Flea Market Tool Box Coffee Table



Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

In early August I had the chance to go back to the 40 mile Route 11 Yard Crawl in Virginia.  Last year I got tons of stuff and you’ve been seeing my projects ever since.  The latest was the dorm room cabinet. 

This year I found junk for only 3 projects.  You would think in 40 miles of yard sale goodness that I would find more than 3 things that caught my eye.  It wasn’t my day, either things were too expensive or they just didn’t speak to me.

I’ve already shared one of my finds from that day, the stool which became the legs for my Maryland table.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Like I said last week, if it’s large and boxy, I immediately see coffee table.   This tool box was no exception.  While he had a few paint drips on the outside, the inside looked like it had never been used.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Originally those slats at the top were meant to hold saws.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

I’m pairing the toolbox/sawbox up with this table I picked up  from the trash.  When my sister asked if I would redo her two tiered table last week, this is actually the style table I envisioned. The table must have sat in the rain a little too long because the particle board tabletops were separating and turning back into sawdust.

Luckily, I didn’t pick the table up for it’s tops, I picked the piece up for it’s legs, I’m always on the lookout for legs I can repurpose.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

When I put the legs with my tool box, the legs were a little too wide and not quite long enough.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

I could still use the legs and the corner braces but  the frame had to be replaced. The pallet wood I’m using for my new frame had to be cut down to fit into the leg notch.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Everything was rescrewed and nuts and washers replaced and retightened just like the original side table.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

The old frame had been attached to the side table with kreg jig style screws inserted into the sides of the frame.  

Because the base of my toolbox was rather thin plywood I’m attaching the legs a little differently.  More pallet wood slats attached to the frame sides gives me something to screw in to.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

On the inside of the toolbox, you can see the screws which attach the legs.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

I’m using black chalk paint as a base.  Not very neat am I?  The idea is to have a layered paint finish.  The original toolbox didn’t have as much character as I would have liked.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

The black splotchy paint was followed by 2 coats of red chalk paint painted on a bit neater.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

sander reveals some of the wood and some of the black paint.  Sand off as much or as little as you like and finish with your vintage wax.

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

Upcycled Tool box, Saw box, coffee table

A tool box makes a great coffee table, they’re usually built to last and loaded with storage.

If you like the bunny you can find him here and the hand painted diy flag pillow here.

Have a wonderful week.

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4 Comments

  • What a neat table! You did a great job on it. I really like how you did the different colored layers of paint.

  • Barbara says:

    I live in the Shenandoah Valley with the Rt 11 Yard Crawl. While we natives often complain about the traffic that weekend we realize it’s a good chance to show off our hospitality. Your scavenging certainly did provide a chic coffee table. Love what you did with the tool box. It looks great in the living room with your couch and the patriotic pillow!

    • Joan says:

      I can see why they complain, the traffic is terrible but it’s a whole lot of fun. My sister has a place in Front Royal so every year we head over and make a day out of it. Some times we get great deals and sometimes there is junk but we always have an adventure.

  • I love how you saved the toolbox and the table by repurposing them. The new table looks wonderful.

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