DIY Wooden Tote Redo

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hello again! Can I tell ya’ll how much I love meeting you here every day?? If only I could keep it up! If you’re just joining this fun series, I’m sharing a thrifty makeover every day in March. It’s madness! Today I’m sharing a do-over of a DIY wood caddy I built in the Fall. It was part of a tool challenge where we were creating Fall-themed projects. I made this cute little wooden tote from scraps and an old chair spindle:

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

DIY Reclaimed Wood Crate

It was great for decorating with a Fall theme. I also made this green one:

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Not so great, I guess. I put both in my shop and the white one sold right away but this poor green one didn’t stand a chance. It sat there all Fall and all through the Holidays. I finally brought it home last month and gave it a do-over:

Create a one-of-a-kind wooden tote with scrap wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

In white of course.

I also added a little detail to the front this time…

Create a one-of-a-kind wooden tote with scrap wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This started out as this hardware I took off of a piece of furniture a while back:


I never throw any of that stuff away, and I was happy to find it again!

After spray painting it, I used my silhouette to add the number 2:

The silhouette makes it so easy add details like this number

And painted it in with black acrylic paint (affiliate).

Create a one-of-a-kind wooden tote with scrap wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I liked this fine as is just painted in the white, but it’s little details like this that make pieces unique.

A couple of these chair spindles were my jumping off point for these totes…

This old chair spindle makes a perfect handle.

I love them against the white.

Create a one-of-a-kind wooden tote with scrap wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Much better than the green, and it sold the first week back in my shop. (Hence the reason I paint so many things white!)

Make this cool tote with an old chair spindle and some scrap wood from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See the full tutorial on how to make this HERE.

I’ll be back in the morning with a project I created with these pretty dishes!

Aqua beauties from the thrift store

UPDATE: Boom! See what I did with them HERE now!

If you missed the first five makeover of this fun series, you can see them here:

MM-collage-day-#61. Antique Mirror Repurposed   2. Mini Shelf Makeover   3. Oval Rosette Mirror   4. Patterned Sofa Table   5. DIY Tray from an Old Picture

See ya’ll here tomorrow… same place, same time. 🙂



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  1. Hi Christy , even in Sunday I search a place or a moment to see your posts… should be wonderful to have your posts every day…ok , 5 days? hahaha…
    I love , love so much this crate , is so unique… and that detail , wowww…precious…
    Wait to you tomorrow at 10.00 ( for me , hahah sure I’, the first…. have a wonderful Sunday with your family… kisses from a Sunny and cold Madrid

  2. another one that got pinned right away to my projects board. Love it. I have a good many spindles looking for some use like this.

  3. I love to paint things with color but you are right. I just brought home pictures that have sat for a while. I am painting the the frames white. The tote looks good either way but people are sometimes afraid of color.

    • Yes they are afraid to commit to a color sometimes. I really liked the green but it stuck out like a sore thumb in my booth which is a sea of white and soft blues. I know better now! 🙂

  4. Ann williams says

    Just want to thank you for taking the time and sharing all your projects. I look forward to your blog every week and this month EVERY DAY!! Thank you so much!

  5. Isn’t it crazy how some things sell and some things don’t? I personally like the green but I guess that’s not one of the popular home decor colors right now so people passed it by. Giving it a white makeover was just what it needed!

    I painted a mid-century coffee table green last summer and I can’t sell it to save my neck. Just yesterday I told my husband that I was going to repaint it and see what happens.

    • I know, right? I could paint every thing stark white and it would sell right away, but that gets boring for blog content. I do try to keep my larger pieces white though since I really want them to sell, and do NOT want to bring those home lol! I bet your table will sell right away if you paint it! XO

  6. Love your beautiful ideas, but hate the ads. Is there a way around them?

    • Thank you, Jane! And absolutely…I assume you are viewing from your phone or tablet? If so, when you arrive to my post, in one of the upper corners (probably the left) there are three tiny grey lines. Click on those and select the fist option which is “Show Desktop Site” and you will get the desktop version of my posts which only shows ads after the post. Hope this helps, and thank you for following along. 🙂

  7. Well how super cute 🙂 Now I want one, you did a terrific job and I love it when it was green. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  8. I liked the green but like the white better:) xoxo
    Hope you are having a nice weekend!!

  9. That is so cute! !
    I am loving this madness that you are doing for March.
    I don’t know how you you can keep up.
    Thank you for such neat projects.

  10. I love “all” of your projects. They are completely my style Christy. Great going and can’t wait to see more projects in the future!

  11. I too love all your projects just like Cathy. The white probably sells faster because it could go with any style décor color one has. The chair spindles are fabulous as a handle. I’ve got to learn how to use tools so that I too could make round holes In wood and create a handle. Did it take you a long time to get comfortable with tools. When I use my husbands it’s hard. They are bulky. Can tools actually be somewhat lightweight? Thanks, Christy and keep’em coming. Your creations inspire me and make my day!

    • Aww thanks, Joanne! I agree, white works for everyone. It took me some time to get used to using tools, but there are less bulky ones out there. Ryobi makes a whole line of cordless tools as well which to me, are easier to use. Thanks so much for stopping by each day! XO

  12. I landed on your blog when I was looking for how to repair a fence gate – and my goodness – you built your own! Anyway, I started reading your other posts. Lately I’ve been contemplating selling all my crafty DIY stuff because I’ve really been into making quilts the last year or so, but now that I’ve seen your beautiful projects I’m enthused again about re-purposing! Great blog.

  13. I’m desperately trying to get caught up on my email so I am a little late.
    I don’t know why that didn’t sell, it was so cute, but what you have done has taken it up several notches, just adorable.

  14. Wow, what a difference a coat of white paint and the perfect hardware makes! I would not be surprised if you told us it has already sold.

  15. Ya Sold me! I’m convinced the reason I don’t like my hall table now is that I painted it blue. I’m going to go paint it white and add some character to the stupid thing!! Thanks for the inspiration!! 😉