Thank you so much for all of the love regarding the Banquette Project.  It was a big one, but I am so happy with how it turned out.  Now to sit down and get those darn seat cushions done!!  I also want to thank you for sharing my page with friends.  You can also follow my Blog through your e-mail if you are interested in that.  I am totally wiped out after 2 days of cheer camp but I really wanted to share a project with you, so here you go!

Today’s project is a tool box from Lowes that I turned into a cute storage box for supplies on my desk at school.  I shared this on my personal FB page a couple of weeks ago.  Here was my original Pinsperation….Adorable, right??!!!  There are also tons of other examples of it on Pinterest in case you need a Pinsperation in a different color combination.



I am a bit (okay…maybe a lot) OCD about being organized at schoo,l so this screamed my name as soon as I saw it on Pinterest!!!  Here is what this started as….just a plain old tool box from Lowes for just under $17.


The first thing I did was spray paint the frame.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but it started out a boring dark blue color.  I wanted mine to be black to go with the color scheme of my classroom. (Yes my classroom has a color scheme.)  Since I had some black spray paint already on hand it was no extra cost for this.  If I had it to do over I would have gone out and bought spray paint with a “glossy” finish.  I think it would have been a nicer end product, but I had satin finish so that is what I used.  I might make another one for my desk at home and I want it to be white so I will use glossy paint then.


I gave it 3 coats in all, allowing it to dry in between coats.  Remember that when you are using spray paint it is better to do lots of light coats rather than fewer heavy coats.  If you spray a heavy coat it tends to run.  #voiceofexperience

The Blog where I found my original Pinsperation  also has a link to her Teachers Pay Teachers store where you can download a FREE template for printing the drawer labels…no need to measure anything!!  Yay for easy!!  I simply downloaded the editable template, typed in what I wanted, selected a font I liked and printed it directly on 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook paper that I also had on hand.  I cut them out and used a little tape on the inside of the drawers to hold them in place.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!!

Here she is all finished!  She is going to look Great on the table by my desk at school!!  I have no idea why I refer to my projects at girls…..maybe they just seem girly to me!


Have a Great One All!

Patty  🙂

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