My friend/picker Sue found this metal case for me.
She was told it was a roller skate case. Or at least someone kept their roller skates in it, even if that wasn’t its original intention.
Either way, Sue knew I could breathe new life into it and maybe also give it a new purpose.
I started with my usual prep; cleaning, sanding, etc, followed by a coat of Dixie Belle’s B.O.S.S. Then I made the decision to stick with the original black color, so I gave it a quick coat of Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky. I avoided painting over the brass fittings because they have an amazing patina to them.
Just a side note here about the B.O.S.S. This is definitely one of those occasions when I really appreciate the clear B.O.S.S. I wouldn’t have wanted to use a colored or white primer (other than black I suppose) on this piece because you would have seen that when I distressed the edges.
Once the Midnight Sky was dry, I followed up with one of the stencils from the set of 4 German Grain Sack stencils from ellen j goods.
Isn’t that a fun one? I used Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth for the stenciling.
I finished off the outside of the case with some clear wax.
I briefly considered doing something to the inside of the case, but ultimately I thought the original vintage paper lining was pretty fab.
Obviously it’s not in pristine condition, but I cleaned it up a bit and I rather like its shabby appeal.
Not many of us need a case for our roller skates these days.
So how about using this case to store your old photos?
OK, maybe you don’t have photos quite as old as these (I have a stash of the most amazing photos from my mom’s side of the family in South Dakota), but you must have some sort of photos or other mementos that need a cool case to live in.
Now, if only I could think of a way to repurpose those old skates.
The roller skate case is for sale so be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details if interested.