New Life for an Antique Toolbox

It was almost a lost cause...

Then I had an idea... let me try to save this antique toolbox.

Believe it or not it is made of plywood and plywood doesn't last very long, especially since it had been outside.

I started by gluing together all the parts that were separating with Gorilla Wood Glue.

The whole box got a coat of white Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
which made it look better right off the bat!

Next I printed an image from The Graphic Fairy
NOT in reverse. 

I used Mod Podge to adhere the image to the box and rolled it so there were no air bubbles.

I let the image dry then started to rub off the paper.

and rub, and rub, and rub.

With all that rubbing sometimes the edge of the image will come off. A quick Sharpie fix makes it just like new.

I gave the whole box a coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax,
it gave it a great distressed vintage look.

I lined the bottom of the box with craft paper.

And this old plywood disaster is saved!

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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. .