Wednesday, September 1, 2010

From Mundane Hardware Organizer to Beautiful Button Armoire

Ahhh - I love when I find a few "JFM" (Just for Me) hours.  Today was just that kinda day. 

I left the house early, dropped off The Dog at the groomer's, and knowing it was going to be over 90 degrees today, grabbed a nice, cold iced Venti Latte, then headed to two of my favorite stores:  HomeGoods and Big Lots!  I bought a couple of cutesy kitchen items at HG, but felt like I needed something more....or less.  So I drove a few blocks farther to the neighborhood Big Lots. 

Up and down the aisle I strolled, sipping my latte as I sought out treasures.  Sadly, due to the Halloween decor that is already stocking the shelves, there wasn't too much that caught my eye...UNTIL...I ventured into the automobile & hardware aisle, and there it was:  my $10 treasure:  The Trades Pro 1000-piece Hardware Organizer #836376.   The box read "100% Satisfaction Guaranteed", so how could I go wrong?  Here is what it looked like when I got it home:

I emptied the container of its cumbersome 1000 pieces of nails, screws, thumbtacks, bolts, and whatever else they threw in there.

And here is the mundane toolbox ready to be altered.  Note there are 25 clear drawers!

Then, the fun began.  After a quick bite (really, who has time to eat when there is altered artwork to be done?), I got out everything I needed:  one of my favorite designer 12" x 12" paper (all you need is one piece), foam brush, ruler and a pencil, brayer, label maker, and any embellishments you want to use including (but not limited to) ribbon, label holder, brads, and of course, buttons!

I measured and cut the paper to fit both sides and top of box.  Well, I actually decided to cut the side pieces a bit longer, and overlapped them onto the top to create a nice edge. 

Then I added the top piece, applied more Mod Podge,
and used my brayer to press out any air bubbles that may have snuck in.

I added ribbon along the edges, a chipboard label, brads, a flower with attached button,
and I used my label maker to write "For the love of buttons".
And here is the finished button armoire. 
I am going to "label" each drawer with the colored button, and fill the drawers accordingly. 
I love organization!

Linking up to:
Organize and Decorate Everything


  1. So cute!! May have to do this with mine. Saw you on CSI


  2. Too stinkin' cute! And I think I even have that paper!

  3. That's pretty freakin' cute! I wonder if I could pretty up my grungy tool box without all the guys laughing at me!

  4. Yes I admit -- the paper is from my vintage drawer --it is Basic Grey's "Scarlet's Letter collection from several years ago; I just love it -- glad you do too!

  5. you are so clever!! must be genetic (and you got most of those genes!). very cute idea.

  6. So cute! I love that you dressed up your toolbox. It looks great!

  7. I love the transformation! Such an improvement :) Mod Podge is simply marvelous!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. How fun!! I love this organizer!

  9. Hi Doreen,
    Funny, I just did a very similar project! I found my little drawer cubby at an estate sale and it was full of all kinds of little vintage lace scraps. It was also very dirty, and a lovely putty gray color. LOL I mod podged scrapbook paper on mine to spruce it up also and now it looks much better but still not as cute as yours!

    Thanks also for the sweet comment on my blog. I'm folloing you now!

  10. I really love this Doreen! Now I totally have to organize my buttons. :D

  11. What a great idea. Those little bins are perfect for storing buttons and small accessories. I like how you decorated the outside too. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

  12. So much better than the PB jars I keep my buttons in!! I think I am going to have to do this, too!

  13. Beautiful - I love the paper you chose. I'm going to look for another one now to organize my buttons.

  14. Love it! I just love cute storage!


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