How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Centerpiece

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

Hi there. I’m Sue Purdy, and I blog over at A Purdy Little House. I’m so excited to be here as a contributor and to show you this cool new Spring project I completed.

We all love Joanna Gaines’ “chippy Fixer Upper vintage farmhouse” style, of course. While I don’t typically use this style of decor in my own home, I can appreciate it’s unique beauty. However, whenever Easter and Spring rolls around, I find myself oddly attracted to all things farmhouse and vintage. That being said, I went online looking for an affordable vintage toolbox to use as a centerpiece. There was literally zero, zip, nada available. So………………… I decided to make my own.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

We had some 1 ft. x 8 ft. pieces of wood left over from our recent closet reno, so I decided to use that for my toolbox (awesome, since it cost a total of $0.00). I had the husband cut the pieces to size. For this part, we used a circular saw.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

Next comes the tricky part: I used a reciprocating saw to cut the “ends” of the toolbox into the shape I wanted . To make sure it was uniform, I folded a piece of cardboard in half, traced my shape and then cut it out. Then I traced it on to the wood ends, and the reciprocating saw was used to cut out the shape.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

Here are my finished pieces. This project can be customized to any size you like, and that’s why I love it so much. My toolbox is 26 inches long, and 6 inches high. The ends are higher obviously to account for the handle. So far, the cost is still $0.00, as this wood was just sitting in my garage, but it you were going to a hardware store, this would all cost under $10.00, and they would likely cut the wood for you too.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

To add my handle, I laid one end on to of the other and drilled a hole near the top. A special drill bit is required for this step, but most drill bit sets come with several sizes of these.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

For the handle, I used an old broken broomstick, and fit the stick into the holes using the persuasion of a mallet. It’s an extremely tight fit, which is perfect.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

To secure the sides and ends, I used wood glue and a nailgun. Here is a picture of the completed toolbox ready for paint/stain. At this point, I could have chosen to just stain it, but I decided to try my hand at making wood look old. I used a light grey chalk paint for my first step. No affiliate links here, this is just the stuff I used.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

Next, I used a cloth to rub on a dark decorative glaze. I had this glaze lying around from a prior project, but I never used it. This glaze is FAST, as in, you don’t want to leave it sitting on the piece for very long. I wiped it down fairly quickly after applying it (5-10 seconds), and the end result was a weathered aged effect. I’m certain that any type of decorative glaze would work in this case, and usually runs about $10-15.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

For a final touch, I decided to add some lettering to the side of my toolbox, so that it would work well for Easter decor. The other side of the toolbox is blank, so if I want to display it somewhere, and don’t want the words to show, I can simply turn it around.

P.S. Don’t laugh at my pitiful attempt at drawing eggs…. I’m honestly the WORST artist on the planet. Lol.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

After a good sanding, the words looks faded and weathered.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

Since it’s going to be used as a Spring / Easter Centerpiece, I added some tulips, faux succulents and some moss to make it Springy.

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox apurdylittlehouse.com

I added some felt pads to the bottom to prevent any scratches to the table. Lol…. Kind of funny since my table has been pretty much wrecked by the squatters living in this house (aka My kids).

Next project: Painting my dining room table 😉 If only I could decide on what colour….

How to Make a Vintage Toolbox Easter or Spring Centerpiece Fixer Upper Style Farmhouse Vintage Toolbox 14 apurdylittlehouse.com

I’m totally in love with how this project turned out, and it can even be used year round for display on your dining room table, or a buffet. For Easter, I’ll probably add some eggs and my moss covered bunnies to the toolbox as well. Happy Spring Everyone!!! See you next month 🙂

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I'm Sue Purdy from A Purdy Little House. I have a passion for DIY, home decor & design; all while spending the least amount of money possible. I love making something out of nothing, dollar store shopping trips, and thrift store treasure hunting. I tackle all projects big and small (and everything in between) from setting a perfect tablescape to full room remodels. I love for my home and decor to tell a story and I'm so pleased to have you join us on our journey as we transform our 1970's house into our Purdy Little dream home.

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Comments

  1. Just in the nick of time Sue! I need to make some of these for a craft show I am going to. Now I know how to make them. thanks for some great instructions.
    Karen

  2. This looks wonderful! What a nice way to add a little spring to your home in an inventive way.

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