Live A Great Life Toolbox

Live a Great life Toolbox DIY Instructions

I recently found myself loaded down with tools when walking from the house to the workshop. After dropping the drill and almost crushing my camera I decided it was time to build a toolbox.

This led me to the scrap wood pile where I found just what I needed.

I’ve been busy finishing house projects and cleaning up unnecessary farm activity so the wood supply seems endless.

During the process my thoughts wondered and I stopped for a moment reflecting.  You know what? I have a great life!

Have you had a similar experience where you just smile because life feels good?

My life definitely isn’t perfect but over all pretty amazing.  The freedom to do what I love as I grow this blog is really something wonderful.

So, after finding my wood I started building this toolbox with a combination of pine and cedar.  When I finished it was quickly filled and for about a week we traveled together from one project to another.

It didn’t take long when I decided it was time to add some detail to this box.

Let’s walk through the finishing touches of the “Live a Great Life” Toolbox.  Best part is there was no shopping list, everything was either a previous project leftover or recycled materials.

I started with some tester paint that was sitting on the shelf; I’m trying to clean up the extra around here.  It was a weird shade of green but it seemed to work.

After drying over night there was plenty of time to ponder my next move.

The following day I grabbed some leftover chevron ribbon and applied using the staple gun.  Use a heavy duty staple gun, bunch up the ribbon and staple in place so it scrunches perfectly.

Try this technique you will love it.

The next thing was to add metal; this offers a little personal touch.  Remember the Christmas Challenge where I incorporated a candle lid?

Well here goes another one.  I simply applied this silver lid with a screw; use a drill it goes faster.

The rest of the metal pieces are washers in different sizes that I found in the workshop.  They were attached with screws in layers and at this point of the project I was feeling pretty creative.

Finally words were necessary; I wanted something to remind me to think positive.  This is where “Live a Great Life” transpired.

I do try to achieve this message on a daily basis and since this toolbox will be my companion it will become a reminder for those days when I’m not feeling very positive.

I’m human and believe me I have bad days just like everybody else.

This part was pretty simple; I painted leftover wood pieces with chalk paint. First I did a coat of brown and then covered that with black.  I love this paint it dries quickly.

After the wood pieces were dry then I stenciled the words using letter stencils.  I got a little clever here and stretched this statement onto both sides.

After the stencil transfer was dry I used heavy duty glue and attached them to my toolbox one at a time.

If you’re new to stenciling get my tips right here.

Live a Great life Toolbox DIY Instructions

My favorite part of this toolbox is where I added a slot for my phone.  This was a good idea because you never know when someone may call; I seem to always miss calls and text messages.

There you go a fancy toolbox big enough to carry a drill and lots of extras.  What do you think?

Let’s see if it helps remind me to “Live a Great Life!”

Make your own personalized tool box with these simple tips. This is a fun DIY project and a great box for storing tools. #ToolBox, #DIYToolBox


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