Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chalkboard Toolbox DIY: For Your Tools....or a Zombie Apocalypse


Whether you're building a new bookshelf or defending yourself against hoards flesh-hungry zombies, it helps to know what's inside your toolbox at-a-glance. Besides being useful, these chalkboard toolboxes are delicious to behold.

The smooth black of the chalkboard surface brings out the texture of the chipping paint and chalk markings. This is a fun way to really make your vintage piece tell a story!


Supplies Needed: 1) Chalkboard paint 2) Painter's Tape 3) Vintage toolbox 3) Colorful chalk // Optional: White spray paint or acrylic paint, primer, and stencils. 

I've heard bad reviews of the chalkboard spray paint, but can highly recommend the rust-oleum brush-on paint. It goes on smoothly and this small container will go a long way. Make sure you use a matte finish fast dry spray paint with your stencils, gloss finishes are too runny.


1) Clean your toolbox with a damp cloth and dry it completely. Tape off the area you want to paint. 2) It's recommended that you prime your surface first. But I'm an impatient crafter, I skipped this step! 3) Apply chalkboard paint in thin, even coats. Wait a few hours between each application. Do this 3-5 times. 4) Wait 24 hours before you write on the surface, curing it by rubbing it with chalk dust first.


Your toolbox will look and function just fine without painting extra letters on it. But I had a vision! I had to get nerdy and interactive with it.


I like how this design with the stenciled-in letters lets you give the tool box a theme. You can change it on a whim, Zombie Apocalypse Tool Kit, Transformer's Energon Tool Kit, G.I. Joe oh the geeky possibilities!

Have Fun  making your tool boxes sexy. But beware, this may become addictive. You'll want to paint EVERYTHING with chalkboard paint!
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19 comments:

  1. I love the Zombie one! You're very creative!

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  2. I want a hot pink one that says "Mama's Tools - Don't Touch"!

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    1. Ha! I could see that. Easy enough to make, too :)

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  3. These are wonderful, what a clever idea. The possibilities are unlimited. I might have one called 'Secret Weapons' for personal use only;)

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    1. That would be fun! Ah, I fear I'm going to get chalkboard paint happy soon...

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  4. what a great idea! tom has one for his bike stuff and i think it would be nice to have a viusal organizer for him. his stuff is always a mess!
    xo,
    cb

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    1. Mine too. I think I need a dozen or so of these... :)

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  5. This. is. Amazing.
    That's it, I need an old tool box.
    Thanks for posting this. It seriously made my day!

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  6. PS, I just pinned this. I thoroughly expect it to blow up on pinterest.

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    1. Sweet of you for all the kind words. Thank you! :D

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  7. YES! A zombie survival tool kit!

    I am FOREVER having zombie apocalypse survival talks with friends. Glad to know my vast knowledge of horror movies is good for something, ha ha. Our plan is solid, unless of course, they happen to be "infected" style zombies...the ones that run. Then...we're a little screwed.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
    http://LetsgoThrifting.blogspot.com

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    1. I've had the same nerdy talks. Same problem, if it's the ones that run we're screwed. Especially me. I have no cardio practice under my belt!

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  8. Super cute! I think this would be a swell idea for a merch box for my band and I may do that! Speaking of which, I meant to post stuff oh-so-long-ago...but here is one of our band tshirts with Robby the Robot.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=199611850077123&set=a.199611753410466.51753.166372700067705&type=3&theater

    There is a ton of robot inspired stuff around the Chantron facebook page, and my house in general. I need to post the gigantor robot that I thrifted for my son ($2) that walks and talks. Maybe it can be a practice subject for me (just got a new camera today).

    :D

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    1. Love those shirts! And the idea of a walking, talking gigantor robot! A score at $2, too!

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  9. this. rocks. my. socks!!! ps zombies rule

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  10. the chalkboard paint is such a good idea. i can never use it enough!

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    1. Indeed! I have many more ideas in mind...

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