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Teacher Toolbox DIY Makeover

Monday, July 3, 2017

You guys, I LOVE my teacher toolbox!  I bought it from Home Depot about 5 years ago and it's been sitting in my classroom ever since.  The first year I got it, I wrote on some white Avery labels and stuck them onto it.  It wasn't super pretty but, hey, it worked!  Pinterest, Instagram, and TPT have gotten the best of me and I had to give it an update this summer.
This is the toolbox I bought from Home Depot.  It's not my actual toolbox, as mine is blue, but it's the same style.  You can see in the pictures below that my nasty labels were starting to come off.  The best part about this project was that it was less than $5 to make!  I just printed some labels that I made, grabbed some Modge Podge that I already had, a paintbrush (you can use a sponge brush), a pair of scissors, and Rust-o-leum Painter's Touch spray paint in magenta.  It's my fave color, if you couldn't tell.  :)


I started by taking the drawers out of the toolbox shell.  After wiping the toolbox down with a wet paper towel to get any dust off of it, I took it outside and spray painted the first layer.  The paint went on really thick!

While it was drying, I took the old labels off the drawers and washed them.  I tried to get the tackiness completely off, but there was still residue.  It didn't matter though because the label and Modge Podge covered it up.







After cutting up the labels and drying the drawers off, I painted the Modge Podge on the front of the drawer.  I stuck the label on it and then painted over it with more Modge Podge.  Even if it's thick and kind of opaque, it's okay because it will dry clear!





I had to put a couple more coats on the toolbox to cover up the original dark blue, but I am so pleased with how it turned out! I love it and it will look so good in my classroom!


Just look how pretty those labels are!  So cute!  You can pick up your own labels here for just $2.



Happy DIY'ing!  Share in the comments if you redo your toolbox too!


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