Rusty junk sign themed tool and paint stations
Today, I felt a need to play.
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?!
One of my fav things to do is come up with 10 minute projects, as I call them.
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 let’s make one using reclaimed wood… and other rusty junk!
So, it all started with 3 fence boards I got from that fence lottery win.. of sorts.
Rusty junk sign themed tool and paint station
I always have a surplus of random signs made from stencils, so I grabbed a few to see if I could come up with a theme of sorts.
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.
- Dry-fit 3 fence planks side-by-side.
- Use a sign board across the top to dream up a theme.
- Dry fit rusty junk on the planks to decide what you’d like to hang.
So I dry fit three fence planks together,then layed various sign boards across the top, then outfitted some rusty junk into place to get a look and function going.
Adding rusty hooks, hinges, a bulletin board, a funnel, anything goes!
Where I collect rusty junk from
This is where having rusty junk comes in really handy. One of my fav places to get it from is Granny and Grumpa’s who are near me.
How to install
- Screw one plank onto a wall, with 1 screw so it’s easy to level.
- Attach the other planks the same way.
- Once level, insert more screws for stability.
- Screw accessories to the planks
- Load it up!
Tip: If your shelf is geared to hang weight, you may wish to use anchored screws.
Mounting is 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 finished result
After the main reclaimed wood organizer was hung, I added the desired hooks and such, then filled it up with whatever I desired to store! In this case, paint supplies.
I then attached other vintage crates and toolboxes to the wall that could store more.
Let’s take a closer look!
Market seemed to be a suitable sign for this station as it could mean anything!
MARKET is part of the Farmers’ Market stencil from HERE
A branch handled toolbox was installed on its side to work as a tall, vertical wall shelf.
Very quirky but fun! And it doesn’t take up much space either!
Two oil cans became receipt holders.
And that weird black thing that use to be a weird red thing is holding various masking tape.
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
And a little vintage barrel became the perfect place to either store rags or to be used for a garbage can!
Oil funnel paint brush holder
A rusty oil funnel got stuffed with paper to close off the bottom hole before adding pens and paint brushes. It’s perfect!
I love how this rusty junk sign themed paint station turned out… but then I went down memory lane… here’s a few more fun ideas to store your paint or tools!
MORE Rusty junk sign themed tool and paint stations
Here’s the junk styled tool station I came up with awhile back.
And then there’s the paint shelf from cut up signs…
All I can say is, thank goodness for rusty junk!
As I don’t know where I’d store my junk without it…
Get any new ideas for your own tool or storage needs?