Nothing makes me happier than re-purposing something I already own and that is exactly what I did with this Vintage Tool Chest Turned Side Table. Ever since I took on the challenge of making over our living room for zero dollars, I have been on a mission to update the rest of our main living areas. If you follow me on Instagram you have see some previews of my recent family room makeover (more to come on that soon). During this makeover I transformed a vintage tool chest into a modern side table which I am going to share with you today.
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A few years ago my dad handed down a vintage tool chest to me. He had refinished it several years back for my step mom to use as jewelry storage but she no longer needed it. Since I had always admired it, he offered it to me. When I said yes I knew I had no real plan for it, but I had faith I would figure it out eventually. Like all the other items I have collected for future use/hoarding, down to our basement it went.
It collected dust on a shelf for several years and glared at me every time I passed it. One evening after I spruced up the family room, I remembered the tool chest and this stool I previously used under my desk. That’s when the light bulb went off. I was no longer using the stool because I switched to one of my poufs I made for our backyard makeover, so I could put both items to use if I combined them! Win. Win.
Vintage Tool Chest Turned Side Table
I started by detaching the seat of the stool from the base. I originally purchased the entire stool from HomeGoods, but you can buy a set of hairpin legs if you don’t have something similar lying around.
Then I turned the tool chest upside down and positioned the stool base on the bottom of the tool chest. I used the same screws I removed from the stool seat to attach the base to the tool chest.
I love the contrast between the rustic tool chest and the mid century modern hairpin legs!
My new up-cycled table has the perfect home between the two leather chairs in our family room! Not only do I love the new look, but I am thrilled I could finally put this amazing, sentimental piece to use!
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