TGIF, friends! Who else is looking forward to the weekend? Earlier in the week I shared a cute vintage tool box makeover. Well, I took it one step further. Come see this adorable child’s tool box!
You probably know by now that I am a proud new Grandmother, as of February 4, 2020. Actually, a Didi as I will be called. (Kind of a take on my name and my blog.) Our grandson, Ford was born on my husband’s 60th birthday and we couldn’t be happier! Anyway, this is a job I’ve been anticipating for YEARS. In preparation, I’ve been
hoarding collecting things for a long time, which will come in handy when our son and daughter-in-law make his first little nursery. Currently the little Dude (as my son calls him) sleeps in their room in a bassinet. But when he moves into a big boy room (in a few months) he will have lots of goodies! Some of course, will have to wait until he is a bit older, like this child’s tool box. (In my mind it’s always good to think ahead.)
To refresh your memory, I bought this vintage tool box a few months ago at an antique store for $12. It appears to be hand made, which you know, I love. To read more about how I painted it and turned it into an art caddy see here: Tool Box Makeover!
Yesterday I was about to put the art caddy away, when it dawned on me I had these darling plastic tools in my treasure room. I bought them a few years ago at a consignment store and couldn’t resist how cute they are! So, I temporarily took out the art supplies and replaced them with these sweet little tools. Adorable, right?
There are hammers, screwdrivers, a hand saw, wrenches, a few “screws” and some keys. It even has a tiny tool belt with a place for a name. (Ford, of course!)
Since my husband retired, it seems he is always working on a project either at the golf house or the lake house. He wears a tool belt that once belonged to my Dad and still has his name on the side. So, in a few years I can imagine our little Ford toddling alongside his Pop with a matching tool belt. Isn’t this hammer the cutest thing? It’s by Tonka and probably was not originally part of this set, but I love it.
Here’s a fun before and after. The tool box was dirty and scuffed, but after a good cleaning and a few coats of fresh ivory paint, it looks brand new. And it has so much character! As I said, this handy size box can wear many different hats. It could hold real tools, gardening supplies, art supplies or toddler tools! So, if you spot one of these cuties while out shopping, don’t pass it by! Or if you have one similar in your garage, give it a second look! Meanwhile, I’ll keep an eye out for more “tools” for Ford’s tool box. I’m thinking he’ll need a drill, a pretend chain saw…..
So, which do you like best? The art caddy or the toddler tool kit? I admit I love them both! My husband sometimes asks if I’m bored when I’m playing around with one of my projects? The answer is no~it’s what I love! I love taking something that is abandoned or neglected and giving it new life. Usually our family is the recipient of such treasures and thankfully our children appreciate the novelty of such pieces. (Hoarding does have its advantages~ apologies to my husband.)
Well, thank you for stopping by today and always! I wish you a lovely, lovely weekend! Let’s chat next week? xo Dell