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Revamped Vintage Tool Box

July 9, 2014

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

A few weeks ago, Joel and I went to our favorite flea market in Long Beach. That day was especially interesting, the Swiss Cross seemed to be a huge theme. From antique first aide kits to huge flags, they were everywhere! And I felt inspired! 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

We came across this vintage tool chest. It was in rough shape, with old smeared paint, dings and dents. I love that kind of character. But it needed a bit of a modern touch! Sometimes, a simple revamp makes a piece feel brand new and fresh. It doesn’t have to be a huge makeover and I think we were successful in making this piece stand out a lot more than it did before! 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Materials:

Old Tool Box (or other piece if you prefer)

Ruler

Pencil

Paint

Brush

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Directions:

1. Gather your supplies 2. Wipe the area clean that you intend to paint 3. Begin measuring your Swiss Cross using your pencil (Remember: with a Swiss Cross design all sides are equal) 4. Begin painting within your markings and outline 5. Continue step 4 until you have completely covered the inside of your outline and the paint is nice and even 6. Let dry and enjoy! 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

It’s pretty amazing how a simple symbol can change the look of an entire room. I restyled our space a little and suddenly our living area looked a bit more organic and sophisticated! It’s an affordable way to update any room and flea markets are the best place to find those truly unique pieces! Not to mention, this was a great solution to hide and store all those toys that make their way into the living room. 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Happy styling! 

XOXO, Lidy

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  • http://madeline-made.com/ Madeline

    so cute! i have a very similar trunk like this that was my grandmother’s lockerbox from the war :) i love meaningful pieces.

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks Madeline! Wow, that is incredible! I don’t think I would paint that though – too precious ;)

      XOXO

  • Midsommarflicka

    What an awesome box! Great find.
    And what an equal awesome coffee table you have!! :)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you so much! Believe it or not, the coffee table was a pretty simple DIY. We had a lot of fun watching our vision come to life and were quite surprised as to how easy it was! It’s all about that slab of wood!!

      So glad you came by – thanks for your kind words :)
      XO

  • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

    Yup, this is amazing! And your home looks amazing, as always. I mightttt just have to move in ;)

    • HelloLidy

      Well, shoot – I’m so flattered! Thanks friend for your incredibly kind words! You know, we are selling the house and it is pretty cheap – wanna reconsider moving back to California ;)

      XO