I've had so much fun lately seeing what other artists have done online, tricking out empty wood boxes and turning them into awesome kits! So, when I saw this wood box at a garage sale for $2 a few weeks ago, I snatched it up! With my background as a product designer and a retail display designer, I was really in my element with this project!
I removed ALL of the hardware (handles, latches, hinges, and metal corners), sanded the whole thing, and then primed it with white...
...then I used some paint that I already had on hand from previous projects to paint the box. The outside I painted a really dark gray, and the inside is sortof a blue-ish purple. You can see here that I also put in a couple eye screws and a chain so that the lid would stay vertical when open, making a perfect design menu surface! I spent about $5 on new screws to re-attach all the hardware. (the old ones were pretty rusty) So, at this point I've invested $7.00...
I really loved the old-tyme-ie suitcase look that it had with the leather handles and hardware, so when it came time to decorate the outside, I let the box itself inspire me!
|design sketched out with a white colored pencil|
|starting to paint it in...|
I debated for a while whether I should put some sort of folding legs on the bottom to make the case it's own table...possibly adding wheels and a handle. But, then I realized that my little folding cart (similar to this one) works perfectly to add these functions without having to add more bulk to the box itself...
...this cart folds down to just a couple inches thick which is great for transport. When opened up, I can simply set my case inside and wheel it to my gig. Then, when it comes time to set up, I can just set the case right on this cart and I have my table!
|The box sitting on my cart is just the right height!|
|Battery box and switch for the lights...attached with velcro to the top corner in the lid|
|Clear vinyl sheet attaches to the magnetic receptive vinyl backing to cover design menu.|
I love this business card holder...I think I got it years back as a freebie from a vendor while I was working as a display designer for Best Buy....
|Business card holder, velcro'd to the lid|
I cut a piece of black towel to fit inside the bottom of the case, which also attached with velcro so I can pull it out and wash it.
|Set up and ready to use!|
I keep my paints in screw-together jars (less lids to worry about), and when I'm painting I set them on a towel lined tray that sits on my lap. In the spirit of re-designing my kit, I thought I'd cut a couple towels to exactly fit my tray too, and add velcro. They look really nice and neat...
|Case with all my paints packed in|
SO, there you have it! I have tried many different things in my 18+ years as a professional face painter, and I am excited to try out this new kit. I'll have to stop back and leave a review once I've painted with it. Last year I purchased a Fatmax after reading so many rave reviews about them. I kindof have a love-hate relationship with my Fatmax. I love that I can bring just about EVERYTHING I own and have it all instantly accessible for the gigs that require this. But it's also murder on my already bad back getting it in and out of my car. My other setup, which consists of a grocery cart with a custom fitting tabletop and fabric wrap, works really awesome, is super lightweight, and takes up very little space. But, it doesn't have quite enough tabletop space now that I'm carrying a kit of one strokes. So, we shall see how this kit fits into my spectrum! I still find myself choosing certain kits for certain gigs, and I think this will be a great one when I need to be super compact. It can also work great just sitting on any existing table if I'm provided one. So, stay tuned...I'll try to post about how it worked once I've used it at an event!