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Colorful Toolbox Organizer

Teachers have so much going on day-to-day in the classroom and we are always in need of good organizational systems to keep everything running smoothly. After seeing a post by Tara from 4th Grade Frolics where she gave a toolbox a makeover, I decided I was in desperate need of a similar organization system!
 Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with Laughter
So, off to Home Depot I went to pick out an organizer!
I knew I wanted to spray paint it white, so I got this grey one because I figured it would be easier to cover up than the navy blue one (which was the only other choice)!

Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with Laughter

Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with LaughterI sprayed it with a plastic primer first, and then a couple coats of white spray paint.
While the paint was drying I cut out scrapbook paper and printed the labels, which were made by Rebecca at Create, Teach, Share. She is the original inspiration behind the toolbox makeover! I attached the labels to the scrapbook paper with a removable adhesive and then I put the paper into the drawers, which I attached with a small piece of tape on the top and bottom. After the paint was dry (well, pretty dry) I brought it inside and put in the drawers!
Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with Laughter Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with Laughter
Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with Laughter Colorful Toolbox Organizer - Lessons with Laughter
Not only is this the perfect organizational system for all those small items I need throughout the day, but it also brightens up the counter behind my desk!


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love it! That looks great!

    Fun in Room 4B

  2. Tara says:

    Too cute girl! Thanks for holding off on the post until the linky:))))) Now what's next???? You better text me and keep me in the know:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. This looks great! I think it's moving up on my to-do list quickly 🙂

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  4. Nicole says:

    I just made mine this past week, too! I love love it and can't wait to use it next year! I found you through Tara's linky! I'm a new follower!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  5. Brenda says:

    So CUTE!! And I REALLY need something like this too! (My desk needs some help to get organized!) Love how it looks on your counter, by the way!

    Primary Inspired

  6. I need something more than baskets full of junk, so this might be a great summer project. I never knew you could spray paint plastic, but it's nice to know you need to prime it first. I have some crates that could use a makeover!


    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  7. Shannon says:

    I LOVE LOVE your tool organizer-I have been seeing them on other blogs, but haven't gotten up the courage to make one for myself. I do have an old toolbox though…… 🙂


  8. April Walker says:

    Super cute! Multi, bright colors are always fun.

    April @ The Idea Backpack

  9. Oh! I love this! I have been wondering what was in all of those drawers and now I know. I can now go and get one and pretty it up. YEA! So excited.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  10. Sara S. says:

    It came out great!! I am updating mine to look prettier this summer (it's boring blue and orange right now). And I love your quote at the bottom – love multi-color!

    Sara 🙂
    Smiling In Second Grade

  11. I must add this to my ever growing summer bucket list. Yours came out fantastic!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  12. Tonya says:

    I am SO adding this to my to-do list:)

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  13. So cute!! Is that scrapbook paper that you measured and cut or did you make it all on the computer to print and cut?

    The Learning Tree

  14. Jill says:

    I LOOOOOVE your organizer! It is so pretty!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  15. Lisa R. says:

    I love that toolbox!! That is on my pinterest to do list for the summer! 🙂

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  16. Mrs. Alaniz says:

    Love this! I could desperately use one in my classroom. Super cute!
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  17. Brandi says:

    Your toolbox came out so cute! Definitely on my summer bucket list!

    Success in Second Grade

  18. I love it! Adding it to my to do list for sure! PS. I was inspired to purchase class t-shirts from Whitney Daniels Designs after seeing your class' adorable ones! Come check them out in my latest blog post!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  19. Janaye says:

    Love what you did with yours! I am actually working on mine now! 🙂

  20. April Orr says:

    Hey! I'm just working on my tool box! Do you find that the white is hard to keep clean?

  21. Haley says:

    Okay, so this has been floating around long enough and I'm going to cave in to the peer pressure, or pinterest pressure! That is absolutely adorable and I just found one online…thanks for sharing and I'm your newest followers!

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  22. Miss Ice says:

    Did you have to purchase dividers to come with it? As I've been looking online, it seems like a lot of people have to buy dividers for it separately?

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  23. Plastic primer and then spray paint…genius! I am off to buy mine now 🙂

    Teaching in Room 6

  24. Just bought mine! So excited to be able to not shuffle through my desk everytime I need something!

  25. Anonymous says:

    So Cute!! Love the idea. Heading to the store tomorrow! Walmart or anywhere that sells spray paint also sells spray paint for plastic items. I know this because I just repainted my plastic chairs that sit on my frount porch. Alot cheaper than buying new chairs. lol! One $4.00 can of spray paint did the job. Just look for the paint for plastic!It comes in several colors! FUN STUFF!!

  26. Anonymous says:

    So cute! Wish the drawers were deep enough to hold pencils. Great idea!!!

  27. Leanne says:

    Hi! Could you share how you got the text boxes around the labels? Did it allow you to edit the Google Doc? I love the look of the bold line around the words! Thanks!
    Leanne 22.lrosloniec@nhamail.com

  28. Emily says:

    Hi Molly! I love this idea, but your pictures for some reason are not loading 🙁

  29. Molly says:


    They should be loading now! I don't know why, but they weren't showing for a couple days! Let me know if you still can't see them!

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