Tool Tote and "Metal Numbers"


I did not cut wood and make this box from scratch but next
time I'm going to give power tools a try.

For right now, I'm jumping up and down about this project
because not only did I have an awesome thrifting day, 
but I used a paint and a faux painting technique that I'm super excited about!

I started out by using a sample size of Martha Stewart paint.

It is only about $2.50 for an 8 oz. size at Home Depot and it comes with a brush built into the cap. 

It comes in great colors too!

After painting the box, I distressed it with sandpaper and used an antiquing glaze to give it an aged look.

Part 2 of this project is my second great find at the thrift store.

A whole bag full of numbers!

They're plastic but watch this trick!

This paint is the best part of this whole project!

The color I used was called Sterling Silver but it comes out looking like galvanized steel!

I've used it before on my lantern fix-up.

This time I used a pouncing technique with a stencil brush to give the numbers a rough spotty effect like galvanized steel.

I drilled holes through the numbers and screwed them on just as if they were metal.

Check them out!

And I'm hear to tell you...

these numbers look just like the real thing!

I'm so excited about this paint! 

The next tool box I'm building from scratch I promise!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Your toolbox turned out great! I'm not familiar with that paint you used on the looks like great stuff!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Your tool box turned out great. Don't you love Martha's sample paints? The numbers look just like metal...amazing! I have a small toolbox I just might have to do something with.

  3. Nice piece, Susan! And you're right, those numbers totally look like the real deal. Nice touch on the screws. :)


  4. I LOVE cute and the amazing numbers just take it over the top.
    Great job.
    xo bj

  5. Those numbers really do look like metal, Susan! Great job on the tote!

  6. It looks fabulous! It's pretty amazing for a toolbox. Have a beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

  7. Nice tote Susan, now don't forget to make your own... you promised!! ;)

  8. Fabulous! The 12 caught my eye, my daughter played volleyball through high school and college, her number was 12. It's on everything she does, she even tattooed it on her lower back (much to my dismay, but wadda you do?). I could make a bigger 12 using your metallic idea and she could use it as a wall decoration. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Great work! Love the addition of the numbers and your fun cover...and I love the fan cover you used in the last post. You have a great eye!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my "chocolate" coffee table!

  10. You've been a busy painter/creator! It looks great! Thanks for linking this up as well!

  11. Great work!the addition of the numbers is great...


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