Sunday, May 5, 2013

Painted White Wooden Tote

Found the brown wooden tote at a thrift store, still on the 'put out soon' trolley. Asked if I could buy it now (it was 40% off Monday for Seniors, bonus).

Useful, easy to move around, good size for use beside a chair to hold magazines or books ...

The white chair is part of a project I have not yet started as are the shells in a jar. The painting is waiting for a frame colour change and the flower is from DGS to Dear Grandpa (birthday love).

The before:

First coat of CeCe Caldwell Simply White Chalk + Clay Paint, applied quickly without perfection.

Its fortunate that you didn't want to watch me paint the second coat or add the CeCe Caldwell Satin Finish  to the handle and outside ends - because I forgot to take pictures as I was working.

As always with Chalk+Clay paint, the cleanup was fast both for the paint and the Satin Finish. Water and some rubbing to remove from hands (and arms as it is not a simple task to paint the inside of so many narrow wooden slats) and rinse and rub to clean the brushes.

Tools of the job

Minwax Polycrylic Finish - I used this for hardness. It sometimes causes a bit of color change in white but in this case that was not an important consideration. Only areas I omitted here were the handle and outside ends (used CeCeCaldwell Satin Finish on those).

Cleanup was, again, fast, water and some rubbing to remove from hands and rinse and rub to clean the brush. I got a drop of Polycrylic on my navy shorts and used a wet towel to dab then rub and dab dry. It worked. Should have been wearing my painting apron.

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  1. Your tote turned out really cute!!Anxious to see what your next projects will be.


  2. Well done - what a pretty little project.

  3. Love the cute wooden tote, you did great. I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  4. Nicely done. Wishing you well! Cathy

  5. Looks good, reminds me to get busy painting something lime green :D I'm bad about not having painting-ready clothes, too...

  6. I really like how the tote turned out. A painting why didn't I think of that!

  7. I always enjoy seeing the "before & after" of your finds.
    You've been a busy gal!

  8. You know, I have a tote similar to that...think it's going to get a coat of paint!

  9. Love it!! Great up-cycle. I am a magazine junky. Would love having a sitting area like this!

  10. So it! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  11. Perfect, and so luck to get 40% off. It looks darling on your porch. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin's BUDGET DECORATING PARTY.

  12. Cute, I love this. It's so simple, but makes such an impact!

  13. So pretty and fresh!
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  14. Joy this turned out great! I love wooden totes and this one painted is so versatile! Thanks for linking with TTF this week!

    Linda & Diann

  15. Love the pretty tote. I could see it as a pretty flower box or table center piece. The white just makes it so fresh! Great choice.

  16. Really cute Joy!
    I like the white :o)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  17. This is just lovely! What a cute little basket with so many uses :)

    You should link this up at DIY Maynia - this week's challenge was thrift store/garage sale projects! :)

  18. Beautiful job! Love your new wooden tote makeover! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Take Care,

  19. Joy, great tote and I really love it with it's new coat of paint. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. Cute tote & it looks perfect white. I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week.


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