Restored Ice Chest

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Project by simmers posted 02-24-2012 11:21 PM 2025 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first ‘picture’ post. I hope you can see it.
This is the oak ice chest I restored. It was all white, except for the mold and the coat of some red stain under the white paint. The hardware is original. it was white and chrome plated. I was cleaning the hardware and realized it was a little heavy for chrome. Wire brush took it down to brass. I replaced a board on the bottom and replaced a narrow board on the top when it came apart. It could acutally be used now. I used WATCO medium walnut finsh, 4 coats with a rag.

-- simmers

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 11:52 PM

This turned out very well nice restoration.

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 02:08 AM

Since you did such a wonderful job on yours, I have one you can do for your next project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 09:55 PM

Nice porject and worth the time and effort! I knew a lady in KY that refinished an old icebox that had several layers of paint (why would anyone want to paint it?) on the wood and hardware. She told me she soaked the hardware in ketchup! Don’t know how long but paint came right off with no effort, according to her.

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 10:50 PM

What brand? I’ll never eat that brand of ketchup!
This was just the 3rd piece I ever stripped…..first oak. I used Kwik paint & varnish remover. I did it twice….probably 3 gallons of Kwik, then washed with a gallon of lacquer thinner. It still had white paint in the grain! I used a dental pick to carefully dig out what ws left in the grain. This was for some friends. I charged $200. It was probably $1.00 an hour. But they love it. I was still working my day job at the time.
Next time, I know to leave the Kwik on longer to get it to pull the paint out of oak. I doubt that I will try ketchup.

-- simmers

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