Next came the selecting of paint colors, I wanted it to subtly match my color scheme so I selected all shades of green. You certainly could use any and every color you have or go monochromatic in shades of a specific color, it's up to you.
Easy Paint Technique to Achieve That Weathered, Farmhouse Look
Don't y'all love the weathered and worn look on some of the vintage items you'll often see used in Farmhouse decor? I certainly do but I don't have access to those type of authentic items where I live. I decided I'd try to fake the look and go easy on my pocket book at the same time, win-win!
Dare I say that I didn't clean my brush when I switched colors? What if I revealed to you that I didn't follow a pattern? What if I told you that this was easy enough for a pre-schooler to paint? Nah, you'd never believe me! But it's true....all of it!
I dipped, swiped, smooched, spread and even smeared my paint onto the tote, I had so much fun. Remember, I'm aiming for this to look as it has been a workhorse for years and years!
I made sure to even add globs and blobs of paint to give it texture and authenticity. I know it looks a little too much like camouflage here yet but it will get better, I promise!
To tone down the greens and get into resembling anything close to Farmhouse style I added a complete top coat of white paint over the toolbox.
* I have to disclose that I used a paper towel because it was what I had close by at the time but I would recommend using a lint free cloth when removing excess paint from a project.
Surely your eyes are relieved now to see the camouflage greens are muted out, I'll admit I was!
The next step was to age it a little more with some wear and tear marks, for this I used sandpaper to scuff along the edges. I would suggest anywhere that it would have gotten a few dings or withstood wear and tear is where I distressed the paint finish including the handle. I'll call this step giving this workhorse some history.
So I have added character and history so how about I take it up a notch and add some charm?
Now dont those green bottles sure look purdy in the new toolbox, ahem I mean really, really old toolbox. Now for the pretty I'll pop in my foliage to create the repurposed look so often given to vintage items. Afterall, you didn't really think I was going to put my tools in there did you?
I used green boxwood, white sprigs, pine cones, green and metallic, champagne colored eucalyptus and even twigs gathered from my yard to create a fresh, Winter arrangement.
So you see I did create a Weathered Farmhouse look afterall, phew the pressure is off now! Success in achieving my goal!
I'm singing in my head a Tim McGraw tune as I stand back and look at this, " I like it, I love it and I want some more of It!" Maybe I have convinced you all of a few things now :
1. CRAFTING can be Fun
2. CRAFTING can be Frugal
3. CRAFTING can be Fabulous
4. CRAFTING can even be Farmhouse
What are you waiting for? Go Craft and Create!
* Costs include purchase of a new toolbox tote and time reflects drying time as well.