It's Frugal Decor Tuesday and you know what that means. Another thrift store find was repurposed or given a fresh new look.
How could I resist buying this adorable handmade wooden spa caddy? Someone put a lot of time and love into this little caddy and being a DIYer, I could appreciate their handy work. I mistakenly assumed that the letters on the front were wood craft letters glued to the front but I quickly learned when trying to remove them, that they were carved into the wood.
For a second, I thought about using it in our bathroom for rolled towels and hand made soaps but I wasn't a fan of the blocked letters. Part of me regrets not sanding the paint from the letters and the hand hewn handle and staining them for a rustic look. It was the perfect size caddy to sit on a bathroom counter.
But sadly, that is not what I did. Instead, I meticulously chiseled and sanded until each letter was removed. I gave the entire caddy a gray wash with chalk paint and a clear wax finish. I found the adorable galvanized mini garden tools at Michaels and attached them with upholstery tacks.
You can see how I transferred the vintage graphic in my Antique Chair Spindle Garden Caddy post.
It sold at the outdoor market in May and knowing the buyer personally, I know she too appreciates the craftsmanship in this adorable Handmade Wooden Garden Caddy.
Having regrets about this makeover, I'm curious what you would have done. Kept the carved letters or removed them?
On Thursday I'll be sharing a gorgeous Antique Edwardian side table makeover that I was quite proud of until Mother Nature decided to mess with it.
You'll find this project linked at these fabulous Link Parties.