Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recycled Salad Bowl Sets

It's been quite some time since I've posted here on my blog ~ seems we've all become spoiled by the instant gratification of social media pictures without words, myself included! I've mostly been posting those instant pics on Facebook ~ hope you'll "like" my page there if you haven't already: https://www.facebook.com/pages/redshedvintagecom/231947456841595 

For those who aren't on Facebook, here's a recent upcycle project which I shared there:
Vintage wooden salad bowl sets make great holiday gift baskets, and there's no shortage of them at yard sales and thrift shops.
Here's a vintage salad bowl set which I recently cleaned, painted, sanded, and stained ~ ready to use as individual holiday gift baskets. I use them to hold gifts of various themes, such as guest soaps & rolled wash cloths, kitchen spices & spoons, or hot cocoa & tea packets with candies, etc. I use cellophane gift basket bags from Dollar Tree & tie with jute twine for fast and easy gifts.

Did you know you can remove grease & grime from vintage wooden wares with baking soda? (Not for use on valuable antiques, of course!) I mix baking soda
& warm tap water to form a thick paste & rub it over greasy wood surfaces, allowing it to dry. After rubbing the paste off with a dish towel dipped in hot water, I put them in a sunny spot to dry. You might want to test a small area before completely covering your wooden wares in baking soda, sometimes this causes the wood to crack. 

For this particular set, I painted the outsides only ~ using various colors of latex flat interior paint, sanded the edges for an aged look, then rubbed oil-based wood stain with sealer over the entire surface including the natural wood interiors.

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1 comment:

  1. I never thought to clean the grime off of wood with baking soda, thanks for the tip! I'm always picking up wood pieces at garage sales so this will come in handy. Miss your posts, hope you come back to blogging sometime. =]