Vintage Toolbox Centerpiece

When it comes to decorating our home, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things vintage. I think my love for vintage decor comes from the fact that I’m an incredibly sentimental person. With a big imagination. I love pieces that have a story. Pieces that are unique and full of history. And I often find myself dreaming about what kind of life each one lived before reaching me. I appreciate that journey and find so much value in it. But my favorite pieces are those that come from people I love. Like this toolbox.

This rustic, worn-out wooden toolbox belonged to my grandpa, who used it most of his adult life. From what I know, he used this toolbox when he first started building houses in his twenties. He later moved on to farming and this toolbox remained in his barn from that point on. After he passed last year my mom, who is even more sentimental than I am, was fortunate enough to take it home. She recently gave it to me (after a little begging on my part) and I feel incredibly blessed to have it in our home.

Toolbox in Dining Room

Vintage Centerpiece Dining Room

Vintage Toolbox Centerpiece

I’m pretty sure this is the largest wooden toolbox I have ever seen, which is awesome because it fits perfectly on our seven foot farmhouse table. I have it decorated simply for winter with a few cotton stems and bit of fresh greenery from our back yard.

Vintage Toolbox used as centerpiece on farmhouse dining table.

Vintage Toolbox used as Farmhouse Table Centerpiece

Toolbox Handle

Vintage Toolbox Centerpiece

I love all of the markings. The dents, scratches, and all the little signs that show years of use and life. I see so much beauty in those imperfections. And I can’t help but imagine my grandpa’s hard working hands holding on to this handle as he carried it around his farm.

Vintage Toolbox used as centerpiece

If my grandpa were still with us today I think he would be so happy to see his old toolbox in a place of prominence in our home. And in some small way, I feel like it’s a tribute to him. I think this will probably be our centerpiece for a long, long time.

Vintage Toolbox

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Vintage wooden toolbox used as centerpiece on farmhouse table

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  • Pam
    January 20, 2016

    Oh that touches my heart so! Yes, gramps would be so happy to see you love it and knowing his hands carried that tool box (full of tools) that were used to showcase his amazing talent makes it priceless! We are so very blessed to have such sweet memories! Love they way you are using it!

  • Marijean Jenson
    January 21, 2016

    That is a wonderful way to remember your Grandfather. I’m sure you will find many ways to display it.

  • Jacy
    January 21, 2016

    What a great memento of his legacy! Sweet blog post!

  • Kellie
    January 21, 2016

    Sarah that was so beautifully written & such a perfect sentimental treasure!

  • Karen @ The Decorated Nest
    January 26, 2016

    What a treasure! And a lovely tribute to your grandfather. It looks beautiful!

  • Happy Happy Nester
    January 27, 2016

    So beautiful! I love things that have a story and are very meaningful! I enjoyed learning a little bit about your grandfather. I have a few things from my grandma and I think of her every time I use the kitchen utensils.

    • Sarah
      > Happy Happy Nester
      January 27, 2016

      Thank you, I love sentimental pieces!

  • Meegan
    January 27, 2016

    I LOVE it! You are so talented! I am happy to pin. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.
    have a great week.

    • Sarah
      > Meegan
      January 27, 2016

      Thank you so much Meegan, I really appreciate that!!

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    May 23, 2016

    Wow! This website looks just like my old one!
    It’s with a entirely different subject however it has just about exactly the same page layout and design. Outstanding collection of colors!

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    November 9, 2016

    What color paint is that on the walls of this beautiful room?

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      > Emmy
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      Hi Emmy! It’s Autumn Blonde by Sherwin Williams.

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  • Julie
    February 25, 2024

    I love this story so much! I just bought a huge one off marketplace for $5. I’m going to paint and distress it like yours. I don’t have a story behind it. But I love that you have that story what a memory ❤️