Hello sweet friends! I am continuing to work through my latest thrift store haul, and today’s project is this weird tote thingy:
Inside one of the holes at the top right in that photo was one of those rubber things that you would find around the base of a votive holder to make it fit inside a candlestick. I am assuming this held eight votive holders with candles at one time, but what would you use that for? And would the handle get hot? I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Anyway, because I am always drawn to wood pieces at the thrift store, and because this was on clearance…marked down not once, but twice to the bargain basement price of $1.98, I brought it home.
I decided to attempt to turn it into a regular, functional tote, and I think I did okay!
First I had to cover those holes on the bottom, so I found a scrap piece of luan that was perfect. I cut it with my table saw…
Next I needed something to use for the sides. I found this curved side piece left over from our old coffee table (See the new version HERE.) and used it as a pattern to create two new sides:
I used my jig saw to cut these pieces out. Then I attached the bottom and new sides using wood glue. I also used my nail gun to secure the sides.
I found this jar of Hurricane Gray from Dixie Belle in my stash and decided to give it a go for something different:
Looking better already!
I also dry-brushed the edges very lightly with white paint and a very dry brush.
Then I found an old handle I had painted white ages ago. It has just been rolling around in my hardware bin getting perfectly chippy.
It dries to a lovely subtle sheen.
I staged it for a dressing area, but it would be great holding extra TP or in the kitchen holding napkins or jars with cutlery in them.
Here’s a closer peek at the bottom…
I sealed that with the satin clear coat as well.
The stripes on the handle add a touch of whimsy, but if that’s not your thing, it would still be cute without them.
That’s one more project from my latest thrift store haul complete:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing the mirror!
See ya then!
UPDATE: See how this mirror turned out HERE now!
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