Friday, September 21, 2012

French Perfume Label Tool Caddy

I absolutely love this box, but then again, I have a thing for old boxes and caddies.  You probably don't recognize this particular box because it has gone through a major transformation, but I shared it with you about a week ago as one of my failed projects.  I think this box is great for display as well as functional too.

 It started out as a plain wooden tool box with a piece of veneer missing on the top.  I painted it with Annie Sloan Graphite inside and out after I removed all the hardware except for the back hinge.
 Then I repainted it with Annie Sloan Old Ochre.  Now I want to remind you to keep your chalk paints somewhere in the house where your temperatures are cooler than the hot garage.  I stored this paint for at least a year out there and it is very thick.  I need to add some water to thin it back down.  This was one of the things I learned in Annie's workshop and I broke the rules on this one.

 I selected a Graphics Fairy image, and one of my followers, Pat, was so kind to find the link so I could include it here.   Next I went to Kinko's and had some laser copies made of some different graphics I wanted to use.  If you don't have a color laser printer and you don't have a Kinko's, try Office Max, Office Depot, Staples or your local Fed Ex office store.  Maybe even a Mail Boxes Etc. or a UPS store.

 I put two images on one sheet of paper and ran my copy.  I brought it home and used my Splendid Blender.  I ordered my blender pens from WNC on the internet.  What got me excited about this project was that it transferred in color as well as black and white.  If this look is too faded for you, you can come back with your paint pens and go over the lettering.  That will make it crisper.  I wanted an old faded label look.
 You can see before I applied the image I sanded my chalk paint back pretty hard to expose the graphite base coat.
 Now do you remember the box?  This was my failed attempt at the heat transfer tool which I plan to try again until I master the technique.

I love the new look of my tool box, and I hope you love it as much as I do.  Thanks so much for your visit!
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Sundays           My 1928 Charmer Sunday's Best


Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Maggie, you're amazing as always. Fabulous vignette.

Pat C. said...

Oh, Maggie, the tool box is stunning! Of course, it could be used for storage, but it also looks amazing opened and used for display purposes.♥ What a wonderful job you did!


Dawna (Stitches from the Tub) said...

Let me just say WOW. You are amazing. I'm so excited, I will be visiting your booth next month at the Emporium. Hugs, Dawna

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Did I tell you at the time that I have a problem mastering that heat transfer tool, too, Maggie? Oh, I had high hopes! It looks wonderful and I'm glad you were able to redo this toolbox. Love the compartments.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I love it too. Thanks so much for showing this.

Bliss said...

Damnit, I can't possibly make all the cute stuff of yours I've been pinning. This is another one.


Donna Wilkes said...

From failure comes success! Love the "new" box with the delightful graphics.

Distressed Donna Down Home

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very cute...what a great way to display, so charming.

Jody and Stan said...

Maggie, Thanks so much for sharing this inspirational post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love how your tool box turned out, Just stunning!


karen@somewhatquirky said...

This is PERFECT!