For extra storage space, pass on the standard floating shelf and mount your old toolbox instead. Don't know a thing about the aesthetics of arranging a shelf? No worries. Most toolboxes have ready-made compartments that will do the job for you.
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- Hardware Store Decor: 9 Ways to Repurpose Tools
Hardware Store Decor: 9 Ways to Repurpose Tools
Mount Your Toolbox
Build Some Seats
Grinding Your Gears
While not technically tools, gears work hard in a variety of simple machines and deserve their moment to shine too. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors took hers into her office, sitting them next to repurposed pots to hold writing utensils. Together, they give the desk a simple, rustic vibe.
Garden Tool Gate
A backyard gate constructed from garden tools (like the one shown at right, built by David at Montana Wildlife Gardener) can creatively showcase both your green thumb and passion for the outdoors. Plus, as evident in these before-and-after shots, switching from a solid door to a more open gate allows the beauty of the backyard landscaping to peek through.
Finally, a flower that lasts through the frost! Gather up any scrap metal you can find to create a weather-resistant, one-of-a-kind garden rose. Don from Don's Daylily Divider made these whimsical blossoms by welding together corn planter plates, wind turbine ball bearings, flat washers, screen door parts, and more.
Eclectic without being messy, a well-staged collection of similar items brings subtle pattern to even the blandest room. Display tall and narrow tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers, standing upright in a drilled wooden slat, as in this arrangement captured by photographer Kate Ryan.
Bent Wrench Hooks
Sure, a vise is great for holding things steady in the basement or garage, but it can do the same around the house too! Turn old vises into distinctive bookends to keep a small collection of hardcovers or folders together. You can be sure they won't get separated unless you release the grip.
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