Swedish Tool Box

December 4th, 2011 in member junk     
NDJunkyMonkey NDJunkyMonkey, member
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This was an old crate that was in my family's Barn. It originally came from Sweden about 1900's , I believe as a tool box. My dad used it to show his cattle in 4-H when he was a kid.

I loved the chipped paint look on this, but the top was so damaged that I knew I would have to cover the glue and repair marks. - oh well. The hardware was was so cool. The lock was gone, but LOVED the handles. It was VERY dirty and smelled REALLY bad. All that damp weather from sitting in a barn for decades. But it was beautiful red wood inside.

I found a round lock plate on Esty. It came from Latvia! and fits PERFECT! it was brass like, but the scroll decorative nature matched the handles.

Filled/ glued the damaged, Sprayed it grey, rubbed a stain on it, and stenciled some designs on it. Cleaned the heck out of the inside of it, and D-funked it with just soap, and left baking powder in it. Works great! Now I keep a lot of my small paint/art supplies in it. It was a great SAVE!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, wood, furniture, country, historical, grey

Comments (15)

CountryDesignStyle writes: Great job! You will always enjoy it. I always believe in making a object yours. Posted: 7:20 am on February 11th
mysalvagedtreasures writes: Love this priceless family treasure; you're so lucky to have it. Great job. Posted: 6:06 pm on December 11th
CottageElements writes: I think you did a fabulous job on the box! I know a lot of people who would die to have it. I liked it before, and I like it afterwards. It just depends on where I'd put it. I have rooms that are more chippy and I have rooms that are more modern and clean. You did the box justice :-) I guess it's what makes this site interesting. Something for everyone. But we also try to keep it member friendly :-)

As to Paisley's question on how to change the profile picture, just go into "My Junk" and then to "Edit My Settings". It should be pretty self explanatory after that. When you registered you had to pick a picture or upload one. You must have forgotten you had picked it. Let me know if you can't figure it out. Thanks!

Lani Posted: 7:19 pm on December 7th
NDJunkyMonkey writes: Thanks Sue. Its ok. To each their own. =)
Keeps the world interesting. Posted: 7:00 pm on December 7th
suewhitney writes: Our motto here at JUNKMARKET Style is "Create your own style...one piece of junk at a time!" Some people like their things clean and pristine while others enjoy their stuff in the rough. This box was lovingly restored in the creators style. Here at JMS we strongly encourage positive feedback and like to offer a safe haven for people to express and show off their creativity. I am so proud of all the editors, contributors, and members here and want this site to continue to provide inspiration and encouragement to all who visit. There are plenty of negative sites out there, this is just not one of them. This is a well done project. Bravo! Be Well, Sue Posted: 8:18 am on December 7th
Paisley writes: hmmmm, how do I get rid of that profile picture, which is not mine?
Posted: 7:51 am on December 7th
Paisley writes: I loved the original look, now it just looks new. Plus the word Gardner gave it so much charm. It could have been cleaned thoroughly, then waxed and would have been a great conversation piece for family history. Posted: 7:49 am on December 7th
chippingcharm writes: So glad you were able to salvage a piece with such family history! Looks great :) Laurel Posted: 4:37 am on December 7th
CottageElements writes: What a fabulous piece!

Lani Posted: 10:55 pm on December 5th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: HI THERE,
Boy do I like that GARDNER box. Especially where it came from,beautiful patina.Like them old boxes.Great job.Have a nice day.Robert. Posted: 8:32 am on December 5th
NDJunkyMonkey writes: Thanks everyone! Sue, that was very nice.
I would have loved to save chipped top, but it was pretty bad. Either way, I'm just glad it doesn't smell anymore. haha Posted: 8:48 pm on December 4th
gadgetsponge writes: What a great transformation. You gave the box a whole new lease of life. Posted: 6:26 pm on December 4th
JunkArchitect writes: The nastier a piece of junk starts out the more I like it...an added challenge. You did an incredible job restoring the box but I love the original crusty top.


Posted: 6:06 pm on December 4th
suewhitney writes: You're member feature of the week comes from JunkValley. She claims to be a novice, but it doesn't look like it to me!! What a great box and the fact that it has been in the family barn forever makes it even better. I love all of the special touches you added. It's fabulous. Congrats on a job well done and thanks for sharing!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 3:53 pm on December 4th
junkermidge writes: Great Box! Great Save! You did an awesome job on it, and now your family will be able to enjoy it for many more years.
Midge Posted: 3:21 pm on December 4th
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