Vintage Magazine End Table REPURPOSED to Toolbox Magazine Holder


Welcome back friends!

Recently, I was asked why I do what I do & why the need to start sharing my ideas and selling my pieces.  After much thought, I have many answers.  I have always loved to write.  I have always loved to craft.  I have always loved to paint. I  have always loved to create.  I have always loved to teach.  Well, how can I put all of my interests and hobbies into one place?  The FINAL ANSWER is two fold.  One being the new blog.  The other is the little booth at an antique store.  Both are  providing me an outlet.  A release.  Providing me with the feelings of accomplishment and sense of calmness.

My inspiration for this project came from my new blogging friend Donna, at Funky Junk Interiors.  If you have never seen her blog, please, go check it out!  She is so creative and her style is so unique. She also has been so supportive of my new journey which is awesome!   Donna, I sincerely THANK YOU for taking the time to return my message!  Anyways, don’t you just love the toolboxes that she created?  With that vintage feel; yet created out of junk something that she already had on hand?  Well, that is EXACTLY what I did.  Just a bit differently. Renovar style!


I didn’t have awesome numbers, I didn’t have tree branches laying around. Actually, I don’t even have trees to take tree branches from. (I do have three little trees, they are all just under 10 years old & are only ornamental.)  However, I had this.  A dumpster dive that my father in law brought to me.  This old table was GROSS!  But, as soon as I looked at it, I fell in love.


I fell in love with it because I immediately knew in my head what it could be…what it was going to be!

So what happens when the hobby becomes a stressor?  What happens when you can’t quite get something right or do it on your own?  Let me tell you!  YOU LEARN TO ASK FOR HELP!!  UGH!! This is NOT something I am used to.  It is something that I find embarrassing, defeating and makes me feel weak.  What am I learning from this?  That sometimes two heads are better than one.  Sometimes, I have limits.  Always, I learn. This project is an example of that.  I had the vision for this, but in my head, I could not figure out how to put that vision together.  I enlisted the help of my wonderful father-in-law.  He really came to my rescue and this piece would not have been possible without him.  From him finding the piece and giving it to me, to him listening intently to my idea. (While I was excitedly explaining it to him, my mother in law was looking at me like I was nuts, just nodding her head.) Finally, the same light bulb went off in his head.  So off to Ace Hardware we went to get a few supplies.

Now, while I am supposed to be the brawn behind Renovar.  There are also times when I am the brains and not quite the brawn.  Case in point – this project.  Unfortunately, Marco was unable to help this time because he recently had back surgery and is still in the long process of recuperating and healing.  Enter in father-in-law.  Did I mention how wonderful he is?  Also, my mother-in-law.  She has been helping with the dishes since my husband has been out of commission and that is normally “his job.”  I cook, he cleans.  Win-win for both of us.  (Ever notice I always get off topic?  Sorry!)  Just wanted to give a shout out to the mother-in-law for her help too.

So the project begins.  My F-I-L started with cutting off the top with a circular saw.  He then drilled the holes at the top for me.  They were measured precisely – he is good like that.


From there, I took over.  I had fun and got to beat it up.  It had sharper edges and corners.  To round them out, I simply hammered those areas.  I also aged it a bit by banging it up with a hammer.  This makes it appear to look more like a once well-used toolbox.



Then, Kid #1 helped with some of the painting.  She used Anne Sloan chalk paint in Provence on both of the ends.  (Ignore my messy garage/work space.  I actually cleaned it out today.)  Then she used ASCP in Country Grey on the slats.  I had her do both sides of them since they will be visible from all angles.  While she was doing this, I measured and cut down the large and small dowel rods which would serve as the handle and the cross support areas.



I measured the sections that I wanted the Provence to show through and then used painters tape to cover those spaces.

I then took over the rest of the project (like a typical teenager, she got bored) and painted over the Provence and also painted the rest of the project. Once dry, I did a heavy sanding to distress and age the whole thing.



I decided to apply clear wax sparingly and then added Minwax gel stain in dark walnut in lieu of dark wax. I rubbed and I buffed and I added more and deleted some until I achieved the look I was going for:  aged and showing signs of wear and tear- typical of a loved, well used, vintage, toolbox- the kind Grandpa would have had!





This is it with the top sitting on it.  See how GROSS it was?  (Please note that I did not throw out that top piece.  I have plans for that piece already!)



Once happy with the results of the aging, I re-assembled the former end table into the new toolbox with the dowel rods as the handle and the supports.  The newly re-purposed piece is  merely reminiscent of the old end table with the magazine rack.  I think it is much cuter this way. It can hold books, magazines or even cutting boards, if you prefer!  What do you think?





Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,


P.S. Don’t forget to visit Donna!

P.P.S.  My husband/marketing director and I have a few different visions for this website – so please bear with us as we make some changes & test a few things out!   “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.” ― Heraclitus

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