Handmade Wooden Tool Caddy With Farmhouse Style

How to completely change the look of a handmade wooden tool caddy and upcycle it with farmhouse style.



When I saw this handmade wooden tool caddy at our local thrift store, I couldn't resist bringing it home. Someone put a lot of time and love into making it and I appreciate their handiwork. 



I briefly hesitated to buy it because I wasn't a fan of the block-style raised letters. But I love a challenge and knew that could be changed. I mistakenly assumed the word SPA was woodcraft letters glued to the front but even those were hand-carved into the wood.



A handmade wooden tool caddy with hand-hewn handle and hand-carved letters upcycled and repurposed from bathroom spa caddy to lovely French-inspired garden caddy. #woodentoolcaddy #woodtoolbox

Handmade Wooden Caddy Makeover

This is what the handmade caddy looked like when I bought it.



A handmade wooden tool caddy with hand-hewn handle and hand-carved letters upcycled and repurposed from spa caddy to lovely French-inspired garden caddy.

After bringing it home I seriously considered cleaning it up and leaving as-is for rolled towels and pretty hand soaps in our bathroom. But decided the block-style letters just had to go.



A handmade wooden tool caddy with hand-hewn handle and hand-carved letters upcycled and repurposed from spa caddy to lovely French-inspired garden caddy.

In keeping with the ever-so-popular farmhouse style trend, I think the tool caddy has a lot more charm after the makeover. Plus it now can be used for multiple purposes.



How Can I Use Old Wooden Tool Boxes

Other than their intended purpose as a tool caddy, they can be used for so much more. Here are just a few ideas for how to use a wooden caddy.


  1. Table Centerpiece - set glass mason jars inside and fill them with fresh-cut flowers like I did with my antique chair spindle wood caddy.
  2. Outdoor Planter - line it with plastic and plant your favorite flowers for an outdoor table centerpiece.
  3. Garden Tool Caddy - keep all your handheld garden tools in one place for a convenient grab-and-go gardening tote.
  4. Tabletop Herb Garden - fill it with individual pots of fresh herbs like I did with this upcycled wooden herb caddy.
  5. Rustic Wedding Decor - they make wonderful rustic wedding decor either as table centerpieces filled with flowers or as a rustic wedding card holder like this wedding card caddy we made for our daughter's wedding.
  6. Outdoor Picnic Caddy - set mason jars or small galvanized buckets inside and fill them with cutlery, napkins, and plates behind them for picnics and dinners outdoors.
  7. Craft Room/Home Office Organizer - they make great organizers on a desk or craft table for things like paintbrushes and office supplies.
  8. Bathroom Caddy - fill it with fluffy rolled towels and bars of scented soap for the bathroom.
  9. Seasonal Vignettes - place them on a coffee table filled with seasonal decor and flameless candles on timers. Think seashells, starfish, and corral in the summer or small painted or real pumpkins with colorful leaves in the fall.


The possibilities are endless for how to use wooden caddies.



A handmade wooden tool caddy with hand-hewn handle and hand-carved letters upcycled and repurposed from spa caddy to lovely French-inspired garden caddy.

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Here's How I Did It

With a little elbow grease it did not take long to transform this handmade wooden caddy from spa caddy to farmhouse caddy and I'll show you how.



Prep Wooden Caddy For Paint

I removed the letters by meticulously chiseling them off and sanding the wood smooth. Then I gave the caddy a good scrub with 1 part white vinegar to two parts warm water with a drop of Dawn dish soap.



Painting Wooden Caddy

Once dry, I painted the caddy with one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Pure White. Once the white paint was dry, I dry brushed over the white paint with graphite (dark gray) chalk paint.



To do this dip just the tips of an inexpensive chip brush into the paint. Offload the excess paint onto a paper towel and then with light pressure on the brush, swipe the brush across the grain of the wood with long brush strokes.



How To Add Typography To Wooden Caddy

I couldn't just stop there and headed over to the Graphics Fairy website and found this Jardin Grain Sack Printable. You can use either this glossy paper image transfer technique or this graphite paper image transfer technique for transferring graphics and typography onto the wood.



Embellishing Wooden Caddy

For farmhouse garden caddy style, I embellished it with galvanized miniature garden tools found at Michaels. I attached them to the caddy with small upholstery nails.



Would you have kept the carved block letters on the caddy or removed them? I'm happy to report that the wooden garden caddy sold very quickly. I know the buyer personally and she too appreciated the craftsmanship that went into this handmade tool caddy.



A handmade wooden tool caddy with hand-hewn handle and hand-carved letters upcycled and repurposed from bathroom spa caddy to lovely French-inspired garden caddy. #farmhousestyle #diywoodcaddy

Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this upcycled wooden caddy. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



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A handmade wooden tool caddy with hand-hewn handle and hand-carved letters upcycled and repurposed from bathroom spa caddy to lovely French-inspired garden caddy. #rusticwoodtote #rustictoolcaddy

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    1. Thanks Larissa, while feeling a little remorse about painting it, I'm happy with the results.

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  2. This is really beautiful Marie. Are those real Rose's? They look awesome with the caddy.

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    1. Thanks Anita, I'm glad you like the makeover! Yes, they are real roses that I dried and use often as props for my makeovers.

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  3. You did a great job, Marie, so clever. I would have removed the letters, too.

    Sheila

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    1. Thanks Sheila, glad you agree the letters needed to come off. I felt it limited the use with them on.

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  4. So pretty, Marie. Would love for you to share at Meraki link party at https://doodlebuddies.net/2020/08/24/meraki-link-party-2/
    love
    Naush

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  5. Marie,
    OMG, this tool box is adorable. You are so creative. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky party. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/08/over-moon-linky-party_30.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thanks for making my Monday morning, Bev! I'll see you at the party with some more goodies. xo

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