Toolbox Destined for Liquorice {guest post}

September 10, 2014

Lindsay from My Creative Days found this great piece at a yard sale and turned it into the perfect storage box for her son's room with just a bit of Liquorice!

Hello! It is Lindsay from My Creative Days here to share about an old toolbox that was meant to be in our home.

A few weekends ago while I was searching the newspaper for upcoming yard sales, I spotted an ad for a yard sale in a great neighborhood. All the ad said was that there was tons of stuff and most of the stuff was old. The ad really intrigued me, but around here, when the ads read "old stuff", you are fighting antique dealers for it. I hate that. So, I planned on going, but I knew I was not going to make any special efforts to get there early or even on time. The sale started at eight and we had somewhere to be at nine. We got to the sale at 8:30 in anticipation that everything would be picked over and I wouldn't need much time to browse. Boy, was I wrong.

As we pulled up to the sale, I started to get really excited because no one else was there and there were tons of amazing things down the driveway! I couldn't get out of the van fast enough. As we started up the driveway and before we made it to the front of the house, I had a pile to buy started in the front yard. There was so much great stuff and the prices were AMAZING! AMAZING! I couldn't believe it! The worst part, we had to be on the other side of town by nine! Freak out mode! No pressure. Hubby and I worked together and I would tell him what to grab and he would add it to our pile while I browsed like I have never done before. To make a long story short, we made it out with tons of great items.

This old toolbox was at the sale with a $2 sticker on it. It was sitting sideways on the driveway and there were tons of things piled on top of it. I tried to move the box to get a better look at it, but I couldn't even budge the thing. Not even an inch. So, I passed on it because there was so much more to see and I was in a hurry. To make a long story short {again}, the next day, my dad went to the same sale and everything was 1/2 price. He bought the toolbox for $1! He had no idea I was there the previous day looking at it. When he told me where he had gone and what he had bought, I told him my whole experience the previous day. We laughed about it and then he brought the toolbox over so I could start working on it. It was meant to be.

The first thing we found out was that the reason it was so heavy was because it was FULL of tools! My dad and Hubby had a fun time going through it all and once it was cleaned out, it could be moved around without breaking your back.

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This gem was in need of some repair and also a makeover, but when you open the latch and see what is inside, it is an amazing piece. Someone use to haul this thing around, full of tools, to get a job done. I love pieces that have history like that.

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There are drawers that fit inside this box. Hello, storage!

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The first thing we did to the piece was repair the front part that was coming off. Then, I scraped all the old brown paint off hoping it would leave me with beautiful wood underneath. No such luck. No problem. A little "Liquorice" from Country Chic paint will do the trick.

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The toolbox did have old casters on it that were in really bad shape. We replaced all of them with "new" (bought at a yard sale) ones.

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Below, is a picture of the drawers that fit inside the toolbox. We took them out so we could give the entire box a good cleaning.

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This box looks amazing in the "Liquorice" color.

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We left the original hardware as-is. It looks "regal" against the black paint.

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Our son has the smallest bedroom in the house so storage is very important. This box fits perfect in his room and houses a lot of his Lego and basketball cards. I am so thrilled to be able to see the top of his dresser again! He loves that friends can sit on the toolbox, that he can move it around if he needs to and that he can use chalk on it to write messages. This toolbox really was meant to be.

You can follow all my Country Chic Paint transformations on my Pinterest board Projects With Country Chic Paint.

Country Chic's 2014 Blog Squad member: Lindsay

Lindsay {My Creative Days}

Hello! My name is Lindsay. I am mom to Landen and Gabrielle, wife to Matt and blogger at I love to be creative in my day, my home and with my kids. I am obsessed with old wood, rusty treasures and everything in between. Finding frugal and creative ways to decorate our home, create a fabulous craft or do an activity with the kids is a passion of mine.

Make sure to follow Lindsay on her blog My Creative Days, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Hometalk and Instagram!

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