Paris Tool Caddy

by - January 08, 2012

Paging the lost and found!  While we were packing away our Christmas lights yesterday, I found this little tool caddy that I bought a while ago and totally forgot about.  It was in pretty bad shape and needed a white spray paint makeover stat.  Thanks to yesterday's warm weather, I was able to give it a few coats of paint in just a few hours.

Once it was dry, I broke out this graphite transfer paper that I bought last year.  It sat and sat on one of our craft shelves so I was happy to actually use it.  Basically you lay a sheet of it on your project and then add the image you want to transfer ontop.  I used this great image from The Graphics Fairy.  Tape both to your project.  You can use either a pencil or pen to transfer.  At first I used pencil but it came out very lightly.  So I switched to a pen which gave me this:
I made a couple of oopsies - particularly on the 'S' in Paris but overall I found the paper easy to use.  I was afraid it might smudge so I gave it a couple of coats of poly to seal it in once I was done stenciling it on.  Once that was dry, I painted the wood fleur de lis and glued that to the front of the handle.
Here's a close up.
Once everything was dry and ready to roll, I added some faux Dollar Store moss to both bottoms.  I was in a pink mood so I added some vintage pink thread, a bottle of pastel buttons and the cute butterfly (from Michael's).  Adding to the French theme is the French book paper page tucked in the corner.
I would definitely use the graphite paper again as I have a few sheets left.  Maybe next time I'll try a more intricate image/design.

Linking to The Graphics Fairy: Brag Monday.


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  1. Wow, i must say i really like this,looks fab.
    Have a great day :)
    Mantha xx

  2. I really love how this turned out and glad to hear about the graphite paper. I might just give that a try! hugs, Linda

  3. thats cute... and graphite paper is a great idea!

  4. I've got a package of that sitting on my shelf, too, waiting to be opened! It's always for that "one day" project. This turned out cute and it doesn't look like it smeared at all.

  5. So pretty Jeanine. DOn't cha love when you find things like that that you had forgotten about? Almost makes it like treasure hunting in your own house : )

  6. Your caddy turned out so nice! Love the graphic from graphics fairy! Blessings from Bama!

  7. What a great transformation, Jeanine. It's funny you mentioned your "oopsy." I didn't even notice it--but I notice them on my projects all the time.

  8. Oh I love this, and I too am a fan of transfer paper...:) This turned out just lovely.
    Over from Graphics Fairy.

  9. Graphite paper must be "carbon paper" we used when you typed on a I did for many years. Typewriter folks-- how many remember THOSE!? For that matter, who remembers a mimeograph machine (instead of a xerox photo copier)--I barely remember using one (elem school) but wow-- the memories!

    Thanks for this great post Okio B! Glad you found a treasure (sure looks sweet) cuz I know *I* memory!


    Visiting from GraphicsFairy's BRAG MONDAY,
    From NW Illinois,
    Suzanne At WhyCuzICan

  10. OOOhhh I just love your Paris project, and all the shabby chic treasures inside! Simple and elegant.

  11. Ooohh! So pretty Jeanine!! Genius idea with the graphite paper too!

  12. Soo beautiful, Janine!

    I didn't know you don't need to 're-inforce' with paint after using graphite paper.
    So thanks for that and for stopping by at my blog.

    Dona from DK's Craft Cafe

  13. This is so lovely! I've been wanting to try transferring images, but didn't quite know how to go about it. I must do it soon. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I've enjoyed my visit to yours and am a new follower. So neat that you have been published in some of my favorite magazines.

  14. That looks fabulous. Great job on something you for got you had....Love the graphis. Following you back.
    Carolyn xx


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