Patina or Dirt???

February 8th, 2010 in member junk     
SnowmanHill SnowmanHill, member
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Before I cleaned the inside, you could barely read this.
I found this great toolbox at a thrift store last week, it was filthy! After 5 pails of black water, I finally love it.
It is an awesome green, so it makes for a great garden vignette. I had to add my old garden tools and a nest to start.
I added old flower frogs.
The old brass hose nozzles fit perfect on the lid.
Before I cleaned the inside, you could barely read this.

Before I cleaned the inside, you could barely read this.

I love "the old patina", but hate dirt.

Have you heard of the Hantavirus? We know of someone who died from it. You get it from mouse droppings. Everything old and dirty should be washed before you bring it into your home, esp. if you have children. Do not sweep out old sheds or attics without wearing a respirator.

Ok, that's my Public Service Announcement for the day.




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Comments (16)

debapaka writes: Great job! love the bird nest, thanks for the advice. Posted: 7:51 am on February 12th
junkermidge writes: Gorgeous display! I love old toolboxes too, but never know what to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration. And also for the heads up about cleaning -- I had never heard of the Hantavirus.
Midge Posted: 5:53 pm on February 10th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Such a cool toolbox! And a big thank you for including the health tip. Very, very important stuff!
Candy Posted: 5:11 pm on February 10th
suewhitney writes: Patina or dirt...that is the question. Hahahaha! Sometimes it's so difficult to tell. I adore this piece and how you have used it. Also, thanks for the PSA.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:23 am on February 10th
dumpsterman writes: I love the toolbox-have several that I have found over the years.Also love the vintage garden tools. I built my wife a potting bench and she used these to decorate it with. Your collection is beautiful! Posted: 9:04 pm on February 9th
JunkArchitect writes: Now that is a cool tool box and it’s got some great stuff inside it too.
Good thing there’s not a federal agency that monitors dumpster diving and junk because I just broke every rule out there. I spent my lunch hour today digging through a dumpster wearing my dress clothes…and no gloves or boots…and wearing a tie! But I did find some cool stuff. Thanks for the Public Service Announcement.

Posted: 3:20 pm on February 9th
ninnarae writes: Oh how I love this great gardening box- beautiful!! Posted: 12:43 pm on February 9th
shabbychick writes: Dana - your hard work definitely paid off with your toolbox - very awesome - and what a cool collection of garden junk!

You made a good point with your PSA - us junkers dig into so much stuff - and not much of it is clean! Thanks for the reminder! I got my tetanus shot updated last year - ya never know...

Kathy Posted: 10:09 am on February 9th
SweetMelissa writes: We really should get "hazard" pay for junking!! heehee Posted: 11:31 pm on February 8th
chippingcharm writes: Yikes...I do have "little people" and one can never be too careful...I am very cautious about lead in my chippy treasures but thanks for the reminder about the "droppings"...glad to be more aware of that now too!!!
Love your tool box and fun garden vignette...seems to me you're in MN too...wishful thinking huh? :) Laurel Posted: 9:57 pm on February 8th
OnEaglesWings writes: Ohhhhh, I love your box o' garden delights! Aren't we just a little crazy how we love old galvanized metal!

Hopefully, I won't be in contact with mouse droppings....but I'll surely be careful if I see any.

Enjoy your treasures!

Susie Posted: 6:44 pm on February 8th
alicemom writes: That is the coolest tool box! Thanks so much for the PSA. Every time I go to my giant barn I shudder. I really need to be more careful. thanks!
smiles, alice Posted: 3:49 pm on February 8th
greencolleen writes: oh i have junk envy ;).esp like the green
we have had patients up here in no az who have had hanta virus. and sometimes they dont make it. so be careful ya'll thankyou for the public service announcement ;) Posted: 2:45 pm on February 8th
54girl writes: I love toolboxes like this! And I love how you displayed all your tools inside!! Very nice! Mary Posted: 1:58 pm on February 8th
RustyDiva writes: Awesome rustyness in all of the display! Love love love!!! Posted: 1:23 pm on February 8th
oldnews writes: Very cool! And love the public service announcement! As junkers, we all need to be very careful! Marie Posted: 1:05 pm on February 8th
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