About a month ago, my husband and I attended an estate auction (shocker, right?). While looking around, we stumbled upon an old sled. I already owned one vintage sled, but it was small and in rough shape. This one was much larger, and still had remnants of the original red paint, which I loved. I ended up paying $35 for it and it sat in the garage until I had time to fix it up.
We had great weather this weekend, so I was determined to get to sled cleaned up . I wish I would have taken a "before" photo because gosh, this thing was dirty! It had years worth of dirt caked on the slats and the wood itself was dry and colorless. I had to be careful while washing it off, because I did not want to wash off any more of the red paint. After letting it dry completely, I sealed the wood with two coats of MinWax's polyurethane in Satin.
Personally, I loved how it came out! The wood has a little shine, which brought it back to life, but it still has that great vintage patina.
I plan to display this on my front porch during the wintertime and might incorporate it into something with a holiday feel. But don't worry, for those who are not ready to start thinking of the holidays, I'll only upload a couple example pictures of what I might do with it. I have to say, now that this sled is cleaned up, I can't wait until the first snow to display it on my porch! I'll post pictures when I set it up!
Here are a couple pictures of the sled after I sealed it:
Below are some examples of what I'm wanting to do.
I like the simplicity of this set up: A touch of green foliage, stark white ice skating shoes and aged wood.
This is fun because it has a festive, nostalgic feel.
There are great rustic aspects to this piece: burlap ribbon, pinecones and green foliage. I just love the white skates! I might have to look for some vintage skates before the holidays!
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