Having young children, I frequently wind up with these plastic boxes from various foods that I would like to find some way to make pretty and re-use. As my go-to thing for making things pretty is paint, I have tried in the past to just paint them, but the paint always peels off. This time I tried something new: a few layers of gesso.
The above shows my box with several coats of gesso. Unfortunately, as I added additional layers of gesso, some of the older layer would come up in places, so I did not get completely even coverage. When I got them as well-covered as I thought I could, added paint. I chose colors my daughter would appreciate. I also used a layer of Delta Ceramcoat varnish to make it glossy.
I noticed, however, that the inside showed my uneven gesso coverage. Oh, well. I figured if this box stood up to the test of use and time, I would figure out how to fix that problem later.
So, after it was all dry and ready to go, I gave it to my daughter with instructions to tell me when/if the paint started to chip. Within two weeks, the paint was chipping, and I don’t think she opened it that often. Here’s what it looked like:
So, I guess it’s back to the drawing board as far as how to make plastic boxes pretty for storage. Have any of you found a good way to make your plastic pretty?