We’re back with the ladies of the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop sharing our DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy today!
A special thank you and shout out to my sweet friend, Cindy of County Road 407 for putting this hop together.
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is a bimonthly series where we share our love of vintage, antique, farmhouse, and repurposed finds and ideas. If you’ve missed any of the other installments, you can catch up here:
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (last year’s reader-favorite #1 post)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
I’m tickled pink you guys love this group as much as I do because these ladies are amazing inside and out.
If you’re coming over from Laura’s blog, Decor to Adore, welcome, we’re excited to have you here.
When I found out this month’s theme was vintage or antique toolboxes, I started to get a little worried.
I mean, we do have a pretty beat-up toolbox that could technically pass as vintage. But it’s so pitiful looking my Dad offers to get us a fancy Craftsman tool cabinet with ball bearing drawers and everything almost every time he comes to visit.
One day I’m going to call his bluff and let him ?
Thankfully, I’m all about a backup plan and a garage full of goodies from years spent treasure hunting that can step in when needed.
Several years ago, I found this holiday caddy at a thrift store for $2.99. It was in great shape, but the design wasn’t really my style.
Still, vintage and antique tool caddies like these aren’t always easy to find so I scooped it up hoping to make good use of it.
Well, it sat on the shelf in our garage for longer than I care to admit.
So, when Cindy told me our theme for this month’s Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop would be toolboxes, this piece was the first thing that came to mind.
This DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy is one of those projects that can be completely customized with a variety of paints, finishes, and even stencils.
It’s so utilitarian it can be given as a gift or used in your home for everything from corralling art supplies to creating seasonal vignettes.
Here’s a look at how to create a DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy…
DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy Supplies:
- Tool Caddy
- Orbital Sander and Sandpaper (optional)
- Paint (We used Valspar Faint Maple and Deco Art’s Primitive)
- Dark Furniture Paste Wax
- Wax brush or lint-free cloth
- Screwdriver and chain (optional)
- Tarp to protect your work surface
DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy Steps:
Gather your supplies and lay a tarp down to protect your work surface. We used an orbital sander with 120-grit sandpaper to sand down the factory design on our tool caddy.
We painted the caddy with two coats of Valspar’s Faint Maple allowing plenty of drying time between each coat.
Next, we pounded the tool caddy with a screwdriver and chains to give it some “age” and a farmhouse feel.
Then we created a wash using Deco Art’s Chalky Paint in Primitive and lightly brushed it all over the caddy.
Once it was dry, we applied a coat of Annie Sloan’s Dark Furniture Paste Wax using a lint-free cloth,
allowing the wax to settle into all the nooks and crannies of our DIY farmhouse tool caddy.
Truthfully, the longest part of this process is waiting for the paint to dry! As I mentioned above farmhouse tool caddies like this one are super versatile.
Here are just a few ways to style one…
with seasonal flowers,
as part of a kitchen vignette,
to corral a favorite collection,
hold small notebooks, treasured letters, or stationery,
you can even add fun items to your DIY farmhouse tool caddy to give away as part of a housewarming gift.
Honestly, the possibilities are endless!
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is my sweet friend Ann of Dabbling and Decorating. She has such a beautiful farmhouse style and constantly finds fantastic goodies on the treasure trail.
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing.