I wonder sometimes if the original owners of the things we find would have a kitten if they saw what we do to them. An industrial workbench becomes a kitchen island, a buffet becomes a bathroom vanity, a door becomes a headboard. A toolbox gets painted pretty and becomes a supply tote or a flower box. JR and I will often, when we're out picking in a basement or attic, flea market or antique fair, debate about who gets the "thing." He wants it for it's intended purpose and I want to completely repurpose.
It reminds me of a story. Several years ago, when we first opened the shop, we had some really cool metal hardware drawer cabinets. You know...the kind that actually used to hold hardware? A customer came in and purchased a piece for her husband for Christmas. I was excited AND intrigued.
" Oh! what will he use if for?"
I'm thinking what a great piece for a stamp collection or miniature model parts or small ink bottles, vintage game pieces and butter pats
She looked at me with astonishment. "Well, for nuts and bolts and screws, I guess!"
That burst my vintage loving bubble, but I was happy that she very much appreciated the quality of such a fine old set of metal drawers.
I've collected tool boxes for a loooonggg time. And I've been know to paint them and add a little something to them. I love the utilitarian function, the sturdiness and the fact that they can be used for SO many things!
With the swipe of a brush and a few carefully placed transfers, you can transform these simple old boxes into this:
I get so excited about the possibilities of turning a simple, tossed out thing into something very unexpected and charming. Wouldn't you love to create something like this?
Find out how i did it here on You Tube!