How to Transform a Thrifty Find into an Art Caddy

This project was pretty simple, and I LOVE how it turned out. It is super easy for you to make~ It just took a while because of the various coats of paint. You can spread it over a couple of days, or you can make an afternoon/evening of it with a friend {Pictures below to show which option I chose!}.

 1) Clean your thrifty find! I used quite a few Lysol wipes and wiped down this {very dusty} piece until the Lysol wipes started coming out white instead of brown.

2) Sand it down. I did a very quick once-over with sandpaper to prep the piece for primer.

3) Paint with primer. You can do this quickly, but be sure it's a pretty even coat and cover things {like the house!} that you really don't want coming through your color.

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4) Let dry.

5) Paint a base coat. I did this pretty quickly, but evenly.

6) Let dry. {Drinking wine with your best friend is totally optional here!}

7) Check your project but most likely you will need a second coat to cover up any streaks or any of the white primer popping through.

Kelly spent a lot of time on these fabulous crayons!

Kelly spent a lot of time on these fabulous crayons!

8) Let dry.

9) You COULD stop here since your project is mostly finished, but the fun is just beginning~ onto the decorating! You can add stickers, paint designs, or do just about anything here. I asked my very talented friend to paint some custom crayons~ How AMAZING are these Creigh♥ations crayons?!

10) Let all additional paint and decorations dry.

11) Finish your project and protect the paint with a sealer/finisher.

We probably actually worked on this for a total of 2 hours {less if you don't want to paint custom crayons on the sides!}, but it took about 5 hours with all of the paint drying time. My little interns are so excited to use their new art caddy!

The finished product is a perfect place to store markers, scissors, and more!

The finished product is a perfect place to store markers, scissors, and more!

Looking for more craft ideas and want to hang out with other busy moms?! Head on over to the Creigh~ative Connection and join the discussion!

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