Friday, March 8, 2013

Antique Handle Caddy


I will be the first to admit that I shamelessly stole this idea from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors. I saw it shortly after I signed up for Pinterest and fell in love. 

So last summer I began the search for an antique drill, at a very reasonable price. They are pretty easy to find, but I knew I didn't want to pay much. So... I waited. And then, I happened upon this antique hand brace during the last few hours of a barn/estate sale right outside of town. For only $2.00. Now that's my kind of price tag! :) It still has what looks like a screwdriver bit in it. 
 I immediately told Eric what I wanted him to do with it. It was not on the top of his priority list, apparently, because it just got done about a month ago. But that's ok, because it did indeed get done! He is a man of his word, even if he is slow!
Just teasing, Eric! {love ya}

I have no idea how he put it together. I didn't even bother to ask, because I was way too excited! But Donna gives an excellent tutorial on her blog at the link above.  
The timing actually couldn't have been more perfect. Right after he finished the caddy, I received my new shipment of Ce Ce Caldwell's sample size paints. And I was just itching to try them out. I picked the Traverse City Cherry because I've seen some nice things done with it and I don't usually lean towards red. But, boy, am I glad I did!
I painted the entire thing in red (it's a very beautiful red, by the way!) and then did a splotchy (that's the technical term, right?) topcoat of Virginia Chestnut. Then I distressed it and used dark aging wax over the whole thing. 
I think it looks a lot like barnwood. 
And I LOVE it! 
Hope you enjoy it too :)


Everyone loves a good party!
Check my project out along with other great inspiration, at these great blogs...

One Project at a Time at A Bowl Full of LemonsTransformation Tuesday at The Ironstone NestMonday Funday at Creatively LivingNifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal CharmThe Scoop at Cedar Hill RanchProject Inspired{d}at Cupcakes and CrinolineYou're Gonna Love It at Kathe with an ETransformed Tuesdays at PJH DesignsTweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little HouseTake a Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee CraftsPrimp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp JunktionBe Inspired at Elizabeth and CoPretty Things Link Party at twelveOeightTime to Shine at A Diamond in the StuffToo Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot GiraffeThe Power of Paint Party at Domestically SpeakingCreatively Tuesday at The Rustic PigShow Me What You Got at Not Just a HousewifeShare It Link Party at The Winthrop ChroniclesTasteful Tuesday at Naptime CreationsTutorial Tuesday at Hope StudiosTrash 2 Treasure at Kammy's Korner




41 comments:

  1. Love the caddy (yes, I drooled over Donna's at Funky Junk!), love the story behind it, and madly love that barn red patina you created!

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    1. I was super happy with the patina as well. Thank you so much for saying so!

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  2. Awesome tool box and the arrangement looks lovely! Thank you for sharing at TTF.

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    1. Oh thank you! I had to run to the store and buy some flowers to try and make the pics look better! Glad you like it! :)

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  3. Love the "bucket!" My son bought me one of these drills, and now I know what to do with it! Great idea!

    Laura from sundayview.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad I could help to inspire you Laura! Have a great weekend :)

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  4. That looks so wonderful. Thank you very much for sharing ; )

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    1. Thank you for coming over and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  5. So cute! It is fun to see things on Pinterest and follow through with making them.

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    1. Yes, that's true. Thank goodness I have a helper who can construct things a little better than I can! :)

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  6. This is so cool! I don't think I've ever seen a caddy like that. It's perfect for your flowers. Such a neat, unique way to display them!

    Visiting from Creative Cain Cabin :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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    1. Thank you so much for saying so Tammy and for dropping by to check it out! :)

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  7. Love it, it is so my style. Great thrifty idea:) Thanks for sharing at the Cabin!

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  8. What a great project, my husband loves antique tools and would really enjoy this tote. I agree the finish does look like barn wood. I have a board on pinterest filled with lovely old red barns. This tote would fit right in. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

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  9. looks very pretty ! great idea !

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    1. Thanks for dropping by to take a look! have a great day!

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  10. I'll have to shamelessly stea it from you now. So cool!!!

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  11. This is fabulous! I love it and it works perfectly with gorgeous flowers : ) Hugs and thanks for sharing : )

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  12. Really cute. Love the red! Good job on persevering (waiting to find the item at a good price, and waiting for your hubby to work on it!). So fun to see the finished project.
    Resa ~ Pitcher and Plate

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    1. Thanks, Resa! I'm not usually very good at waiting but, truth be told, I got busy with other stuff too! :)

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  13. Oh, this is so gorgeous!! I love it, and the flowers were the perfect touch. You are so creative! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I always love seeing your beautiful work. Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. That is so very nice to hear you say. It really means a lot! {Hugs}

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  14. Just signed up to Bloglovin and clicked on your follow icon.
    Joy

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    1. That's awesome Joy! Thank you so much! :)Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

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  15. I love it Denise! It does sort of look barn wood and how clever to use the antique drill. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  16. That turned out so cute and you got a real deal!

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    1. Deals are always a good thing! :) Thanks for coming by to check it out Sharon!

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  17. So pretty - great job!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Thanks again Stacey. I love linking up to your party!

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  18. I love this, it's really nice :) thanks for linking with me.

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    1. Thanks for the party Connie and for coming by to check out the caddy too!

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  19. I remember seeing this at Donna's and loved it too. Now added to my list, one old drill. May have to copy the copy cat. lol! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. You're welcome to copy my copy anytime Jann! lol

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  20. I love that box!! Thanks for linking up last week on Made in a Day!

    Kim

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    1. Thank you, Kim, for a great party every week. And for the lovely compliment!

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  21. This is a fantastic project - such a creative handle! Don't you just LOVE the inspiration from Pinterest!? I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Yes I do love Pinterest inspiration! Sometimes you just see something so cool you've got to have one for yourself. :) Thanks for hosting every week!

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