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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