Create this rusty tool work station to store your tools!
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 work with tools nor building and such.
It didn’t even DAWN on me until now that not everyone is blessed with an ‘overstuffed single car garage – workshop’.
So today, I created a rusty tool themed work station for organizing tools and paint brushes for indoors!
Who else collects rusty tools, but has yet to figure out an actual use for such a collection?
So, here’s how I went about creating an indoor tool station.
How to create a tool station indoors
1. I think of what you need, then collect a theme of sorts.
Need – to hang up paint brushes or tools inside my home.
Theme – gather up a bunch of rusty tools / crates / and bonus if they can hang or store something!
Lumping them all together in a pile, I started to dry fit ideas on the floor, much like one big puzzle, to get an idea of where I wanted to go or what they could do.
.2. Position and hang the main pieces.
Main – Cupboard / ladder, crate shelving.
Starting with your main pieces is much like a sofa in a living room. It’s a starting off point.
THIS old cupboard became the first crucial piece.
3. Fit in smaller pieces in one at a time so they become productive and make sense.
All the rest of the smaller pieces were hung one at a time, as if putting together a jig saw keeping in mind enough space and what function they’d be doing.
The finished tour
If you focus on each piece, they all provide a function for being there. Cool rusty junk tools and being productive for tool storage is key!
Saw magnetic note holders
I’m always writing measurement notes when I work or managing receipts for new purchases.
Since magnets love saws, these wall hung saws are prefect for organizing notes!
I am SO doing this in the workshop!
And now you have a GOOD reason to pick up rusty saws.
Clamps to hold stuff upright
Do you collect metal clamps? You may after you see this idea!
Like a bookends, clamps can hold stuff upright and intact.
For stencilling, I like to use these small square scrap boards for the paint offloading, and prefer them within easy grasp. Holding them together with the clamps worked great!
Wood planks are great for hanging from
One thing I have lots of is free reclaimed wood. So by simply adding a spacer behind them, they can become an instant hanging station using S hooks. Or attach direct to wall to add hooks.
Planks add extra stability that hold more weight than a simple hook will allow.
Oil can note collector
When I visited my brother’s office, I noticed he had a spike attached to a plank of wood to hold receipts. An oil can has the ability to do the same thing!
Simply clean up the oil can, then use it for any floating receipt or note.
Ladder tool organizer
Ladders is something I collect anyway. So it was time to dream up new ways to make it work.
Hanging tools from a ladder indeed works!
Ladders take up little space, and offer loads of vertical tool storing benefits.
Even a little clamp attached to a ladder can offer more options, such as storing twine. Fun, right?!
Other cool ladder uses:
Check out this LADDER SHELF HERE… it’s pretty cool too!
Here’s a great idea if you wish to group together a given theme of something.
Open up an old vintage lunch kit or toolbox, and load both sides with whatever you desire. I’ve used mine for paintbrushes, but this is a great storage solution for any kind of tool that fits as well.
Layering crates with drawers as shelves
Whenever I’m in need of a shelf, my first go-to is generally an old crate. It’s already pre-built, and it already looks rustically cool!
To maximize even more shelf space, insert drawers or smaller crates inside the larger crate. The more shelves you can create, the more storage you gain.
Tip: The more narrow the shelf is, the easier a single item is to grab.
Here I used a berry picking crate and a sewing machine drawer to store a cordless drill, tape measure, stapler, and jars filled with screws. All so easy to access!
Rusty junk office storage ideas
My beloved cultivator wheel is storing loose twine. It’s great for computer wires too!
Stacked gears can store pencils and pens.
And a rusty old oil funnel teamed up with a stand of sorts becomes a pretty productive string dispenser!
Ha! Why go to a stationery store for plastic accessories when you can create this out of cool, authentic finds?
Create this rusty tool work station to store your tools and you too can have a fun and functional indoor tool station for easy access!
Or use it for office supplies. How about art supplies? Sewing storage? Anything is game.
And tomorrow I can repurpose these same things into something else if desired.
Isn’t repurposing the coolest thing ever?!
Did you get any cool ideas with this setup? What would you use this set-up to store?
If you’d like to see any other specific setups, lemme know!
Other cool ways to store tools: