Well it’s time for another Super Masculine Project from Cheltenham Road……
I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I see a piece of furniture and know instantly what I want to do with it – repair, color, style everything.
That sometimes happens with little project too. I see something in a magazine or on a blog and think “I HAVE to make that!”
Such was the case when I came across this terrific tutorial for a salvaged wood toolbox at A Diamond in the Stuff.Doesn’t that look cool!? All made from things she had hanging around. Her tutorial is great and she just made it seem so, I don’t know…. do-able that I had to try it myself. And I knew exactly how I wanted to do it.
Of course, this makes no sense. I have no need for decorative salvaged wood tool boxes, the style I have in mind has nothing to do with anything in my home nor with anything I sell. But I had all the pieces! It seemed so straightforward! It seemed so cool! I had to do it!
So I dove in.
- Two fence posts ($2.35 each)
- 1 spindle (i used a leftover you could buy one from Home Depot)
- Paint – flat latex leftovers are perfect
- A Candle
- Spackle (optional)
- Wax (optional)
- Saw (or you could have the guys at Home Depot do the cutting)
- Blender Pen (optional)
- Sides: 2 @ 17″
- Bottom 1 @ 16″
- End Caps 2 @ 10″
- Spindle 16″
A Note on the Cut List: My fence posts were 1/2″ thick – yours may be different so measure and calculate before cutting
I was going for a two-color, chippy look so I didn’t do any sanding and got right to painting both sides of every piece with my under-color which was a leftover blue.
Then I gave everything a quick coat of flat white (leftover ceiling paint actually) and set it aside to dry thoroughly – like overnight thoroughly.
When the paint was dry I attached a course grit sandpaper to my sander and went over everythingThis step produces the “chippy” look but it clogs up the sandpaper pretty quickly. Since I do this method a lot for my candle blocks and letters I’ve taken to saving old sanding disks that are just about headed to the trash to use for this.
For my version of these boxes I wanted to use some old french graphics. So I put a blender pen under my pillow when I went to bed and, as I was promised, the Graphics Fairy came and left me these – already reversed and ready to go.The Blender Pen method requires a laser printer, working quickly and elbow grease.
Print out your image on plan copy paper, immediately lay it, face down on the surface of the wood, take your blender pen and rub like you’ve never rubbed before (seriously, you have to press pretty dang hard).Next up assembly.
I marked each piece where they would connectAnd then marked where I wanted to drill my pilot holes. Pilot holes are key to preventing the wood from splitting. (tip: to ensure that the spindle would be level I placed the end pieces on top of each other and drilled through both of them at the same time to create the pilot holes in the exact same spot on both)
The fence wood is very soft so the screws ended up nicely recessed but I wanted to cover them up further so I just dabbed a little spackle over each one and then a little touch up paint – now you can’t see them at all. After a light coat of past wax it was time to rummage in the yard for flowers.Very simple, very inexpensive!
(you will have noticed there are two of them. The two-fence-piece- method leaves you with leftover wood so I made a second, smaller version)