The great thing about tool caddies is that they’re so versatile, and can be used in so many ways. For this tool caddy makeover I’m using this old wooden one that I found at my local restore for $5.
It’s handmade and a little old and worn, but that makes it the perfect candidate for a faux redwork makeover.
I’m using the same paint that I used on my kitchen china cabinet and table and chairs. It’s a paint and primer combo that I mixed myself.
When you mix your own paint it’s a good idea to write on the can what projects that paint was used for. If you ever need to do touch-ups it’ll be easy to find the paint that you need.
I use a piece of duct tape and a permanent black marker.
Monkey is often my project supervisor.
See those ears?
John shook a bag of treats and, just like that, she abandoned me. lol.
But I managed to give the caddy two coats of paint without Monkey’s supervision. 🙂
To tie this in with my rolling pin window valance I decided to do the same faux redwork technique.
I printed one of my mottos using 120pt Arial Black font, and taped it onto the caddy..
I didn’t want to limit the use of my caddy by using specific words..
Besides, I prefer to use words and phrases that inspire me.
Using a hammer and a finishing nail I outlined the letters with small holes.
Here you can see what it looks like after removing the paper.
I’m peace loving kinda gal who was born in the 60s. So I decided to use some free clip art of the dove of peace on one end of the caddy.
I used the exact same technique with the hammer and nail.
To get the faux redwork look all you have to do is join the dots with a red permanent marker.
I coloured the handle and did some red edging with the marker as well, and then I gave it a light sanding.
I put a peace sign on the other end of the caddy…
…and the words live and love on the other side.
John and I eat a lot of fruit daily and most fruit bowls are just too small so I’m loving repurposing this large caddy.
It holds quite a bit of fruit, and fills the table in nicely.
On the rare occasion that John and I eat at the table, or if we’re playing cards or having guests, the caddy can be easily moved out of the way on to our decoupaged recipe counter.
I might just keep it there. Now that I see the pics it might be a little too matchypoo on the table.
What do you think?
So if you ever see a tool caddy at a decent price pick it up.
The repurposing possibilities are endless; the kitchen, craft room, bathroom, bedroom, a child’s room, garden shed, or even as a planter… and probably some others that I can’t think of right now.
Tool caddies… not just for tools anymore.
I’ve been patiently, or not (depending on who you talk to) lol, waiting for some decent weekend weather so I can do the last two main kitchen projects outside. I need to be able to spread out a bit on the back deck.
It’s been a very weird Spring so far, temps have been way up and way down… but mostly way down and rainy. I’m anxious to get these two projects done so I can share the kitchen reveal.
I hope your spring is sunny and warm. If it is I’d love it if you’d send it my way. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!