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Martha Stewart Nautical Stacking Boxes

Easily give a simple box a distressed, rustic, beach theme with Martha Stewart Craft paint. Store your beach treasures in these cool-toned boxes for save keeping.

At a Glance:

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Martha Stewart ® Laser-Cut Stencil - Nautical Study - 32257

Number Needed: 1 $13.49 $6.75
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Other Supplies

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Patterning Brush Set - 4pc, Martha Stewart® 2oz Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Beach Glass - 32012CA, Martha Stewart® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Pond - 32015, Martha Stewart® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Surf - 32016, Martha Stewart® 2oz Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Vanilla Bean - 32069CA, Martha Stewart® 2oz Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Wedding Cake - 32076CA, Martha Stewart® Large Brush Set - 4pc - 32245, Martha Stewart® Stencil Tape - 32292, Brush basin or container for water, Paper towels, Foam plates, Fine grit sandpaper, Assorted wood boxes, Paraffin wax or candle


Preparation Instructions

  1. If desired, remove any hardware on the wooden boxes and set aside. By removing the hardware, you will find that the sanding and painting process becomes easier.
  2. Begin by sanding each wood box using fine grit sandpaper. Wipe away excess saw dust using a moist paper towel.
  3. Basecoat the entire wood box surface Vanilla Bean and allow to dry.
  4. When dry, rub an old white candle or piece of paraffin wax over the outer edges of the box and lid as well as any areas you wish to have appear time worn.
  5. Wipe box with paper towel to remove excess wax.
  6. Basecoat each box section as shown in photograph using Beach Glass, Pond, and Surf over Vanilla Bean and waxed areas. Allow to dry. Reapply if desired.
  7. Determine the desired width of the horizontal stripes on the small box. Cut stencil tape to appropriate lengths and apply to box.

Painting Instructions

  1. Large Box – Stencil large Wedding Cake starfish on the beach glass box bottom using a stencil brush. Be sure to allow some of the starfish to “fall off” the edge of the box.
  2. Stencil the rope knot and rope trim around the surf box lid band using Wedding Cake.
  3. An overall pattern of large Wedding Cake shells are stenciled on the Pond box lid.
  4. Small Box – Paint Pond and Wedding Cake stripes against the Surf basecoat. Peel stencil tape and remove when painted.
  5. Stencil the rope knot and rope trim around the Beach Glass box lid band using Wedding Cake.
  6. Stencil an overall pattern of Wedding Cake sand dollars on the Pond box lid.

Finishing Instructions

  1. When all paint is thoroughly dry, sand wood boxes using fine grit sandpaper. Sanding over previously waxed areas will allow the Vanilla Bean basecoat to show through and give you the time worn, distressed look.
  2. Assemble boxes by reattaching hardware and hinges.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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