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When I moved into my first apartment too many years ago to admit, my stepfather gifted me with a toolbox full of all his “doubles.” Later when my brother moved to a tropical island, he handed down his steel toolbox to me and I was thrilled. I truly love my trusty tool kit and even love sorting through it to find just the right instrument for a given job. My toolbox and the tools in it are feeling their (20+ years) age, however. So I’m daydreaming about replacing everything with tools that help me make the fixes around my home and are beautiful to boot.

Not only are these tools functional, but they’re even gorgeous enough to display — maybe on a magnetic strip? I love how self-referential the wood handles are and the care that was clearly taken in designing and crafting them. But tell me: am I alone in my handylady desires? Or are you a fixer with an enviable tool set, too?

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  1. gusmom says:

    You are not alone! I have some very old wood handled tools that I display because I love the shape, patina, and colors, all made by someone's hands. I also have a love of wood handled kitchen tools. I do have some of them displayed on a magnetic strip and some on my pot rack. I use them regularly and prefer them over the modern plastic tools. One thing you have to be careful of though is not to allow them to sit in a sink of water. If you do, the wood will swell and cause the beautiful paint to crack and peel off. So if you have to soak them for a few minutes, just put the metal part in water and make sure it doesn't slide in. Your tools will stay as beautiful as the day they were made!

    • Lili_HGTV says:

      So glad to hear it, gusmom! And thanks for the tip. I'm constantly "catching" my wooden salad bowls being soaked in the sink. These natural beauties are too precious to soak.

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Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...

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