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Create a Weathered Wood Tool Caddy

Do you love a rustic weathered wood finish?

Learn how use a paint wash to add a weathered wood finish and create a vintage-looking tool caddy! 



Happy Thursday friends! Welcome to the June Monthly Thrift Store Challenge. I’m so excited to be back as one of 16 bloggers this month sharing fun and creative DIY projects with you!  

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The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to. 

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Vintage-Looking Tool Caddy


When I was recently in Goodwill, this little unfinished wood tool caddy caught my eye. For only $2, it found its way into my cart.

What could I do with it?  I had so many ideas… Perhaps I could use it in my classroom? Maybe it could hold paint brushes in my craft room?  After a little thought, I decided that with a weathered wood finish, this would be a perfect piece to use in my kitchen.  


To Create a Weathered Wood Finish:

  • I first stained the entire piece.  I used the stain that I had on hand, Minwax Red Mahogany, and let it dry completely.


  • Next, I created an easy paint wash.  In an old mason jar, I mixed equal parts of DecoArt Americana paint in Grey Sky and Whitewash.  Then I added the same amount of water to create a wash.  


  • Using a paint brush, I brushed the wash on and then wiped it off with a paper towel, going with the grain of the wood. 


  •  Once it is dry, you can sand with a fine grain paper to create a more rustic appearance.  

So easy and so pretty! 



Do you like the look of weathered wood?  What kind of project would you like create using this technique?

And now for more thrifty goodness!

I have shared a few furniture and home decor makeovers as part of this challenge.  Please check out these past posts: How to Refinish a Coffee Table in 5 Easy StepsDIY Farmhouse Shutter Wall Art, and most recently, Colonial Blue Cedar Chest Chalk Paint Makeover

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


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  1. This is a great idea, Lynne! I appreciate you walking through the steps, showing exactly how you arrived at the white wash look. I have never considered doing something like this, but now I am inspired! I am pinning this for a future project one day! Very cute!

  2. The color of this is awesome! I have to try this painting technique. It looks wonderful in your kitchen.

  3. This is such a great idea! I see those caddies in the thrift store all the time!

  4. Julie Briones says:

    I need to add a gray wash to my window seat! This just may be the ticket! Pretty tote, Lynne! Be sure to share on Tuesday Turn About! Hugs!

  5. Hi Lynne!
    I love what you did to your little caddy! I like how you created the wash for the final finish. It turned out so pretty! I hope you’ll share this at Homestyle Gathering! 🙂
    >>> Kim

  6. This is so very fantastic and useful for so many things. Great upcycle – absolutely love it.

  7. Love the white wash look you gave this little caddy. I need something like this for my oil/vinegar and spices in the kitchen!

  8. Omgosh, this would be awesome to organize so much stuff. I want one for my craft room, the coffee table, and my kitchen! (Am I being greedy? Lol!) You did a great job with the finish!

  9. Love your whitewashed caddy, Lynne! What a great, quick tutorial. I think many people would like to try something like this. Thanks for sharing it with us at Tuesday Turn About!

  10. Beautiful color! I love the weathered look and it goes great with your pretty decor.

  11. I always love these caddys. Yours turned out amazing and I love your photos. You are really good at it.

  12. I love caddies and yours with that grayish tone is lovely

  13. Lucy Beliveau says:

    Hi Lynn!
    Oh, I want one! Your project with this wooben tool caddy id fantastic and the method you used is perfect for other such wood projects!! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy 2020!

    1. Hi Lucy! Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that this post is helpful to you. I would love to see what you make too! Wishing you a very happy new year! 🙂

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