the key to your heart.

My friend Sue found this red tacklebox for me.

When she handed it over she said something along the lines of ‘you don’t even have to paint this one.’  She thought it was perfectly worn ‘as is’.

Well, that threw me into a world of indecision.

The thing is, I agreed with her about that original patinated finish.  It is perfectly imperfect.  But experience has taught me that it can be difficult to sell a tackle box without adding some personality to it with paint and transfers.  Then there’s also the fact that it’s red.  Red isn’t super hot right now, and I usually only use red at Christmas.

So what should I do?

I started by cleaning it up, and then I went ahead and painted the interior in Dixie Belle’s Honky Tonk Red.  The inside was a bit grungy, and I want these things to be functional when I’m done.  To me, ‘functional’ means that you feel good about storing things inside whether it’s jewelry, art supplies, cosmetics, photos or love letters.  So a fresh paint job was definitely in order for the inside, and I stuck with the original red since I still hadn’t decided what to do with the outside.

I sealed the paint with some flat clear coat, but once I had that done I was a bit paralyzed.  I simply couldn’t make up my mind whether to leave the exterior alone, or to paint it.  So after looking at the thing for about two months, I finally decided to try something halfway between.

I added some transfers without painting the outside first.  Well, except that little inset rectangle in the handle, I did paint that.

Most of the transfers on the top are from the with prima Middy French Labels set, except for the “Lost + Found” on the handle.  That one is a Tim Holtz transfer.

I also added a French Labels transfer to the inside of the lid.

And also a Classic Vintage Label to the front of the box.

It wasn’t until I started writing this blog post that I looked up cuir noir and found out that it translates to black leather.  I’m not even going to comment on my inadvertent combination of love and black leather.  Hey, whatever floats your boat, right?

At this point it did occur to me that this tacklebox was now the perfect place to stash your love letters, or those vintage saucy postcards.

Or maybe your favorite photographs of you and your Valentine, and most certainly the key to your heart.

That way you’ll always know where it is.

Normally this is the point where I mention that this one is for sale locally, etc.  And it is.  However, it’s already at the shop.  I brought it in last week before I left for my mom’s house.  So … it may still be there, or it may have sold last week.  It’s hard to tell from out here in Las Vegas!  But I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted on whether or not this one sells with it’s original red paint, so stay tuned!

6 thoughts on “the key to your heart.

  1. I see your dilemma. The patina on this was awesome. I’m thinking this would be so amazing filled with chocolate for Valentines Day😁😁😆. Love seeing what you do with these toolboxes. Each one is unique.

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  2. I love this toolbox idea! You have inspired me to paint a few of my own. I’m now addicted to buying them if I see them at estate sales or elsewhere.
    Your posts are my favorite and I look forward to reading them every week!
    Have a great trip!

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  3. I love you left the outside the same! Shows there was lots of “love” 😉. Hope you are having a great time with your Mom!
    Happy Valentine’s Day from Texas!
    Smiles, alice

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