DIY Salvaged Wood Toolbox

One of the biggest reasons that I started blogging and crafting was upcycling. I get such satisfaction turning discarded items into new functional and beautiful items. Sometimes I acquire items that I KNOW I will find the perfect purpose for, at some point. There are times it takes me awhile to figure out exactly what I will do with the items I have found.
For instance, lets say you used part of a crib to make a bench and there were left over pieces. What would you do with them? Well if you were me you would let them sit in your garage for a year and a half getting cobwebby!
I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of these beautiful spindles, but I didn’t know what I would do with the less desirable crib pieces. Then one day it hit me. I decided to use the spindles and some old fence wood and turn them into a DIY Salvaged Wood Toolbox.
The first thing I did was, very sweetly ask my hubby to plane down some of the wood and cut it to the sizes that I needed. The wood pieces measure:
2 x 18in long for the side pieces
1 x  16in for the bottom piece
2 x  10in for the end pieces
1 x 16in for the handle.
We put the box together using screws, which we learned wasn’t the best idea. The screws made the old wood split just a bit here and there. We made some more of these and ended up breaking out the big ole scary nail gun. It worked SO much better!!!
I decided to use the same steel wool and vinegar technique as I did on my Little Farm Table. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE this application! No chemicals and beautiful dark wood results! I decided to paint the spindle handle Heirloom White and gave it some good distressing.
Using some small nails I attached the spindle handle to the wood box.
Look at all that rustic goodness!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen old wood toolboxes and drooled over them. Now I’m drooling over my very own!!!
Doesn’t that vinegar stain do an amazing job? You still see all the flaws and character in the old wood, but that dark color is fabulous!!!
I think I found the PERFECT use for those disguarded spindles!! Can’t wait to make more of these for my booth!!!
I filled the wood toolbox with three little plants. Doesn’t it all look so perfect???
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  1. I love these!

  2. This is awesome! You did an amazing job building it.

  3. That. Is. Genius!!!!!
    So cool and such a great use of materials (I may have to steal this one as I have some spindles sitting around myself).
    Also, and please forgive me if I’m telling you things you already tried, if you drill a pilot hole before you put the screw it helps prevent the wood splitting. Although with old wood that still may not have helped.

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  5. Wow! I love the rustic farm feel! Always nice to get the hubby involved too! I wish I could stop on over and pick one up for myself. Great job Courtney!

  6. What a fabulously fun thing to make….
    Which reminds me…. I think I have an old spindle laying around…..
    Thanks for the photo’s and idea!

  7. This turned out awesome!! Love the use of the spindle as the handle!! Thanks so much for linking up over at LLR 🙂 HUGS!

  8. Love it! By the way, what brand is the Heritage White paint? I love the vinegar and steel wool application too!

  9. OoOoh, Courtney! I love it! Great job!


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