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.
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.
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?
I think this is better.
Have a great day! I'm off with my tool box to restock my space at Aunt Bee's!