I purchased this old wooden tool box last week. It had a taped handle. The tape was almost disintegrated from age, but I pulled it all off, and glued the many cracks with wood glue and used zip ties to hold the handle together until the glue was set.
I used my white wash on the tool box. My white wash is 1 part Rustoleum Heirloom White paint to 2 parts water.
Since this whitewash was over a painted surface, it didn't soak in like on the raw wood bench. I took a paper towel and rubbed the paint so the brush marks on the first coat disappeared somewhat.
This is coat number two. I didn't plant to distress this piece. When there is a possibility of lead paint, I will not sand. I will wet distress or whitewash.
Then I stenciled the toolbox with one of Funky Junk Interiors Old Sign Stencils , Welcome to my Garden Collection.
I planted the toolbox with pansies.
I also stenciled an old window screen with Old Sign Stencils Potting Shed Collection. I used a multi-surface craft paint from Ceramcoat Select in Ivory. This paint, when cured, can withstand outdoor use.
I added a couple of hooks to the screen to hang a potted plant or garden tools, etc. Backdrops are big in my garden. I love backdrops to complete a vignette and add VERTICAL INTEREST.
An entrant from my blog, in the Funky Junky/Fusion Mineral Paint giveaway, Ruffles & Relics, won this giveaway. Congratulations!