This handy art supplies holder is just the ticket for anyone who loves to doodle.
Avoid using boxes with a glossy surface, since the paint may not stick.
Place the box on newspaper in a well-ventilated area and spray paint the top following the directions on the back of the can. Apply two or three light coats, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Let the box set overnight.
Before using the box, season its surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk (the common type made from calcium carbonate, not the clay variety used by artists) across the whole thing. Then, wipe off the chalk with a piece of felt or a dry sponge.