Do you ever wonder where those “vintage” items we all love so much come from? Who owned them before us? For instance, my new (to me) tool box?
Being a vintage i.e. old tool box, I am going to assume the who was a him. We could even make a guess at his name…
I see a J and an M and a C. So could be… John, or Mac or Carl? Do you think John Mac Carl ever thought his beloved vintage tool box would become a frugal fall centerpiece? That it would hold Miniature Foam Dollar Tree Gourds…
Or Twine Wrapped Wine Bottle Candle Holders tucked inside?
Do you think he could have even fathomed Burlap Covered Glass Jar Dollar Tree Candles nestled between Dollar Tree Fall Foliage and Twig Pumpkins stolen from faded and forgotten fall arrangements.
I’m sure he would struggle understanding why anyone would want to light any type of candle in his worn out tool box. A box meant for holding wrenches and hammers, screw drivers and awls, not berries and pumpkins and burlap and twine.
So the fact that it now sits on a dining room table, and not in a garage or barn somewhere, I am guessing would be quite a shock to John Mac Carl.
…but I think there would be a little piece of him that would be proud to see his tool box given a new life in a new home…and I promise John Mac Carl…or whoever it is that once owned this beautiful piece…that I will treasure it!
Brooke @ BeFedAgain says
Absolutely stunning! Gorgeous!
I think John Mac Carl would be pleased to know that his tool box has been recycled and is being used for a beautiful center piece. He might be a little surprised to know it is sitting on your dining room table!! It looks fantastic!!
I see JHM! The line between the J and the M look purposeful. The round mark looks like it could be the drips from a paint can or a stylized C.
Viviana at Crafty Farmhouse says
I agree with Janet, I see JHM. & yes it is beautiful! I love it.
Absolutely stunning. The tool box owner would be so proud that his toolbox is the star of your table. Great job. Love it.
Kelly B. says
This is really cute! I love how simplistic and rustic it is, but also so elegant. Really nice job with the arrangement!
I am so inspired by your post! Repurposing functional old items into beautiful home decor is what we are all about at vintageadirondack.com. The character and stories we can share about these fabulous old pieces (even if they are imagined) is magic. I have an old toolbox and am going to give this a try. I’ll post it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vintageadirondack. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea!
Sandi Magle says
It’s amazing what you can do from the dollar store…but first you need the awesome toolbox. Mine has died, after 10 years used in the shop and 9 years planted outside. Sadly, thanks Sandi
And that is why I love everything vintage…it has a story. True or made up.
Carol Reddin says
This is a beautiful arrangement! Love it!
Karen Bissell says
What neat arrangement I have tool box but has shelf inside it and painted yellow you have a talent for decorating