Toolbox shelf for a Christmas hot cocoa bar

Toolbox shelf for a hot cocoa bar station and sign for Christmas, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint |
Every Christmas, I love to dream up a new hot cocoa bar idea.

Blame it on our currently blustery weather! It. Is. COLD. And we west coaster Canadians aren’t use to it.

So this year, a cheater idea came to mind. How about a toolbox shelf?

I love not having to build everything from scratch if possible! And this worked.

How to make a toolbox shelf, using reclaimed wood. Part of a cocoa bar |
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wooden toolbox
stencils – I used Hot Cocoa Bar and Winter Graphics stencils from HERE
paint – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Chocolate for the letters, Casement for the snowflakes, Fort York Red for the coasters
dark wax – I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Antique Wax
stencil brush
miter saw

palm sander
cordless drill

The toolbox shelf

1. Pick a toolbox!

Any wooden toolbox you like. This one happened to have a metal tube for a handle which I really love.
Waxing planks to darken them, with Miss Mustard Seed's Antique Wax |
2. You’ll also need some planks.

One for the top, and one for inside the toolbox, if you desire to add more depth to the shelf part.

3. Match up the boards to the toolbox if desired.

Since the toolbox was stained dark, I chose to go for a wood toned look, darkening these boards with Miss Mustard Seed’s Antique Wax I was given awhile back. It’s super dark, so this did the trick beautifully!

Creating an old hot cocoa sign, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils' Winter Graphics and Hot Cocoa Bar |
4. Stencil the sign board.

Find Hot Cocoa Bar and Winter Graphics stencils HERE

Hot Cocoa was centred, then held in place with masking tape. Using a very dry brush, the inside of the letters were tapped, filling them in with paint.

The snowflakes were added  in a super random placement, using all three sizes.

(sorry, did this one at night so no pics)

Mounting a toolbox shelf to create a hot cocoa station, using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
4. Mount the sign board by screwing it directly onto the wall.

5. Mount a secondary board underneath if desired, to hang mugs. (I love the look!)

*Tip: You will need to add blocks of wood for spacers for the 2nd board if you desire to use S hooks. My walls have a board and batten treatment offering the space.

6. Mount the toolbox to the wall.

Place level on tip, and install with one screw, level, then secure with more screws.

Tip: You may need wall anchors if you plan to add lots of weight to your toolbox shelf.

Toolbox shelf for a hot cocoa bar station and sign for Christmas, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint |
7. Add a plank across the top of the toolbox to deepen and extend the surface.

8. Add a smaller plank inside the toolbox shelf to extend the depth . (if desired)

Creating coffee coasters for Christmas with Fusion Mineral Paint and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils for a Christmas hot cocoa station |
The coasters

Coasters are so easy to make, and super customizable. They would make super inexpensive gifts!

1. Cut chunks of wood to desired size. Coat with paint if desired.

* I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red and Casement (white)

2. Stencil bits and pieces of various designs. So fun!

* I used Winter Graphics and Christmas Graphics stencils you can find HERE

Toolbox shelf for a hot cocoa bar station and sign for Christmas, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |

Hot Cocoa anyone?

I think my fav part is the white snowflakes with the brown toned letters. That just spells chocolate and marshmallows!

Which I’m totally overdue for. Do you stock this stuff year around?

Toolbox shelf for a hot cocoa bar station and sign for Christmas, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
Toolbox shelf for a hot cocoa bar for Christmas, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils |
As for that toolbox shelf idea?

I could see it working anywhere space is tight. Would be a neat writing station, coffee bar, a bathroom towel shelf, or even a laundry shelf, using the bar for hanging clothes on hangers…

Hmmm… I think this little toolbox shelf has a new home already…

Think you’ll make one? What would you use it for?

Funky Junk Interiors Old Sign Stencils Store
.Find the Hot Cocoa and Winter Graphics stencils HERE or a retailer near you HERE

Find more Old Sign Stencil project ideas HERE

Other hot cocoa stations I’ve created:

Vintage cart

Crates in a kitchen

Rustic wood hot cocoa station with deer head

Disclosure: I was given the Fusion paint and MMS Wax to create content with. I love both products, and use them constantly! The stencils are from my own stencil line. Love them too! 🙂

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  1. This is so cool and I love that splash of red. I can hardly wait to move there are so many new fun things I want to do. This is simply classic and something I’m going to incorporate in our workshop/office space when the move finally hits. LOVE!!!

  2. Love love love this! What a beauty!
    Question: I’m having a very hard time finding the right sized S hooks here in Ontario, Canada. Do you have yours made for you or are you getting them from a local source in Vancouver OR are you having to buy them online? Would love to know….. 🙂

    • Hi Lee! Thank you! I usually find the hooks from thrift stores or antique shops. I don’t buy new as a general rule. I have found the newer ones tend to be smaller and thicker! I’d try to find a place that sells old junk and tools and such.

  3. Your hot cocoa bar is so clever. I love the stencil and that you make a new cocoa bar each year. It’s fun to change things up a bit.
    And yes the windchill is frightful for us right now!
    Merry merry!

  4. This is the cutes idea! Love the project, the way you’ve arranged/showcased everything, and those cute coasters. You’ve hit a homerun with this one. Great inspiration!

  5. Wow – that boxwood wreath & bits of red really makes your Hot Cocoa bar look beautiful! It’s awfully cold here in Michigan too and hot cocoa sounds good!

  6. I just said wow out load again. The kids used to think I was nuts everytime I did that now they just say “Oh she must have seen somthing on that Funky Junky lady’s website”. LOL. Wow Donna!!