Saturday, January 9, 2021

Tool Boxes In Farmhouse Decor/Lifestyle Of Love Blog Hop

Hi, Friends, 
Welcome to the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop hosted by the adorable Cindy of County Road 407. This month, we are writing about tool boxes, a farmhouse and vintage decor staple. 

If you are stopping by from Lora B, welcome. Lora always has the greatest vintage treasures. 

 When I started noticing tool boxes used in farmhouse decor, I emptied the doodads and thingamabobs out of Bill's little wooden toolbox and I used it as a centerpiece on the kitchen table. Our youngest son made it in Boy Scouts and had given it to Bill for Father's Day.  
  That wasn't going to fly. I have a lot of leeway when it comes to decorating but he put his foot down on this one. 

I could not use his toolbox but 
I wanted one, so he made me one. 

It's actually a fairly simple design. 

You will need:
2 -17" long 1x4s 
2 - 7 3/4" high 1x6s - angled as you wish
A dowel rod that is 17" long. 
Drill holes in the 1x6s the diameter of the dowel rod. 
Bill used screws to put the box together. He glued the dowel into place. 

 It has been used in many different vignettes over the years. 
 I painted it white. 
The sides are tall enough so that stuff fits easily in the tray. 

What is the appeal of old tool boxes and totes? 

There is an industrial chic aspect to them. 

When they are chipped and worn they fit right in with farmhouse and vintage style. 
Tool boxes are perfect for corralling all kinds of seasonal goodness.
They are a great way to put a lot of small things together. 

These red trays came out of some of Bill's old tool boxes.  
I had a lot of fun styling them with small gardening elements. 

My actual tool box is really a tackle box. It has a side gig as a marriage counselor.  

It's the perfect size for the tools that I use the most. It contributes to marital harmony as I don't have to borrow (and fail to return) Bill's tools. 
I adore the color. 

As these have gained in popularity, the price has increased but I'm sure that you can still find fun metal and wood tool boxes at garage sales and estate sales. 
You might even check your attic or garage.  

Make sure you visit the other blogs participating in the hop. Go check out Cindy and then click on the other links below. 
I hope this has inspired you to go out the garage and snag a tool box to corral your own decor. 

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  1. Katie you made me smile! We have a few Boy Scout toolboxes too. It's a great project to earn a woodworking merit badge! Love your sweet vignettes. Happy Saturday!

  2. Such fabulous ideas in every season, Katie! I'm totally pinning your garden caddy to my spring board. It's pretty and practical which is just what I need. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Katie,
    you had so many clever ideas. Loved doing this with you.

  4. Oh my goodness you have so many toolboxes and all styled so beautifully ❤️

  5. I like all of these, Katie! Beautifully styled. And love most that Bill made you one!

  6. I love how you borrowed Bill's toolbox and then he made you one of your own. Love the ends on yours to help corral goodies. Who knew you had so many metal ones? They are so much fun to play with!

  7. My heart melted when I read that Bill's toolbox is one your son made for him in Boy Scouts. Bill was so sweet to make a toolbox for you to use for decorating. You showed so many wonderful ways to style a toolbox and I enjoyed every single one of them.

  8. I can't find any good ones in my neck of the woods. Yours are fantastic! I am really surprised at how many people have in their stash of goodies. Where have they been all my life? You've given me so much inspo (and another reason to keep hunting)! ;) Thank you for joining in. Pinned!

  9. Katie, I love all your toolboxes and how you styled them! I only have the wooden tool caddy style toolboxes, but after seeing how you styled your vintage metal ones I'm going to be on the hunt for some!

  10. Katie, you have so many great ideas. I love the toolbox that your husband made, and the blue, red, and gray ones are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. You have a wonderful collection of them Katie! Loving that beautiful blue one, and how you styled the gray one, too. They're so fun! Yes, those inside dividers come in handy for decorating, too. You can always use one more, right?

  12. Hello Katie,
    Our paths have not crossed for awhile. I just happened on an old post of mine and
    saw you had left a comment back in 2017, so decided to click on your comment and come see if you were still blogging, was delighted to see you still are....most of the time that is not the way it turns out. I would love to join up with your linky party, but I didn't see a date so have no idea what day you start your linky party. So if you would let me know I will happily join you.
    Hope you have a blessed New Year,

    1. Hi Nellie, I have a link party every Tuesday evening around 6ish. Wednesday morning if I'm delayed for some reason. I'll have one up today. There are a lot of good bloggers that have quit blogging. I've thought about it a time or two but I still keep at it. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. All these ideas are so cute! I hated to miss this fun hop, so many great ideas.

    Not sure if you saw, but I featured you at the last aah link party:

    Looking forward to what you share this week too!