Just Toolin’ Around

It was a junker’s delight at the auction last week.
Vintage Wooden Tool Tote via Knick of Time
I brought home my share of it!
3 old tool boxes
3 boxes of sheet music
3 old barn pulleys
1 farmhouse table
2 old push lawn mowers
a bunch of wooden boxes
and that really cool large wooden tool tote seen above.
and rust…lots of rust.
Our beagle refused to stay out of the photo.
I love the wooden handles on the push mowers, with their faint typography.   I hope to use them for a project in my home in the future.
I’m not sure what possessed me to get this old shaft from a horse cart, but I got it cheap and it was old wood, and those 2 things combined made me temporarily lose my logic and bid on it. I have no earthly clue what I’ll do with it, but my daughter thinks we should attach a sled to it so her miniature horse can give them sled rides next winter.
I was so happy to get the huge tool tote.  When I excitedly showed it to my husband,  his response was,  “It’s just a homemade tool tote.”  I resisted the urge to say, “DUH.” 
I think we’ve had discussions like this about 3 dozen times, but he still doesn’t understand why I
buy what I buy or why other people buy the things I buy from me.
Vintage Wooden Tool Tote via Knick of TimeThe wood never had any finish on it, so I gave it a coat of wood stain.
Then I added a chalkboard to the front and “framed” it with some pieces from an antique tape measure.
I listed it in my shop, but I might cry if it sells.
Vintage Wooden Tool Tote via Knick of Time
After I finished working on it, I again excitedly showed him how the tool tote looks now.  He tried to muster a little enthusiasm for it, but he still doesn’t get why I like it. I’m okay with that though.  I don’t get why he likes spaghetti Westerns.
Mars and Venus…that’s what we are.
Vintage Wooden Tool Tote via Knick of Time

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  1. Awesome finds Angie!!!

  2. Angie,
    You were on a fun shopping trip.Lots of great finds!!!That tote is fantastic.Lots of fun with that piece.It is true men just don’t get it 🙂

  3. Really nice things you found!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs Gerda

  4. I hear you! Whenever I show my husband some old junk or something I made to get his opinion, he gets a scared look like he’s going to give me the wrong answer. Which he usually does. :@

    Great finds! In these days of living green, young people with small city lots are once again buying push mowers, which I think is wonderful. They can mow the lawn and skip the gym!

  5. LOL — I guess we can be grateful that they don’t MIND us bringing this stuff home even if they don’t get why we like it! Love what you did with the tool box — the frame for the chalk board is great! Can’t wait to see what you do with all of the other stuff!

  6. I love this tote. Wish I could go auction hunting with you. Great finds, thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays.

  7. Love it! That little chalkboard is so cute!

  8. lol I love how you transformed the tool box.


  9. I have the same toolbox in the front – with the little red insert! Just found it at the thrift shop a couple of weeks ago! Maybe they were separated at birth!

    What a score – revel in your finds and let the hubs watch his westerns!

    Love the little chalkboard you added!

  10. Your husbands reaction makes me smile. I love the tool box and how you have it displayed. The chalkboard was a nice touch. I’ve never been to an auction…looks like I’m missing out! Love getting to show off this tote at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  11. Squeee! So much gorgeous junk and you’ve styled that tool carrier beautifully 🙂
    Cas x

  12. Wow…you found so many amazing “diamonds in the rough”! I love your “just a homemade tool tote…duh! I love the addition of the “chalkboard”. Have a great day!


  13. Wonderful find! I am a new reader, creating over at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com, excited to check out all of your treasures – Tanya 🙂

  14. For a tools like these, that looks it was forgotten for long time .. this not must not happen again..so it is needed to have a tool boxes.. for them to look new still..

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