my new toolbox

For a few months now, I've been searching for some kind of toolbox to hold all my supplies that I regularly take with me when I go into the shop.  
Something I can load up with extra supplies when I'm involved in a show.

I've looked at rusty metal toolboxes.
Tackle boxes.
Sewing baskets (like the kind my mom had in the '70s).

Nothing seemed quite right.

 Then I spotted this:


Actually it didn't look like that when I found it.  
It was much uglier.
Brown plastic faux wood grain.


Yikes.
I probably shouldn't be so harsh here, because as soon as I say that, someone out there will say, 
HEY! I have that 'ugly' box!!

And I will be sticking my foot in my mouth again (first time was on Instagram)...
Really, I saw a lot of beauty in this box.  
I just didn't like the brown, and I knew I could enhance it with some paint.

Yes, I probably could have grabbed the nearest can of spray paint and called it good, but I wanted this to be special, and a representation of me and my business.
Kinda like carrying a nice briefcase or something.


I used Annie Sloan Old White on the base.


I decided to paint only the exterior and leave the interior as is.  
I didn't want to fuss with the inside and any potential with chipping paint since it will carry actual tools inside.



Then I used Antoinette- a soft pink to highlight all the fleur de lis pattern on the box.
Once that was dry, I got my Antique Gold Rub n Buff, and added a bit of gold sheen to more of the fleur de lis pattern.


Next, I took a sanding sponge to the exterior and distressed the box the same way I do my furniture.

I opted not to wax, but instead used a clear poly to seal the box and give it a nice smooth finish.


I loaded up all my supplies and I'm ready to use it!
I can stow it in my studio, keep it in the car, and it's always ready to go.

Want to know what I was using prior to finding this cute box?
Why I wanted something nice?


Mm Hm.

I think this is better.


Have a great day!  I'm off with my tool box to restock my space at Aunt Bee's!

xo Denise

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22 comments

  1. Your toolbox is wonderful.

    I never thought about saying how ugly something was only to find that you have hurt someone's feelings. You handled the toolbox condition well.

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    1. Thank you! :) I try to be careful about my opinions, but sometimes it just happens!

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  2. Love the tool box. It`s beautiful after your touch.

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  3. oh such beauty. love the finished look.

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  4. Your tool box is fantastic and so fun! fancy too.

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    1. Thanks Janae :) I know you would appreciate this! Miss you!

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  5. I have enjoyed your blog and wanted to say thanks for sharing so many great ideas!!! This tool box is so perfect... gorgeous, too:)

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  6. This one beautiful toolbox!!! I think it was wise to leave the inside alone too much work with all the compartments.

    Cynthia

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  7. Denise,
    This is one great idea! I use a large burlap tote...but maybe I should copy you:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Copy away, Linda! Keep your eyes peeled- I'm sure you'll find something awesome.

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  8. Beautiful transformation! I too have to have something to carry my tools and supplies back and forth. I've been using a cosmetic bag, believe it or not! Yours, much better.

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    1. Thanks Jillian! :) I bet your cosmetic bag is still prettier than my ziploc. Ha ha!

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  9. Oh wow! What a gorgeous tool box! I need something like this to carry my things in! Love it!

    I would love for you to share this (and any other post!) at my Life of the Party link up! It just opened! Im going to poke around your blog a little more. :)
    http://thegrantlife.com/life-of-the-party-1/

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    1. Thanks Kelley! I will head over there now!! :)

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  10. Hi Denise! You don't have to worry about offending me, I have that box! I don't think I'm going to paint it right away, because when I pick it up by the handle, the contents will often spill out! So annoying! So I just leave it by the sewing machine where I can easily reach what I need. It looks fabulous the way you painted it! That might be a future project for me! I hope to keep it always, as it was my Grandma's! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

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    1. Hi Felicia! I worried about that happening with this one too, but so far so good....the bottom part holds a hammer and some other heavier items, so hopefully that little old latch with stay on there tight ;) thank you so much- that is so special that it belonged to your grandma. I wish I could have had my grandmother's as she was the one who taught me to sew! Thanks so much for your comment and visit!

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