the toolbox.

If something isn’t painted, I tend to paint it.  I just can’t help myself.  I love the transformative power of paint.  Recently my friend Cathy gave me a wooden tool caddy in a dark stained wood.  I was in the middle of painting a dresser with Miss Mustard Seed’s “Luckett’s Green” and I had a little left over.  I figured it was just enough for the toolbox.

I wish I had thought to take a ‘before’ picture.  I’m sure I’ll get better at that as I go.  Right?  Right.


So, a couple of coats of Luckett’s Green, then some sanding, followed by a quick rub-down with Hemp Oil and voila!  I also added a fab metal number plate that just happened to match perfectly.  I’ll display this for the holiday season with one of my fav holiday decorating books and some of my vintage ornaments, but it will likely eventually end up at my next occasional sale.

2 thoughts on “the toolbox.

  1. Do you make your own chalk paint? I thought I read somewhere that you do. Could you share the recipe and how on earth do you tint it? I have read many others attempts at making chalk paint and I am a little concerned I might struggle as well. I love your work, you are very talented! Beautiful pieces. Thank you.


    1. Thank you very much Loretta. I have given up making my own chalk paint because I’ve learned that the ‘recipe’ I was using can be hazardous to your health. Since I do A LOT of painting, I am trying to limit myself to products with zero VOC’s and no hazardous chemicals these days. That being said, if you are only painting one or two things, it probably won’t kill you to use homemade chalk paint. The way I made it was to mix plaster of paris with water, and then add it to flat latex paint. So I didn’t really ‘tint’ it myself, just purchased latex paint in the color I wanted and then added the plaster of paris to make it chalky. If you google it you’ll find lots of recipes out there for making it.


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