Art Supply Caddy Makeover

January is all about getting organized, and so I bring you my art supply caddy makeover, and how duct tape can help you distress paint for a vintage, shabby look. Yes, duct tape!

Art Supply Caddy Makeover

Thanks to DecoArt for sponsoring this project and sharing it with their readers. This project idea and tutorial is 100% my own. 

Art Supply Caddy Makeover

I found this beat-up caddy at a nearby thrift store for $5. The pale pink color was the perfect “under color” for my paint makeover.

thrift store caddy

What really sold me on this caddy was how heavy it is, so when I’m grabbing scissors or paint brushes, the caddy will stay in place. Perfect!

thrift store caddy detail

I began by rubbing candle wax along the edges and anywhere else I wanted the pink to show through.

Art Supply Caddy Makeover using candle wax and chalky finish paint

After painting my top color, I used duct tape to help me give the art supply caddy a distressed, shabby look. 

Use duct tape to easily distress chalky finish paint

Chalk painted Art Supply Caddy

To finish the art supply caddy, I added number stencils to each side.

Number stencils on art supply caddy

You can see my complete tutorial — including a list of supplies and helpful step-by-step images — on the DecoArt website!

Thrift Store Art Caddy Upcycle

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Thrift Store Art Supply Caddy Upcycle

Art Supply Caddy Makeover details

Check out the Related Posts below for more of my distressed paint tutorials!

Happy crafting!



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