I am a collector of old rusty banged up toolboxes. Like a child may covet cuddly teddy bears, if I spot a toolbox in a pile of rubble, it shall be mine, even if I have to wear hip waders to get it. Not that I’ve ever had to… but by golly I would!
So I couldn’t help myself and made an instant junky toolbox charging station with some of my surplus. It will reside beside the old crate phone station in the kitchen. But it was too dark in the kitchen for shots today, so it’s a bright and happy photo studio shoot today.
How to degrease / protect a greasy toolbox
Generally toolboxes come pretty greasy like. What worked really well to cut the grease was a product I had on hand called Rapid Remover. I use it for my sign company for removing old decal adhesive. And boy did it do a great job with grease on metal! It’s smelly to work with, so as long as you use it outdoors, you’re good.
As a secondary measure for cleanliness, it’s also nice to hit the metal with a clear spray finish of some sort. I like to try whatever I have in stock, and Varathane Clear Finish won this round.
What’s super cool about a toolbox charging station are the two layers. The top tray is easily removed to expose… gasp… hidden paperwork storage! Nice for bills (you’d like to forget).
Can we just focus on that fabulous red and green chippy surface for a moment? TRY and emulate that!
I will admit this toolbox is a little rough, but in my mind’s eye, if it’s at least clean, I’m happy with it. But one could choose to line the inside with whatever they wish.
Normally I would have bypassed showing you this little idea. Sometimes I think my ideas are too simple to blog about, so I push them aside. But… I’m going to make an effort to change my ways. Because sometimes the very simplest things become the coolest..
…such as my old crate toilet paper storage.
So here’s to all the lonely little greasy chippy toolboxes that could becoming charging stations! Do you have one holding tools
you could steal that may work?
Want to see another one? Krista via The Happy Housie made a toolbox charging station too! Love how she drilled holes in hers for the wires!