As soon as I saw this beat up old thing I knew I wanted to turn it into a vintage-inspired herb garden box. I could not be more happy with the way it came out and I know my grandfather, who had quite the green thumb, would be proud.
Bringing new life to this toolbox took a little elbow grease, a fresh coat of paint, a trip to Home Depot for some water resistant sealer, pots and plants, and two little cutie pies who couldn't be were more than happy to help a mama out.
If you have a similar type wood tool box sitting in your garage or if you happen to come across one at the thrift store and want to refinish it I suggest these supplies.
- Sand Paper (Electric Sander is useful, but not necessary)
- Flat White Paint
- Terractoa pots
- Plastic pot saucers
- Black Sharpie Marker
- Drill (optional)
- Rust-Oleum Never Wet Liquid Repelling Treatment
Then I gave the whole box a good cleaning. More accurately, my kids did!
After two coats on the outside and inside (I cheated and skipped the bottom), I hand sanded to distress the box. It's old and I wanted it to look aged and well loved. As I'm sure it was.
how to transfer text to wood without a stencil. I slightly sanded the lettering to make it look a little aged, as well.
While it looks like my herb garden box is now ready, there are still a few very important steps left to keep your tool box from getting water damage. To avoid the wood from warping as water gets on it - since you'll be remembering to water your herbs, right? - you want to seal the wood.
Not only did I caulk the inside edges of the box....
As I stood admiring my work today, I kept thinking it looked like something you'd see in the Pottery Barn catalog. Well what do you know...I just did a google search and here's Pottery Barn's version of a white herb garden potter for a whopping $40!
|Pottery Barn Herb Garden Box|
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