Hello lovelies! Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make a vintage inspired toolbox. This one’s a true trash to treasure project.
Remember this dresser makeover with the fabric inlay I shared recently? I found that dresser at a yard sale, but before I found that beauty, I passed a stack of old fencing all cut in perfect 3×3 squares stacked neatly on the curb. I backed right on up and shoved it into my car.
Then I found that steal of a dresser and was playing out in my mind how on earth I would possibly get it all to fit into my SUV. I had both of my boys with me that day too. I unloaded the fence, squeezed in the dresser and then crammed the fence in every available cranny until it all fit. I wish I’d gotten a picture! What kind of blogger am I?? The lady who sold me the dresser probably thought I was a crazy junk lady! (I’d don’t think it’s come to that…yet 🙂
Anyway, on with the tutorial… here is one of the squares of fencing…perfectly cut as I found it.
I cut my pieces to the following dimensions using my table saw.
After painting my pieces with one coat of flat latex paint and waiting patiently for them to dry, I added a bead of wood glue in the places shown as well as to both ends of the middle piece:
Then I constructed my box using clamps to hold everything in place. You can see how it went together here:
You’ll also notice my edges are all still pretty rough from the cuts. That’s ok because they will be sanded last. My cuts aren’t perfect either, but that only adds to the charm. (Right?)
When the glue was dry enough to remove the clamps, I nailed everything in place.
The wood was pretty soft, so I didn’t have to countersink my nails. If you use new wood, you’ll want to countersink your nails. You could also use a nail gun, but since I left mine exposed, I prefer the look of regular nails. (That and the fact that I don’t own a nail gun.)
Before adding the handle, I hand sanded all the surfaces inside and out. Then I added a dab of glue to the handle and nailed it in place.
Sanding it really brought out all the character of the wood grain.
I was so pleased with how it turned out that I made three more! They’ll be for sale at the Christmas Market Thanksgiving weekend. I will be keeping one for myself though 🙂
I’m going to add greenery and lights to mine for the Holidays!
I love it so much…probably because it started out as nothing more than someone’s trash pile. Aren’t those the best projects?
You might like these fence picket projects too:
You may also enjoy seeing 12 more thrifted and DIY totes I’ve done:
See them all HERE!
Have a blessed day!
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