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:
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!