Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Many Lives of Fred Peterson's Tool Tote...as a console table...


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Tool tote to console table...



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I bought Fred Peterson's metal tote at an antique store a while back.  Sorry, no before picture...you'll have to use your imagination. 
I don't know Fred...but for some reason that doesn't bother me.  I like having his name on there...it's "history".  
I wonder what Fred carried in his tote?
 
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I thought it would be fun to flip it upside down to make a little console table.
 
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Four matching spindles...cut down a bit on top to make it a better...less "spindle-y"...height.  
(This table is now 26" tall)
 
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Now I'm thinking these little handles would be a great place to hang a hand towel for a serving table or wine bar.  Wish I would have thought of that when I was taking pictures :)
 
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I was originally imagining "Fred" as a console table...maybe behind the couch or in the front entry...like this.
 
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But just today "he" served my littlest charmer and I a light lunch on the patio.
 
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Happy Day :)
 
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But now..."he" has a new job as the check out counter at a charming little market...around the corner in our Great Room.  
 
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You really MUST stop there sometime.  The {almost} 6 year old owner is a real sweet heart.
 
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This gives my little "Inspiration Corner" all new meaning!!
 
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Chat soon,

33 comments:

  1. How fun, Laurel! The table turned out great (I love the fun name on it) and I'll bet your sweet daughter has so much fun with her grocery store!

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  2. I love your "upside down Fred table"! Very inventive!
    Blessings, Diane

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  3. I love thin tables like that one and especially the metal with wood! Great project - you are always so creative.

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  4. Adorable.
    I love this. What a great idea. I like that it has a name on the side. Something we can know it by; Fred Peterson's table.
    Lovely.
    Pat

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  5. Great table Laurel! It made a great store counter too! I wonder who ol' Fred was... I love the history, you can make up your own story about him :)
    Susan

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  6. Yep.....I love it too!! I bet ole Fred never imagined his tool tote could become such an awesome table!
    Jane

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  7. What a cool table. I just can not get enough of the play grocery store. Super Duper Adorable!

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  8. OH MY GOODNESS, this is toooooo cool. I'll never look a a metal box the same. So creative.
    Ann

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  9. Oh my I love it! I so love your style and ideas's! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is the coolest table I have ever seen. So creative. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party that is going on right now.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. What a perfect grocery check out - that is so cute and funny. Many uses - for sure. You are creative and a good mom!

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  12. Brilliant! Fred looks might happy in his new life. What a great idea and so cute as a check out counter.

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  13. Very creative use of the tote. I don't have a blog, but I have done some projects where I added spindles as legs. One thing that always gives it away,it the large block area on the bottom. If possible, I always trim this off and if necessary to get the proper height, add it to the top. Usually, the addition is hidden by the top of the table and the legs looks less like spindles and more like real legs.

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  14. I'm wondering if Fred will stop by to have a look at his table/tool box some day. It does look pretty sweet as a grocery store check out counter!

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  15. I would buy up everything in her store!

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  16. Fred would be proud! Great table to make with the tool tote and it's perfect for the supermarket your little one has going on. Does she ever have sales?

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  18. oh!!! that is a beautiful piece!

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  19. Hi! I hopped over from your spool ottoman feature over at Cottage Market today. I love your blog! :)

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  20. Another great project! Never would have thought of flipping it upside down and making a table. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-4.html

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  21. Wow so cute!!!! I love the idea!
    (Here via The Cottage Market)

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  22. table came out awesome~love re-purposing. Thanks for the follow:):)

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  23. Thank you for the bible scripture posted on your website. It was so meaningful JUST FOR TODAY. I'm sending it to my daughter 1500 miles away from me. She has been married for 18 years with 5 children. Her husband left the family 2 months ago because he didn't want to be married anymore...moved in with another woman. Yes, God does and will show us the way and He is our Hope!!! Thank you and may God bless you and your family. Joyce

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  24. I am a new follower, love this idea. I have a piece just like it well the galvanized tote and will try it. I was curious to know what the stability is like? Would you change anything now that you have made the piece? Thanks, keep up the good work.

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    1. Hi Cisco...welcome! It feels pretty sturdy to me...but one thought I had was that it is fairly light weight and would need to be "beefed" up a bit if it was going to be used for more than a little side table. Just a thought...thanks :)

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  25. Great idea Laurel! I would love having Fred's name on my table, too. The portability is perfect. And I love the stylin tatoo on the little charmers arm...

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  26. This is simply FABULOUS! I love everything about it and it looks WONDERFUL in the general store! ; ) hugs and tfs!

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  27. What a find that tote was and I love what you did with it!!

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