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How to freshen up your toolbox with paint

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Hit the snooze button on boring old toolboxes and trick yours up with this cool DIY.

Grab a few Resene testpots and a triangle cookie cutter and get to work with these simple instructions.

Paint a tool box with triangle shapes
Painted toolbox

You will need


  1. Paint the whole toolbox in Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer, to give it grip for when you paint it. Leave to dry according to the instructions.
  2. Dip the cookie cutter lightly into the Resene testpots, with just enough paint to stamp along the bottom of the toolbox. Rotate the triangle and colours as you go along and remember to wipe the cookie cutter clean after each stamp. Use the paintbrush and Resene Aqua to paint in the handles. Leave to dry.
  3. Fill with all your tools, or gift to a loved one who needs a bit of colour added to their tool bench.

Supplies you will need

Step 1

Step 2

Top tip:  Use other shaped cookie cutters to add designs to your toolbox or use potato prints for other shapes. Use Resene FX Metallic paint, such as Resene Blast Grey, to give an industrial edge to the look.

Project by Nikki Astwood, 2020.

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