Upcycling a Woodshop Reject

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I found unfinished what I can only assume is some sort of tool toting box.I imagine that a young middle school boy made this in the hopes of suprising his dad for Father’s Day. Fortunetly I was able to find this gem at my local thrift store for $1.99.

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The first thing I did was to stain the entire box. I just needed a small amont of stain for this project. Buy the smallest container of stain at your local hardware store. Trust me a little goes along way. I just used paper towels and smeared the stain all over the wood. I made sure to rub the stain on going with the natural grain of the wood. Make sure to wipe off any excess stain and then let dry for 1-2 hours.

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After the stain has dried I painted the outside of this box. I chose a neutral flat color. I actually got this paint for free by entering a Behr’s online contest. I left the inside unpainted for contrast. After the paint is completelty dry (about 1 hour) I roughed up the edges with sandpaper so the stain would show through, giving this piece a shabby chic look.

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I then used a soft cloth and rubbed Feed-N-Wax on the inside and out. I let this sit for about 20 minutes then buffed it out with my rag.

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This is the finished project. You could use this as a planter or portable silverware holder. Now I know that you probablly wont find this exact item at your thrift store but keep your eyes open for small wood items that you could use this technique on.

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