Last weekend, after I finished stripping the paint off my vintage file catalogs , I had a little extra stripper left over I didn't want to throw away.
I scoured our house for other things to strip, but it turns out, either I really like the finishes on most of our stuff, or I'm the one who has added the paint . Go figure.
That is, until I asked Rob if he had any toolboxes that needed stripped, and he pulled out this beauty, which he made in high school metal class, painted green (that was a part of the assignment, he said) and finished off with a Sharpie and the names of his favorite bands.
As much as I enjoy that peek into 17-year-old Rob's musical taste, he said I could strip it, and I wasted no time. When I applied the stripper, the Sharpie writing just melted off. It was so cool. However, unless you want to get rid of the finish underneath, I wouldn't recommend that as a viable solution for removing permanent marker.
The paint came right off after the stripper sat for 15 minutes. Underneath was a cool shiny finish. I'm a sucker for t he galvanized, metallic look , so I was thrilled.
I was also glad the stripper didn't melt or damage the plastic handle. I was a bit worried about what we'd do if that happened. I did leave a little green paint on the metal surface. I kind of like the way it looks chippy and old.
Now that the tool box is no longer a reflection of Rob's musical preferences, circa 1997, I've officially stolen it from him.
I'm still deciding if I want to maybe use it as a planter, or perhaps for storage on the shelves in our spare room. The room now includes several industrial and vintage pieces. The toolbox was constructed really well, so I could probably store some pretty substantial items inside.