On my previous post about the crazy little (big?) old gate coffee coaters, someone made a comment that stuck with me.
She mentioned the fact that she lived in a condo, and didn’t have a place to make a mess with tools and building and such.
It didn’t even DAWN on me until now that not everyone is blessed with an ‘overstuffed single car garage – workshop’.
While I really love to create things out of reclaimed wood, it’s not all I like to do.
One of my fav things to do is just grab a pile of junk, and do something HAPPY with it! 🙂
Who else collects rusty tools, but has yet to figure out a viable use for them?
I think of what I need, then go out and collect a theme of sorts.
Need – I’m always in a pinch for paint brushes or tools inside my home.
Theme – rusty tools
Lumping them all together in a pile, I started to play around, much like one big puzzle.
THIS old cupboard became the starting point.
And the rest just followed. I hang one thing up at a time, sometimes two. Then move, remove, and move some more until it’s functional, and feels right.
Honestly? I LOVE ‘playing house with junk’ so much!
If you have a bare wall to play with, it truly will fuel your creativity like nothing else.
Now, I certainly understand it would be hard to copy this exact, because my stuff is different than your stuff. But don’t let that allow you to not play. You may come up with something even cooler with what you have on hand.
So, perhaps allow these ideas to fuel you, and try out some different uses with your gear.
I am SO doing this in the workshop!
And now you have a GOOD reason to pick up rusty saws!
You’re welcome. 🙂
For stencilling, I like to use these small square scrap boards for the paint loading, and prefer them within easy grasp. This worked great.
And how odd is it that I couldn’t find a floating receipt anywhere near me at the time?!
I’ve been a good girl with my tax receipts this year: they are in their proper files, but now need documenting. Hey, I’m 4 months ahead this year..
Open up an old vintage lunch kit, and have an instant dual tray for paint brush storage. You can even close it all up together in a pinch if you wish to cart it around your place.
And don’t forget to create layers.
A small sewing machine drawer inside this wall mounted berry crate creates yet another shelf of sorts, doubling your storage space.
But perhaps my very fav organizer is this rusty funnel string dispenser. I don’t know what the thing is under it, but who cares! This contraption ought to be mass marketed, is all I can say.
Where do those product line maker people exist? We need to chat, guys.
And this is why repurposing will never get old for me. Tomorrow I can make this stuff to something totally different.
So non builders, all I used was a cordless drill (THIS is my fav – affiliate link) and a few screws to mount things. The rest is just all stuff. So if you don’t have one already, treat yourself to a nice, powerful, but lightweight cordless drill. I give you permission!
Oh, and get this tiny drill bit kit too. (affiliate link) I really LOVE mine all intact like this. Go bigger if you can find one.
So! Did you get any cool ideas with this setup? What would you like to make?
If you’d like to see any other specific setups, lemme know!