Old tool chest becomes a piece of furniture for my work room!

December 26th, 2009 in member junk     
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Here it is the day I brought it home. I paid 5$ for it, but I thought it was a real deal! My family, - not so much.  The first thing I did was scrub it down, then sand lightly and seal with clear varithane.
Next I painted the drawers blue, green and purple with metalic paint,then dry brushed them so that it left just a hint of color. The handles I painted with red metalic.
The drawers are a perfect fit for my thread and other sewing notions.
Its done and loaded up! Its on wheels so it can easily be moved anywhere I want.
Pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Here it is the day I brought it home. I paid 5$ for it, but I thought it was a real deal! My family, - not so much.  The first thing I did was scrub it down, then sand lightly and seal with clear varithane.

Here it is the day I brought it home. I paid 5$ for it, but I thought it was a real deal! My family, - not so much.  The first thing I did was scrub it down, then sand lightly and seal with clear varithane.


This beat up old rolling tool box makes a perfect storage caddy for my sewing room!!


posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, eclectic, funky, industrial, furniture, , grey, orange

Comments (23)

doggbo writes: I love it! I am always in my our garage to see what is in the trash so I can do a garden project. Guess its time to move inside.Great idea. Posted: 3:45 pm on April 21st
doggbo writes: I love it! I am always in my our garage to see what is in the trash so I can do a garden project. Guess its time to move inside.Great idea. Posted: 3:45 pm on April 21st
NanaNewfy writes: Marie- I absolutely love your piece! Keep em' coming!
Posted: 1:19 pm on December 28th
suewhitney writes: Hi Marie,

Jimbo, Mr. Junk Architect selected this project of yours to feature for the "Best of 2009". Great work, Marie! This from Jim....

Marie, this toolbox transformation is my absolute favorite project of yours. You added just the right amount of color and distressing to turn an already cool piece of junk into great piece of furniture. There’s a resourcefulness and vision in all your creations that inspires me. You’re able to transform just about anything into a fun and functional junk project. Your blending of colors and materials has a signature style and your finished pieces illustrate just how much fun you have creating. And finally, thanks for being such a great friend to all of us on JMS! I can’t wait to see what you’re thinking up next…oldnews is good news.



Junk Architect Posted: 10:20 am on December 19th
pigknits writes: So great to find something and take and use for other then what for better then new. Posted: 12:33 pm on October 17th
racers7 writes: I love your craft room, it is so inspiring. I've been sneaking peeks at this tool chest since you put it on so I'm finally gonna tell you-I think this piece really ROCKS! Keep up the cool work. Posted: 5:07 pm on October 6th
DownHomeDIY writes: I guess this is one of the few times it is OK to say "Nice Chest" to someone!
Tee hee.
This turned out fabulous and makes me want to reorganize my craft room!
~MB
Posted: 7:54 pm on September 25th
DesignTurnpike writes: It looks great! Posted: 9:19 am on September 24th
MimiToria writes: Marie - This is a wonderful re purposing and fabulous job of choosing your paint. It looks so warm and perfect for the rest of your style going on in your workroom. What a great addition for only $5.00. A steal for sure.
Great job-
Gretchen
Posted: 6:41 pm on September 22nd
chippingcharm writes: Looks great...your whole craft area looks VERY inspiring!!! Laurel Posted: 8:40 am on September 22nd
junqueartiste writes: Now you have me eyeballing old tool chests! Nice job.
Barb Posted: 10:50 pm on September 21st
alicemom writes: Marie,
You are just incredible! Great job. Love the colors,love the piece.......Just roll it on down to Texas!
smiles, alice Posted: 7:41 pm on September 21st
shabbychick writes: Marie - you ROCK - this is an awesome piece. I love how you painted the drawers and drybrushed them - it really added to the already great rusty patina of the cabinet. It is totally cool. (I want one!!!) It looks perfect in your craft/sewing room!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 3:50 pm on September 21st
greencolleen writes: wow great price and after ;)good colors just the right amt of rust Posted: 2:26 pm on September 21st
RustyDiva writes: Just re~read my comment and what I meant to say is I have a hard time painting rusty stuff! I'm drawn to the darker colors but I love the whole shabby chic, cottage thing. I just don't have any of it in my house ~ make sense?? Anyway......love that you chose to go with rust colors for this piece! Whew.....I feel better now :) Posted: 11:03 am on September 21st
fellowjunker writes: Marie,
I am in love with this piece......it turned out great. Your studio looks wonderful!!
xojanis Posted: 10:51 am on September 21st
RustyDiva writes: Oh Marie ~ this is right up my alley!!!! Love it. The colors and just the right amount of rust are awesome! (so glad you didn't paint it white, I'm just not a white paint kind of girl) It looks fab in your workroom! Great job girl. Posted: 10:48 am on September 21st
Gadora_Wilder writes: I LOVE this!!! A handy girl myself, I'm in love with tool chests. Your painting of the drawers is stellar. Love!!! Posted: 10:34 am on September 21st
monakent writes: What a transformation!!! Your time and efforts sure paid off. This piece is wonderful in looks and how it holds your sewing and other supplies. Love not only what you did to the tool chest, but the overall look of your craft room. GREAT job, my friend!!! gailmarie Posted: 10:25 am on September 21st
roadtriplouise writes: I love this, great aged paint job. Perfect for all your sewing supplies.
Ann Posted: 9:18 am on September 21st
JunkArchitect writes:
Marie, what a great find and for only five bucks! You did a fantastic job distressing the new colors on the drawer fronts...very cool piece.

Jim
Posted: 7:39 am on September 21st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Marie - This turned out fabulous! You definitely got a great deal on it, and by painting the drawers in the multi-colors, the piece fits right in with your craft/sewing room.

Nice work, my friend.
Candy Posted: 7:09 am on September 21st
grannijo writes: I love the idea...it is so cool! and it looks great in your sewing room...never would have thought a old tool chest could look so good...the paint on the drawers make the piece...like the looks of your sewing room storage in the last picture...thanks so much for sharing you idea!!!...I have a book that I write all these neat ideas in...this is going into it!!...thanks again...sharon Posted: 6:37 am on September 21st
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