Thursday, July 18, 2013

Little Boxes

I love vintage storage boxes!  There's just something about all the little drawers and compartments that always put a big smile on my face.  When I discovered another one of these little metal boxes at an antique show a few weeks ago, I looked right past the rust and dirty interior.  


I love a little rust, but the grime had to go.  After a good cleaning, I stenciled numbers on the drawers, then sprayed the whole thing with satin acrylic sealer.  

Still rusty, but clean.  

Another fun find on the same day was this home grown storage shelf complete with nine
 rusty old metal boxes.  

Seven of the nine boxes came with adjustable dividers.  Perfect for storing all kinds of trinkets and treasures.....after they get a bath.

  How did this one get in with the bunch?  

Two coats of paint and a little distressing brightened it up without taking away its
 rustic charm. 

It's a good thing the shelves slipped right out because I wasn't about to paint them.  The numbers were simply stamped on with my vintage Print Craft stamp set.

 The small shelf on the bottom needed a number too.

Both of these and the little boxes will be coming with me to The Owl Box Vintage Market in Tracy on Saturday.  I wish I had room in my fort for another box, but then I'd have to buy more stuff to fill up all the compartments; I guess that's not such a bad idea though.  Now I'm on the fence about the big box.

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27 comments:

  1. Love all your boxes and trinkets!! So cute! I love finding small things like that to put treasures in! :) xo Holly

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  2. I have a thing for old boxes and containers too. Love what you did to update these!
    Jane

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  3. Anything with little cubbies and drawers appeals to me so much!! Love both of these. Are you keeping all those metal divided boxes from the storage shelf? They are wonderful.

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  4. So jealous of all your fabulous finds-but even more so of your ability to see the possibilities! What wonderful storage for treasures.
    Linda

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  5. Lovely! What fun to find treasures and trinkets to store in these cubbies!
    Irene

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  6. I do love these! I like the numbers that you stenciled and the 1/2 shelf at the bottom is so cute! You have such a creative mind to see such possibilities! xo

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  7. I, too, have a weakness for little boxes and anything with drawers. I think it is that possibility that a treasure might be hiding inside!

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  8. Oh, I'm crazy about drawers, and numbers, and metal...you've hit all my favs! I have a little 'box' exactly like yours and never thought of putting numbers on it-LOVE that!:)
    Susan

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  9. Super finds! I love the way these turned out and your idea of sealing them after they've been cleaned up.

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  10. Okay, you know how much I love boxes. Great finds, and makeovers.

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  11. I love any piece that has cubbies and drawers...big or small ones. Yours look great...love the numbers on them!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  12. Fabulous finds Betsy!!!!! I love them rusty and in their original state! Xo

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  13. I have been looking for a small one like yours..How much are you going sell it for?

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  14. Love love these little boxes and cubbies...Someone will be happy happy to get their hands on these!!!
    Purrs,
    Loretta & Kitty

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  15. I also have a thing for the antique/vintage boxes and containers - but I am "bound and determined" NOT to start another collection. :D
    Enjoy your evening.

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  16. great finds Betsy!! Love that the inside dividers are at a slant. Very cool and would make great organizing in a crafty studio!! Steal of a deal for some lucky peep:):)

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  17. So much of my storage is boring but as I find some great things like this I'm going to make it more interesting and a much better place to create!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  18. I'm a sucker for boxes too! I never find any that great! I love the 1/2 LOL!

    CArol

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  19. Betsy!
    If you lived near me....I'd buy that tower of boxes in a SECOND!
    It would be so great in my workroom/basement/dungeon!

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  20. Oh I'm so droolin' over both those boxes...you lucky girl. =)
    (I'd have snagged them up too.)

    blessings
    barb

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  21. I too would have had to have these wonderful little drawers and boxes. I love containers...old and new! Fun Finds and Wonderful Weekend...

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  22. I'm feeling the box love! These look amazing and so handy for storing crafts.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  23. A great collection of vintage boxes, and love what you'd done with them. I saw one you'd like this morning at a brocante, but it had lost 95% of its paint sadly............
    Regards, Alexander

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  24. Oh how I love little boxes too! I think they are even better after you added your special charm to them. I'll bet they were snatched up in an instant.

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  25. I swear, there is no way you have the same hours in a day that the rest of us do. I can't believe all you've done since my little blog break! As usual, I love all the finds and all the creative ways you use them. Thanks for helping host the Chrismas in July too, I think it's inspired me to get creating!

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  26. I swear one day I am going to show up at your door and force you to take me junkin' with you. You have the knack of finding the best junk and then having the vision to know what to do with it.

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  27. Boxes, boxes, I love boxes! That tall one with the shelves and all those metal boxes is amazing. I've never seen anything like it. How could you not keep that? You mean you don't have enough little baubles to fill it already? You really did brighten it up and yet left it shabby. Love it!
    Liz

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