My dad would say I’ve always been pretty adverse to manual labor.
I may or may not agree with that statement. But most certainly, I would say that as nice as it is to use farm tools for things like “threshing” or “harvesting,” I find it just as lovely to create ways to use farm tools for more… sedentary purposes?
Take for instance the wheelbarrow. Crafty designer Johnny Swing discovered an enlightened purpose for it as a table.
Actually, not just a table, but a smartly designed one that doubles as storage.
You know I’m partial to the simplest of country looks; a wheelbarrow full of fresh-cut logs or an indoor flower garden, is right up my alley.
A set of these would look right at home around a vintage Knoll tulip table.
This laser cut wheelbarrow by Cal Lane, must be the ultimate in farm chic.
Oh, the detail!
And lucky for farmer’s delicate daughters everywhere, Mr. Lane didn’t stop at a wheelbarrow!
Shovels are apparently de riguer in the David Olchewski‘s studio as well.
As are pitchforks, for that matter.
One can use more “primitive” farm tools for purposes, like… a paper towel holder, a wine glass rack, ceiling lighting…
I feel that it is a good sign when you decide to write about ways to repurpose farm tools the morning of July 4 and then proceed to walk into a restaurant with vintage farm tools on the wall a few (swelteringly hot!) hours later.