Storage Solution from Reclaimed Materials

Several weeks ago, I purchased the metal boxes below from a thrift store. When I saw them, I immediately envisioned them as a storage solution for my sewing room.

There are a few more than what's pictured here

I am working on cleaning and buffing them with Scotch-Brite pads. Several of the boxes have so much rust accumulated on them that it is taking quite awhile to get them ready for the painting stage.

I’ve also been removing the tarnished brass handle and label holders from the front of the boxes, to make it easier to scrub them to their original color: a very nice, light brass. At first, I thought that they were screwed on, but then discovered that they were attached with rivets.

So, with hubby’s help I’ve been removing the rivets.

I removed some myself with the drill, but it takes me about three times as long.

Here is what the color came out to, once they had been buffed with the Scotch-Brite pad.

In this picture, the handle has been buffed

My father-in-law has a rivet gun. So, I will only need to purchase some new rivets that match the refreshed brass, and re-attach the handle/tag holders, once the boxes are painted.

I have a vision for the colors of the boxes, and I will line some of them with fabric. I will post progress reports throughout the process of repurposing these. Since we are closing on the house this afternoon, hopefully it won’t be too long before I can show you my ultimate vision. 🙂

  1. Sarah Lewis

    June 11, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Congratulations on this purchase. These are so old-school and so vintage you are going to love them. What a great way to store your sewing notions!!

    Love you, Aunt Sarah

    1. Becca

      June 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Thanks! You’re absolutely right. They are very vintage, and I loved them the minute I saw them. Love you too, Aunt Sarah! 🙂

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