the naturalist’s toolbox.

I’ve got another toolbox to share with you guys today.

This time I gave the green one on the top of the pile a makeover.

I initially gave it a paint job using Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road on the inside, and Drop Cloth on the outside.  But it felt a bit too plain to me after that, so I painted the ends in Dixie Belle’s French Linen.

After distressing the paint job a bit, I dressed it up with transfers from a variety of sources.  The wording is from IOD’s Label Ephemera transfer, the butterfly on the top is from with prima’s Parisian Butterflies.

  The sprigs of flowers on the front are from another of with prima’s older retired transfers, and I didn’t even retain the name of it so I apologize for that.  However, if you’re looking for something similar, this one from Dixie Belle might work for you.

After painting the inside in the Gravel Road, I added a bit of with prima’s Dark Damask decoupage décor tissue paper to the bottom.

I’ve yet to find another product that works as well for decoupaging.  I did give another brand of tissue paper a try and it was a dismal failure (I’ll be sharing that in a future post).  This décor tissue paper doesn’t tear and it doesn’t wrinkle, and it’s super easy to apply with some Dixie Belle clear flat coat.  I just ordered a couple of their newest designs to have on hand for my next toolboxes!

In the meantime, I hate to tell you, but this one is already sold.  One of my regulars purchased it along with the Farmers Market headboard sign that I shared a couple of weeks ago.

But I thought I’d still share it here with all of you.

What do you think?

11 thoughts on “the naturalist’s toolbox.

  1. Love it! After seeing all these amazing tool box makeovers, I picked one up at a tag sale last weekend for $2. Although I loved the Herbier General, I think I’ll go with a more simple design like this one.


  2. I’m glad you shared, even though it’s sold. Again it’s a great make over from an average metal box. Your designs are always inspiring.


  3. These are so great.- they make wonderful Christmas gifts, and you can fill them up with all kinds of “stuff” – sewing stuff, fishing stuff, tools, painting supplies, craft supplies….endless possibilities. I love my Quandie toolbox from years ago. It’s currently holding my glue guns and glue sticks.


  4. I think, Miss Quandie, that it’s just maaavelous how you keep making each tool box unique! What’s your process? Do you break out lots of supplies and eyeball this and that? Or do you have millions of concepts floating around in your head and you just try to realize one of them? What’s the do do that voodoo that you do so well ? 🙂


      1. I’m excited to share the next one with you guys (maybe this coming week, but possibly the next). It seems like every time I finish one I think “now this one is my favorite!” …


    1. Your comments always make me chuckle Connie. Thank you for that! As for my process, I don’t really break out lots of supplies, but usually there is a jumping off point. I start with one particular element, like a paint color, or maybe the decor tissue paper, or a particular transfer, and then I just build from there.


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