Monday, January 21, 2013

Old Tool Tote as Cutlery Holder

vintage tool tote as cutlery holder
I’ve been in Hunter’s barn…again!  This time I “borrowed” this little wooden tool tote.  He had a bigger one but wouldn’t let me take that one!  I applied a coat of chalk paint, almost dry brushing it one to allow some of the wood to show through.
old tool tote used as cutlery holder and is easy to decorate for different holidays
Since, it’s on the smaller side, I had to use jelly jars to hold the cutlery.  In keeping with Valentine’s Day, I inserted a solid pink and a floral napkin.  This is a great way to add, not only color, but prints for the different holidays/seasons. 
old tool tote into cutlery holder
I also used some Johnson Brothers plates to go along with the theme!  I got a whole set of 4 including a platter of $9.99 at Goodwill!  I saw the young man bringing them out the back and asked him to walk on up front for me to the register!  LOL!  They didn’t even make it to the shelf!
basket for cutting boards and utensils
While I was snapping pictures, I thought I’d show you my cutting boards.  I’ve been picking up some here and there and wanted to display them.  I came up with using a basket and also had enough space for crocks to hold the big utensils.  I would like a darker basket and will be keeping my eyes open for one at GW.
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  1. Tammy I love this idea! I have something similar as well in the dining room.

  2. It turned out lovely Tammy. Just perfect for holding flatware.

  3. Oh, I love this! I have a similar tool box and those dishes! I may have to copy you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Love this idea. I have a white tool box in the garage just waiting for something like this!I do like how you added the pretty plate as a backdrop.

  5. Love your idea! Wish you were close by, I have a darker basket like that one!! Great ideas!!

  6. Great find on those plates, Tammy! I wish my Goodwill had a bit more in transferware. Love how you did up your tote.

  7. Why can't I find treasures like this at our Goodwill? Love the pretty napkin and so easily changeable for the seasons.

  8. Love your tool tote and the way you've decorated it. The dry brush paint was a great idea, and I cannot believe it - you stole those plates! What a great price. Your cutting boards look pretty displayed in the basket. laurie

  9. I love anything in a tool box. This is a beautiful vignette.

  10. I love your toolbox, it is so pretty and finding the set of dishes at that price is definitely a bargain. Love it. The cutting boards are displayed so beautifully too. Great vignettes. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. Love this and the napkins are so pretty and I love the plate


  12. You can put Old Britain Castles in anything and it will be beautiful! I have to get an old tool tote. They are so versatile.

  13. This is really cute -- I just pulled a metal tool tray out of the trash that my hubby threw away. Gasp, what was he thinking?? This is a cute use for these!

  14. How lovely!!!

    I'd like to invite you to check out my thrifted link up!


  15. Love your red transferware!!!

  16. I love the little tool box decorated with valentine's pink! You lucky girl finding those plates at goodwill. I started a collection of Pink Castles a while back too, they are beautiful. Great way to display your cutting boards! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Open House.......

    The French Hutch

  17. Love this .. Great job and very inviting .. Just love it all

  18. Love, love this idea! Just gorgeous!

  19. Tammy,
    Thanks for sharing this cute THRIFTY idea at my party this week.


  20. Love the towel, very pretty and sets off your whole box. Don't you just love jelly jars!


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