Some of you may remember way back in 2018 (gosh! 4 years ago!) when I dressed up some toolboxes with some prima marketing transfers.
I sold the black one and the green one, but the turquoise one … which actually is a tacklebox, rather than a toolbox … was one that had been gifted to me by my co-worker Jodie. I wanted to keep it, it’s perfect for holding my hot glue gun and extra glue sticks.
I have to confess, those pink roses were never really ‘me’ though. But somehow re-doing something that I keep inside a cupboard was never at the top of my to-do list while I was still working a full time job and blogging. Now that I’m retired from the day job, I’m determined to get around to doing a few makeovers for myself, starting with this tacklebox.
The first step was to sand down the transfers a bit, just to smooth them out so that their outline didn’t show under a new coat of paint.
Next I cleaned the box with some soapy water.
I definitely wanted to keep that turquoise color, so I pulled out some Dixie Belle paint in The Gulf.
It was quick work to paint a single coat of paint over the box, and that was all it took to get the coverage I wanted.
Pretty good coverage for one coat, don’t you think?
After sanding to distress and vacuuming away the dust, I added a few words from IOD’s Label Ephemera transfer.
The number “05713” on the right is from a Tim Holtz transfer.
I added a topcoat of clear wax to bring out a little depth to the paint color, and to protect the paint job.
By the way, I did not paint that little plate that holds the handle in place, that’s the original color. The Gulf was a pretty good match!
If I was planning to sell this one, I would have taken the time to paint the inside of the box as well. But since I’m keeping it for myself, and since the color still works, I just left it alone.
This was such a quick and easy makeover. I bet it only took me about an hour including dry time. I guess I probably could have squeezed it in while I was still a working woman 😉
So, what do you think? Do you prefer the ‘before’ or the ‘after’? Are you a fan of the original rusty patina, or do you like the fresh paint job better? And how about that color? Should I do more toolboxes in vibrant colors, or do you prefer the more neutral look I usually do? I’m curious about all of these things, so leave me a comment and let me know.