Upcycled Thrifted Metal Toolbox Tray

 I purchased this metal toolbox tray a few years ago for probably $3 or $4.

My first plan was to plant Sempervivums (Hen and Chicks) in it.  

But last week, I got another idea.

First I scrubbed the tray with hot soapy water and used an SOS pad on the rusty areas.

After it was dry, I sprayed the toolbox with two coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray . 

This covered the rusty areas that I worried may bleed through my paint. 



Next I sprayed my toolbox with about 3 coats of Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint in Classic White. 

I lightly distressed the edges of the toolbox with 150 grit sandpaper.

I then decided to use Tim Holtz Numbers Remnant Rubs  and also Words Remnant Rubs.

These rub ons are getting a little trickier to find as interest in scrap-booking has declined.  

They can be found, however, not reliably, at Joann Fabrics online or in Joann stores, on Amazon, or other smaller online craft/scrapbooking shops.

I just cut out parts of the rub on words, numbers, and graphics to fit my toolbox compartments.  I rubbed them on with the enclosed popsicle stick.

I sealed the paint and rub ons with Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray WaxI like the matte finish and ease of use for small projects.

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 So here is how my toolbox tray turned out!

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 I don't know if your husband needs a junk holder on his dresser top or not, but mine does. (My husband actually needs something larger!)

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 So here is a fun container to keep pocket change, keys, and other small guy stuff corralled in one spot.

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3 comments

  1. Very cute! I always wonder how to fight rust.

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  2. oh so cool! how do you come up with such clever ideas?

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  3. What a great idea, Carleen. You took that rusty piece of "junk" and turned it into a useful container for your husband. Great Job. I love that you have repurposed an old piece of metal - and saved it from the junk yard.

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