My collection of art supplies is ever growing. Each time I get something, it finds a home in whatever empty can or cup is found in the pantry…
I’ve been wanting a utensil caddy for quite awhile. Something to make this collection of brushes and markers and *stuff* look appealing. And organized.
Finally, I came across this utensil caddy at Goodwill. And at $1.99, it was just what I needed to get things started:
A spring green and a little beat up. Not perfect and not my style. But it had all the potential I was looking for. The bottom had a Target sticker.
First, I sanded the box very well. If you skip this step, the paint won’t stick. I think I used an 80 grit.
Next, I reached for my spray paint and gave it a base coat. I used everybody’s fave:
I glued a wooden applique to the front to jazz it up a bit. (Tip: I used E6000 glue, which I’ve found works great gluing wood-to-wood pieces.)
Next, I gave everything a coat of black paint. I normally would’ve spray painted this step, but the weather wasn’t cooperating and I was impatient. My craft paint worked fine. I used a sponge brush to get down in the different sections of the caddy. I gave it 2-3 coats of black paint.
Next, I sanded the edges…
The sand block worked well on the outer edges. A strip of sandpaper worked best on the smaller sections of the box:
Then I gently sanded the top of the applique so it would stand out:
Oooh, it’s lookin’ good now…
Finally, everything has a home:
Goodbye random mix-matched cups…
Hello pretty storage: