then spray the glossy clear on top of that.

Note: If you have GLOSSY spray paint, then skip spraying it with clear coat.

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Step 3:

While the bottom half is drying, paint the top of your box with the wood stain. I chose Minwax “Jacobean” because it’s a nice dark brown. I didn’t stain underneath the lip of the lid because I didn’t want it rubbing off on the bottom of the box.

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Step 4:

Once the stain is dried, you can apply a coat of the finish wax using a paper towel. Let the wax sit on the lid for about 15 minutes and then buff it out with an old cloth. You can see that this finish allows the wood grain to come through! Love it!

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Step 5:

Since we painted the inside of the bottom, the lid MIGHT be a bit of a tight fit. Sand a little bit of the lid’s lip to help it fit into the bottom portion.

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Step 6:

Once it’s all dried you can put the lid on your box. :) I love the contrast between the two halves. It’s modern and rustic at the same time!

Two-tone wood box