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A simple makeover turns an old box into a farmhouse-style artist caddy.
On Sunday I went for a little drive just to get out of the house for a while. During my drive I spotted a pile of random household junk put out for collection. As a certified lover of trash, I naturally pulled over to rummage through the pile.
After a disgusting encounter with some mildewy rainwater, I found a simple wooden box that was the perfect size for organising my art supplies. So I took the box home and gave it a little makeover.
This is what the box looked like when I picked it up:
And this is what the box looks like now:
Even though I’ve only had it for a few days, I really love this artist caddy. Having my art supplies organised and accesisble makes creating things a lot easier.
The handles make carting the caddy nice and portable, which is particularly useful for me as I paint in the living room but store my art supplies in the study.
The makeover was relatively easy, so today I’d like to share with you how I did it.
- A box and some old food jars.
- White and black acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and an old dish sponge (or similar).
- Gorilla glue
- A Cricut/Silhouette Cameo, the StandardGrip mat, a piece of regular adhesive vinyl, a weeding tool, and some transfer tape.
- Rope. I used jute rope (buy some here), but you can use any rope strong enough to hold the weight of your art supplies.
- 40 grit sandpaper (optional).
I began by applying two coats of white paint to the box.
While the paint was drying, I prepared my stencil. This involved using my Cricut and the StandardGrip cutting mat to cut this design out of a piece of vinyl. Once the design was cut, I used the weeding tool to reverse weed the letters. I then used transfer tape to transfer the stencil to the box, smoothing everything down with the scraper tool. For more in-depth instructions, with pictures of each step, see this post.
With the stencil in place, I used a ripped up piece of old dish sponge to dab black acrylic paint over the stencil.
When the paint was about 80% dry, I gently pulled the stencil off the box and allowed the paint to dry the rest of the way.
Once the paint had dried completely, I decided that I wanted to add some handles to the box. To do this, I drilled two holes in each side of the box then threaded some rope through the holes, tying the rope off using a knot, as below.
With the rope handles finished, I started to think about how to organise the art supplies within the caddy itself. I eventually decided to use old food jars to separate different types of art supplies because, you know, ~recycling~.
To stop said jars falling over, I applied a small amount of Gorilla Glueto the bottom of each jar before sticking it to the box. I really love using Gorilla Glue as you only need a tiny amount to get a super strong grip, making it more cost-effective than many other types of glue.
To finish everything off, I quickly distressed my box by running a piece of 40 grit sandpaper over the front, sides, and corners of the box.
And that was it!
Have a lovely day!