An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes

An old sign toolbox side table to hide all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.netIt’s been said I don’t ‘do colour’ in my house. And I’d have to agree. Between my monotone’d salvage farmhouse styled bathroom and rustic bedroom, there’s virtually no colour.

A signed up toolbox side table to hide all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Well, adding colour is pretty easy AND painless with just a little paint! And I’m happy to say, making this old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes is making me happy in more ways than one.

Toolbox before / A signed up toolbox side table to hide all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
You’ve seen this toolbox on wheels before. I first showed it as a sidetable as is in my livingroom.

It ideally was to store my son’s remote controls and game controllers inside.

Toolbox before / A signed up toolbox side table to hide all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
But the issue was the condition on the inside. It was… well worn. :) So well worn, my son refused to place his precious cargo inside. Can’t blame him.

I’ve always had plans to do something cool with it, but nothing triggered inspiration.

But I was desperate to get those remotes and controllers out of my firewood box, off the fireplace hearth and squished in between chair cushions.

Now was just the time.

Paint colours and paint brushes via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Let’s get this thing singin’!

Sanding a vintage toolbox / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

First, I removed most of the hardware, and sanded the entire toolbox with a palm sander.

Painting a vintage toolbox with Glidden paint / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

The entire toolbox got hit with that wonderfully vintage toned yet fresh white. I always like storage things to look light and bright so you can spot what you need even in a darkened room.

But no fear… for those that have said I should invest in some real colour in my life…

A colourful toolbox painted with Glidden paint / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

How am I doing so far? :)

Each panel and side and section got hit with a different colour. It’s looking like Disneyland for those remotes already!

I then hit the edges slightly with a palm sander.

But we are far from finished… now it’s time to get some old signs involved.

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

(I use pro equipment to make my decals… more info on how I make old signs and potential downloadable files coming soon)

Inspired by a two toned Theatre sign in my Decor: Signs Pinterest board, I created two decals, one for the shadow and one for the text. The shadow decal is placed first.

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Once the decal was attached, the inside of the letters were painted black. The decal was removed while the paint was still wet.

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Once the shadow was dry to the touch, the text decal was placed over top.

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Then painted. Neatness didn’t matter, I wanted it to look old without having to sand.

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Tadaaaa!

Making old signs on the side of a vintage toolbox on FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Next up was a little distressing with a hammer and spade drill bit so I didn’t have to sand later.

Tuxedo cat on a vintage toolbox

Hey Skye! What took you so long?

That should have read cat parking maybe.

Creating vintage signs on the side of an old toolbox / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
One more sign, done the same way as the other, and we are done!

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Remote parking indeed! Son, are you getting the message yet?!

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
It even looks happy and cheerful inside with that added little red toolbox. Nite nite, annoying sweet remotes and controllers!

But this little toolbox side table has a secret…

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

It can be turned around for a whole new look! And a new use too.

 This is the movie side.

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Seriously… why these things aren’t actually marketed for sidetables I have no idea. Maybe I’ll be the one to do it.

Any major furniture companies out there desire to work with a fearless junker? 

And because no post of mine would be complete without BOTH cats photobombing

An old sign toolbox side table to store all those remotes! via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Ok Lake, I’ll play Mario with you..

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  1. Ok SIGN MAKER GIRL… don’t know if you still get called that anymore…
    but, I just have to ask,
    Did you make the TURQUOISE COCA-COLA CRATE?
    I love coca cola and have never EVER seen it that color before!
    …Oh, and you out-did yourself on the this ‘old sign toolbox’ …:) Pat

  2. While I confess not sure I could do this project (even if I had pro decals and tools, lettering and stencilling never works for me somehow), I always love to see Lake and Skye. :D

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Ahhh, you are such a junk genius. :) Let me know how it works because no matter how many storage options I offer at my house, I still sit down on a remote just about daily! :)

    • Thanks Kimm! We’ve had it for awhile now and it’s fantastic! Although I still find cordless phones INSIDE the chair… daily. So I guess it doesn’t attract phones?! haha

  4. I love the splach of perfect cool blue color…I would love to live in your home for a week! Its my ideal feel-a little bit of soul in every corner!

  5. What do you use for your lettering? What type of printer? I am looking to purchase one, but I don’t know what to buy. Please let me know. Thank you

    • Hi Chris!

      I use pro signmaking equipment which I would not recommend unless you letter vehicles and signs for a living. It just isn’t price efficient.

      I am creating an ebook with how I do it all, but in a nutshell, I use a 24″ Graphtec plotter and Signlab / CorelDraw software. Google for a supplier near your area for sign equipment, but be prepared to pay lots with a very high learning curve.

      I suggest to visit a major craft store to see what they carry.

      • Not sure if this helps or not but the “Cameo” Electronic cutting tool by Silhouette is supposed to be able to cut stencils designs that you upload from your computer onto various materials including stick on vinyl! I just bought one from Michaels and haven’t tried it yet but saw a girl do amazing stencils with it on pintrest.

  6. I have proved the remote is the most durable thing in our house, I drop it constantly, the back cover is no longer around, the batteries keep dropping out, but it keeps on going. I love this tool chest, now to only find one that is similar.

    • Thanks! A side table on casters made all the difference in our home. We move our two chairs all the time and it’s so nice that the table can come along effortlessly for the ride!

  7. Your home has such a warmth about it, you are a genius using old and making it new again. I look forward to your post each day to see what new marvel you have come up with. You are my #1 blogger, keep up the good work.

  8. wow you are so right i would buy one to keep 2 grandsons under 2 little hands out of stuff i have said it before and i’ll say it again you make
    ‘the best” stuff out of junk xx

  9. What a great idea!
    The color matches your chair too.
    You seem to be able to come up with a use for everything. I wish
    I had that talent.

  10. Love it, love it, LOVE it! I’m a monochromatic girl too, but it seems like a little color is easy to add when it’s good and distressed! I’ve loved that toolbox side table since you first posted about it, it’s so unique and great!

  11. You know I swear like a sailor when I totally love something. I also say the same cuss words when something goes wrong. In this case it was all cuz something went completely right. 100% LOVE IT.

  12. I absolutely love it and really need one in my livingroom! I only have a couple of remotes and two or three movies but I’m sure I could find something to put in it LOLOLOL

  13. How COOL! Love it! And to think I saw one of these on my resent trip to the mountains and didn’t even think of how I could use it. Shoot! I love the paint technique! I will have to give that a try!

  14. Totally. Some furniture maker with some vision of creativity should really hook up with you! I can see you having your own line.

  15. I wish that I had your brain! My son should have YOU for his mom right now…he’s doing an industrial/contemporary loft apartment…I’m going to have to have him look around your site for a little inspiration! You CONTINUE to amaze me! xo

  16. I really like reading your blog and I do learn a lot from you. I truly LOVE seeing the cats, they are my favorites.

  17. Love this!! Please let me know if someone starts making and selling them. In all my junking have never seen a toolbox like that!