Saturday, December 18, 2010

A bit more VINTAGE than I thought it would be!

This piece was loaded down with cleaners in a garage.  I saw past the
 rust and the stains.  I have been looking for one of 
these for some time.  Waiting don't want to know how long my list of "if I come across it"!  I drove farther than I usually do, but I like this ladies estate sales. Sure enough there it was being walked past by everyone on day two.  It didn't even need to be painted 
like most of them in the past have needed.  The shelves were rusty in spots and it smelled like old tools and insect spray.  I took it home and cleaned it up with some elbow grease and a magic eraser.

It is a fantastic faded blue green.  Inside I used some left over oilcloth to line the shelves and secured them in place with glue dots.  

Because its not very shallow, I can stack my stuff and still see to reach it.  

The front was perfect for some vintage decals.  With the big ones being so hard to come by and me needing two of them...I hit eBay.  These two Meyercord came together.  Everything was going according to plan.  I sprayed them with clear coat to insure that they would stay together during the water process.  After fully drying, I prepared my warm water bath and that's when it started to fall apart...literally.  I couldn't get these to work with out cracking.  Rather than toss them I went with it and they are really too vintage for my liking, but they are on.  I have never had this much trouble with my other transfers but you never know with their age.   

To me they look like they are clicking their heels in the air?  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  At least it was fun!


Valerie said...

I'm very happy that you were able to turn this into a wonderful treasure. Thank you for sharing the details.

Into Vintage said...

If it's any consolation, I like the way the decals turned out but there isn't much that's too vintage for me! :-)

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Great decals and I had never heard of spraying them with clear coat first. I can't tell you how many times they have come apart on me when I apply them. Yours still turned out pretty darn cute!

Nan said...

I love the way these look even if they did crack and fall apart it adds to the overall vintage theme. Now I feel I want to check out Ebay for decals lol...Nan

Anonymous said...

Adorable! I like the way they look, too. My husband is Dutch, so I love to use vintage Dutch items around the house, too - especially the red ones. Love your BLOG!!! Hugs, Patti