This is one way to paint hive boxes (or supers). Hang them between two saw horses (like Rusty does at Honey Bee Suite) and paint them:

We don’t have any saw horses, but we managed to improvise something like this:

Here’s the video:

We painted our hives with linseed oil when we first got into beekeeping because we were all hung up on being as natural as we could be. I still like the look of the natural wood, but the linseed oil doesn’t last. We’d have to repaint the hives every two or three years if we stuck with linseed oil. We use 100% acrylic latex paint now. The colour isn’t important, but we picked a dark green. I think we’ll go with yellow for the next few boxes.

9 Responses to “How to Paint Hive Boxes”

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  1. Tim says:

    your video is marked as private Phillip

  2. Jay says:

    Well, that’s not how I’ve BEEN painting them, but it will be now. Thank you!

  3. Jeff says:

    Nice looking boxes there Phil…

    • Phillip says:

      Those are my last two Beemaid deeps. My table saw is more or less together now. (Almost there, no thanks to the instructions.) I hope by this weekend I can start making my own deeps.

  4. Honeypotter says:

    Love your blog! Question for you. I’m an absolute beginner beekeeper and I have the yellow plastic cell foundation that seems like it has a waxy texture on it already, but at my Week 1 inspection it didn’t appear that the bees were even remotely interested. Do you usually add more wax to yours?

    • Phillip says:

      They may not touch the empty frame for a while if it’s on the outside of the brood nest. I’ve seen full hives that completely ignore the frames on the ends. Some colonies build up and out first instead of out and up.

      When I’m starting from a nuc, I place empty frames between drawn out frames. The bees will go to work on the empty frames in no time then. That’s a safe practice as long there are enough bees to keep the split brood warm (if inserting empty frames splits the brood nest).

  5. Phillip says:

    I made my first honey super today. Woo-hoo!

    I’m nowhere close to mastering my table saw, and the simple cuts I used are probably the worst type of cut for constructing a honey super, but I don’t care. It’ll never have to live through a Newfoundland winter. So it’s not just good, it’s good enough.

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