Hi everyone! It seems like we have officially entered a SEASON of ORGANIZING. Does this happen every January? I don’t remember such a strong drive to bring order to every chaotic corner of our lives. If you saw my workroom or my office or my garage, you would know that I desperately need organization. Oh, and purging. Yes, I need lots and lots of purging. I can’t say that either of those is going to happen, but in the spirit of all things organizational, I have a small vintage project that has helped me corral some of my tools and junky bits all together in one place. You see, one of my problems is I like everything out in the open where I can see it. If it’s hidden, then I forget I have it, and it’s of no use to me.
My new caddy, made from an old cake tin, lets me keep some tools and vintage “junk” sitting out on one of my workbenches.
The other day, as I dug around in one of my boxes out in the garage, I came across this cake tin. I bought it over a year ago, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. To me, it looks like a “French” cake tin because it seems somehow more sophisticated than your generic angle food pan, with its seams and handles on the side.
I guess that’s why I went for the French stencil. Of course, you can stencil anything you want on the side of your cake tin. Give it a spritz of matte polyurethane when you’re done, and that will protect your paint from scratching during use. [The stencil I used: DecoArt, French Living, one of my favorites.]
Now, the trick is to find a handle, or some other whatsit you can use for a handle, that fits in the central “hole” of the tin. I buy up these sorts of handles whenever I see them for 50¢ or less, so I happened to have one on hand. [I would have used a red one, if I could, but they were too small.]
The handle that ultimately fit was made of unfinished wood, so I gave it a quick coat of dark stain. It was also a tiny bit too small for the opening, so I wrapped some duct tape around the end and then applied some strong glue where the two pieces met (the cake tin and the handle) and let it dry.
I nestled three gray, thrift store clay pots inside, and they hold a surprising amount of junk.
You can use it to hold anything you want. It could be used as a display in a shop or at a show. My tags look nice hanging out in the new caddy.
But for now, I’m perfectly happy with it holding some handles and hinges and a couple of tools. It makes me feel very organized whenever I look at it.
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