Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Weathered Carrier



I bought this carrier unfinished years ago from the craft store. Like a lot of things it's sat in my craft closet just waiting for me to do something with it. I've seen so many beautiful rustic tool carriers around blogland that I was  inspired to give mine a makeover, finally.





I dry brushed multiple coats of gray and white paint and wiped it back. I wanted a weathered look and this technique reminds me of driftwood. Here's what I stared with.

Before


I didn't sand it first because I think the roughness  adds to the weathered look.

After

I thought it would be a good place to hold my extra cloth napkins and the overflow of our everyday flatware.I always have more knives, forks and spoons than that drawer divider thingy can hold. It drives me nuts when there's overflow and you open the drawer and everything spills out of the dividers. I should have done this years ago and saved myself some aggravation lol.

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Before

After



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53 comments:

  1. Your caddy is great and you did a terrific job weathering it. I love how your vignette looks, so pretty and practical as well.
    FABBY

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  2. You did a wonderful job! Beautiful!

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  3. Nicely done and a great idea for organizing! ~ Maureen

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  4. Very pretty, Karen, and now it's a functional piece for you, too! Love the weathered look to it. It looks wonderful with the dishes and your silverware.

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  5. Karen this turned out really nice. I love the patina, and the way you are using it! Great job.

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  6. It turned out so nice. What a good idea to use it like that.

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  7. This turned out nice. Fits perfectly with the rest of the decor in the last picture. Love how you have your cloth napkins rolled and tied.

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  8. I love how this turned out ... It looks great:)
    Francine

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  9. The finish is perfect. Love having useful things like this for display and storage.

    Danielle

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  10. I just love the weathered look and you did a beautiful job! I love the vignette you created using your weathered carrier. Thanks for the inspiration, Gail

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  11. Your weathered looking tote looks great. Love the way you have it styled.
    Mary Alice

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  12. It transformed so prettily and I love that last image.

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  13. Well it is just the perfect little addition. I love it when I have things tucked away and give them a new life.

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  14. Wow! You made it look like metal! Really! I like it.

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  15. Whoa! What a transformation! You did an excellent job and I love it!!

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  16. It looks great, Karen. It looks like it is metal- WOW! xo Diana

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  17. Love it,the vignette is soooooooo pretty! Glad I found you..will be again for sure! All the best,Chrissy

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  18. Karen, I love the carrier and the way you painted it.(weathered, distressed) I hope I can find one similar. I could sure use one! It looks so pretty with your white pitcher and napkins.
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog

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  19. I love what you did with the carrier. It looks so nice with the items you filled it with. I love your wallpaper too btw.

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  20. It turned out perfect, and the whole arrangement is just charming:)

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  21. Karen, This carrier turned out more than fabulous! I love the authentic weathered look you gave it! And your vignette in it is so so beautiful!!!!
    I am a new follower! And have added you to my blogroll! I need to spend more time here, your site is beautiful!

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  22. Me again, would you please come by this evening and join in TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my weekly linky party. This carrier will be a hit! Link goes live at 8:00! See you there!

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  23. This makes me want to add carriers to my projects list....thanks.
    Come for a visit...
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  24. Love the vignette that you created around your toolbox carrier! Too, too pretty!~Audrey

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  25. Lurvs the paint color choice, popped in from Wow Us Wednesday ~

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  26. It turn out so nice and perfect for your table napkins..
    thanks for the ideas ;)
    End of Lease Cleaning Sdyney

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  27. It not only looks great but is very functional-enjoy:@)

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  28. SWOON... again! Thanks for sharing this stunning DYI with us at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

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  29. It came out so beautiful! And I love your pretties inside it.
    Brenda

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  30. great job making this look perfectly vintage. love your photos too!!

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  31. This looks great! Your vignette is totally charming......Sarah

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  32. Fantastic transformation! It does look like it was made out of driftwood.

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  33. It looks just like an old rustic piece! Great job!

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  34. This turned out amazing!! I love it and would love to use it in a tablescape! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you idea with us.
    Karin

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  35. Karen, your photos are breathtaking. Nice job on the carrier.

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  36. I think you've got that weathered look down and that ex voto is better then the copy. How clever to use candy molds. Maybe I need to check the cake decorating section out more:)

    hugs
    Carole

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  37. What a great weathered carrier project! I especially love the vignette you decorated using your carrier. I'm going to take a tour around your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. wow!!! how perfect does it look!! you did an amazing job!

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  39. I have a 'thing' for platters so that is what caught my eye but the carrier finally came into view. It turned out very nicely.

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  40. So pretty. I look forward to seeing you at MDC. I am also hosting a 50 dollar giveaway to Homegoods.

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  41. I agree, not sanding it adds to the real driftwood look. The coloring mimic's that perfectly.

    ~Bliss~

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  42. You are so amazing. This is just fabulous.

    Paula

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  43. Cute cute cute! Love how it fits with your style and the rest of the decor.
    I'm stopping over from a blog hop and am excited to be your newest follower. If you get a chance feel free to stop by and follow back at
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  44. I love how you weathered this piece and your vignette is simply gorgeous.

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  45. This is so pretty Karen...the way you have it styled is wonderful. I love that you tied up the napkins. What a transformation!

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  46. Karen, You did an amazing job! Your faux weathered wood sure fooled me...can't believe the before photo. I also love the way you styled everything...just beautiful. :-)

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  47. Hi Karen!
    First, your carrier came out fantastic!! You got the look you wanted for sure! Your staging is so impressive, always!!
    Next, thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! I am so sorry I have not been visiting as much lately. I'm so busy but I need to find time to keep up with my most awesome blog friends!!
    Last, I didn't know Debbie was having a Newbie Graduate party!! THAT I have to find out about, because I loved the newbie party!!!!
    Have an awesome weekend!!!
    xxDaniella

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  48. Wow, you did an awesome job on that! It looks like a weathered antique!! Great arrangement too!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  49. Oh how lovely I think this is....your newest follower! Pinning right now! ;)

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  50. This is such a beautiful tool box turned silverware and napkins holder, Karen--I like the weathered patina you gave it with your paint technique. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today--I do appreciate it!

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  51. I love this! Did you just use white paint to whitewash it? Could you share what you did? I have done some similar techniques with using craft paint to create a distressed finish on a DIY herb crate for my dining table but I am really liking the look of this! Great job!

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  52. Karen,m this is so fun! I am working on a few of these also. I will have to post about it when I get them done.
    You did an amazing job on it!
    Hearts,
    Betsy

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