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Make A Delivery Driver Treat Box Or Plant Container

Delivery drivers work hard, and it’s nice to show your appreciation. Fill a container with bottled water, sodas, and snacks and sit it at your front door or where your package drop is located. Add a note welcoming delivery people or holiday guests to help themselves.

I had an old wood box/crate I decided to paint and use as our treat container. I painted black and white stripes on it and added casters to the bottom. The painted box is perfect for holding holiday treats…..or red poinsettias. 

recycled unfinished wood box to paint

I bought the wood box at my favorite junk shop a few months ago. I have been waiting for inspiration. I’ve always planned to put casters on it but didn’t have a paint plan. Now I do.

Delta Ceramcoat paint

I bought two bottles of acrylic paint, colors black and white. You can’t get more basic than that. I like this paint because the coverage is great. Dries fast, too, and you guys know all about me and my patience.

Delta Ceramcoat black paint

Loading my brush with paint is easier if I pour it on a paper plate. Tip: A piece of cardboard box top works great too. I applied one coat of black paint to the wood. That’s it. The paint is shiny when wet but dries to a flat/matte finish.

Frogtape to tape off stripes for pianting

I waited a couple of hours for the black paint to dry, then taped off the stripes using painter’s tape. I began at the bottom of the box and applied the tape all the way around the box.

Then I used the width of the tape to measure the distance between stripes and to line up the next row of painter’s tape….and so on. I like to do things the easy way, no exacting measurements with a tape measure.

TIP: Seal the edges of the tape tightly by running your thumb or plastic card (credit card or similar) over the edges of the tape several times.

Delta Ceramcoat White paint

I used a small paint brush to paint the white stripes. I applied two coats of white paint to totally cover the black paint. Don’t overload your brush with paint. It doesn’t take much.

Painting crisp straight lines for black and white stripes

This is important…….wait just a few minutes after applying the second coat of white paint before removing the painter’s tape. If you wait until the paint dries, you will probably pull off some of the white paint—voice of experience.

Do you see how precise those stripes are? No paint seepage under the tape. The acrylic paint is creamy and not too thin, so it doesn’t run everywhere.

casters for rolling furniture

I waited overnight for the paint to cure, then added four casters I found in my junk stash. I just happened to have 4 of the perfect size.

adding casters to a wood box

 

The bottom of the wood box had a couple of damaged areas, but I had no problem attaching the wheels.

painted wood box with casters

I have to say I’m doing the happy dance. The black and white stripes are classic! 

delivery driver thank you treat box

 

The painted wood box is a great multi-purpose piece. I loaded it with goodies for the delivery drivers….or friends who stop by to visit. After the holidays, I can see the striped box holding cookbooks, Spring plants, snacks for the grandkids, etc.

painted wood planter with black and white stripes

Or how about a poinsettia? Adding the red poinsettias to the box was genius. It IS the Christmas season. Red is the perfect complement to black and white.

paint a wood box with black and white stripes and add a plant

When the rush of the holiday deliveries is over, I will place the poinsettias in the box. I just put them in for the photo opp!

treat box for delivery drivers or for holiday guests

 

I didn’t have to add the wheels to the box but they give it a little extra something.

goodies by the door treat box

That box full of treats makes me smile.

paint black and white stripes on wood

What do you guys think of the stripes? Ready to paint something? As always, thanks for being here, and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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17 Comments

  1. I did think about handles Emma but couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. Have any ideas for me?

  2. Yes, I pick up new tips all the time. Sometimes they are so simple I wonder why I didn’t think of them.

  3. That’s a spiffy-looking plant holder, Kathy! And the fact that it’s movable with the casters makes it even better. I like the black and white stripes but as I looked at it I was imagining what it would look like with darkish green stripes. Of course, the black and white is so versatile. Right for any season.

    Looking forward to the new year and more of your posts!

  4. Excellent tip about taking the painter’s tape off before the paint dries. I have ended up before now with a poor finish through not going this – now I know better. Often times it’s the smallest tip that makes the biggest difference – thanks, Kathy.

  5. an easy way for a classy look! looking at the green tape with the black paint, i think green would be good too. thanks! have a very happy Christmas!