oh deer.

Congrats to Laura Hopwood, the winner of the day no. 2 prize.  I’ll be drawing a name for the winner of the day no. 3 prize tomorrow (is this getting confusing for you guys too?  I’m doing my best to keep track of it all), if you haven’t commented on that post you have until midnight tonight!

In the meantime, today is day 4 of my 12 days of giveaways, and I’m first sharing the transformation of this adorable (if I do say so myself) metal toolbox.

This toolbox started out looking like this …

My picker, Sue, found this for me.  She always grabs metal toolboxes when she sees them.  She knows I love to give these a new life with some paint.

To begin with I washed the toolbox using Dawn dish washing soap to cut any grease that might have been left behind by the former owner.  Next I added a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat Sealer to prevent the rust from coming through my paint.

Today’s q tip:  Keep in mind that the Tough Coat Sealer does not block stain from bleeding thru (try the Dixie Belle BOSS for that), but I have found that it works well as a protective coat over rust.  It also works well as a top coat for a rusty piece when you want to retain the rusty look.

Next I pulled out a couple of new Dixie Belle paint colors, Sawmill Gravy and French Linen.  I can tell you now, both of these colors will be making their way onto my list of favorite neutrals.

I first painted the entire toolbox in two coats of the Sawmill Gravy.  Once dry, I taped off a wide stripe down the middle and painted it in the French Linen.  After that dried, I sanded the box lightly and then added a few sections from re.design with Prima’s Deer transfer.

I have to say, I totally underestimated the cuteness factor of this transfer!  When I first saw it I thought it was only going to be good for some sort of man-cave or hunting shack item.  But then I looked a little closer and realized it had a reindeer on it.

Seriously!  How cute is that?

If you have a few men in your life and you are looking for something that’s not feminine and flowery, be sure to check out the Deer transfer.  And if you really do need to dress something up for the hunting shack, this transfer would still be perfect for that too 😉

Now, for today’s giveaway.  I wish I had a spare Deer transfer, but unfortunately I don’t.  I do, however, have some Sawmill Gravy and French Linen to give away.  I also thought, why not give them away along with the toolbox itself?  They fit perfectly inside.

Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for sponsoring this giveaway by providing the paint, and to Prima Marketing for providing the Deer transfer that I used on the tool box.

The rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment on this blog post.  If you can’t think of anything to say, just tell me what you would keep in this toolbox.  Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook or Instagram.  You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!

I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Friday, December 6, 2019 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $65, if the prize is not claimed by Sunday, December 8, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

138 thoughts on “oh deer.

  1. How cute is this!! Love the colors and I would have the perfect spot in a bedroom for this filled with greenery, shed antlers and ribbon. Once Christmas is over I could use it for succulents.

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  2. I agree that these two colors look amazing together. And the reindeer transfer really is cute (as well as season appropriate, too). I think I would use it to hold paintbrushes and other crafting tools that are otherwise stored in plastic cups or plastic bins in my utility room – when not in use.

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    1. LOL, right? Since Dixie Belle uses a lot of southern names for their colors, I’m guessing that sawmill gravy is a southern specialty. I bet it’s that delicious gravy that is served over biscuits. We Yankee’s just call it sausage gravy. That probably wouldn’t be quite as catchy as a paint color name 😉


  3. Ok I love this old metal box. And although I would love to be the lucky winner, you gave me a great idea on how to make a keepsake for my grandson from a similar box that I have that came from my dad. My grandson’s great grandfather. So thank you

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  4. 🤪 Confused!! who’s confused? I’m still waiting for my winning notification from day 2!🤪. Another great giveaway and something else to look for at thrift stores! Love the way your mind works !! Have a super day. Can’t wait til Friday!

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  5. Oh that is adorable! I buy toolboxes too but generally leave them rusty – this is a great idea! Somehow, with work/life/new antique booth, I missed the other giveaways! Thanks for doing this – too fun!

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  6. I💜 this so much. I would use it as a Christmas memory box for small things my mama gave me through the years for Christmas before she passed away.

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  7. The toolbox came out amazing! The reindeer is adorable. You’ve once again sparked my imagination! Thank you for all these opportunities to win fantastic products. I love these 2 colors and I have the perfect use for that little toolbox. Fngers crossed!

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  8. Wow! I love everything about this toolbox. I have to admit I have a soft spot for them too and might have a few waiting for some love. That transfer is precious and is amazing on those colors!

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  9. I love collecting old toolboxes but I’ve never painted one. This is just beautiful! I love how you place your transfers- you make it look rather effortless while I always agonize over the process.

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  10. I completely LOVE that transformation and can only hope and cross my fingers to win those awesome neutrals. You’re amazing! What an eye

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  11. I would keep that box on display under the tree to store extra ornament hooks, spare bulbs, and glue because if you have kitties like I do you have ornament repairs every day! 😸


  12. Brilliant transformation! I’ve always gravitated to tool box / trugs ect but never thought to paint it as you have. Another fabulous idea!! And another great give away 😊 thanks for the chance to be the happy winner.

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  13. I bought 4 metal tool boxes for $2 each because I love how you rescue them! Thank for the tip about the Tough Coat as sealer. I have that on hand. If I won your box I think it would be great on our coffee table to hold the TV remotes!

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  14. It’s very cute! The colors look great with the reindeer transfer. I think t would be a great shaving box (maybe it would need an insert with few sections), or perhaps a box for fishing gear or a place to keep various sizes of screws, nuts, & bolts.

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  15. Love the tool box and the paint colors! This would be a great gift for one of my sons, but I don’t know if I could part with it!! So dang cute!


  16. That little toolbox is so sweet! I would have this on my dresser to corral all the little things that tend to pile up!


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