Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Made It - My Twist on the Teacher Toolbox


Hiya! I have been wanting to participate in the Monday Made-its on 4th Grade Frolics all summer! I just haven't really made anything! Until now! If you are just tuning in I am going back to the classroom after 1 1/2 years off. And I will be 6th grade (as of right now). Not my preferred grade level but I prayed for it to be "exactly where God wanted me" or not at all so here I am. I have met my teaching partners both new to the district and grade level! I think we are going to be an awesome team! I have been researching all things 6th grade since finding out! Oh well except for Math - the good news - I don't have to teach Math. One of my partners loves Math and is going to teach my kids math and I will do her Reading, Spelling and Grammar.
And now on to the project! This is a project I have had in mind since the end of school when I found out I had a job and someone was giving away some old metal library card catalogs. In my head I instantly saw a Teacher's Tool box!

So I brought home the card catalogs and told my hubby what I wanted.
This is what they looked line before. There are three of them.


To begin we took out the drawers and removed everything we could.


This included the handles, knobs, metal, rod and adjustable support. When we put it back together we were able to use just the knob and a screw so that items in the drawers would lay flat.


Next we prepped them for painting, using steel wool we gently scrubbed.


Then wiped them down with acetone smoothing out the surface and removing any dirt, residue or remaining bits of steel wool.


Then we painted the frames in a back and forth motion.


Then it was time for the hardware which I wanted to be silver. We started with the hardware we removed. We laid it all out on some spare cardboard and went to work.


Then we masked off the plates on the drawers using painters tape, covering the entire front of the drawer except the plate and center of the plate which will be covered with a label.


Every little bit including the corners which required extra tape because they are rounded.



Finally we replaced all the hardware and stacked them together!


Pretty impressive for a freebie, some paint and some work! My hubby got so into it! It was pretty cute! I love that he is so handy!


I made labels for what I want to keep in the drawers and this is the final product! I am so thrilled with how it turned out! I can't wait to put it in my new classroom and fill it up!

That's my only project for this week but I have some more in the works! Check back next week to see what I've checked off my never ending to do list!

18 comments:

  1. GASP! What a great find--and you made it look fantastic! I hope it works well for you! My "tool box" is WAY too small...yours should be AWESOME!

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    1. Thank you! I always thought the other ones I saw on Pinterest and Instagram would be too small for what I wanted so I am super happy with this!

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  2. WOWie! I love it! I have tool box envy! (smile) I enjoyed your blog post! Pam  Visit my blog at PJ Jots!

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  3. I'm in LOVE with this project! I'm very jealous of your find. Your tool boxes is gorgeous!

    Jess

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  4. Love your tool box! You will love 6th grade. I loved 6th grade when it was still part of the elementary school. You can do so much with them! Good luck :-)

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  5. Your toolbox is so shiny and sassy! I absolutely love that you were able to repurpose this! I haven't ever taught 6th, but I've taught 5th for several years and my kids always beg me to go to 6th. I have a feeling I would like it.....I hope you do too!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks! I can do anything for a year! Or at least that's what I keep telling myself!

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  6. I love your tool box! A great way to upcycle...looks so classy!
    Lindsey
    Miss Johnston's Journey

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  7. Girl your patience paid off! It looks amazing! Bravo on that beauty!

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  8. Wow! Your tool box is beautiful! You guys did an amazing job.

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  9. Aren't to do lists always never ending....now, can we talk about that tool box?!?!?! AMAZING!!! Just love it and love that it's metal!!! You did such an amazing job on it! Thank you for linking up:) Can't wait to see what's next!!

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    1. Thank you Tara! The only downside to the metal is that it is pretty heavy! Course wood would be too.

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  10. I love your toolbox. It's always a great thing when we can reuse items like this, especially when they turn out so great!

    Mary
    Elementary Engagement

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  11. What an awesome gift!!! And I love that your hubby helped you. :)

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  12. Wow!!! That is fabulous!!! Only one project...but looks like a big one!
    I spotted an old library card catalogue in a closet in my school once...actually in an old storage room you get to from a hallway closet. (My school is OLD!) I always thought it would be cool to have but was too much work to get out from piles...maybe I'll sneak in this summer and see about it. You've inspired me!

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  13. Wow!!! I love it!! Turned out so great, so sharp looking!

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