Friday, July 17, 2015

Tool caddy

First of all let me just say that I am sorry for being MIA lately! Work has been busy, which in turn has given little or no time to try to even touch a project!

So on to my tool caddy. It is actually a tool caddy turned catch all. I have had this old tool caddy, the wooden kind, forever it seems like. It was old raw wood and not really pretty to say the least. I was never sure just where in my home it would serve a good purpose.

Meanwhile for more than a year now, I have needed a catch all inside the front door. Like for everything in my hands as I walk in. Being in traffic control, I often have my walkie talkie and spare batteries, my cell phone, paperwork, etc with me. And of course my car keys.

Sadly I don't think I have a picture of my before caddy, but here is what I did.

I painted it with General Finishes Persian Blue on the outside and a lighter off brand on the inside. Once the paint was dry, I took my palm sander to it to expose the wood in places and give it the chippy worn look. 

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Antiquing Wax to add contrast and give it a more used look, adding age and character to the caddy as well. Then to finish the tool caddy up, I gave it a coat of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. 

The final step to this quick and easy project was to use my heat embossing tool to make sure everything was dry, because I am not patient and wanted to put it to use right away! 

Now it is in place, inside my front door. 

I love the rustic appearance of the handle, and the catch all is going to serve its purpose well. 

This project took all of one hour, including painting, sanding, waxing, top coat and drying!