What Would Mule Think?

9.03.2012

Yesterday I went to find some things to do a fall basket on the front door. I got a few things and then popped in the antique mall next door. I was starting from the back, where I came in, and walking towards the front when lo and behold I spy a huge old tool caddy. What another one.? Do I need it? Then I looked at the price of $28 and yes, yes I can use another one. There are so many great uses for these.


This is a very large tool caddy and it is primitively made.

Look how the handle is attached.



I wonder what Mule used this for? Did he construct homes or large projects or did he just do some honey dos around the house for Mrs. Mule?

I wonder was he a large brawny young man or and old codger in some overalls.

Either way I wonder what would Mule think now?

Do you think he would like his tool caddy filled with hydrangeas and looking all pretty?
Probably not.


Have a wonderful Labor day and a super week!

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the ragged burlap bow came with the caddy so I left it for now

54 comments:

  1. Ha! You can never have too many tool totes! I wanted my husband to build me one this weekend. Thanks for reminding me. He not so much! LOL!
    It looks fabulous on the table.Pinned it!

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  2. Love it Kim!! Looks great on the table. I just found another big one too. I'm working on it now! Have a great weekend.

    Kathy

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  3. Haha, you have a knack for finding the prettiest tool caddies. I see Mule as a very solid 6'8", 350 lb teddy bear who loves to build beautiful things with his hands. I bet Mrs Mule would have loved the hydrangeas. :)

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  4. He wrote his mane with aqua paint, so he might appreciate the pretty hydrangeas, too! Beautiful centerpiece...love the history!

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  5. Love it, Kim! The size is perfect for a centerpiece. I love dreaming up the history behind pieces. I want one!!

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  6. Looks wonderful on the table. Rustic and refined juxtaposed.
    Cheers, Gee

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  7. It's absolutely lovely and the hydrangeas are beautiful. I have an tin tub full of hydreangeas as you come in my entrance way. I agree you will always find room in your home for something you can't resist.

    Lee :)

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  8. It's lovely there. The primitive way it is made coupled with its elegant surroundings: perfect.
    Brenda

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  9. I love the new caddy! We have one that was Joe's uncle's and I can't wait to use it in the new house!!!! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Can't wait to see the basket. XO, pinky

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  10. I was wondering why you kept referring to "Mule"! Ha! Maybe you can sand that off of there if you don't want it written on it. The finish of the wood is so great. I know you don't want to change it. It looks good as a centerpiece on your table.

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  11. It looks great with your beautiful framed prints! I love the rustic with the refined!
    Cindy

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  12. Kim,
    That was a great find! Looks perfect with your hydrangeas.LOVE the color of your cabinet too.I know you shared that before.But the flowers and your cabinet look perfect together!
    xx
    Anne

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  13. Love it Kim! It looks great and I think Mule would approve :)

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  14. Ahhhh. I love the hydrangeas in it!!!

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  15. I love that old tool caddy. I am sory now to think I have passed them up over the years- xo Diana

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  16. I LOVE that it has MULE printed on it. If you take it off, it's just another tool tote. :))
    Gives it personality +.....
    He just might hee-haw if he saw it full of flowers...:))
    Very pretty.

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  17. Cute post and great find. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Just beautiful. It looks so pretty with your hutch in the background. Great find!

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  19. If only vintage things came with a documented history. But that would take the fun out of imagining where it's been. Fun find!

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  20. Love the tool box, even more with the hydrangeas.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  21. Hi Kimmie! Oh, old Mule's tool box look gorgeous sitting on your table filled with hydrangeas. Old Mule may not have liked this but I'll bet his wife would have! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Girl you have the best luck. The last big tool caddy I saw was $135.00. Great buy! I'm still waiting to hear from my embroidery girl...will get back to you about the pillow cover asap.

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  23. Mule is laughing his head off knowing that someone is using this tool box as decor!!! It is a real treasure for sure and so prim, you snagged a deal!!!

    My mom passed away about 6 years ago at 95, bless her, and she couldn't get over the fact that people were buying bottled water, by the six pack and the case.....she said, "who knew??? we could have been rich by now" !!!

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  24. It looks wonderful on your table. Love the hydrangeas in it.

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  25. He might?!...because it does look awfully pretty on your table.

    Kat

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  26. Love the old tool caddy...so pretty with the hydrangeas in it!! One can never have too many of them.
    Cindy

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  27. Either that or perhaps it was misc items for someone's MULE? Maybe? Tack and such? Brushes, etc?

    Either way sure does look nice with those hydrangeas tucked in it!

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  28. He might love it!!! Wouldn't you love to know the history of that toolbox? Great deal!!

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  29. Kim,
    Just imagine that this tool box has been on a fabulous journey and now it has found a home, cherish it and fill it with all the flowers it can hold.
    Karen

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  30. I think Mule would get a big kick out of where it is today.. this is a great find! Love the rustic appeal in this room now...

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  31. Great find, Kim. I had to laugh because you could have been describing my father-in-law. He was definitely an old codger in overalls. I think he would laugh at many of the things that we all do today.

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  32. Mule's tool caddy looks great with the hydrangeas..great size, too.
    Babs

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  33. I think they are so versatile...I have a double decker one I use to hold my garden tools. But what a great serving caddy they make as well as a centerpiece! Love the MULE!!

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  34. Super score Kim. I like it, so no need to worry if the Mule does. Have a great day!~

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  35. It fits on your dining room table so beautifully, Kim. I just love it filled with the hydrangeas. I think you will have a lot of fun decorating with it over the coming months.

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  36. Love your caddy! And the MULE is such an intriguing touch. =) Maybe Mule was a lady!

    Jeanine

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  37. It looks great with the hydrangeas. I'm guessing he used it for wood working tools because of it's length. I like it's size- offers lots of possibilities!

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  38. Love your 'Mule' it's just rustic enough, but rustic's not the word that describes it. Primitive? That's not it either. Whatever the word it's fabulous. It looks wonderful with the hydrangeas in front of your hutch. But what wouldn't look great in front of that hutch filled with white ironstone? Love the whole look ~ Swoon

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  39. Great find Kim, it looks so pretty filled with your hydrangeas!

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  40. I love it with the hydrangeas. It looks really good on your table!

    Pam

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  41. What a great find.....I think Mr. Mule would be scratching his head and Mrs. Mule would start cutting hydrangea :)

    Have a great labor day weekend!
    karianne

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  42. Great find, Kim! Love what you've done with it, it looks fab on your table! XO ~Liz

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  43. Kim - A primitive piece filled with thos elegant hydrangeas. How perfect.

    Judy

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  44. Great find! I spied one recently, but it was 5 times this. Makes me rethink the old tool caddy I have on my potting bench. Perhaps it needs to come inside and be filled with hydrangeas. ;-)

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  45. Maybe Mule was a woman who loved DIY? You never know! Either way, the caddy was a steal and could not be passed by.
    Kelly

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  46. With 45 comments ahead of me how can I expect to even b read? lol..have to say it anyway//...I so love that combnation of primitive and beautiful, the ragged/rugged and the delicate beauty of the dried and still blue hydrangeas...nothing else needed..the end.
    jh

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  47. Lovely!! Mule would be happy the caddy is in such beautiful spot!

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  48. Well, I am glad you did not pass up that thing of beauty!!...Now, Mrs. Mule would tell Mr. Mule to get his dirty toolbox off her clean dining room table....but Mr. Mule would say, "now that's a great centerpiece"...Mr. Mule..do you think that Mrs. Mule painted it on his toolbox because he was stubborn...being stubborn of not getting his projects done?...OR, could it stand for: Mighty Useful Little Equipment...:)

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  49. I adore your dried hydrangeas and the tool caddy!
    Love the burlap ribbon.

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  50. Ha! Mule's tool caddy can be casual or dressy depending on the side you choose to show! It looks GREAT on your dining room table and I think it was quite a bargain for its large size. Love the hydrangeas in it...very pretty.

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  51. Ya know, I think MULE is perfect for your home! Hydrangeas and all! I often wonder what someone would think knowing that their once owned treasure is being repurposed. I bought a cool galvanized mail box with the name of Bill on the side...and a soon to be bride bought it for her wedding reception...my hope that it would be used for that purpose. LOVE these old boxes!

    xxo

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  52. The donkey got pinned!

    ~Bliss~

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  53. Mule would probably smile and roll his eyes like my Dad did when he discovered his old tool box on my shelf full of office supplies :^)
    Great box and it looks beautiful!!

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