Saturday, February 18, 2012

Antique/Old Tools

I was very happy to see the theme for this weeks Saturday Nite Special party, hosted by Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors, is Antique/Old Tools.

I love old tools and really enjoy repurposing them into something new.
I have posted several tool projects over the past couple of years and thought I would repost some of the pictures for tonight's party.

One of my earliest tool projects was this photo frame holder made from an old screwdriver (it makes a great paper towel holder too).
Old wire brushes......
make great photo holders.
Muffler clamps......
are perfect to hold pictures or postcards.
Old oil cans.......
are repurposed into, yes......more picture holders!
Folding rulers.....
become Christmas ornaments,
and jewelry.
An old trowel......
makes a great hook for scarves.
Old yardsticks......
find a new life as a tray,
and a decorative star.
"C" clamps......
make great photo stands.
And one of my most recent posts, a vintage miter box......
is updated into a kitchen display.
When I go to an estate sale one of the first places I shop is the garage......gotta love the old tools!



  1. I love this post, you've come up with some awesome ideas for repurposing those old tools! I have a couple of the old trowels like that for sale in my Etsy shop, I was wondering if it would be ok if I used your trowel scarf holder photograph in the listings? Of course I would give credit and a link to your blog! Thanks for considering,


  2. I absolutely LOVE this post!! I have never seen let alone thought about using old tools to decorate with!! I am truly inspired :)


  3. I Love this post on your old tools. Very Creative. I sure will be looking at old tools in a whole new way from now on. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That old trowel now when you can turn that into the best looking wall hook I have ever seen. Why don't you publish a book, or a TV show. Always blown away by your talent.

  5. You are definitely the Queen of Utility!
    You utilize every single tool you find-- I just don't think like that...
    Can I ask...? How do you mount that trowel to the wall?

    I love the vintage photo frame-- holder/ screwdriver... very clever.

    Hope you're doing ok. -- you bloggy friend, Pat

  6. Hi Jane, I very much enjoyed seeing your cool tool projects again. You have so many creative and amazing ideas for your tool finds.

    Hugs and warmest wishes,

  7. Boy, and my old tools are just laying around! I wonder what I have I can make into something? Well other than the ice tong toilet paper holder that is.


  8. I love seeing things through your eyes... I would NEVER have thought of any of these.

  9. Jane, it's always a treat to see your creative projects. You are amazing. The tray is my favorite! ~ Sarah

  10. Awesome ideas. I like to come here and be inspired! Hope you are doing well.

  11. i can't tell you how much i enjoyed my visit to your blog!!!!!
    i love old tools, yardsticks and folding rulers - all of it! i use them in my art work, do come by and see. anyway, i will be back soon

  12. What fab ideas!!! I love it when people have vision to see things for what they CAN be. Bravo! Well done!

  13. I love old tools. The ways you have repurposed them is amazing. Now I need to find some old yard sticks...I want a tray like yours :)

    Have a great weekend,

  14. Fabulous!! LOVE the oil cans! (I'm a new follower!♥)

  15. So much wonderful inspiration!
    What awesome projects, thanks for that.
    Wishing you a lovely Sunday,

  16. Absolutely amazing. I love the yard stick tray especially.

  17. After reading your posts, I'm always inspired to run around my house looking for old things!!! Love your ideas Jane. The trowel one is one I missed before and I could definitely use more hooks in my house full of boys (and their stuff)!

  18. OK, you win! Muffler clamps??? Who knew? THIS is exactly why you are my favorite blog to visit Jane!
    Thank you for inspiring me!

  19. Jane,

    Such wonderful tools, and the most innovative ways to use them!! You definitely have the best ideas for using them. You've given new life to mundane objects! What a gift you have!

    Hope your week is full of blessings,

  20. My fav. is the trowel hook. Your eye for repurposing is amazing.

  21. Love all your creative ideas for old tools keep them coming!!

  22. Hi Jane! Donna's theme was perfect for you! These are perfect examples of the beauty you create from such utilitarian objects! I love them all! t.xoxooxoxo

  23. You never cease to amaze me when you come up with these ideas, Jane! I remember seeing some of these and shaking my head that I would never have thought to use these items in this way.

  24. hiy ajane , wow wow wow those projects are COOL very inspiring and innovative x thanks for sharing , i'm off now to "clear out " the shed !!!

  25. That muffler clamp is a hoot. It looks so fancy from the front. Maybe I need to go unclamp my muffler and get to work.

  26. So imaginative as always! I love how you used a trowel for a hook. Wonderful idea.

  27. I can't even just pick one of those projects that stands out. They are all just brilliant. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

  28. I'm going out to ck. the tool box. Love the yardstick tray. Great ideas!

  29. Wow,so many creative uses....I love them all!!!!!

  30. Jane just one amazing idea after another. Your vision when you look at 'junk' is inspiring! Hugs, Linda

  31. Jane my dear.....
    you must really write a book!
    dee dee

  32. Could you just please send me a little bit of that creativity.

  33. What great ways you've come up with to use old tools.

  34. your collection of your past projects is great! and yes, I always hit the garage (or the basement) first at estate sales...that's where the good stuff is!

  35. Me too at the estate sale...but you do better!!

  36. LOVE the screwdriver photo stand, definitely added to my to do list. Husband picky about holes in the walls, perfect solution!

  37. Thanks for reposting! Some I have seen and some I haven't ....Oh, I remember the yard stick tray,,,,,,Fabulous!! Hats of to the queen of transforming junk!


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  39. Where do I begin..Tomorrow I am off to buy muffler clamps..Check the shed for C clamps and get an old screwdriver also while in there..Thank You for all of the great ideas..Love them all..

  40. Your creations are always so clever! I find them all over pinterest. And pictures of your equally creative and organized craft room.

    Congratulations on the publishing of your oil can jewelry holder!

    All the best, Susanne.

  41. Yes... you and old tools... have taught me to look at them differently now when I see them, lol! That used to be the first thing I would skip over, now I take a closer look to see if I can come up with any Mamie Jane ideas! =]

    Thanks for always being an inspiration~

  42. What a wonderful collection of re - purposed tools, the tray is a favourite and the bracelet just adorable. I don't know anyone else who can "see" treasure in junk they way that you can!

  43. I've also seen C clamps on a post to hang coats from.

  44. What terrific ideas! I absolutely love them...this opens up a whole new world for me when I start looking for projects to do. Thank you so much!

  45. You have an amazing eye Jane!! Great ideas for vintage
    finds. Thanks for inspiring ;)
    Have a great week,
    xxx Liz

  46. Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas again. I do remember most of these and really can't decide which one is my favorite. I love the screwdriver as a paper towel holder!

  47. I loved seeing all these ideas again, Jane! And I have been so inspired by them! I found a couple of trowels this week and I knew there was something that could be done with them! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend!

  48. Oh, I loved them all. I'm a new visitor and I think I'm already
    addicted :)

    Wonderful ideas!

  49. This has got to be my favorite post this year. Love it!

  50. No end to your creativity girl
    Did you see my tool post this week? Tuesday I think.
    it's one of our think out side the tool box ideas. =)

    blessings, and, so nice to have you back.
    Praying for you through this season

    barbara jean

  51. Jane, I have been a reader of your blog for some time now and I had to tell ya that when I go to an estate sale, the garage is the first place I go to as well. In fact, the thought that goes to my mind is, "wonder what would catch Jane's eye". I've found SO many cool old things. I've been just throwing em' all in a old wooden flower box. I thought today that I would pull everything out and see what I have. Thank you for inspiring my creativity. You're the best :)
    Keep up the great work ~

  52. So many FABULOUS ideas Jane....I'm particularly smitten with your muffler clamp picture stand....BRILLIANT....!!

    Tamarah :o)

  53. Janie,
    So since I saw you last, I've become a little bit addicted to Pinterest! So I thought I would let you know that I pinned a couple of your projects, from this post the scarf hanger. Which I just love! I hope you're having a great day and see you soon!
    Love, Emily

  54. I can't stop reading you blog. It's awesome what great ideas you have! Wonderful, really :-))

  55. Awesome ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!


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