Spray paint is easy and relatively inexpensive, but if you don't have the space to lay out tarp or paper to spray paint small items like drawer pulls, picture frames and door handles, use a cardboard box to keep the mess in check. The box will contain the paint as you spray, resulting in more paint on your project and less on your walls, floor or any other surface nearby. Plus, the box is recyclable when you're finished with it, so cleanup is easy. If you're painting outdoors, it will also keep bugs and debris from blowing into the wet paint and ruining your finish. Wearing a paint mask will help keep you safe if you're painting in an enclosed space, but make sure to do it in a ventilated area.
If you want to elevate your item, a piece of foam with popsicle sticks (you could even use a couple of pencils) keeps your item off the bottom of the box and makes it easy to rotate as you paint each side. Once the paint has dried on the inside of the box, you can collapse it for easy storage to use again later.
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