How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

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This beautiful antique tote was built from scratch...

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

When I first began my blog back in 2011 I would paint and
distress already made totes... Well I've come a long way baby!

Donna from Funky Junk Interiors encouraged me to pick up power tools and create my own. She told me they didn't need to
be perfect... isn't that what we like anyway? Rustic? 

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

Well in the past 4 years I not only now make my own totes, 
I make everything. I have an entire arsenal of tools in my
workshop and totes are my very favorite things to make.

For this rustic tote I used a very old and distressed 1" x 4" 
from my stash of old, reclaimed wood. 

I drilled pilot holes, used wood glue, and screwed the pieces 
of the tote together with big old rustic screws.

The metal handle on this tote was some kind of wrought iron hook
that I bent to a right angle to fit around the top of the tote.

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

I bent the iron with a vise... This vise is from my Grandfather's 
workshop and it is one of my favorite tools. I use it for most of my projects to either hold, bend, or squeeze something for a project.

I couldn't do without this tool and in some ways it feels like Grandpa is there overseeing the production. I think he'd be proud... He always encouraged me to do my best and work hard... I do.

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

When the tote was finished I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed
Milk Paint in Ironstone. Milk paint worked great on this project
because it soaked right into the old, thirsty wood.

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

After a couple coats of milk paint I used Rust-oleum Decorative Glaze to antique the tote.  Paint it on then wipe it off... 
It gave the tote a beautiful antique finish.

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

I love the way this tote turned out and 
I'm up for making another one real soon!

How to Build a Rustic Wooden Tote

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  1. Susan, wow that tote is fabulous and I would love to be able to work with power tools and make things like that. AHHH Mazing!!! Thank you so much for linking up to our Something To Talk About Link Party too. You're the best!! xo Lisa

  2. It looks awesome. Where did you get the metal tag?

    1. Thank you Anne! The tag came off a piece of furniture I repurposed... save everything!

  3. I love this...and so creative! I need to start building my arsenal of tools, so I can try my hand at creating something. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing on Something to Talk About!

    1. Do it Jennifer! You will be glad you learned a new skill and maybe make money with your creations!

  4. I love this tote, Susan! What's the emblem you added to the front?

    1. Thanks so much Angie... the emblem came from an old icebox reproduction piece of furniture that was repurposed into a cat box (hahaha) end table.

  5. Hi Susan, I'm so excited to let you know we're featuring this fabulous Rustic Wooden Tote tomorrow at our Something to Talk About Link Party at 6 am est. I'm excited and of course would love love love you to link up 3 more fab projects again. Thanks so much and hope to you tomorrow am. Happy Sunday, Lisa at Concord Cottage


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