Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Treasure in the Rough-Transforming a Rustic Tool Caddy!


It never fails to amaze me how a little imagination and paint can transform something pretty rough and plainly ugly!  I have had this very rough wood tool caddy for a long time.  I have used it as is when I wanted a more primitive look.  I love the black and white check look.  Take a peek at how this ugly caddy was transformed!

This is the piece in its original shape!  Clearly not much to look at.  It has nice pockets on both sides.  I really can't wait to use it for many decorating projects I have in mind!


I first washed it off real well and let it dry.  Then I gathered my paints and went to work.  It was given a white wash with a mix of sand color for the base coat.




For the checks I cut a sponge 1 and 1/4 inches square.   The sponge was dipped in black paint and then dabbed in the checkerboard pattern.  This is a very easy way to make a checkerboard.  I used this all the way around the outside edges.  I painted the seam edges a solid black to give it a contrast.   

To add dimension dry brush a little gray and a little brown onto the white squares.  I wanted to add some folk art looking flowers to the sides.  This also is simple to do.  Take a flat brush and make swirls around in a circle.  Use a small round brush for the vines and contrast with black and a dark brown.  for the center of the flower and the leaves I used a sage color and then golden brown in the center.  The leaves were also made with a flat brush.  Load one side with the sage color and the other side with a darker contrast green.  Blend and then paint the leaves to your liking.  



 Continue to add detail to your painting as you like.  I dry brushed some golden brown around the flowers and vines.  



It was given a couple of coats of matte varnish and now it is ready to be  used!  I have many plans for it!  I can just see white pumpkins with it and fall flowers.  Look for how I used it on my table in the near future!


As you can see both sides are painted just a little different.  That is the fun part about creativity.  It is yours so you can do with it what you want!


I made some apple dumplings this afternoon and the caddy provides a pretty good background!  I am planning a post for the apple dumpling recipe soon!



 Here are some more views in a different location.  Hope you have enjoyed seeing the ugly transformation to beauty!  











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