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…
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!
Now, when I purchased the “toolbox,” it didn’t look exactly like the picture above. Here is how I’ve transformed it.
Here she is before paint, very dull and boring. The trick to creating any 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
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!
I then added a little greenery from Hobby Lobby and now I have a great “vintage” centerpiece. 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!
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