This was an affordable Christmas gift to your all American, manly-man. What do you give the man who has everything? An aged toolbox reminiscent of his childhood, and working on manly-man things with his father.
It is an inexpensive wooden box from the Craft Warehouse, I removed the hardware and soaked it in a activating rusting solution for a few days. The box is primed, then painted with Modern Masters rust and patina paint. It has several layers, and I let the solution pool, and set objects on top of the wet paint to take on the grunge look. Every detail is aged. I found the handle at the Hobby Lobby, and it is just glued on. I just hope he doesn't fill it with hammers and wrenches then try to carry it around!!!