One Little Caddy (that I almost ruined!), Two Ways

This is the antique tool caddy that almost wasn’t:

Tool Caddy with French Typography

This is how it looked when I found it sitting all by it’s lonesome self at one of my favorite thrift stores a while back:


I  knew I wanted to paint it, but didn’t really have a plan.

Enter the very talented  Kristen, of Sophia’s. I was reading her latest email where she shared a link to her favorite image transfer product.  She demonstrated it on tea towels and it was amazing how well it worked. She also said that it works on most surfaces, including wood.  Wood, huh?

It was late, I mean really late. During the hours of which I can be sold on pretty much anything. (Like an ironing board that allows you to iron both sides of your garment at once. Doesn’t that sound amazing?) I had to order some of this miracle paper immediately.

I found just the right graphic from the Graphics Fairy, of course!  I was lucky enough to get to meet Karen at Lucketts. She was so nice while I rambled on about what great deals I found!

So I read the directions, but there weren’t any instructions relating to wood specifically, so I did what any other Serial Do-it-Yourselfer would do, I winged it!

I cut the graphic that I had printed on the special paper, close to the edges all the way around.


I laid it face down on my surface and pressed a really hot iron right onto the surface.  This is what I got:

caddy fail

This is a cell phone pic I snapped to show my mom the devastation I created. (Ok maybe it wasn’t that dramatic.)

The paint started to bubble up where I had applied too much heat. Oh no!!

I decided I would have to sand it and start fresh, but this is the effect the bubbling left after I started sanding it:

Wine caddy

I love it!!!

Do you think you could just use your iron and randomly apply heat where you want your “chippiness” to be to create that effect?  That would be awesome, right? Maybe I discovered something new?!  Don’t ya’ll be trying this on Grandma’s good hutch now!

It should have been common sense to use a towel or something between the iron and my wood, but I’m glad I’m such a ditz at times, cause I love it!

I promised one caddy, two ways, so here is the other side:

Lil' framed caddy with chalkboard panel

Ooh la la…

antique tool caddy

I taped off a rectangle and sprayed it with chalkboard paint. It looked naked and I have a very difficult time leaving well enough alone, so I went digging in the garage and found this trim. I cut it to fit and attached it with tiny nails.  I think it’s cute!


Painted antique tool caddy


One thrift store caddy, changed up two ways from Confessions of a Serial-do-it-Yourselfer

My little caddy has multiple personalities now… which one do you like best? Have you ever experienced a big flop that turned out to be better than planned? I’d love to hear about it! 🙂






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  1. That is super cute.


    Creative Raisins

  2. Oh sure…tease me with the hydrangeas again! The caddy looks AWESOME! I love both sides. What’s funny is that my epic fail project included the SAME graphic from Karen! What are the odds… 🙂


  3. Linda A. says

    Don’t yu just love it when a big goof turns out to be just what you were supposed to do in the first place? Both sides are cute as can be. I left a wood tool box behind at Goodwill; now I’m kicking myself. I’m on the hunt again!

    • I left one behind at an estate sale last weekend and I’m kicking myself, too! I hadn’t done this one yet, so I figured I didn’t need another one! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  4. Hi Christy – thanks for sharing! I have one of these I keep staring at and trying to figure out what I’m going to do with it. I know it’s old but has some much love for it in the future! Hugs, Holly

  5. Love the caddy two different ways – that is what I love about DIY projects they are always changing and figuring out ways to make it look beautiful.

  6. I love it when projects turn out okay – even after a big oops!

    The Kitchen is My Dance Floor

  7. Great makeover, I love it. I so need to hearn how to do these transfers. Love them. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. Turned out beautifully Christy!!!

  9. Hi, this is so beautiful. You did a great job decorating it. I saw it on wow me wed.
    Julie from

  10. Wow… I love this… especially how you finished both sides in different ways… double the decorating! I would love for you to come link up to my first “Clever, Crafty & Creative Linky Party #1”. You can find it at:
    Hope to see you!

  11. love it…so frenchy! Thanks for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

  12. This is amazing! I love it. You did such a great job.

  13. Oh, no! You must not make me choose! They’re both amazing! I’m going to go back and read the post about how to do this .. gotta run!!!

  14. This is such a fun caddy. I really like the chalkboard side. So glad that everything worked out. I really hate it when I run into mishaps and usually have to remind myself to breath and remember that it will all work out.

  15. How cute and clever! I love the chalkboard side, so cute!!!

  16. Love it! I think it looks great chippy!! 😉
    Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d} Pinning!

  17. This exact same thing just happened to me too! Mine, however, didn’t turn out as well. The whole thing lifted off the project and was a complete mess. I had to use paint stripper to get everything off and start over. I am glad you had much better results!

  18. I love it too! Oh how fun when an almost failure turns into something even better than than what you had in mind originally! Job well done 🙂

  19. Beautiful job on the caddy!


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