I like to research interior design blogs from my native country, France, in order to bring fresh ideas to my clients in San Francisco.
I came across this article, detailing how to spruce old wooden tools. They give some simple executable suggestions that are right in line with the craftsman aesthetic, which is a popular design trend in the Bay Area. I would add that these spruced up utensils could also be repurposed as decorative elements.
Click on the images below for other quick DIY in the same vein.