How to Store Tools in Plain Sight

Have I mentioned I have no basement?  No storage room to speak of and LOTS.OF.TOOLS :)  I'm a tool junky and I'm always working with them so I need to store them someplace where I have easy access to them.   Enter the shipping crate I found at a garage sale a while back.





When I first got it, I whitewashed it and used it to store shoes in at my back door.


Then, during the summer I added castors to make it easier to move around and used it as a bench (and my cat's favourite perch).  



Now I'm going to use it for my tools.  But first, a makeover!  I painted it in light blue, white and yellow - just a rough paint job because I planned to sand it down again.



and then I sanded like crazy to get down to the original wood.


Now I have a fabulous place to store my tools.  It looks so much better than a big 'ol plastic toolbox with tools spilling out of it.  I can keep it right at the back door where it's easy to get at and the wheels help a lot in dragging it around behind me.  Oh, and yes, I did notice that it looks like a kid's toybox.  Yep, a BIG kid's toybox and the toys are POWER TOOLS - grunt, grunt, grunt!!

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44 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I have no garage, no basement and almost zero storage! What I do have is an old ammunition crate and now I know just what to do with it! Thank you for this wonderful idea!....and you have some great boots girl!

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  2. LOVE IT! I have this thing for chests....and that's a beauty.
    I was just thinking I haven't seen a post from you for a bit...we must have ESP goin on or sumthin ;o)

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  3. Totally awesome Anne! What a great idea to store your tools. Mine are all over the place and right now are in an Ikea shopping bag LOL Hmm, I wonder where I can get a crate and where I would put it.

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  4. This is such a cleaver idea!!!
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  5. Very Cool! Great job on the new paint treatment. I love that it's on wheels. My tools are everywhere even though I have a workshop. Organization is not my strong suit!

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  6. oooo I like this idea. I'm slowly increasing my tool collection and the little baskets I keep on top of the laundry cupboards are over flowing. Now to get my hands on a unique crate. In a similar way, I keep my sewing machine and other sewing bits and pieces in a chest in my living room, it doubles as a side table.

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    1. lol I was doing the same thing - keeping tools in little boxes and baskets, what a pain to find anything!! Thanks for popping in!

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  7. Great idea! I love how it keeps changing as your needs change :)
    Hugs

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  8. Hi Anne,
    I think this is a great idea and I love how you have repurposed it over time to meet your current needs... that is true creativity!

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  9. Hi Anne, lucky you to have found such a beauty! And I love that you keep changing it around as your needs change. What a great idea to use it for your tools. I DO have a basement. AND and attic. AND a craft room. AND a garage (or two)....but I still have tools all over the place. Maybe I have too much space? Too much stuff, for sure! Maybe I should try to find one of these shipping crates! Love what you did with it. Have a great Sunday!

    Debbie

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  10. Love this idea Anne, and they look really cool. I love that you can change it up when need be.

    Cynthia

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  11. Great idea Anne. I can never seem to find tools when I need them. I have them out in the garage and they are all over the place. Would be nice to have them "hidden" in the house.

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  12. LOVE this idea Anne!And adding those casters makes it so much more functional when you can easily move it around!
    xx
    Anne

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  13. We also have a home with no basement. But fortunately we have an enclosed porch that has a door in the middle separately it into two spaces. One side you enter into the house, the other side is for storage and that's where we store the tools.
    The crate was a great find, and useful too. Love the idea of personalizing it with the chalkboard and adding casters for moving it around.

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  14. Oh Anne ... I love that old crate. Prettiest tool box I have ever seen. Good way to organize your tools and have a pretty piece to look at. Maybe I should do that to hide my tools from everyone that never puts them back where they belong. Thanks for sharing your idea and paint job.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

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  15. Oh Anne, you're so clever! You have an adorable toy, I mean tool box! Hugs

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  16. So savvy and sneaky! Did you change your blog? It looks so white and clean! Like it:)

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  17. Wow, I remember that box from last summer's romantic breakfast corner! What a great paint job, Anne!

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  18. love them all...one can never have enough crates and boxes....very nice!

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  19. I love that you're such a tool girl! You did a great job making over the storage box, and I bet your tools are happy in their new home :-)

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  20. Love the transformations of that crate. I bet it never worked so hard in its life.

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  21. So cute! I need to add "old shipping crate" to my wish list. That would be a great place to store large craft tools in my craft room.

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  22. Anne, I love it! What a great idea. I have an array of plastic tubs for tools and paint supplies and this is the answer! And I have a cat too!

    We found you at Carolyn's Homework and have joined your lovely blog. We would love it if you visited us and joined us back!

    Have a beautiful day!

    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens nest

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  23. Anne, I just started a Blog 2 weeks ago. One of my first posts was on how I use crates throughout my home. I would be thrilled if you came for a visit, I could use any input from the Pros I can get.
    Thanks Christine from Wa State
    http://littlebrags.blogspot.com

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  24. I love you storage box with a vintage look...coz vintage furniture can add a touch character on any area of your home.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for popping in!

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  25. you are a girl after my own heart! what a wonderful idea!

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  26. Ann,
    Thanks for finding my blog now I have found you. I am a new follower. Thanks for your sweet comments on my laundry room redo.
    Kris

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  27. You're pretty incredible Anne - it's amazing!
    xxx

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  28. I love your big kids toolbox! So clever and chic!

    :) Linda

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  29. That is the coolest box ever1 You are so amazing to make it! And the caster: I bet you LOVE them!

    hugs x
    Crystelle
    http://www.crystelleboutique.com

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  30. I love your box! And those boots of yours are stylin' girlfriend!

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  31. I want one of these for my shoes/boots!!!! Great idea :)

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  32. I love the makeover, Anne. Great weathered look.

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  33. This a great storage solution. I love the weathered finish and the blue & yellow.
    Ruth

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  34. Great storage solution and love the rustic look! Great job, Anne!

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  35. such a versatile storage unit! I love all the ways you've used it, but I'm sorta partial to THIS one. lol

    catching you!
    gail

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  36. Thanks so much for linking up this awesome creation at Project Inspire{d}! Have a great week, sweetie!

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  37. Hi Anne! This is such a great idea, I really need to do hide all my tools, instead of leaving them in plain sight - in the living room:)

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  38. I love how you painted your tool storage, very pretty!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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