Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tool Box * Tote Box * Carpenter Box * Tulle Box * Tool Box *Wedding Card Tote*

(made from driftwood from our beach!)

I don't care what people call these, but I call them a "tote".  For years I have purchased every old tote I could find at garage sales.  Hint:  These are usually found in the garage, with rusty and junky "man" stuff!  I bring the home and paint them white and store all my "girl" stuff in them, such as tulle, tags and trims!

(my tulle tote)
Mark and I made a bunch of these to sell at the Home Based Business Fair, where I primarily sold my hand painted custom signs.  I had a couple left over and when my daughter's friend needed some sort of "box" for her wedding for cards I knew the RUSTIC tote I made would be perfect.

(One of the totes I was selling at the Fair;
this was after a long day, I was about to tear down)

Back to the sewing room....

(tote for glues on back of sewing table)

On all the totes I made for the Fair I painted a strip of chalkboard paint on the front, and included some chalk for the buyers.  For the rustic wedding tote I'm giving to the bride she can hand write whatever she wishes, "Cards", "Best Wishes for the Mr. and Mrs.", "Love Notes",etc.  It will be a lovely addition to her rustic style wedding.

Then just today I saw on Funky Junk Interior's blog a post about making totes!  So guess what? Now I don't have to show and tell you how I make totes!  Funky Junk has a guest poster, Julie from "Follow Your Heart Woodworking", who tells how to make the tool boxes (totes--whatever!)  Her method is pretty much the same as mine!  The only thing is I'm pretty lazy in the shop, taking short-cuts when I can, so I use a nail gun with small sized nails to speed up the process.  Also, I use wood glue when I put them together, before nailing. 

But check it out here, "Let's build a tool box!".  Or, if you wait long enough, someday I may add totes (tool boxes) to my Etsy store!

Happy building!

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koralee said...

Oh my friend...I have a few of these around my home too...in fact one is my grandpa's tool box!

Thanks for sharing. Hugs xoxoxo

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Thanks for mentioning me in your blog. Your totes are great... I love the chalkboard idea.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I love your tool box! I think I need to get my Dad's out of his garage!!! Have a wonderful day!


Scrap for Joy said...

I have a (small) collection of tool totes, too. Some were David's Dads...I use on in the bathroom for magazines (should I admit that?) and another one for craft paint. I love your shabby pink one holding your tulle...and I see the ME Grandmother's mug. I have that same one...but that shouldn't surprise anyone, right?! We ARE kindred spirits!
David comes home tomorrow..I can't wait until he's safely back in the USA! I've missed him!

Amy said...

I would definitely love to see these in your Etsy shop!!!

Crafting by Candlelight

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Who doesn't love a good old toolbox? I love the many way you use yours.
Thanks for swinging by this week, Heidi.

Sandy Michelle said...

I have a huge vintage one that holds my stampington magazines..lol! They can cost a pretty penny!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Great toolbox! Visiting you from the "Blog Party"! oxox, tracie