Saturday, March 3, 2012

The old wine boxes

I have a few wine boxes that I picked up for a song, but wanted to give them that old look as if they had been around since the 1900's.
All you will need to get this look, is a steel wool pad,  a glass jar, some malt vinegar and a paint brush.

Take the steel wool and cut it up into small pieces with a pair of scissors, put it in the jar and cover with vinegar and leave for 24 hours. Most of the steel wool will dissolve in the liquid.

Then brush the solution on the wood and as soon as the solution touches the wood,  you will notice a change and get the old vintage weathered effect.
This really does not smell very pleasant, so is a good idea to do this outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. 
These boxes are so useful for storage and that is what I am going to do now, have a tidy up of some of my supplies.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and I hope all your plans and dreams come true.
Hugs
Carolyn




44 comments:

  1. They look awesome, Carolyn! I've seen this tutorial all over Pinterest and have it filed away for future use!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

    xoxo

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  2. They really turned out great and will be perfect for storage! Enjoy your weekend, my friend! ♥

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  3. What an interesting technique...I had never heard of cutting up steel wool and having it dissolve in the vinegar. I will have to try that Carolyn. I love your boxes...they turned out beautifully, although I liked the "before" too!
    Wooden boxes are a rare commodity around here now. Wine comes in cardboard boxes now.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs, Nancy xo

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  4. What a great idea. May be it makes the steel wool go rusty. They are great boxes.
    Hugs
    Kay

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  5. Dear Carolyn
    What a great transformation! I will have to try that... They look beautiful! Enjoy your weekend dear friend.
    Blessings,
    Penny

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  6. Love their *new* look!
    I've been trying to score a few wine boxes for our cellar but cannot find any that aren't priced out of this world. Lucky you ~ enjoy your new beauties!

    Jo

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  7. What a neat idea Carolyn. They will look absolutely great. I must remember this for the future.

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  8. They look amazing, Carolyn! Great job and thanks for letting us all in on your secret. :)

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend! xoxo

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  9. What a great idea, dear Carolyn!
    Thank you very much for the sooooo nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy and wonderful weekend. Hugs Yvonne

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  10. The boxes look just great now, Carolyn! Thank you for the tutorial! I would love to try it. How long does it take until the boxes don't smell of vinegar anymore?
    Have a wonderful weekend :-)!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  11. One lovely idea, Carolyn dear, as lovely as your blog. I might want to try this some time in the future! Happy weekend!

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  12. Amazing! The wineboxes looks really old. Thanks for a great tip.
    Wish you a happy weekend
    Hugs
    AnnaMaria

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  13. Oh Carolyn,
    Those look amazing!! Have a great weekend!
    XO
    Cindy

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  14. They are really wonderful. I really impressed with idea you gave. Thanks for sharing for such a cute idea.

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  15. That really was a good idea.
    Greatings from Sweden!
    Camilla

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  16. Thanks for visiting -
    Julia, the answer to your question...
    I left the boxes outdoors for two days and then brought them in and you could not smell the nasty smell of vinegar anymore.

    C

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  17. Good morning dearest Carolyn! You always find good use from MOST ANYTHING LOVELY and these will offer you another chic way to organize!!! Oh, how are YOU my friend? Thank you for coming to comment on our 30th anniversary. Time does fly, and I hope that it will truly take us on its wings towards a GOOD READ.....peace to you dear heart, Anita

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  18. This is a new one on me, Carolyn. Love your tutorial on aging wood. I can't tell you how many times I would have loved to do this. Of course, I've saved your post! :)
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  19. That is a great idea Carolyn.I agree with you.Wine boxes are always useful. I use an old wine box as a vegetable box in my kitchen.
    Have a great week!
    RedRose.

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  20. Hi,Carolyn.
    I lost my comment. I will try it again.
    Wine boxes are always useful! I agree with you,Carolyn.I use an old wine box as a vegetable box in my kitchen.
    Have a great week!
    RedRose.

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  21. Love this idea nd will have to give it a go Carolyn. As you know we have a lot of these :-)

    Leeann x

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  22. What a great idea !!!...lovely weekend...xxx...

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  23. These look wonderful, Carolyn. I LOVE old boxes, any and all of them. :) I'm going to have to try this on...something. :) May have to make a trip to the thrift store this weekend and see if there is anything there.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    xOX

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  24. Oh wow, Carolyn,
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    thank you for the tipp - they look really good!!!! I have some (new) wine-boxes, and I think I will try it, too
    Warm hugs and thank you so much for your allways so nice words, my dear!
    ✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ
    Traude

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  25. So lovely :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  26. I would make them whyte, leaving the wrtten,but also with your trasformation are very nice!I have never seen that you live in New Zealand!I hope one day to visit your beautiful Country...before I have to won the Lottery!!

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  27. Hi Carolyn!
    Great idea, they really look awesome!
    Have a nice sunday.
    Hug Anna

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  28. Such a great idea!

    Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend - and week ahead too!

    Hugs

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

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  29. Ótima truque para envelhecer madeira.
    Bom domingo!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil.
    ♥ •˚。
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  30. Ciao Carolyn!!

    GRAZIE!!!

    Che splendido consiglio!!!

    Un abbraccio!

    Kisses from Italy!

    Have a wonderfull week! Kisses...NI

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  31. Those are beautiful! I would love to store fabric in something as pretty as them!

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  32. Big hugs and much love
    Love your ideas and your visits to my blog.......

    Kisses♥

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  33. I really like your boxes.:-) Hugs Stina

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  34. Love these boxes!

    Hope you've been having a lovely weekend :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  35. WOW!! THis is cool!! Thanks for sharing your method!! I will be trying your trick soon, for something at the barn dinner for the animals!!!
    THANK YOU again! Carolyn.. This post was meant for me to read!

    xox
    Constance

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  36. Wow, these boxes are so pretty Carolyne, they really have character! Hope your weekend is lovely and filled with more pretties!

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  37. Oh wow, what a great tip! I have a neato wine box, and I was just going to wait 100 years, but this seems much better. Thanks!

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  38. That looks absolutely beautiful Carolyn! Such a simple trick that you have shown us here.
    Would love to try this out sometime.
    Have a lovely week ahead Carolyn:)

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  39. That looks absolutely beautiful Carolyn! Such a simple trick that you have shown us here.
    Would love to try this out sometime.
    Have a lovely week ahead Carolyn:)

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  40. I love it when you channel Martha Carolyn!
    Millie xx

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  41. Dear Carolyn,
    such lovely wine-boxes! Oh yes, they are so usefull and alos decorative ;O)
    Have a happy week, my friend!
    Sending love and hugs
    Claudia

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  42. Hi Carolyn, Love these wine boxes and the technique you use to give them a vintage look. Thank you for sharing this. I had never heard of this way to obtain that style. They turned out so nice.
    Sounds like you are busy and planning some organization. This is something I am always working on.

    Hugs, CMD

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  43. Dear Carolyn, what a wonderful reciept you shared, thankyou,dear friend-your results looks fantastic-
    they are so beautiful, after this wash.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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