Friday, February 19, 2016

Trash to Treasure Cubbies

A few months ago I discovered a very interesting case of boxes at an antique fair. At first glance, I was attracted to the nine small metal boxes inside, but then I realized the case also had some serious potential.

turn an old carrying case into a display shelf
It took a lot of elbow grease to remove the grime, but it was SO worth it!

repurposed coin box carrying case
Before the cleanup effort. Nasty!
After I pried off the lid (I'll use it in another project), I removed the chunks of debris and spider webs. The inside was still too gunky for my comfort level, so I painted it with black acrylic craft paint for a clean matte finish.

vintage pay phone coin bixes used as planters
The case originally housed these old pay phone coin boxes that I showed you a couple of months ago in my latest junking haul post.

repurposed pay phone coin box carrier turned into display cubbies
Now it's a cool and clean cubby perfect for displaying some of my treasures.

how to display vintage treasures in an old carrying case
Black and white family photos, heart cookie cutter, tarnished silver cup with a 55 license plate tag, crystal door knob on a silver treasure box, and a vintage clock to remind me that it's 5:00 somewhere.

turn an old pay phone coin box into a plant holder
Coin box  #31093 is the perfect size for this small faux topiary tree. 

before and after repurposed carrying case
Much better now, don't you think so?

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  1. What a great display piece, Betsy...the little coin boxes are fun, too! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  2. Oh, baby, it was gunky. Lovely staging and reclamation!

  3. I love the cubbies! The coin boxes are great, so what did you do with them? I love the way you set up such neat vignettes.

    xo Dianne

  4. The case was worth cleaning and painting it, Betsy. I just LOVE it! The boxes are great too and make indeed lovely planters.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. That's a terrific reno! I am woefully running out of walls -- one could alawys use a cubby like that! I also like the coin box re-do! Does your brain ever rest, Betsy? I don't think so!

  6. What an adorable find & upcycle!!! I never saw a case with boxes like that before. Now I have a new treasure to dig for. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. You know me and cubbies so this is a wonderful makeover! I love how you used black and white and silver and it just shines with awesomeness. You have the best little bits and pieces of things!

  8. Love it - not to mention all your pretties displayed inside. Inspired as always!

  9. You find some of the most unusual items.

  10. Such a beautiful piece, of course after all your hard work.

  11. Very unique display piece. I love it. It does look better cleaned and painted.

  12. I wasn't expecting ito be grubby metal like that! Nice save!

  13. I can't believe the transformation! Great use of the topiary in the coin box, too:)

  14. That really turned out great. It looks amazing!

  15. Absolutely awesome! Great transformation! The topiary is cute in the coin box as well. I love all the items you chose to display as well. Have a great week!

    Hugs, Vicky

  16. Betsy, this is such a cool shelf now!! Nice save!!

  17. Betsy, this is such a cool shelf now!! Nice save!!

  18. Another great makeover, Betsy, and I loved seeing some of your treasures.

  19. Betsy,
    what a great find and wonderful make over! Your treasures look fabulous in the cubbies!
    Visiting from Jann's party!

  20. Betsy, I love it! I would have bought it for it's rustic charm, but would never would have seen it's potential in this manner. What a fun piece!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. That was a great find.I love how you redid it. Brilliant!

  22. I love ALL of your creations, but this one is so darn cute.

    You are amazing.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.


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