Trash to Treasure Tuesday, The Picnic Edition

Hi friends!   Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday!  I am so excited to have resurrected this weekly feature.  Check out last week’s trash to treasure transformation here.




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Trash to Treasure Tuesday, The Picnic Edition

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So…let’s get to the trash, shall we?

My friend found this old tool box (at least I think that’s what it is) at a local church rummage sale this past weekend.  She’s a good “scout” and quickly sent me a pic.  Luckily, that sale had marked everything 50% off, so I scored this box for $7.50.


t2t toolbox 2

She’s a little homely, huh? (not the friend, the toolbox, silly)


t2t toolbox


Step one is always the cleaning step.  Not my favorite, but a necessary evil.

Then comes paint.  I painted the outside with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Graphite, then dry brushed on some Gunmetal multisurface craft paint.  I wanted it to still look like an old toolbox on the outside.

But on the inside, I went for fun.  With a bright aqua chalky finish paint.


old toolbox makeover 3


It took two good coats to cover.


old toolbox makeover 2


A coat of clear wax or polyacrylic will protect the new finish.


Wondering how I’ll use this little “business on the outside, party under the lid” box?


old toolbox makeover 4


I’m thinking cook-outs and potlucks and paper plates.  Oh, and straws.  Straws are my favorite.

Thank you so much for visiting Trash to Treasure Tuesday today!!

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16 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure Tuesday, The Picnic Edition

  1. Love this makeover and the business on the outside and party on the inside description! ha! I’m always on the look out for stuff at yardsales(when my husband doesn’t know I’m out looking and feeding my secret addiction) and side of the road freebies! :) Love it! So glad to have found your sight from the Building a Framework book. (clicking through from Roadkill Rescue) FUN!!!

    1. Cindy, do you REALLY think you have a ‘secret’ addiction!?? lol! None of us with that addiction can keep it a secret! And thanks for reminding me of Roadkill Rescue. Been a while since I’ve been over there.

  2. I love the old tool box! I especially like the color you gave the lift-out tray and inside. Fun and cheery – I can see many picnics taking place using napkins, silverware, and STRAWS carried in this box!

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