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Vintage Toolbox Planter Decor from the Target Dollar Spot

I am convinced that buying anything on a strict budget requires more creativity and “thriftiness” (I just made that word up!). This is more self satisfying anyway than being able to buy whatever looks good.  Have you guys noticed that Antique shops aren’t that cheap anymore?  Sometimes the best places to find a bargain are in every day shops like Target. Don’t ever discredit the Target dollar spot, where you can find great decor items like this craft box I turned into VINTAGE TOOLBOX PLANTER. You won’t believe what I paid for it.

Toolbox planter decor

Toolbox Planter Decor

I’ve seen these Vintage TOOLBOX planters used as decor pieces, and I just had to have one!

I looked around at a few home thrift shops and antique stores and Whew, they were a little pricey (maybe I’m cheap).  Like I said before, the Target dollar spot should never be discredited; especially when they carry items like this for only  $5!

Note: Since this post has been written Target has stopped carrying this item. I found a few similar items below.

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Wood Tool Box from Michael’s

Below is the “Toolbox planter” or craft box I purchased from Target.


Here she is before paint, very dull and boring. The trick to creating any craft or project is being able to see the potential, even when you don’t think you can see anything. This little project only took two steps. I had all the supplies on hand, which was great.

First step:

Paint the craft box white. Looking back on this project, this step was not necessary. At the time, I felt like I wanted to lighten up the “yellow” color a bit, but I think it would still look fine even if I didn’t paint it white.

Next step:

Distress with a little dark wax. I used the Annie Sloan dark wax, but any dark wax would work. I used a lint free cloth and applied the wax with a very thin layer all over the “antique toolbox.”  A tip when using dark wax to anything; a little bit goes a long way (i’ve learned the hard way).


It’s crazy how easy it is to “antique” an item with a little dark wax. I’ve used dark wax to antique so many other craft and home decor projects around the house.

You can see where I transformed an old bench with a weathered wood look with only a little paint and dark wax.

How to give a Weathered Wood Finish to a Smooth Surface

If you’ve never used it, and you love the “weathered” look, I would suggest giving it a try. like I said, I used a lint free cloth and wiped the wax on, then waited about 2 hours for it to dry and then I was done!

Last step:

I added a little faux boxwood greenery and now I have a great “vintage” centerpiece. You can also use this to accent any modern farmhouse home decor! Best part of this project was that I spent less than $10 for all the supplies and it took about 20 minutes total to complete!

Way to go Target Dollar Spot.

Budget friendly vintage toolbox planter decor for the Win!

DIY Toolbox planter from the target dollar spot

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Lindsey ***

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Friday 1st of September 2017

I love the fun finds at Target. You did a great job transforming the little box into a lovely centerpiece. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique

Friday 1st of September 2017

I love the finish on your tool box Lindsey... and what a bargain too!! Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your lovely project at tonight's party and pinning too! Hugs - Kerryanne

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Saturday 2nd of September 2017

Thank you Kerryanne!


Thursday 31st of August 2017

Oh I love the dollar spot at Target and absolutely adore what you did with this find! Featuring when my party opens up.

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Thursday 31st of August 2017

Thank you Carol!

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Tuesday 29th of August 2017

It looks fabulous Lindsey! xx