Farmhouse Tool Box Thrift Store Makeover | Inspire My Creativity Link Party

I have loved going to thrift stores ever since I was a kid. One of my favorite memories was going to visit my great-grandma, she would always take us to the thrift store down the street. It was so fun digging through the toy bins and finding little treasures! That thrill has definitely carried over into my adult years. There is just something about going in for the hunt and the giddy feeling from finding that thing that you didn't even know you wanted. Thrift store shopping has become pretty popular in recent years, especially with the farmhouse style crowd! I have been eyeing the little wood tool boxes for awhile now. I found one a couple of years ago while at a thrift store, but it was painted in that cornflower periwinkle late 1980's/early 1990's blue that was so popular. Not horrible, but also not my favorite. (I wonder if that's how my kids will feel about turquoise/aqua in the future...ha!) 

Farmhouse Tool Box Side View With Vintage Globe and Succulents

I put the little farmhouse tool box inside our storage shed with the intention of painting it "someday". Well, we ended up moving 2 years ago and the project got pushed to the very bottom of the list...until now! I'm co-hosting the Inspire My Creativity link party, and the theme for October is: Thrift Store Makeover. I thought this would be the perfect time to pull out that dated blue farmhouse tool box out of the shed and get to work on it. The hosts and link party are at the bottom of this post. Please join in the fun and link up your favorite thrift store makeover too. I would love to see what you have been working on!

Farmhouse Tool Box Side View With School Supplies Inside

Farmhouse Tool Box

This wood vintage farmhouse tool box was just sitting on a shelf at a thrift store all sad and blue (ugh. I'm sorry, but I had to...ha!) I could instantly see the vision I had for her.

Farmhouse Blue Tool Box Thrift Store Makeover

  • I didn't sand or prime, just used a cream/off white color from an old can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I had laying around.

Vintage Blue Farmhouse Tool Box Makeover

  • When it was dry I added some jute twine rope to the handle. I used hot glue to help keep it secure, and just wound the rope around. 

Farmhouse Tool Box Makeover

  • That's all I did! Amazing what a little paint can do, right?

Farmhouse Tool Box With School Supplies Inside Next to a Vintage Globe

I love this farmhouse tool box. We have been using it as a crayon holder, book holder, and even some little LOL Dolls have managed to hitch a ride in there. (Anyone else out there have kids that are obsessed with the little LOL Dolls and surprise bag toys?)

My favorite use for the tool box is keeping school assignments in it for the day. It works perfect as a "homework keeper".

Farmhouse Tool Box With School Books and Pencils

P I N  I T! 

Farmhouse Tool Box Thrift Store Makeover

Inspire My Creativity Link Party

Check out the projects linked up below, and join the party and link up your favorite Thrift Store Makeover! I'd love to see it!  

Farmhouse Tool Box Thrift Store Makeover Inspire My Creativity Link Party

Meet Your Hosts: 

Shani  |  Sunshine & Munchkins
Christine  |  Swordfights & Starry Nights
Meg  |  See The Happy
Candice  |  She's Crafty
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Marie  |  The Inspiration Vault
Stephanie  |  The Gifty Girl
Brooke  |  My Beautiful Mess
Heather  |  Glitter On A Dime
Niki  |  365 Days of Crafts
Jessica  |  Designers Sweet Spot

Inspire My Creativity | Thrift Store Makeover

Be sure to stop by next month...the Inspire My Creativity theme for November is DIY Gifts.

Inspire My Creativity Link Party For November Is DIY Gifts


  1. I love this farmhouse look!! What a great find.It turned out so beautiful.

  2. I love the color you chose. I have a container problem and can think of TONS of things I would put in that pretty farmhouse tool box! Great job!

    1. Haha! I do too! It will probably travel from room-to-room eventually.

  3. I LOVE this! I'm always looking for ways to keep our homework and school papers organized. Yes, my daughter is also obsessed with LOL dolls and surprise toys. We have those little things all over the house. LOL ;)

    1. OMG - those little dolls are everywhere! I kind of wish I had thought that idea up. You know they're raking in the bucks!

  4. I love how this came out, especially with the twine! Chalk paint is awesome!

  5. Chalk paint makes everything look so nice, I think. A homework station is the perfect use for that toolbox, too. Great project!

    1. Thank you! And yes - chalk paint is awesome!

  6. Looks awesome! Super handy when you have young students in the house and their supplies are everywhere! Visiting from Inspire My Creativity party.

    1. Yes - its definitely helpful to have things all put together in one spot!

  7. That paint made such a huge difference! The twine on the handle is a perfect touch too. I love how it turned out!

    1. Thank you! I love twine, its one of my favorite craft supplies!