DIY Garden Boxes

I put reuse and recycle into practice to create DIY garden boxes. I took a trip to the RoseBowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA recently and picked up two vintage tool boxes that had seen better days. I put on my DIY diva crown to turn them into pretty garden boxes perfect for gift giving.

DIY Garden Boxes

DIY Garden Boxes

Before The Transformation

vintage tool boxes

The vintage tool boxes before their transformation had been painted an ugly mustard color and were beaten and scratched up. Next steps were to strip and sand down the wood and get it ready for staining.

sanded tool boxes

Midway Point

stained tool boxes

The Final Look      pretty garden boxes

I chose to stain the tool boxes rather than paint them. I knew the stain would preserve the wood better and with a protective coating the newly created garden boxes could be left outside on a patio or porch to give the new blooms some sunshine. I decided to stain the boxes two colors in similar hues, the main body and handle are Horizon and the sides are Sedona Sun. Both are Cabot Custom Tints. As a decor choice I added the flat wooden birds, purchased from Save On Crafts and stained them each Cabot Ready Mix in Brown Mahogany.

Add in some gardening tools, gloves, seed packets and small pots and voilà, you’ve got a great gift to give!

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