Friday, July 15, 2011

Girling up My Toolbox!

A few weeks ago I received a quart of paint from Glidden.  I chose a color I haven't ever used before - Luscious Mango!  It's such a fun happy color for me.  Thank you Glidden!  And thanks for giving me the opportunity to try something NEW!
Well, as soon as it came in the mail I started looking at my thrift store purchases that were waiting for some action!  This drab old tool box  (that I think was last used as a planter) wanted some attention!  So, I started out  with some Kilz spray primer.  Then, I painted 2 coats of the Luscious Mango. 
I decided I wanted to do more.  You know how projects often evolve or take a big detour sometimes?   Originally, I was going to stencil some letters in a watermelon or berry color.  I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to use so BAM  I decided to paint an area with chalkboard paint. That way I could change it up whenever my little heart desired!   Oh yea!  Getting a little charged here

Made some chalkboard paint with my unsanded grout and half a small bottle of 
Folk Art #412 Magenta.  You can find the recipe for using small amounts of chalkboard paint here
Using painter's tape I created a border by placing one row of tape even with the top and bottom of the side.  I used 2 pieces along the sides.  You can partially see it taped here with the paint and grout.  I had more artistic ideas and will show you the sketches in a bit.
Not a true glimpse of the real color but here you see the pink chalkboard paint over my Mango!

But I do have a picture of the tape after I removed it.  Turned it upside down on top of the wax paper because it's sticky enough that I can use it again.  Silly me, I can't bear to throw anything away that can be used again.   Is it because:   
a- I'm concerned about the environment 
b- I'm a full blown hoarder or 
c- just plain cheap?     
The answer is
d- all of the above  :)
Well, that was easy enough but I'm still not feeling finished.  I really wanted to add just a little more interest here.  I had lots of ideas but didn't want to over-complicate this. I don't do complicated :)  Here were my two ideas:
Using some of the pillowcase from my daughter's freshman year (same one I used in for my sweet Mom's ragdoll).  I cut out an inch wide strip across, cut it and made a flower rosette.  
See how to make this at one of my favorite places - Our Best Bites
Here is my Girly tool box with the Fabric Rosette  :)
For my other idea I used an old can and cut out a heart.  I like the way the crinkled tin works with the pink and mango.  Not as frilly as the flower but I like them both.  Guess I will just have to make some more colorful toolboxes.  I don't know about you but I love having something to keep what I am using for a specific project all together.  And I love lots of gorgeous color!
If you think you can handle it here are a few more pictures with my messy stuff!
Plus a few Sharpie sketches on my drop cloth. Having some fun experimenting and if you are a Sharpie lover like me - it works great on this drop cloth and burlap!
The hot pink flower on the right is where I tested the Pentel Fabric Fun   Sketched and ironed over it.  Like it so far - can't wait to take more time and really make something fun with this
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  1. I love it! I am hopping back to see your blog! I am following you now! I love your crafties!

  2. thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog...too funny about the chalk board paint as I was just having my husband get our unsanded grout out of the garage so I could make my own colors....great minds think alike....:)

  3. Love your new girly toolbox. So clever!

  4. Love it! Will you come make me one? :)

    come check me out when you get a chance and follow along! :)

  5. I love it! The mango and magenta go so well together!!

  6. cute little toolbox, great idea for holding all that messy stuff...

  7. I found you at Home maker on a dime blogger hop, and I am your newest follower :) Your toolbox is awesome. I need something like that for my craft desk! I love chalkboard paint but have never made my own, I think I have to after seeing your pink chalkboard paint you made, my daughter would love it!

  8. great project and love that color. I feel I need to save that blue painters tape and use twice or more times too... It is expensive for me. I like the tin star too

  9. Very cute, and I love the color! My son made a similar tool caddy in cub scouts. Wonder if he would mine if I hijacked it and painted it a pretty color?! :)

  10. Love the color! What a fun juicy splash on such a utilitarian piece. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love this idea to spruce up a toolbox!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. How fun is that! It looks great :)

  13. Your toolbox looks GREAT! Thank you for linking up this week...I hope to see you again next Saturday!


  14. Such pretty colors! Thanks for linking up over at Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva!


  15. I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop Mimi :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

  16. I'm following you from the hop. What a great craft. Thanks for sharing it. Please return the follow at

  17. Fun project! AWESOME! Popping by from the International Blog Hop! Pop Art Minis

  18. Love your blog! I'd love it if you came and linked your great ideas to Lovely Little Snippets!

  19. Thanks for linking to the Creating Success Worldwide blog hop too!! Hope you'll come back again next week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  20. Love it! Those toolboxes are so much fun to play with... love the sweet colors you've used! Saw this over at the Somewhat Simple linky party.

  21. The mango is such a happy color! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  22. I love those colors on your toolbox. So bright and happy.

  23. I love the colors you chose for your charming tool box. Wow, you made your own chalkboard paint? Too cool!

    Thank you so much for linking up your wonderful project to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


  24. I love the "mango" color! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! Please come back tomorrow and link up your most recent project!


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