Trash to Treasure: Antique Tool Box Turned Craft Station

This week I was out thrifting at the local resale shop and stumbled on this antique toolbox. I had a Fixer Upper vision for making this an antique tool box turned craft station for the kids – all Joanna Gaines style.

It looked pretty rough, so I texted this haphazardly-taken photo to my husband, asking him if I was crazy for wanting to pick it up.

Antique Toolbox Craft Bin | Five Marigolds

He saw my vision and approved. I brought it home and scrubbed it with soapy water. Then Lysol wipes. Then I sprayed it with Lysol for good measure. Did I mention this is a two level toolbox? Lots of scrubbing.

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The result? The most perfect little craft bin. On the last day of school, I was able to take all the leftover supplies from their backpacks and dump them here.

Antique Toolbox Craft Bin | Five Marigolds

It lives on our kitchen table, so the kids can craft to their hearts’ desire, then easily put it all away when they’re done. I added self-stick felt pads to the bottom so it won’t scratch the table.

Antique Toolbox Craft Bin | Five Marigolds

When the crafting years are over, I like the idea of filling it flatware and napkins, or even with succulents for a rustic centerpiece. Just call me Joanna.

What do you think of my antique tool box turned craft station? Would you put an old worn toolbox on your kitchen table?

14 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure: Antique Tool Box Turned Craft Station

  1. Chris says:

    I think you’re brilliant! I am a junker as well and love nothing more than the hunt then taking my treasure home to re-purpose it. You absolutely nailed it! I’m jealous!

  2. Jessica says:

    I’m so unorganized when it comes to my daughter’s craft supplies. It’s actually pretty sad. I wish I had your eye for used items because this turned out so cute!

  3. Susan says:

    You had amazing vision. This tool box is perfect as a craft station (and I’m a bit jealous!). Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party. Pinning now.

  4. Rhiannon says:

    This is so completely cute! Now I need to find one and put if up for when my little one gets big enough for a craft station! Thanks for linking up #lifeislovely

  5. Susan says:

    I really am charmed by your repurposed tool box. It’s so pretty and so useful. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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