How to Update an Antique Ice Box


Vintage ice boxes are a rare find and can be a focal point for any kitchen. Unfortunately, because most metal ice boxes were subject to frequent daily use, they often need to be updated and restored. With a little imagination, your antique ice box can be a wonderful and useful addition to your kitchen decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Dropcloth
  • Paint for metal
  • Sandpaper (medium grit)
  • Screwdriver
  • Painter's tape
  • Tack cloth
  • Block of foam
  • Bucket of soap and water
  • Place the icebox on the dropcloth in a well-ventilated area.

  • Wash the ice box, inside and out, with warm soapy water. Let dry.

  • Remove the shelves. Also, use the screwdriver to remove the door hinges. It's easiest to remove the screws from the icebox first, then place the doors on a flat surface and remove the hinge from the doors.

  • Sand any bumpy rust or paint blemishes until they are smooth to the touch. Dust the entire ice box with the tack cloth.

  • Paint the icebox, doors, hinges and screws with paint suitable for metal. For ease in painting the screw heads, poke them (point down) into a block of foam. Let the paint dry according to the manufacturer's directions.

  • Reassemble the hinges and doors and reinstall the shelves.


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