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May 30, 2012

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Nancy

It's a great idea. Can you do a post on what tools you store there? (Sometimes we can be so nosey! lol)

Benita

What you see is it. At the moment a trowl, some grass seeds, a pair of scissors and a brush. What will also end up there are the clippers and garden gloves I guess. Gardening clutter basically.

byebyebirdie

I love that you've re-installed this. I love putting original details back into houses. The last house we lived in we found its original victorian roll top bath being used in the garden as a planter. It was still in great condition so we had it professionally re-conditioned and re-enamelled. We then installed it back in the bathroom. Felt so good and it looked fantastic!

Leena

And I thought it was a gray mailbox!! It was just dusty.
Good use for the old box.

Vicki K

How does the Swedish on the box translate into English? I love the quick grab 'n go AND it's originality to the house!

Benita

It's the name of the block which translates to "map measurer".

Benita

Haha, that's what I thought too!

Hxx

Brilliant re-cycling x

the spectator

This a really nifty idea which I am going to 'borrow'.

April

Me too!

celia

Great idea!

Peggy

Excellent idea! I saw this idea in Sunset Magazine years ago and intended to use it but never have put it into action. I should be on the lookout for an old box at one of the thrift shops that I frequent. Thanks for the re-inspiration! Yours looks perfect and so at-home in that location! Such a timesaver and it allows you to garden when the need/spirit presents itself. Otherwise, as we all know, procrastination (does Benita REALLY know the meaning of that word? I certainly do!) can set in.

I wonder how long it will be before someone leaves you a little love note in the box. I wonder if you will you let us know. I hope so!

Betty

Great re-use! Are the window bars for security? Do they release from the inside if one must get out in an emergency?

devil

Such a simple and cool idea.

Here in the U.S., I'd be concerned that the tools would be stolen. I guess it's not a huge loss if they were but it would annoy me.

Benita

yes, but they weren't added by me. As for getting out I'd use the door...

Benita

Haha, I don't expect any love notes :).

Giulia

and lucky you that it turned out to be green! Great find and great use of something original to the house.

Netten

So great. To bad I never thought about that when we replaced our old mailbox. But our mailbox was not as cool as yours and with such history.

Sage

Due to lighting I assume, your wonderful box looks greyish in the top photo. If you decide to paint, it would look fantastic in pale grey (with letters re-stenciled back on perhaps). Just a thought!

Ann H.

Benita! It was so fun to receive my weekly email from Real Simple today, which quotes you!!

Benita

Um, no that would be 50 years worth of attic dust :)

Petra from NL

OOoh... must be on the look out for one of those. At the moment such tools are in a plastic bin under a rolling cart in the kitchen but I would know the perfect spot for something like this...

Michelle

I noticed the mailbox in your last post and thought "hmm...they must deliver mail differently over there." Now it all makes sense. Great idea!

Julia @the BackLoop

This is the perfect idea. I love having just a few things up front that I can grab for improtu weeding, or poop scooping from the feral cats in the neighborhood. I have two little ones and can't leave them in the front yard playing while I either 1- dash into the back shed or 2-go through the house into the garage. My littlest one is a runner and her second favorite outside activity is to run into the street the moment you take your eyes off of her :-\
Luckily we don't live on a busy street.

Anyhow, all of that is to say - I'm going to be looking for something at our thrift store that I can repurpose.
Thanks!

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