Sand away any rough areas or old paint and clear the sanding dust with a damp cloth.
When the wood is smooth, apply pre-stain conditioner to help the stain penetrate the wood more evenly. Allow 5-15 minutes for the conditioner to penetrate, then wipe the surface with a lint-free rag.
Stir the stain well (don’t shake the can). Pretest the color in a hidden spot.
Apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain using a natural bristle brush. We applied our stain inside and outside of the box.
Allow stain to completely dry.
While wearing rubber gloves, use a lint-free rag to wipe in the direction of the wood grain, removing excess stain and blending the lighter/darker areas. For a darker color, repeat the application process.
Apply a thin coat of polyurethane topcoat in the direction of the wood grain.
Allow to dry.
Optional for personalization: Make your dog’s toybox even more unique by customizing it with letters spelling out your pooch’s name.
Find a well-ventilated area and place the letters on something that you won’t mind getting slightly covered with overspray, like cardboard.
Remove any debris from the letters.
Spray a thin coat of paint only on the outside of the vase(s). Keep these tips in mind when spraying:
Shake your Krylon® spray can vigorously for two minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the ball within the can begins to rattle.
Test your spray paint and painting technique on a piece of scrap material until you have achieved a satisfying result.
Hold your Krylon spray can 6-8 inches away from the vase.
Spray several thin coats of spray paint instead of one thick coat.
While spraying, use an even, side-to-side motion and spray off the object, releasing the tip at the end of each pass.
Overlap your spray pattern by about one-third with each pass.
Allow the paint to dry between coats. Repeat until the letters are covered.
Wait a few days for the wood stain on the dog toy box to set in before attaching the letters.