It’s the second Monday of the month and that means it’s time for our monthly blog group challenge! This month we were challenged to create a project using cardboard, paper, or wood for our upcycle challenge. When I’m looking for an upcycle project, I often visit my local Goodwill store to have a look. It’s almost always a great source for items that need a makeover to give them new life. I found a wooden tool caddy that was straight out of the 80s, adorned with those not so lovely 1980s ducks. It got a fun, peacock inspired makeover to go with the decor of my home office/craft space.
Finding items that have seen better days or items that I can give a new use to is always a fun challenge.
This month we have a great group of bloggers participating. We hope you’ll visit their links by clicking below or through the Link Up at the bottom of the post.
My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Across the Boulevard
This Autoimmune Life • Stone Cottage Adventures
The Inspiration Vault • Coastal Bohemian
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Ucycled Caddy for Craft Tool Storage
This tool caddy has a burned on marking on the bottom that reads, “Hand Crafted by Fred Buckles.” How many of you had ducks in your decor during the 80’s? I did! My kitchen had ducks all over it. This tool caddy had one on each side.
Whatever glue that was used, it was strong. One of the ducks popped off pretty easily using a flat head screw driver to pry it off. The other one was stubborn. It finally came off in bits and pieces, leaving some of still adhered to the wood.
After searching on line for methods to remove glued on wooden pieces, I tried using acetone nail polish after reading that it would work. It did not. It might have worked if I could have removed more of the wood.
Using my palm sander was the best option at this point. I carefully sanded the spot with the remaining wood until I had a smooth surface.
The caddy was cleaned with TSP and was ready to be painted.
*Tip* Lids from cans, plastic containers, or jars are all good items to use for holding paint for small paint projects like this. I keep a stash of them in my garage and always have some on hand when I need one.
After applying two coats of Waverly Chalk Paint in Peacock, I gave the caddy one coat of Polycrylic Spray Finish. Once that dried, it was ready to embellish. I used a jeweled strip on a few other projects in my Office/Craft space room makeover. If you missed that series of posts, you can have a look at this post with links to all of the projects I completed for my Home Office/Craft Space Makeover.
I added the jeweled strips along the sides and the bottom of the caddy. These are glued in place.
The finishing touches were to add a peacock feather and a strip of self adhesive jewels to the front of the caddy. I love that the tool caddy went from 1980s country to modern and glam.
This is a handy and useful item to have for some of the small tools that I use frequently. It keeps things organized and it freed up some space in some drawers in my craft desk. It’s always great to find thrift store items that can be given new life!
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Upcycled Caddy for Craft Tool Storage
We’ll be sharing at lots of these great parties!
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