Project

Retooled Tools

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2013

Introduction

Elevate an everyday object into something giftworthy by painting on some colorful stripes. Start with anything that has a wooden handle, like a hammer, trowel, or baseball bat. (If the wood is varnished, sand it lightly with finegrit paper.) Use painter's tape to cover areas you'd like to protect. Brush on craft paint, let it dry, and repeat as desired. Remove the tape; seal with a coat of polyurethane.

Shop hammers, $23 for 4, garrettwade.com
Professional wooden-handle screwdrivers, $49.50 for 6, garrettwade.com
Craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Wild Blueberry, Carrot, Summer Haze, and Pea Shoot, $2 for 2 oz., michaels.com

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