Tool Caddy and Tray to Organize My Craft Space

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I had been searching for an antique tool caddy for a while but couldn't find one the right size in my price range. So I decided to take a new wooden tote and make it look old. I plan on using these two totes to corral all the tools, pens, pencils, markers, and paintbrushes in my studio. I’ll use the wooden tray to carry my projects from room to room.

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Step One: I covered the entire surface with my lightest chalky finish paint. It's off-white.

Step Two: I tested a different technique for the second coat, applying the paint with a piece of cardboard and scraping off all the excess. One tote got a coat of a turquoise blue color and the other got red.

Here's how the red looked, layered over the turquoise.

Step Three: One tote only got two coats of paint. I wanted the red to peek through a top layer of blue on the other so I applied some petroleum jelly along the edges.

Step Four: Then I layered on a thick coat of turquoise.

Step Five: After it was dry the paint easily wiped off the places with the petroleum jelly.

Step Six: The paint colors were still a little bright for me so I added one more layer. I made this dark wash by mixing burnt umber acrylic paint and water. I brushed it on with a sponge brush and wiped it down with a rag.

I laid a piece of felt in the bottom of the tray so my beads won't roll around.

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