Rummage Sale Wooden Tote Gets a Makeover

Our little town has a huge festival the weekend before school starts. The whole town along with their friends and families swoop down to attend a 2-hour parade on Friday night. On Saturdays, there are oodles of rummage and yard sales. The local Catholic church has the biggest selection and that’s where I found my rummage sale wooden tote to make over.

Fresh Flowers in Painted and Stamped Rummage Sale Wooden ToteHere’s what my rummage sale wooden tote looks like after its makeover.

It now wears a coat of light blue paint and pretty stamps.


Rummage Sale Wooden Tote before its MakeoverHere’s what the little tote looked like before its makeover.

The green piece of yarn signifies its price of 50 cents. Since we arrived late, everything was half off.

So my little rummage sale wooden tote was a mere 25 cents.


Wooden Tote painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis BlueI gave it a single coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue.

Then I used a few stamps to add late summer charm.


Painted Rummage Sale Wooden Tote with 2 vases of flowersTwo glass vases fit perfectly inside. I filled them with Mums and Gerbera Daisies.


Late Summer Flower Arrangement in Painted Wooden ToteThe colors of these beautiful late summer flowers caught my eye. So pretty!


Lavender mum from a late summer flower arrangementI set my rummage sale wooden tote atop a vintage embroidered table runner.


Late Summer Flower Arrangement in Painted Wooden ToteIt’s hard for me to pass up a pretty bouquet.

Right now my garden is in transition and I don’t have a lot of flowers to cut.


Lavender Mum from Late Summer Flower ArrangementSo I had to resort to store bought … but they’re still pretty.

I love how this flower mimics the flower stamp on the side of the wooden tote.


Late Summer Floral Arrangement in Painted Wooden ToteI’ll enjoy the flowers of summer as long as I can.

I do love Fall mums in the garden and will soon be adding those to our yard.

What late summer flowers do you enjoy?

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  1. Beautiful Jennifer! First I’m gonna buy myself a tool box and than make it for a fall centerpiece.
    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend.

  2. Turned out so pretty Jennifer … love the stamps on it too. Will work for Spring or Summer … I am sure Fall colors will be beautiful in it too. 25¢ !!! I would say you are getting your monies-worth out of that.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Jennifer, that is so pretty! I almost picked up one of these totes at a thrift store the other day, but didn’t know what I would do with it. Now, after seeing yours, I want to go back and get it! The flowers look beautiful with it. Maybe, I’ll try a “fall” season with mine. Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. Jennifer, you got a great deal with that twenty-five cent tote. The way you fixed it up with the paint and daisies is so YOU! It is so pretty and the table scarf reminds me that I found a pretty one last week at the SPCA thrift shop in town. I am a sucker for antique and vintage linens! Have a beautiful weekend!