Weathered Grey Caddy

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Hi friends! It’s day #9 in my March Madness series woohoo!! Thanks so much for following along so far! I appreciate you guys so much for visiting and especially for leaving such sweet comments! If you’re just joining us, I am sharing 31 thrifty makeovers in 31 days. Some are small, some are not so small, but they are all reimagined thrift store, yard sale, and estate sale junk treasures.

For today’s thrifty makeover, I’m sharing an estate sale oddball.

The day I found this item, I was walking up to the cashier to add it to my pile, and I overheard her telling another lady that you just never know what people will buy at these sales. That’s when I chuckled and said , “Like this?”  as I handed over this:


A little odd, right? I found it at the same sale I found this desk, this hutch, and this stool. For $2 I knew it had the potential to be something better. This is another piece that had to hang around my garage awhile before I decided what I could do with it.

See why this challenge is so great? It’s helping me get through all these small projects! 🙂

Here is what I did with it:

Weathered Caddy from an Estate Sale Oddball


The first thing I did was cut the top end pieces to a shape that worked better. Then I spray-painted it in grey spray paint I picked up for 50¢ at another estate sale forever ago. (Great resource for spray paint!!)


It looks very blue here, but it’s much more grey.

After a couple of coats completely dried, I dry brushed the entire thing with white latex paint to get a “weathered” look…


For the side pieces, I used scrap pieces of old fencing.

I got a fresh stash from some guys who were flipping a house near my Mom’s neighborhood. They were working on the new fence and I spotted them from a MILE AWAY, ya’ll! One of the guys asked me what I was going to do with it all ha ha ha.  Just don’t you worry about that, Mr. House Flipper.


I just painted them white and rubbed the paint back off right away with an old rag.

They were perfect to finish this little caddy off!

Weathered Caddy from an Estate Sale Oddball

Now it’s actually functional.

Weathered Caddy from an Estate Sale Oddball

Love the finish and it was so easy.

Weathered Caddy from an Estate Sale Oddball

Maybe it had a purpose before that I’m not aware of? I thought maybe it was made to hold milk bottles at one time?

Weathered Caddy from an Estate Sale Oddball

Now it can be used to hold all sorts of things!

Weathered Caddy from an Estate Sale Oddball

This could just sit somewhere looking pretty, or it could be totally functional! For some reason I picture it in a bathroom holding fluffy white towels. 🙂

Did you miss any posts in this series? Catch up here:

1. Today is a Good Day

2. Fancy Chalkboards

3. Flea Market Swap: Fabric Covered Basket

4. Lamp to Memo Chalkboard

5. Sewing Cabinet Side Table

6. Stool Revived

7. Cigar Box Upcycle

8. Headboard to Organizer




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  1. Clever girl!

  2. Love the tool caddy’s. Beautiful color!

  3. How perfect is that! It was begging to become a pretty caddy!

  4. Another great make-over, deftly executed! It has a bunch of possibilities and is very versatile–love it!

  5. So cute! You made it great! And yes, you never know what people will buy at those sales!! 😉


  6. Okay!!! you’re makin me mad!!!! Too much talent for one person!!! This is a beauty… jaw is still dropped over that toaster cover!!! You do it all!!!

  7. You are just so clever….your tote turned our amazing!

    • Thanks, JP! My husband came across my picket fence haul and asked if I needed it, because he was tossing a bunch of scraps. I dared him to touch it ha ha! XO

  8. Still chuckling at your comment to Mr House Flipper. Hahaha! I’ve done the same thing before and the men asked what I could possibly doing with all the old fencing they were glad I was hauling off for them. I don’t have one board left. Need not worry about whether it was put to good use! 😉

    • I had used the last of my stash too so I was so excited to happen upon these guys replacing the fence! I just told them I make things out of them…I’m pretty sure they thought I was nuts! 🙂

  9. Love it, Christy! It’ll be so handy!

  10. Louise Marie says

    i love what you did with this tote. i just wanted to tell you where i saw another tote just like the before pic. It was a caddy for an American Girl doll. The top part was used to hang the clothes from with the little hangers. The bottom part was used to store shoes and accessories. How about that for another use!

  11. Jan Elizabeth says

    Awesome re-thinking of that UWO (unidentified wooden object, lol.) I think the original might gave been a paper towel holder, like for a garage or something. Is it the right size for that?