Toolbox Repurpose

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When I'm strolling through thrift stores, there are certain items I find hard to resist. Brass lamps, gigantic picture frames, cute little end tables, and toolboxes. Are there certain items that just call out to you while hunting for deals? When I was shopping for a brass lamp (shocker), this solid wooden toolbox caught my eye and I snatched it up before anyone else could.

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Really, this plain wooden toolbox could be transformed into so many other things! Paint and creativity paired with a solid construction gave this little box a new life. It could corral all of my kids supplies in a portable art center, organize all of make up, brushes, and hair products, become a cute planter on my front porch. But I had other plans for this guy.

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I wanted a utensil organizer for outdoor entertaining! I started by painting the entire box with two coats of white spray paint. Then I painted chalkboard stripes around the whole thing, because who doesn't love chalkboards, right? I weathered it a bit and added some dark wax to get a weathered look. Then I put a few large mason jars inside and filled them with everything we need to enjoy all of our outdoor meals.

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I like that I can write little messages for our guests and my kids. It's such a fun way to make them feel special. We just started planning a huge multi family camping trip in August and it occured to me that this would be great to just have out so all of our 45 guests can grab what they need anytime.

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But for now, it's sitting on our patio table right next to our "new" solar lamps and ready for a yummy grilled chicken dinner tonight.

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