More Garden Projects with Funky Junk Interiors' Old Sign Stencils

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!

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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  1. Oh Carlene... that screen door! I can barely stand how clever that is. I will be on the lookout for one! Loving the green frame too... such a sweet project! And you can never go wrong with a toolbox filled with flowers. So pretty!

    Thank you very much for the stencil mentions! :)

  2. Love the screen door. What a cute idea and a fabulous backdrop to be used for many different things. The toolbox turned out really great too. Two wonderful projects.


  3. All I have to say is that you rock! I love your style!

  4. Love how your tool box turned out and the screen door, both are just too cute!

  5. Carlene, I love your toolbox. I have one that I would like to put some flowers in. What are your flower in? Are they in a plastic liner? or did you drill holes directly in the toolbox? I am always curious how you turn all of these unexpected containers into flower pots. Do you use a special sealant for your wood containers? Thanks

    1. Oh goodness no. No liner. just holes in the bottom. Of course this toolbox won't make it forever outside, but maybe 5 years.

  6. Love your very creative garden stenciling projects. That screen is awesome!!!

  7. I love the door. Great idea to put hooks on there also. I'm always looking around for my tools. I have a shed that needs something creative like this!


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