So my husband and I spent some time this weekend assembling and painting new hive bodies. We buy our hive bodies unpainted and unassembled to keep costs down. We use 9 5/8″ deep bodies for the brood chambers and 6 5/8″ shallow supers for honey.
Instead of using plain white, I like to add a little color to my hives. I’m using Glidden exterior water-based paint in a satin finish, color called Pistachio Ice Cream. White or light pastel colors are best so that the hives don’t get too hot sitting in the sun.