Rusty junk sign themed tool and paint stations

Vintage coke crate paint storage, part of rusty junk sign themed tool and paint stations |

Today, I felt a need to play.

I should have painted the boy’s bedroom, and I should have mowed the lawn, along with some flower bed weeding while it wasn’t pouring rain out for a change.

But no. While still clamouring around in my pjs, I wandered to my newly cleaned up photo studio, desiring a more creative outlet.

See what happens when you clean up the place?!

reclaimed fence wood into a tool storage station

One of my fav things to do is come up with 10 minute projects, as I call them.

They are always more than 10 minutes in a blogger’s world… but I think you get where I’m coming from.

If I KNEW what I was going to do ahead of time, it would only take that long.

Today I was inspired to create a new tool junk styled station. I love pushing myself, to see how I could store different things from my heaping pile of junk.

So, it all started with 3 fence boards I got from that fence lottery win.. of sorts.

Rustic signs made from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils on reclaimed wood |

And a surplus of signs stacked in the garage, from dismantled past projects. Never throw out a good sign I say… (made from THESE stencils

So… I tried out a few sayings, like coffee, cabin, market, pantry… and honestly, this is when my mind started reeling with so many idea for any of those themes, I had to rethink the purpose of my project again.

Tools. Paint. Yeah! Ok, got it.

The making of a sign inspired reclaimed wood tool and paint work station |

You’ll see what I ended up with in a moment. But first, I needed to figure out what was going to be mounted on the boards.

I like useful junk that helps me do things. So a clipboard, funnel, strange hook from Granny and Grumpa’s Antiques… and who knows what that other long black thing is came into play.

mounting the boards onto the wall with a level and hammer

Mounting was easy. One screw per board for a start, then using a level and hammer, the boards were hit until level, then more screws added. Done!

The making of a sign inspired reclaimed wood tool and paint work station from junk |

Then I just played until I came up with this.

Market won! (part of Farmers’ Market) But honestly, any of the signs would have looked cool.

So, lemme pull you in closer for a little tour.

The making of a sign inspired reclaimed wood tool and paint work station from junk with oil can reciept holders |
Branch handled reclaimed wood toolbox shelf with oil can reciept holders, part of a tool junk work station |
Do you remember the branch handled toolboxes? This one was installed on its side to work as a shelf of sorts.

Very quirky! But that’s all part of the junk infused ride.

And two oil cans became receipt holders.

And that weird black thing that use to be a weird red thing is holding various tape.

Coke crate paint storage, and branch handle for stencil hanging, part of a tool junk work station |

I love this branch with the offshoot, which just makes for an interesting hook! A rag was great on it too, but I’m always in mid stencil mode, so hanging a few up while working or waiting for a stencil to dry after cleaning would be handy.

But this is why playing is so important, and valuable….

Coke crate paint storage, part of a sign themed tool and paint junk work station |

I am in LOVE with my little testers of Fusion Mineral Paint inside this coke crate! They all fit! 2 deep even.

Coke crate paint storage, part of a sign themed tool and paint junk work station |

And why oh WHY did I have this barrel just standing there doing nothing in my stash? It’s the perfect clean, dry garbage barrel, with style.

Rusty funnel as a pen holder, and coke crate paint cubby, part of a sign themed tool and paint junk work station |
Rusty funnel as a pen holder, and door pull hammer holder, part of a sign themed tool and paint junk work station |
The funnel got stuffed with paper to close off the bottom hole before adding pens and brushes. It’s perfect.

And this is why, some days in pjs should just be for play. 

Because you just may be more productive than if you did real work! 🙂

rusty tool themed workstation :
And then I tripped down memory lane…

Here’s the junk styled tool station I came up with awhile back.

Rustic old sign themed paint shelf from reclaimed wood |
And then there’s the paint shelf from cut up signs

DIY 2x4 ladder for stencil storage |
The DIY ladder where stencils are stored

Antiques cupboard paint cart storage on wheels |
And the repurposed cupboard morphed into a paint cart.

Junk styled workshop with pallet tool shelves |
Oh right. And then there’s my entire workshop… AND paint studio. This post is getting out of hand. I’ll quit now.

All I can say is, thank goodness for rusty junk.

I don’t know where I’d store my junk without it!

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  1. Hi Donna! Really like your weird black thing that use to be red. What a cool way to store rolls of tape and such, and really like the branch handled tool box turned long sided and hung up! I LOVE quirky! And then the coca cola case for storing paint. AWESOME! Would love to transplant your items in my home. It is fun coming up with ways to use unusual or even everyday items in unexpected ways. Thanks so much for sharing. Always makes my day!

  2. I will come and paint your son’s room AND mow the lawn if you will come and organize my craft room. I also have 2 kitties you can play with (also two pit bulls who are afraid of one of the cats). I am only kidding but if you were closer I would do it.

    • Patty, if you lived closer I would completely high five you and make this happen! 🙂

      It would be such a fun challenge to work on another’s project or room for a change. I’ll have to give that some serious thought!

  3. I am thrilled that I have found your blog! I too am a lover of junk and rust, there’s just something about it that you cant explain. Can’t wait to see more and explore some of your past post :)!

  4. Very clever! I love it. How did you get the 3 boards to stay together or where they already like that?

    Thanks for,sharing

    • Hi Mary, I installed the 3 boards directly onto the wall first. The post showcases exactly how I did it… start with one screw each, then level them, then add more screws. I obviously don’t mind drywall holes. LOL

      • Wow, I would never had thought of that! And I’m sure my husband would have hoped I never did… lol Thanks Donna. 🙂

  5. Hi Donna,

    Okay, the part where you mention that you hung a just cleaned stencil to dry made me think of my stencils! How do you clean your stencils? I have several stencils that I’ve used a couple times and now there are a couple layers of paint on them. Could you maybe do a post on how to clean them? Love your blog!

    • Hey Sharon! I use to clean, or at least, attempt to clean the stencils early on. I wrote that for the benefit of those that still do. But I gave up! LOL

      I now leave them as is after painting, aside from ensuring the edges are left sharp. I find because I use so little paint on them, they are fine left as is.

      Trying to wash all the paint off has potential to harm the stencils, so if you do try it, I’d suggest to soak them right after painting, until you can get to the task of scrubbing. With what, I am not completely certain. Maybe do a google search on ‘stencil cleaners?’

      I’m in the middle of writing a post on my fav stencil supplies, so I’ll do some sleuthing around for it!