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
- Paint for metal
- Sandpaper (medium grit)
- 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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