April 8, 2014

Painting 3 Vintage Tool boxes

Anytime I see vintage tool boxes I buy them...Oh the possibilities


Goodness, the clock is ticking and I have to get some goods ready for the Polka Dot Flea.   The whole reason I'm doing the Flea is to be a vendor at an indoor venue!


After a good cleaning with a wire brush and a wipe down, I painted the two bigger tool boxes with a dry brush technique...Tutorial HERE


The graphics are from Graphics Fairy and were transferred to the boxes with the blender pen method

The graphics on this tool box are the bottom lettering from this graphic




I couldn't help myself...I needed one girlie tool box with polka dots lol

The polka dots were made with a round sponge...No fail method...You can see how HERE


Great for storage 


And with spring in the air, they make great planters


So there you have it...Three tool boxes ready for the Polka Dot Flea


I have so many projects in the works......You guys are the best!!!  Thank you for letting me share these projects and this whole Polka Dot Flea journey with you!

Happy Creating
Carol

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43 comments:

Terra said...

These tool boxes turned out great, and I like the decals you applied.

Dee Lapin said...

Your vintage tool boxes are so pretty Carol.

Laurie M said...

you sure do have the gift to make anything beautiful!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love that first one with the New York address. Dry brush was just the perfect method for them! I'm sure they'll fly out of your booth:) xoKathleen

Kathy said...

Love how the tool boxes turned out, especially the dry brush ones. Great rescue!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carol, The tool boxes are so cute! I've been busy getting ready for your show too.
xx,
Sherry

Diane said...

Super! I had a metal file box that I gave away-- NUTS!

Mari said...

Carol those boxes turned out beautiful ;-) what a fantastic way to recycle :-)

Smiles~
Mari

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The polka dots are perfect!!! Why didn't I think of that???

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They look great, Carol! Love the one planted. I would never have thought to paint them. Guess I will be looking at tool boxes in a different way now!

Createology said...

I have a soft spot for old toolboxes. Something about them just intrigues me. Your make-overs are perfect. Pink polka dots with bling inside...Now you are stealing my heart! Creative Bliss Dear...

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Genius, my dear! I have 5 or 6 tool boxes setting here, saying, "paint me, paint me!!" or would you just send me to Carol so She will make me look pretty!!!!???

Dragonlady said...

Awesome!....can't wait to see all your things for the Flea....I know it will be a Huge success..
Brenda

Donna said...

What fun makeovers, Carol! I love your drybrushing, and the polka dot box is so cute! The fact that they are functional as well as pretty makes it even more of a bonus!

hopeandjoyhome said...

Girl you have been so busy! Wish I could be there..cheering you on virtually!

Melodee said...

sooooo sooooo cute!

Sopa Azul said...

Well done! Now they look great!! Hugs :D

Tante Mali said...

Dear Carol,
oh, they are so beautiful - Love your flower decoration in the box. Looks great. Should try it in my garden.
Thank you so much for your nice visit.
Have a great time
Elisabeth

Becky said...

wow girl, you are a genius. Love the polka dot tool box's..

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Love watching you get ready ! Saw a lot of old toolboxes at our mall, none as pretty as those. I'm working on wooden ones now. (())

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

These turned out awesome! Tool boxes are HOT right now, so these won't last long...don't they make the cutest flower box!!!

Doreen said...

Great job sprucing up those tool boxes. I am in the throes of transforming all my plastic storage bins into metal industrial chic for my craft room. Would love for you to check them out at
http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com

Doreen

Bente said...

Love this tool boxes. You are so creative.

Hugs from here

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I love those...and imagine some MAN trying to steal YOUR tool box with polka dots on it! lol I spray painted MY tools PINK so that My Hero wouldn't walk off with them.

LOVE how those turned out. I bet you are getting all geared up for the Season- xo Diana

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Great projects Carol. Love how these turned out and especially used in the garden.
Tool boxes are all the rage right now.
Have fun getting ready for the big day!! I am so excited for you!
Hugs

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thank you for the inspiration Carol. I love what you did with them.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Too cute, and practical!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Carol,
These boxes are all so darn cute. I have a question for you...it's about helping you share the word about your upcoming show. E-mail me at coastal.charm@yahoo.com

Blessings,
Linda

Nancy said...

Oh these are so cool Carol!! I am so happy you are sharing it with us too, especially taking the time the to Blog about it is time consuming. My daughter has been Traveling a lot to Orlando lately, I'll have to check and see if she's scheduled to be there close to the Flea~

Huggs, Nancy

Debbie said...

My favorite part is the tool box on the chair with flowers. I don't have a vintage tool box. Hmmm... wonder if the husband would notice if I just used his.

Probably not a good idea, right?

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

You're amazing Carol ! I laughed when I read about the "lazy girls painting method" ! I could never think you're lazy. I'm so sure that your project will be such a success.
xoxo
Joƫlle

Barbara said...

You have the neatest ideas, they look great!

Shelly said...

Fabulous idea. I have a couple in the garage and a couple in my booth that aren't selling. I was selling them well but slowed down. I think this is just what they need. I might have to visit The Graphics Fairy as well, I've been wanting to try something.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Clever tool boxes! I don't have any that my hubby is not using but I think they would be wonderful to store different things in! Nancy

Amy Jo said...

Carol,

Those turned out really cute! I have a few things you may be interested in. I have some things I got to redo for my booth. Now that I am not doing that they are just sitting..

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Curtains in My Tree said...

what a good job you did on your boxes and love the girlie poke a dot one of course.
I have never tried those transfer things

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Wow they look awesome!

Connie said...

Hi Carol,
you did such a great job with these old tool boxes and I love how you used the one for jewelery and the other for flowers. The paint and transfers transform them from so masculine, to something only a lady could love and this lady does :)
Have a lovely weekend.
Connie :)

Liz Hockamier said...

I love those! You did such great job. I have several of these from my dad. I should totally do this. :)

Thanks for the inspiration.
~Liz

Cynthia said...

Carol, these vintage toolboxes are so cool. I love the graphics you chose and the colors they are painted.

Cynthia

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
You always have the best ideas!!
Thanks for sharing!!

I made through the Craft Fair that i help run and did well as a vendor but it does take a toll on one!! I wish you luck with yours and I wish I was closer so I would be able to attend it!! I only do indoor ones because i will not take the chance of a rain out!!

Hugs,
Deb

lynn said...

love these, carol! pink dots--too cute!

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are great tool boxes, and I agree, they are fun to reinvent and leave our own stamp on them. I love your dry brush method.