Monday, April 15, 2013

Not Another Caddy . . .


As I am cleaning out one of my craft cupboards I am moving everything into my new garage work space.

I found another caddy-  like I need another one.

It's amazing what I am finding in my quest to be organized.


 I remembered the number box I saw at American Home & Garden.

Yesterday I painted the caddy with Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

While waiting for the paint to dry, I checked the picture on my blog post, Seeing Green, and realized I should have painted a rectangle on the caddy.
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In my organizing, I remembered seeing a rectangular piece of metal.

I nailed it onto the caddy and went looking for numbers to trace.


Instead, I found a bunch of magnetic letters and like that, the plan changed.

I decided to leave the metal unpainted and use magnetic letters to change the words whenever I want.


I tried out different things in the box and used a variety of words.


But, I still wanted to paint a box with numbers.

Of the caddies I painted last week, only one had been left plain.


I grabbed the caddy on the front porch and added our address.


It isn't quite the same as the American Home & Garden caddy, but it will do.


I got my number caddy - Steve actually noticed it on the porch.

And, I also have a fun caddy that can change with my mood, or the season, or the holiday . . .

I'm pretty sure I don't have any more caddies to paint.

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47 comments:

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I love caddies too! These are just gorgeous. Brilliant idea with the magnets!

Jeanette

Donna Wilkes said...

You can NEVER have too many tool caddies. They are just too useful. Love the magnetic letter idea. I also turn mine on their sides to stack to hold craft supplies. I use the handles for ribbons and twine.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

No such thing as too many caddies! I love how you added the strip of metal so you can use magnetic numbers or letters. So clever!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They look great - I don't have any so I am on the hunt for a couple of caddies. Thanks for sharing this post. Love It!.
Mary

Debby said...

They are all just so cute. Love the magnetic strip. Can't wait to see your new space.

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a great idea ( the magnetic strip ) although I love ALL of them - they're very hard to find here in Montreal !!!
XOX

Anne said...

What a sweet little caddy!Love that strip of metal too as it can easily be changed and decorated.Sounds like someone is having lots of fun with paint!
xx
Anne

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Really cute--I love using things like this for planters!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

How cute!
I love the metal detail and the magnetic numbers and letters.
I just thought of something... you could use a stencil and cut magnetic letters or numbers out of those ad magnets you get on you phone book or in the junk mail. Just cut them out and spell stuff with them!
Free letters...:)

love this one, Pat

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol
These are too cute.
Kris

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Great ideas!! Like you I have many caddies that I have
made over the years!! Now to go dig them out of the garage.....

Connie said...

You have some of the prettiest ideas.
I love your caddies filled with pansies . . . pretty, pretty, pretty :)

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Adorable! I sure wish I could find an extra one of those here! Love your clever idea :)

❀ JoAnne said...

Your caddies are really cute! I love caddies too and they are hard to pass up when I see another one.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the caddies, such neat colors and I like how you do the colors so well. I always enjoy stopping by for a visit!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love your caddies. They are so much fun to fill.

Jemma said...

Such darling and creative caddies!!
Jemma

Kelly said...

Those are all so cute. I love the one you added metal to and can change it out accordingly.

My Garden Diaries said...

I need some caddies! What a great idea to put your house numbers on the front!! Absolutely adorable and so perfect with your beautiful pansies! Isn't great to find treasures that you already have?!?! Have a wonderful week!

Lizbeth McGow said...

Hello...coming from The Dedicated House party to pin this cute project onto my Just Because It's Pretty board! Love how cute it turned out! Thanks for sharing!

livingsimplyfree said...

I enjoy seeing caddies with words on them but have never been able to decide what one word I would want to live with. The magnetic letters is brilliant!

Leslie Harris said...

You are so creative! I would never have thought of magnetic anything! I t looks great, you've inspired me to paint my only caddy. :)
Leslie (Gwen Moss)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Oh, yes! An other beautiful caddy. The magnetic letters are such a brilliant idea.

Carol said...

The caddy looks really cute, and I adore the little violas (or maybe they are pansies?) I'm still looking for a tote, but may have to have Mr. Handyman make me one!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So clever! All your versions are just darling!

Pauline Wiles said...

I love the magnetic letters which you can change when you like. This project seems to define serendipity!

Laurel Stephens said...

Carol, this is the BEST project I've seen in ages!! My mind is buzzing with ideas inspired by it. You're a genius! (And I don't think you can ever have too many pretty boxes, especially with all the ways you change them up!)

Things and Thoughts said...

The result of your creative job is just great !

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your caddies filled with pansies how sweet.
XXOO Diane

Down by the sea said...

Your caddie looks so lovely with those beautifully coloured pansies. I saw some items in a shop the other day with numbers painted on them and I thought of you and how much nicer your pieces were.
Sarah x

chateau chic said...

Aren't you clever! I love the caddy with the magnetic board on the front. So fun!!
Mary Alice

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Your darling cottage reminds me of those in Brittany, a most lovely corner of France. Thank you for brightening up the world with your art and inspiration from the sea and sand. Your comment was much appreciated today. Anita

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Very cute project! Now I feel like I don't have enough caddies :)

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Love them all but the magnet one is such a great idea!
Liz

Paula said...

The magnets are a great idea! I have an old drawer that I am going to paint Scandinavian Blue (more of a purplish periwinkle - say that fast three times!). I plan to put pansies and violas in it and mount it on the corner of the fence, somehow!

beachcomber said...

great ideas with your caddies! i have one waiting to be renovated.
i received my pillow today. it's really cute, i'd like to do something similar with stripes on fabric.
thankyou SO much!!
cheryl xo

June said...

I LOVE your blog Carol! Those pansies really got my attention---they are gorgeous. I love the caddy and laughed when you said it's amazing what you find when you are re-organizing. So true:)

Audrey said...

Love these ideas. I have several caddies or tool boxes that need painted and I like the idea of magnetic letters or numbers. Thanks for the inspiration.
New follower and I will back to visit more.
Blessings,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

trishie said...

Love the flowers in the caddy! Looks really pretty.

Ana said...

Love the metal plate idea on the caddy. Great idea. Both caddies turned out beautiful.

Hugs,
❤Ana

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

Oh my goodness, that's all so cute!! ~Angela~

Rachel Paxton said...

What wonderfully creative ideas!
Rachel

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, This is a fabulous projecct. Just love all the caddies and the way your changed them. I really am inpsired to create one or two. I think I even have some metal sheeting in my stash. Your flowers look gorgeous in them. So creative!!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, CM

Jann Olson said...

Love them all! The addition of the magnetic strip is awesome. So universal. By the way, one can NEVER have too many caddies, ya think? lol!
hugs,
Jann

Dawn said...

You have some of the best collections, it's amazing all the thing you have that I want. LOL Thanks for sharing at the Cabin this week:)

Ivy and Elephants said...

These are just amazing! Each so unique. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Hugs,
Patti

Carla said...

Love all the caddie creations. I need some of your creativity. On my front porch I have a a book shelf. It has a medium size lizard and an armadillo painted like a Texas flag and that's it. My Shelves are empty and the front porch is blah. Unless you count the 1000 June Bugs. LOL