Photo from eBay
Don't get me wrong, I love conserving old, vintage items. But sometimes, no matter how much you love the "vintage" look, they just aren't pretty.
Take tin containers for example. They were used to hold everything from cigars to spices to chips at the turn of the century. I really like the idea of simply collecting them for the vintage advertising, but sometimes the paint is worn off so much that you can't even begin to guess what it was used for. That's why I like the idea of taking mismatched pieces and stripping the paint off of them. It creates a streamlined look while still accomplishing a vintage vibe, more so than what a coat of paint could do. Here's how:
- First, look for attractive shapes. You can easily find tin containers on eBay or Craigslist, as well as thrift shops and flea markets. And they're usually super cheap!
- Work in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors; if you work indoors, wear a protective mask.
- Cover your work surface with newspaper.
- Remove paint with nontoxic paint stripper, such as Zip Strip, following the manufacturer's instructions.
- Use a razor blade to peel remaining paint from the boxes without damaging the underlying surface.
- With medium steel wool, remove rust spots, and smooth away pits in the metal
- Using fine-grain sandpaper, sand away any scratches made by the steel wool.
- Polish the surface with metal or tin polish for a rich shine.
I would totally do this and stack tin boxes in my kitchen to organize recipes and other various kitchen clutter.
Do you like the stripped look or would you rather keep the containers as is? Where would you put them in your home?