I love old tool carriers and I have two that I use from time to time in my home decor. They are great for everyday use or for seasonal and holiday decorating.
I bought this one years ago at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta. One year for Christmas I filled it with pine cones, antlers, ornaments and a candle as a centerpiece on my coffee table.
Of course nothing is safe from a coat of paint around here. I decided it needed to be red and added a vintage enamelware address sign to it. Great for storing our everyday dishes.
Dried hydrangeas always make a pretty arrangement.
Then I found this very large old tool carrier at another antique mall. For only $12 it had to come home with me. Here it is filled to the max with fall decor.
This look is one of my favorites. Those are real mums and you can see how I added those in this post for a pretty fall table setting.
This is the other side of the same caddie. Yes, Mule was already painted on there when I bought it. It is one of the things I was drawn, too. I could picture a carpenter naming his tool carrier Mule so he hand painted it on there.
It works great holding these dried hydrangeas that are bluer than the ones in a previous photo.
The other day I decided to bring Mule back out from storage to let him hold my everyday dishes.
This is just a few ideas. There are so many more uses for these.