Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DIY - Repurpose a Vintage Wooden Box

I know you flea market people wonder where did I ever get such an awesome looking vintage wooden box... and for free! (well almost) To make the story short, after a long time looking for the perfect size, there was this one sitting in my husband's uncle's garage and no one wanted to deal with it. Perfect! All I had to do was knit his cousin a hat - no problem for a knitter right ;-) (yup, bartering system which I use often with my knitting ;-)

So here it is in all it's beauty! 

It had little bit of rust on the metal parts and splinters were poking out of the wood all over and it was messy on the inside.

So I wiped it with a rag and used sanding machine to make it nice and smooth.

I was trying to be careful around the lettering. 

And now came the fun part! Painting the beauty... Since I wanted to use it as my son's library book box, I needed it to be red to match his room decor. I had no idea how this would turn out but I went for this spray paint. I did it all outside and it needed only one coat.

And here it is! The final result.

This is how it looks in his room...

It turned out so much better than I expected! It adds a little retro touch to his room...

And it fits the large amount of books we get from the library every three weeks. Perfect!

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