Hand Painted Office Storage Boxes



Hey Amazing Moms!

A couple weeks ago I posted a picture of my hand painted office storage boxes on Instagram and the tutorial requests came in. So without further hesitation, here is my office storage box tutorial :).


A while back (and I mean a WHILE back) in October of last year, I began working on our studio office. It was meant to be a place where my husband and I can work and explore our hobbies. My husband is a musician and I love crafting. We both agreed that we needed our own space to do those things… sort of like our man/woman cave or a “his and her cave”,  if you will 🙂 . It’s STILL not done, but we are wrapping up on the finishing touches and I can’t wait to reveal it to you all!

So in an attempt to stylishly conceal our office related junk, I picked up some large storage boxes the would fit into our IKEA Kallax shelf. I picked up four TJENA boxes from IKEA for only $4.99 each! They are super sturdy white cardboard boxes with lids and adhesive labels. They will be used to store the office supplies, camera equipment, homeschooling paperwork and other random stuff that looks really messy when left out in the open.


Here’s What You Will Need:

Painters tape (1 1/2” thick)

2 Sponge brushes

3 bottles of acrylic craft paint in a color of your choice (I used Admiral Blue)

2 bottles of gold acrylic craft paint

A ruler

TJENA boxes from IKEA

A drop cloth

To start off, I  placed painters tape 3” from the top of the box, all the way around.  I wanted to account for what would be covered by the lid and I wanted a wider white stripe at the top of the box so that I could place a label on the white surface.


Then, I measured 1 1/2” between the next two strips of tape.


Next, I painted all the way around using sweeping left to right strokes. I did three coats to get the desired darkness.


As soon as you are done painting, remove the tape. Waiting too long will allow the paint to dry on the tape and make tape removal difficult. Before tape removal, make sure your hands are paint free to prevent any paint from transferring to the white surface.


Most of the stripes came out crisp, but there was some seeping here or there. I learned my lesson and got better with each box. Don’t forget you can turn the worst parts to the back and no one will see your mistakes 🙂 .


The boxes came with plain white cardboard adhesive labels, I painted them gold to make them “pop”.


Finally, the lids. Using a sweeping back to forth motion, I painted each lid with three coats of gold paint. I rotated the lids between coats so that the brush strokes would be less visible and I would have a less streaky finish.


I was so impressed with how they turned out!


Functional and stylish…one of my favorite office projects so far :).


If you would like to see our studio office project from the beginning, check out the blog posts below:




For more Do it Yourself projects, crafts, and organization ideas  following me on Instagram @halfmom_halfamazing .

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Happy crafting!

🙂 From one amazing mom to another,


2 Comments on Hand Painted Office Storage Boxes

  1. Tonya
    May 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

    The Coronation committee has voted, you are hereby crowned THE QUEEN OF DIY. lol! Pinned!!!

    • Nicole
      May 28, 2015 at 5:36 am (4 years ago)

      LOL thank you Tonya! Girl your recipes are AMAZING! Cant wait to try the portabella mushroom one. I love your photography, thanks for stopping by!


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