As some of you may have seen on my Instagram, I’ve been giving my dad’s old tool chest a glamour makeover. It’s been a long, and sometimes tedious, journey but I made it and I am very pleased with the results. Here are some pictures from start to finish. I hope it inspires you all to take on an intimidating project or upcycle something into your own gorgeous masterpiece!
In the very beginning, I was totally intimidated by this project. There are so many nooks and crannies on this thing and I had no clue how I was going to make it look good and, most importantly, neat. I definitely spent many moments just sitting on the ground staring at it and thinking, “How am I going to do this?!”. but as with most things, it’s best to take it one step at a time and take a break from working every few hours! Here is what I started with – a bumblebee colored dusty contraption. Who knew it would end up looking like a Moroccan printed dream 😉
I actually had to vacuum some of the dust off – that’s how dusty it was! I got the rest with a wet rag. The next thing I wanted to do was block out all of the color with white paint so none of the yellow or black would show through. Doing this also made the colors I put on top much brighter as well. My initial plan was to spray paint it white but my can only lasted through the first coat. I am an impatient worker so instead of just running out and getting a new can, I said screw it and hand painted the second coat with acrylic paint. The first and second pictures were taken after the first spray-painted coat and the third is after the hand-painted coat.
After the white was done, I started on the teal portions. This paint was very difficult to work with and still looked a little wonky after multiple coats. Once it was done, I started on the hardest and most tedious part of the job which was the Moroccan print. Although I would love to say I hand painted it, I have to give all the credit to a stencil. Even with that, I still had to go over the print about three times to get the coverage I was going for. Afterwards, I used a rag dipped in gold paint to get the sponged effect on the two drawers. I think it was a great touch versus just painting it solid gold.
I wanted to add a darker color to the mix but nothing that would clash too much so I went with this beautiful midnight blue color which went on like a charm.
The final touches included fixing up the stenciled parts some more and spray painting any remaining areas gold. I feel like there is a chorus somewhere singing “Ahhh!” whenever I open the drawers. They’re so shiny and gold!
And there we have it! it’s been a month in the making and I will be very proud lugging this baby off to school in the Fall and letting it house my accessories and hair products!