Teacher Toolbox

The first step was researching how to make a teacher toolbox. After lots of digging, I found (what I believe to be) the best toolbox for my money. It has 22 drawers (but only two sizes, which makes labeling easier), and can be purchased off of amazon prime. (You can use my affiliate link* for the product, linked here.) It is nice, sturdy, and smooth. After I made this purchase, I headed to Wal-Mart to grab some spray paint. I made sure to grab a bottle that said it adhered to plastic, just to make sure it would bond very well. I also grabbed some plastic to lay on the ground so that I didn’t make a huge spray paint mess.

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Finished teacher toolbox! Labels by memorablemaimoments on TPT. Click here for affiliate link.

Spray painting was definitely a project in itself. I removed all of the drawers from the container, took the shell outside, and spray painted away. What I didn’t expect, however, was all of the drip marks that would be left on my project. Due to the wind, I was spray painting pretty close to the shell. However, I think I was a bit too close, because the paint was globbing up on the sides of the plastic.

I decided to give it a rest and let it dry overnight. After being dry, it looked much better, and I was able to go over it a few more times to get the whole thing covered.

While I was letting the paint dry, I worked on labels! I had scoured TPT for the labels I thought would compliment my project best. I settled on some from memorablemaimoments shop. Once purchased, I printed on white cardstock, laminated, and cut! The last step was to stick them on the outside using some strong double-sided tape.

To finish everything up, I sprayed a final ‘top coat’ spray paint on my toolbox. Once that was dry, I was able to put everything together. The finished product is pictured above.

Overall, I am very glad that I decided to make this teacher toolbox. It is going to help keep me organized and avoid the ‘messy teacher desk drawer.’ Plus, it looks AMAZING and will fit in perfectly with my classroom decor! Do you need help keeping organized and/or like pretty things in your classroom? If so, you should make one too!


If I were to do this project over again, here are some changes I would make:

1. I would use a different type of plastic to lay on the ground while spray painting. The kind I got was very thin and my toolbox kept sticking to it. Next time, I would try some trash bags or a tarp.

2. I would make sure that I was spray painting at a cooler temperature. When I spray painted, my toolbox took FOREVER to dry because it was over 100 degrees outside.

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This post was originally written July 13, 2018 and edited May 2, 2020