Sunday, January 10, 2021

How to Use a Vintage Metal Toolbox in Decor

I have to admit I'm a vintage box, carrier, tote, junk obsessed collector. I love old metal containers, so when I found this orange/red metal toolbox awhile back I immediately thought of how I'd use it for Fall decorating.

and so I did....

But how do you use something orangey-red in January
when you've just put away everything red that resembles Christmas?

Woodsy decor is my "go-to" especially in the colder wintry months. So when I realized one of my Pendleton blankets had a similar color stripe I knew this toolbox vignette would work.

It's always fun coming up with a seasonal tableau on the farm table in the Garden Room. Faux Christmas greenery with pinecones and hydrangeas fill up the old wooden ice cream maker.

I like to keep out my smaller faux evergreen trees in January to add to the woodsy mix.

You can still see my small lighted tree is in the gray goat cart. I'm having a hard time putting them away.

Old garden tools, small clay pots, pinecones, and greenery keep one of my little quail company. The quail have been out since November; one place or another.

A small olive bucket with a candle insert just fits this small space.

My sis brought this little (Norfolk Island Pine?) to me for Christmas,
with fun wrapping paper.

Here are a couple of pics out the French doors on the back porch a few days ago.
We've had several days of snow, but no accumulation.

I'll be here on the sofa in front of the fire.
Hope you'll join us on Monday evening.

joining in here:

Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
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Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
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Tips and Tutorials at Home Stories A to Z,  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Party in Your PJ's at Apple Street Cottage
  Keep in Touch at Let's Add Sprinkles  Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Charming Homes and Gardens at Shiplap and Shells
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Embracing Home and Family at the Everyday Farmhouse
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique, Farmhouse Friday at The Painted Hinge


  1. Debra this cozy arrangment is perfect! I adore the wintery touches and the sweet quail. Happy Saturday sweet friend!

  2. I need to take your vignette class, Debra, I always love the way you put things together. All these natural elements make it feel like you took a relaxing walk in the wood and collected your favorite things along the way. It's really beautiful! Big hugs, CoCo

  3. Love your use of metal tool boxes, now to go thru what my husband has and borrow one!

  4. You are the master at creating a beautiful vignette, Debra! My eyes lit up when I saw not only your vintage toolbox, but also your beautiful vintage Pendleton blanket. I love every inch of the way you decorated this space for winter.

  5. Debra that is the cutest little red toolbox❤️❤️❤️ Pinned

  6. Debra,
    I loved the red toolbox. so cute.

  7. Debra, beautiful toolbox décor, so cozy and collected. You never disappoint with your touches.

    I must admit, I'm a tad jealous you have snow. I'm itching for snow here.

    Hope you're feeling good!


  8. A red tool box all by itself is the cutest. You really enhanced it with all your sweet fillers. I like the blanket colors too to make your vignette so pretty. Have a good weekend. xoxo Kris

  9. What a great idea to use your toolbox in the winter. It's perfect with that blanket! It's weird. I never really thought about needing more caddy's but I definitely need more! Thank you so much for joining in. Love this group!

  10. I love how you styled your toolbox for winter Debra! I love the winter touches of pine cones and needles and the bottle brush tree, but also the terra cotta pots and garden spade that hints of spring. Absolute perfection!

  11. What a great find. It looks like a perfect size. You have styled is so many cute ways.

  12. I love that toolbox. I would have snapped that up too! And the little winter-y items you have in it are perfect. It looks great on top of that amazing Pendleton blanket.

  13. Love your toolbox, Debra! You and I definitely share the love of junky old toolboxes. Great woodsy winter styling and I love how you coordinated it with your beautiful pendleton blanket.

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  15. I love your toolbox and how you decorated with it and of course that Pendelton blanket!! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens! I'm excited to feature you this week! ~ Kristin | White Arrows Home

  16. I needed this inspiration! I have the coolest old green metal toolbox, I knew I wanted in my decor somehow! Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family!

  17. This is just the cutest red toolbox Debra! I'm so happy that you will be featured at Charming Homes and Gardens this week. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  18. Debra, I loved how your used this chippy toolbox. Look for your feature on Wednesday's Charming Homes & Gardens Link Party.


  19. This red toolbox, Debra, is absolutely adorable! I'm thrilled that it will be showcased at Charming Homes and Gardens this week. Thank you for sharing it with us!


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