Monday, February 17, 2014

Little Tweaks

There's just something about old rusty, chippy, and once loved boxes and drawers that speaks to me.  They're usually in really rough shape when I find them, but with a little elbow grease, time, or a repurposing plan in mind, they eventually emerge looking a bit better cleaner than when I bought them.  With spring shows just around the corner, the only way I'm going to put
a large dent in my projects-in-waiting pile is to limit the amount of time I spend on each one.  I have a lot of projects that can't be tackled in an hour, but not everything needs a major overhaul, just a little tweaking here and there can make a big difference.

vintage metal filing drawers with chalkboards
Last month I posted about these rusty old drawers and some of the others here.

add chalkboard labels to vintage metal filing drawers
A quick tweak was all they needed.  I taped off the label areas and sprayed them with two coats of chalkboard paint.

add wooden legs to vintage metal tool caddy
I found this rusty tool box insert buried in the garage at an estate sale.  For an industrial look, I painted some round wooden knobs with aluminum spray paint, then rubbed on rust colored acrylic paint to tone them down.  The knobs have a small flat surface, so I just glued 'em right on.

use old drawers for planting by lining the bottom with sheet metal
These rustic drawers I found last month are about 2' long and 9" wide and deep, a perfect size for large potted plants.  I cleaned them up, gave the fronts a light coat of wax, then lined the bottoms with galvanized sheet metal.   Kind of gives them that "plant me" look.

vintage metal filing drawer
I bought several drawers just like this one last year and spray painted all of them white. The rusty dividers of this recent find were sprayed with a matte acrylic sealer.  Another simple tweak.....from drawer to shelf.

vintage metal drawers
The front of the drawer was already painted in a flat black...a perfect natural chalkboard.  

rustic galvanized box
This greasy old tool carrier just needed a little cleaning.

vintage galvanized rustic box planter
No paint for this lovely patina, just a little tweaking with chalkboard paint.

add a chalkboard label to a metal box
Love these riveted corners.

chalkboard galvanized planter box
I hope things start to bloom in your neck of the woods soon!
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33 comments:

  1. I love this post and those beautiful treasures…AND yes looking forward to some blooms . Have a blessed week

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  2. Love all these ideas! I think my favorite is the tool box tray with the 'knobby' legs.

    Blooms would be lovely...I'm anxious for them to replace the snow!

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  3. I love the industrial look of all your pieces. Thanks for sharing how you tweaked each one to perfection!

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  4. Love all of your "quick" fixes, especially the galvanized BLOOM caddy!!!

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  5. I really love that last one, and the drawer turned shelf. I'm surprised at how much I've grown to love that industrial look in my old age lol Love seeing all your projects' progress!

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  6. Just the right amount of tweaking. Everything looks great!

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  7. I love them all, Betsy...especially the box of primroses...love your lettering!

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  8. ALL of your projects are FUN . . . FUN . . . FUN!

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  9. Love all your fun projects Betsy!! All those drawers and shelves are right up my alley! :) Your first sentence applies to me too! Those pretty flowers have me dreaming of warm weather! :) Happy new week! xo Holly

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  10. Love all your fun projects Betsy!! All those drawers and shelves are right up my alley! :) Your first sentence applies to me too! Those pretty flowers have me dreaming of warm weather! :) Happy new week! xo Holly

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  11. You are the best at turning rusty crusty into fabulous!!

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  12. Your tweaks are darling, and I love the long drawer into tall shelf flip. Do you display the plantable boxes with flowers or without when you bring them to shows?

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  13. I don't decorate with the industrial look, but love seeming your creations. You have been busy.
    Busy day here, but not creating.

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  14. Betsy, you definitely gave these boxes the perfect 'tweaks'! They look great!
    Susan

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  15. Great transformations! I've been looking for some primroses like that, but they have yet to show up in the floral section of where I shop.

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  16. thanks for the inspiration love how everything is turned into new visiting from nifty thrifty tuesday have a great day

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  17. You are a junk genius!! I find those drawers with the slots now and then and always pass them up. It never dawned on me to turn them on end and make shelves.

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  18. More fun finds and re-dos!! Now I want to go out and dig in my shed. I have some similar things hiding out there :)

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  19. What neat finds and great projects! I would love it if you linked up to The Makers link party going on right now, http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/02/the-makers-link-party-5/

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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  20. Good re-purposing ideas. Gives me creativity...

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  21. So cool Betsy; I would love these in my garden! Even your "little tweaks" are wonderful.

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  22. The "bloom" box is my favorite. Nothing like old galvanized metal with a little update.

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  23. I have a thing for old boxes too! So many uses for them. Love what you have done with these.
    Jane

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  24. I am looking forward to using my old drawers for a flower display in front of the shop. Thanks for a charming idea. Is it too early to plant violas? I think so but I'm ready to start.

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  25. All your drawers look great, Betsy! I bet they are happy that you found them and gave them a new life :).
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  26. Those are sweet! You really find some great stuff out there. With Spring just around the bend, many of those make great planters! Hoping you do well at your selling booth!

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  27. I never thought to use sheet metal for plant "drawers". Love that idea.

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  28. Such cool redos for the drawers!
    Love them all. You are so creative!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. Good morning! I love how you re-purposed these old drawers, and will be featuring them on my 'Weekly Wonders' post tomorrow morning. Thanks for sharing! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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  30. Lots of super ideas there! I love all kinds of boxes and metal containers and collect quite a few. I even have that red one above...two as a matter of fact...guess I should get going on a little remodel.

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  31. Love the BLOOM! Wish I had more room for boxes like these! Maybe I should put some above my cabinets! Hhhmmm! Hugs!

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