Well, the hubbub of the holidays is over. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who take down and put away my holiday decorations starting December 26. Except this year I didn’t start until December 27, because I had family over on December 26 to celebrate my nephew’s 40th birthday. He was visiting from Philly, so it was fun to have him here for his big birthday.
But now I have all of my indoor decorations down and stored away for next year.
As for the outside stuff, well, that’s a different story here in Minnesota. We had some sub-zero temps over this past weekend and there’s no way I’m braving that to take down decorations.
Plus, the bulk of them are frozen in place under a layer of snow now anyway. They won’t be coming out for a while.
So I focused on a few indoor painting projects this past weekend instead, including this rather giant toolbox.
I don’t think that photo above does a good job of showing the size of this one, but here is the toolbox along with a few of the other things I purchased last summer. Seeing it in relation to the chairs puts it in a little more perspective.
It’s really quite the beast. And in its original state, it was also quite heavy even while empty. I honestly don’t think I could have even lugged it around when filled with tools (or anything at all for that matter). When you opened it, two layers of trays opened up accordion style on either side.
As much as that was pretty cool, I asked Ken to remove them for me. For one thing, they added considerable weight and for another they would have been nearly impossible to paint without resorting to spray paint. They also would have limited the possibilities for future use. Sure, you could have used it for your fishing lures, or your socket set, but as you’ll see in a minute, I don’t think the new look screams tackle box or toolbox.
After it was gutted, I cleaned the toolbox with Dawn dish soap. Once dry I painted the outside in Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy, and the inside in their Silk paint in a color called Hampton Olive.
I chose this color for a few reasons. First of all, it’s very similar to the original color of the interior, so I was paying homage to that. Second, I thought it worked well with both the transfer I planned to use as well as the Sawmill Gravy. I wanted to use a Silk paint because the sealer and topcoat are built in. I thought I’d save myself a couple of steps this time around. And this was the best option out of the colors of Silk paint that I had on hand. Finally, I liked the idea of toning down the girly-ness with a more masculine color on the inside because as you’re about to see, this one is plenty girly on the outside.
Yep, I went full on floral for this one, with a few cherubs to boot. That is the bottom half of the June, Ode to Henry Fletcher transfer from IOD.
I’ve had this transfer for a while and I really wasn’t sure I’d ever find the perfect piece for it, but it worked beautifully on this toolbox. I love the way it has a bunch of flower names listed at the bottom.
I’m guessing that these are all flowers that bloom in June. Does Jasmine bloom in June?
I added the wording on the top of the toolbox from a couple of other IOD transfers.
The “Les Roses” section is from their Petit Rosier transfer, and the “Les Fleurs” wording is from their Label Ephemera transfer (and in case you were wondering, yes, you can layer transfers in this way).
Once the transfers were applied, I sanded lightly along any edges and corners to give it a more distressed appearance.
Finally, I added a coat of clear wax.
I don’t know about you, but June feels far away to me just now. So I thought I’d bring a little bit of June to January.
You could store all kinds of fun things inside this baby. Art supplies, gardening tools, hats and mittens … lots of possibilities. I am listing this one for sale (see my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details), but I have to price it a bit higher than usual. Those IOD transfers are not cheap (but they sure are gorgeous). In the end, if it doesn’t sell, I bet I’ll get over it and find a spot for it at my house. If any of you locals need to bring a little bit of June into your January, be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint used in this project.