My husband had two grandfathers in his life. One grandfather grew up in a Czech community in Wilbur, Nebraska (think Mayberry). His other set of grandparents lived more of a Mad Men lifestyle in San Francisco. I never met these two influential grandfathers. But, I did find a little bit of his Nebraska grandfather’s memory in the garage when I found his toolbox. I didn’t know it at that moment but it would later become a repurposed toolbox.
I found the toolbox stored in a cabinet behind three other plastic toolboxes. It was empty and living a very unfulfilled life in the back of a garage cabinet. I initially shoved the toolbox back into the cabinet, but then I remembered my children’s artwork and the life lesson from that project.
This toolbox, like my children’s artwork, brought back so many memories and life lessons.
It took a few paint samples before I used my favorite navy paint color. The toolbox included the metal tray for small tools and I painted that separately and used it in another part of my office.
I painted the rest of the toolbox and in a rush, to finish I painted right over the hardware.
Now I’m thinking I might paint the hardware gold. What do you think?
I moved the toolbox into my office to store magazines. It’s so cute and I love the background story.
Here’s a sneak peek of the toolbox and my office makeover.