Monday, July 29, 2013

Upcycled Toolbox

It's Monday and I'm linking up again with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. I really enjoy posting what I've been up to every Monday. Last week I went into my classroom to organize some cupboards. I was bummed to see that the cleaning crew hasn't even touched my room. That means they are going to be in there as the same time as me! That doesn't work so well.

As I was organizing I looked over and saw this embarrassingly ugly toolbox that I use to store all of our hearing aid supplies and batteries. It's been in my room for the past 14 years and I just add another layer of labels over the top as needed.  Lovely.

I've seen all those cute teacher toolboxes out there on Pinterest. I don't need one for my supplies, but figured the idea would work great for this sad looking box. Naturally, mine doesn't match up with the freebies already out there, so I designed my labels, soaked those drawers in hot water, spray painted the outside black, ran my labels through my Xyron Creative Station, and stuck them to the drawers. (The labels on the right have been whited out since they have student names for their hearing aid batteries.)

This hearing aid supply box is no longer an eye sore in my classroom! Love the way it turned out.


  1. That looks great! Now I'm beginning to feel pressured to fix my ugly dusty one...
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. CUTE labels! :)

    Heather Haugen

  3. I love that you found a way to salvage something that you already had. As always, you made it look perfect! You really are so creative and crafty!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. Your storage box looks beautiful!