I picked this item up at a garage sale at some point in the past. Honestly, it was in my front hall closet for at least a year, maybe two. Then it got moved out to the carriage house workshop last spring so that I would be sure to get to it over the summer … and well, here we are in February and I’m just getting to it now.
I suspect that this item was some sort of promotional giveaway from Frerichs Construction. I bet it came with beer inside, hence the bottle opener on the side.
But if you ignore those two things, this has a lot of potential as just an adorable little tote.
So I removed the bottle opener (and am saving that for another project that I have in mind). The company logo seemed almost branded into the wood, so I added a little of Dixie Belle’s Mud to fill it in.
I just smoothed it on with a putty knife and once it was fully dry, I sanded over it to smooth it out a bit.
A quick q tip on the Mud; never wash it down your sink drain. You don’t want this stuff hanging out in your pipes. Instead I use a damp paper towel to clean off my putty knife, and then I can just toss the paper towel in the trash.
Next I simply painted the tote with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy.
Then came the fun part, digging through all of my transfer scraps to come up with some fun things to dress up it up.
The front of the tote got some scraps from the IOD Label Ephemera transfer.
The sides got the left over bits from the IOD Flora Parisiensis transfer that I used on a washstand I painted back in the fall.
Once I had the transfers applied, I sanded the tote to distress and than added some clear wax.
I also lined the inside with some pretty scrapbook paper.
I asked Mr. Q to pick up some tulips at the grocery store so that I could stage this with some real fleurs.
Aren’t they pretty? They barely survived the trip back to our house in the 20 below wind chill, but I’m glad they did because they added such a lovely pop of pink to my photos.
This was such a fun little project for a cold winter afternoon, and also a great way to bring a little early spring into the air. I suspect we all could use a little bit of spring right about now, am I right?