Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wooden Tool Caddy

When you go to the Haven Conference you can be pretty certain that you are going to exit with lot more stuff than you entered with.

Every time you leave your room you come back with something more.

And if you're really lucky, when you enter your room there might be a little prize waiting for you on your bed.

This year that prize was a stack of cut wood from the Home Depot. Three projects worth. 

All cut to fit. Everything just fit right together. They even pre-drilled the holes and provided the screws.

It took all of 5 minutes to put together.

I think I want Home Depot to prepare all my projects for me!

I painted it up with some Powder River Paint in Desert Dust. The inside I painted with Maison Blanche Paint in Spanish Moss. There was no particular reason I used these paints. I just happened to have sample pots of each. 

And by the way, they are both lovely paints.

Then I printed out a bunch of vintage flower prints that I pulled from The Graphics Fairy. I apologize that there is no direct link, but the flowers were in several different locations.  I used the reverse decoupage method of transfer. My tutorial for this method can be found here.

OK. I have a little confession to make. After going to all the trouble to very closely crop these flowers when I was cutting them out, I got impatient and really did a poor job of applying these cut-outs. They are VERY delicate and I should have applied the Mod Podge with a tiny paintbrush, a little bit at a time. But instead, like a clod, I used a big paintbrush and had a hard time with getting too much medium, plus getting it on the back of the print and on the painted finish of the caddy. 

Sloppy work, it was.

This sloppy work made it difficult to remove the excess paper and there was some heavy messing up going on here.

To try to cover up my sloppy work I just distressed everything  - sanding directly over the transfer to make it look like the tears were there on purpose it was worn.

Then I used a pretty heavy coat of Reclaim Antiquing Glaze where I left horizontal streaks. Then I did another coat and left vertical streaks. This left me with a linen or woven look over most of the piece.

Then I waxed it . . . and I can't remember which wax I used. 

Good grief I'm old.

I like this piece. But because of my mistakes I may make another one to get the look I was going for.

Do you think if I call up the guys at Home Depot they will cut my pieces for me?

Those green jars in the caddy remind me that I've got a giveaway going on! Click here to enter to win some awesome products from Ball. You can enter through Saturday, August 23.

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www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

That came out beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Art and Sand said...

I think your caddy looks wonderful!!!

My son just asked me about transferring a design to wood using Mod Podge so I will be using your tutorial. Thanks in advance.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Karen, it's beautiful as is! And a perfect caddy for your supplies.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I thought it turned out gorgeous and intentional! You shouldn't have told on yourself girl!! LOL! And now you've reminded me that I want one of those round brushes!

sarah krouse said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe those were mistakes! It's beautifully imperfect and I love it!

The Kim Six Fix said...

Okay.. I now have to learn the reverse applique method because that came out so freaking cute (and mine is still sitting in pieces in the garage!)

srpprcrftr said...

I have to say I agree whole heartedly with other commentors, your caddy looks like you did that deliberately, happy accident as it looks great the way you did it. Looks worn and soft with use. Haven't ever used the decoupage method but I sure should try it at least. I'm a coward, let myself be intimidated before I even try. Shame on me.
We make caddies in several different styles and sizes. Really love look of paint finish you got. I can't afford the paints you used but will try to emulate your finish. It also makes caddy look worn and well used. Great project.
Wish I could go to one of those blog fests just to learn about so many things.
I don't have blog because I'm exceptionally digitally challenged. Would kind of like to try to give it a go, how long have you been blogging? Did you set up your own? Great post, enjoyed your blog. Happy days

Unknown said...

It looks better with the mistakes! No fooling!

Unknown said...

I love it just the way it is - seriously - I did a small table once that I messed up entirely - and it's now one of my most viewed items !
Do you think you can make the same mistakes - in the same sequence - again for the next one LOL???

Unknown said...

Wow...that was a sweet gift. I love the end results. Thanks for sharing this. I found your post over at Funky Junk Interior Upcycle party.

Edea Smith said...

I LOVE this! Super cute

chateau chic said...

I actually love the way your wooden tool caddy turned out. The imperfections (which I can't see) make it that much more charming!
Mary Alice

Jame White said...

Thanks for sharing your tips. I love wood working and I often do some simple things for my family. Your caddy looks so wonderful!!!

Kristine A said...

I think that came out so beautiful! It was really handy to win something like that - really useful to use as storage for anything!


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