I found this vintage metal pie safe at a garage sale earlier this summer.
I liked the chippy original paint job, but it needed to be cleaned up, and the inside was in pretty rough shape. It was also missing the shelves.
I wanted this piece to be functional for storage, so I asked Ken to cut a piece of wood to use as a shelf. Then I cleaned the interior and followed that up with a couple of coats of Dixie Belle’s Kudzu.
I love that pop of vibrant green, don’t you?
As for the outside, I decided to retain that original chippy finish. I gave it a good clean, then I sanded it lightly to remove any flaking paint and then I sprayed it with some Rustoleum matte clear spray sealer to reduce further chipping.
Finally, I added some bits from I.O.D.’s Label Ephemera transfer to the door, and then gave that another coat of the spray sealer.
I’m happy that I was able to keep the authentic look of this piece, while also giving it a little more pizzazz (and functionality) with some paint and transfers.
I suppose if you bake a lot of pies, you could actually use this as a pie safe, but I think it would be perfect in a potting shed.
It would also be awesome hung on the wall in a bathroom and used to store toiletries and such. If only we didn’t have the world’s smallest bathroom at our house!
It has some holes at the back of the top that would make it easy to hang.
No matter where you use it, I think it would make a fabulously unique storage solution.
This piece is for sale, so if you’re local be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.