Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Toolbox to Spring Centerpiece

Written By: Cathy Carroll

Like most of you I am anxiously awaiting Spring.
I thought maybe it was here; 
only to have rain and cold temps reappear for the last three days.
So, I decided to make some of my own Spring 
making this cute little tool box into a Spring Centerpiece.

Toolbox to Spring Centerpiece - toolbox centerpiece title

This was a very easy and simple project.
I found this toolbox at a yard sale last fall 
intended on making it into a centerpiece for our dining table.
But, just never got around to it.
So, I pulled it out last week along with a few other things to 
start making them over.

Toolbox to Spring Centerpiece - original toolbox - no paint

Here you can see its original look.
It's in great condition just needs a little sprucing.
So, I decided Spring centerpiece it would become.

Toolbox to Spring Centerpiece - chalkpaint toolbox with chalkboard and stenciling

I first painted it with white DIY chalk paint 
then I painted a rectangle of black chalkboard paint.
Then I got out my trusty little stencil 
went to town.
Someone really needs to take these stencils away from me.

Toolbox to Spring Centerpiece - stenciled toolbox and spring flowers

I filled it with some flower foam and covered that with moss.
Then I placed some faux spring flowers and ivy on top of the moss.
A few tiny flower pots and a tiny little bird complete the scene.
But, sometimes I just can't leave well enough alone.

Toolbox to Spring Centerpiece - chalkpainted toolbox with chalkboard and stenciled flowers

I just had to add a large white rabbit to the vignette.
This is an old buddy of mine that I have had for years.
I set all of it on a grass mat and have it on the ottoman in the living room.
I think this little toolbox centerpiece definitely adds some much needed cheer 
to these very dismal and gloomy days right now.

Have you started adding some Springy things to your decor?
Tell us what you are up to in the comments.
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  1. Cathy, this is so pretty and bright. Just what is needed, a breath of fresh springtime air!


  2. beautiful. i love how you painted it white, matches everything, and the chalkboard, genius! that bunny is so adorable :)

  3. I love what you did with the tool box, It looks so cute. We woke up to a little bit of snow here where I live so spring is not in the air, I am still waiting.

  4. That looks so pretty. Great transformation, and yes, it looks like Spring has arrived - at least inside your house. laurie

  5. I have painted every caddy I could find in the attic. I think they look so cute with flowers, books, and just about anything.

    Love the addition of the bunny.

  6. What an adorable idea! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  7. Love your spring vignette! And your bunny rabbit really sets the lovely decorated caddy off! Isn't getting ready for spring fun!!!!

  8. Cathy I love your Spring Caddy - such a pretty makeover! It caught my eye over at the One More Time Events Party.

  9. That is just to stinkin cute! I want one! LOL

  10. Love your spring caddy and table decor. Visiting from @DearCreatives Theresa

  11. This is super cute! I have an old toolbox that I'd love to do this with. I especially love the chalkboard square. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Project Inspired

  12. beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing at "My Favorite Things- Linky Party"
    Have fun and don’t forget to join us each week!
    Be Creative Mommy

  13. oh I love it :) and mr bunny too! Such a great idea and a swap of plants it could be used year 'round. Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Your post is featured this week @ Snickerdoodle Sunday! :) Congrats!! http://2crochethooks.com/snickerdoodle-sunday-last-of-the-green/

  14. Oh, I have a toolbox kind of like yours Cathy! Never thought to use it for a centerpiece! Doh! Love yours and thanks always for your inspiration :-)

  15. Cathy, this looks charming - love the bunny! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  16. This fantastic!! I'm definitely going to do this!! But I think I will make it into a toolbox that I can use for every holiday! If I do a basic color...like your white...and make the area that you have painted black into a chalkboard then finish with an outdoor varnish!! I wouldn't cover the chalkboard area though! Thanks for the great idea!!

  17. What a great idea! That is really cute--I still need to get my spring decorations out! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

  18. Love this repurpose - so lovely!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  19. Lovely & the use of chalkboard paint was ingenius as you can now re-purpose any time, for any thing you want to celebrate

  20. Cute Cathy! I have a little tote with sections I've been going to give a make over, but can't quite get it done. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. This is such a great idea! You made a beautiful centerpiece. I just wanted to let you know that I will be linking to this post on 4/2 at Simply Creative Living if you don't mind.