DIY Teacher Toolbox

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I am taking a big step this year. Drumroll please. I am getting rid of my teacher desk! (GASP) Why on earth would I do that? Well, let me be honest. My desk was simply a place for me to put junk on top of and in. It was a scary site to behold. By getting rid of my teacher desk, I have added so much more room in my classroom. So, now that my desk was gone, I needed a place to put my stuff…essential teacher stuff, but stuff nonetheless. Enter the teacher toolbox, folks.

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I’m sure you’ve seen this bad boy all around the internets. I actually saw it for the first time last summer and put it on my to-do list. But you know how that goes….So this year I was determined to make one. It is super simple and not too expsensive. Here are the steps to make your own teacher toolbox.

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Well, duh, first you have to purchase the actual toolbox. I got mine from Lowe’s for about $16 dollars. The one I bought comes in blue, but that didn’t go along with my bright colors theme for this year, so I also bought some Valspar spray paint to complete the look.

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Now that you have your materials, take out all 22 of the drawers. You don’t want to get spray paint on those!

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Get yourself to a well ventilated area and go crazy, but not too crazy with the spray paint. I went outside to spray paint mine.

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Now look, I didn’t go to school for professional spray painting and it is very obvious! I did a good job on some parts but not so good on other parts. Whatever! Once your toolbox is spray painted, give it ample time to DRY! How about I messed this one up too…

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After it’s dry, you need to get some labels to make it all pretty. I have saved you tons of searching and created some. You can grab them from my TpT store HERE.

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Once you have printed and perhaps even laminated your labels, you can attach them to the front of your drawers. I created the labels to be attached to the outside of the drawers but technically I guess you could attach them on the inside. I attached them by simply using tape.

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And VOILA!

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The last step is to add all of your supplies and you’ve got a nice toolbox for your classroom that will help you stay organized. All of your teacher friends will be amazed.

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