My dad is just the greatest! He made me several toolboxes, caddies, totes or whatever you call them! So all I had to do was make them pretty! Today I’m sharing what I did to this one!
I wanted to try something a little different with this toolbox and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.
I’m giving you a sneak peek of some of the others but this is the best way to show you some of the steps I took to finish out this little guy.
It may not show in the pictures, but the first thing I did was to round off all the edges with my orbital sander on all the toolboxes. Here is the link for the one I use.
The interior was really smooth so It didn’t take much sanding. If you are making these yourself, I would recommend sanding first. It makes the job a little easier. After the sanding is finished to your satisfaction, it’s time to paint!
For this tool caddie, I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue. I only had a small jar of this strong color, thinking I would be using it as a tint, but if you’ve ever used this paint, a little goes a long way. I pour a small amount in a bowl and then use a foam paintbrush dipped in water. The paint just glides on.
After sanding to give the toolboxes a more distressed look, I stamped it! This is a cling stamp that I use for making cards and a permanent black ink pad. I tried to stamp in a random pattern but you know how difficult random can sometimes be!
Couldn’t leave out the sides! And for a final embellishment I added tiny rhinestones for just a little bling!
Spray to finish!
The finishing touch was to spray the tool caddie with a satin sealer. I decided to go with the spray sealer because I wasn’t sure how waxing would effect the ink. The sealer did darken the color a little but overall I was pleased with the results.
Thank you for checking out my Toolbox, Tote, or Caddie! (Whichever you prefer!) I don’t think I’ll be using it for tools but you never know!
What would you use it for? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear!
Until next time!