VINTAGE TOOLBOX CENTERPIECE

VINTAGE TOOLBOX CENTERPIECE

I have had this vintage tool box for a couple years now. I purchased it from an antique barn near Sutton, Ontario back when I was doing craft shows . I used it as my display case to hold some of my prints, but once I got home from my shows it would just sit in the basement until the next one.

Now that we have moved, and I am no longer selling prints I really wanted to incorporate it into our home decor. I had seen old toolboxes displayed as centrepieces before so I knew I wanted to do something similar. Once the creative juices started flowing this is what they came us with!

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I really love it! It's simple and can be easily disassembles or tweaked as the seasons change. 

Here are the simple steps on how you can make your own centrepiece.

Materials needed:

  • tool box
  • faux greenery
  • piece of wood or pallet
  • paint
  • Sharpie
  • twine

Tools needed:

  • sand paper / sander
  • miter saw
  • drill

 

1. Fill your tool box with your choice of greenery. You could even do faux flowers, or switch things up for fall or winter with branches or ornaments. I live in a small town so I just went to our local Dollar Store and picked up these bundles for $2 each (I ended up using 3 bundles).

vintage toolbox

 

2. Find a piece of scrap wood. This could be from anywhere, a pallet, barn wood, leftover studs, anything. I had some old pallets that my father-in-law had disassembles and given to me. If needed, cut to size. Thankfully my husband has a miter saw so I was able to have him cut. If you don't have access to a saw you can always go to your local hardware store and have them do it for you, just show them your purely whites :) Ok, you might need a toonie as well. 

3. Distress your wood. First I gave my pallet a quick sand just to get rid of any dirt and grim that was on it. Then I used a wax puck and went around the edges and over the front where I didn't want the paint to stick (this can also be done with vaseline or petroleum jelly). Then I gave it a very quick once over with my paint brush. I used Fushion Mineral Paint in Champlain, but any paint will do as I was not going for a perfect look.

Once dry I went back over the wood and sanded it until I liked how it looked. I used palm sander but I could have easily just done it by hand.

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4. Make a stencil. Open a Word document and pick the word and font you want to display. Once you have it looking the way you like head on over to blockbusters.com Here you will find a step by step process of how to create and print a poster that will fit your piece of wood. *If you don't have access to a printer and are feeling really creative you could also hand draw you lettering.

5. Trace your stencil onto your wood. With a piece of chalk, cover the back of your stencil paper. Now lay your paper directly on top of your wood. Once you have it in place trace over each letter with a pencil. As you do this the chalk will transfer onto you wood.

Once you are finish go over the chalk with a sharpie. 

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6. Sand once more. If you are going for a distressed look like I was go over your wood once more with the sander until you like how it looks. If you don't want to use a Sharpie for your lettering you could also use a contrasting colour of paint, that works well too! I didn't have a dark colour paint on hand which is why I opted for the Sharpie.

gather sign

 

7. Attach your sign to your toolbox. I wanted to be able to change up my toolbox with a different sign or use the toolbox for something entirely different in the future so I didn't want anything permanent. I had some twine laying around that suited this project perfectly.

My husband kindly drilled two hole for me and I tied the sign to my toolbox with twin.

gather sign

And voila, there you have it! A Vintage Toolbox Centrepiece!

vintage toolbox
vintage toolbox

I was originally going to use this as a table centrepiece but seeing as almost all of our kitchen chairs are broken in some way or another it didn't make for a great picture. So I opted for the living room and now I kind of like it here!

vintage toolbox
vintage toolbox

When my daughter came home from school she asked me what the sign said (she's only 4). I told her it said "gather" and asked if she knew what it meant. She said "It means where people come and be together, oh it's so perfect here because this is where we like to be as a family!" Out of the mouth of babes people!

So long for now friends! 

Let me in the comments if you have any questions, I would be more then happy to answer them. And please send me a picture if you have to do your over rendishion, I would love to see what you creative mind comes up with!

Blessings,

Aly
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