Vintage Tool Box Ideas

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Why is it that vintage tool boxes have a certain attraction? I can’t wander through an antique mall without spotting one that speaks to me. Whether wooden or metal, they all have a wonderful rustic appeal. Quite often though, I wonder what I would do with yet another old tool box. I have used metal ones for craft storage and wooden ones for kitchen storage and centerpieces. What other uses could there possibly be?

That question was answered when I started looking for ideas. And now that I have all of these vintage tool box ideas, I think I can justify getting a few more! Because of all the unique ideas, I’m anxious to share with you what I found.

How To Repurpose An Old Tool Box

The easy idea for using old tool boxes is to fill them up and use them as storage. Wooden tool boxes work well for open storage and metal tool boxes are great for hidden storage. How you decide to display tool boxes, for storage, is where things start to get really creative.

How To Organize A Small Kitchen

I need to store a lot of small items on my kitchen cart. Instead of just piling things up on a shelf, I get a more organized look by using an old toolbox.

Turn An Old Tool Box Into A Shelf

vintage tool box shelf idea
SOURCE: Stampin By The Sea

A clever idea is to make some rustic industrial shelves. Not only can you display items on top of the tool boxes, but you can also store things inside. All you have to do is attach a couple of L brackets to the bottom of the tool box for hanging. Since E6000 craft glue is so strong, I would probably use that for attaching the brackets to the bottom of the tool box.

You can also make rustic shelves with a wooden tool box.

wooden tool box shelf
SOURCE: Vintage Pixie Studio

With just one wooden tool box, like this one, you can have two storage shelves and a hook rack. I love rustic decor that also serves a functional purpose or two!

Make A Fun Table With An Old Tool Box

repurposed tool box table
SOURCE: My Love 2 Create

This funky DIY table looks especially fun with the burst of orange tool box. Because it fits exactly into the tray table top, it looks cohesive and completes the table design.

Display A Collection For Industrial Decor

vintage tool box ideas
SOURCE: Breida With A B

This rustic cabinet is the perfect base for displaying vintage tool boxes of around the same width. Keeping the colors uniform is the key for a cohesive look.

If you don’t have the perfect cabinet for storing your tool boxes, you can also just stack them on a rustic stool.

stacked vintage tool boxes
SOURCE: Tuesdays With Dorie

I’ve seen a similar idea to this using vintage suitcases. It makes so much sense to stack all of that wonderful rustic metal together. Each tool box can store it’s own category of items. Again, keeping the colors somewhat uniform makes a great design.

Use A Tool Box As A Side Table

tool box side table
SOURCE: Funky Junk Interiors

This tool box serves a dual purpose as both a rustic side table and as handy storage for remotes and dvd’s.

Turn A Vintage Tool Box Into A Planter

vintage tool box planter
SOURCE: Beyond The Picket Fence

Vintage tool boxes don’t have to be used only indoors. Use one outside as an interesting planter. A yellow tool box, like this, makes an especially cheerful holder of plants.

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