To refresh your memory, here is what my vintage bin looked like before. This metal cabinet, once used to store bread and produce in the 1940s pantry, has a door that opens and shelves inside, along with a top that flips up revealing even more storage.
To begin this upcycling endeavour, I removed the bin's handle, sanded down every surface both inside and out (wearing a high filtration mask), and wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust.
I was determined to preserve the large flower basket decal on the front. To do so, I carefully coated it with a generous layer of petroleum jelly.
Since the decal's background would be visible, I needed spray paint that was a good match to the original color. Luckily, I found some. I gave the cabinet two generous coats of paint. Once it was dry, I wiped off the petroleum jelly to reveal the decal. The technique worked perfectly!
When I styled the photos for my recent Studios article, I chose to fill the bin with supplies that a crafter might use.
I made magnets and used them to transform the inside of the lid into a bulletin board. Then I filled the top shelf with rubber stamps and stamp pads.
Inside, I utilized vintage pottery and tins to corral a variety of art supplies. The narrow shelf on the door holds markers, colored pencils and paint brushes inside tin cans dressed up with floral fabric. The door's bottom shelf is just the right size for books and magazines. And don't forget my itty-bitty pennant banner at the bottom!
I'm very pleased with how the cabinet turned out. And I'm so happy to be able to share it with you here, and with the world in the fall 2012 issue of Studios magazine.