A few Saturdays ago, I ran across this antique toolbox at a local yard sale. It is sturdy, heavy as heck and opens from both the top and the front. The best part was the price - $5!
I've been looking for a nightstand for the "map" bedroom that I've been working on and this box was not only just the right height, but would also be able to provide extra storage for books and small toys.
Here are the before photos...before paint, after debugging and pressure washing, that is!
I love the way it opens. Once a lamp goes on top there will be less access, but it's still a great space for the owner to hide special things that he doesn't want his little brother to get his hands on!
The front storage compartment is perfect for books.
After pressure-washing and removing any loose paint chips, I primed and painted the entire box, inside and out. Then I added the stripes and lettering. I wanted to give a nod to the USA without being too literal. However, the more I look at this, the more I'm starting to see the faint outline of one large white star, with its points buried beneath the stripes. Large swivel casters would be fun, too. I'm going to hold off on both, however, until we get it in the room and see if we're content with the way it is, or if it's begging for a bit more adornment.
I can't wait...and I'd better get sewing!
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