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    Hiya

    I have just ordered some trinket boxes from a fellow crafter. I want to paint them but I aren't sure what paint to use. Can I use any kind of paint? I am making them for my daughter (who is 9) but my nieces are babies, is there special paint I have to use for children. Will I need to varnish them afterwards as well, and is there a specific kind or can I just use the stuff you buy from a DIY shop!

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    what are they made of?
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    • #3
      Durrr...sorry!

      They are made of wood. I really like them, I thought I could paint each childs name on the top and then flowers or something all the way around.

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      • #4
        I should think acrylic with a coat of varnish should work.
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        • #5
          Hi. I bought similar boxes in hobbycraft. I painted them with acrylic paint. They were smaller than these and I sat a little fimo fairy on top of them to make them 'tooth fairy' boxes. The acrylic paint worked a treat so I would reccomend it.
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          • #6
            years ago they started making child safe paint but now it is not needed since they stopped using lead oxide in paint. nearly all paints provided they have had enough time to fully dry are safe varnishes are ok as well it's the finishing oils that you have to be more choosy about but as you were just thinking of paint I would agree acrylic is very good for covering and very workable for brush writing, and an acrylic varnish so it doesn't react with the paint

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            • #7
              I used acrylic paint without varnish on these MDF bed-sides:



              Which, as you can imagine, take quite a beating from bouncing kids.
              The lines are drawn with a Sharpie (permanent marker) and they've survived two boys for around five years with few marks.

              Mostly acrylic paint flakes off on the corners, so I would recommend a thin coat and to be aware that where the lid of your box passes the side of the box, there will need to be enough space for the layers of paint/varnish to fit there, or stay away from the edges completely.

              Also be aware that the metalic gold acrylic paint looks awesome when new, but dulls without a sealing coat of varnish.

              As to varnish, I've been stunned by how good Focus Clear Satin Interior Floor Varnish is: it's water soluble and ends up being incredibly clear and hard. So clear, in fact, that when varnishing the top of our old Ercol dining table, I couldn't tell the difference between the bare wood and the varnished wood while I was varnishing it, and it was drying faster than I could paint! Awesome stuff! I quickly learned to just pour a load on and go fast (and not to paint in sunlight)!

              If anyone knows what 'class' of varnish this is, it would be worth knowing what other companies have similar products.

              That said, I would only varnish is there is a need: bare wood is still preferable on tightly grained woods (in my opinion).
              If I ever make anything good enough to sell, I'll want to keep it!

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