Sunday, September 23, 2012

$10 Pie Safe

I picked up this pie safe at a yard sale last weekend for $10.  The lady was an aquaintance of mine and  said her father collected old pieces like this and she was getting rid of stuff since he passed away.

It has the original mesh / screen in the sides.

I love the patina and texture on this piece.   It's like alligator skin.  I couldn't duplicate this if I tried.

When I got her she was a sad sight.  The right door was broken off and in eight pieces.  Luckily she had saved all the pieces.

I spent the afternoon glueing, clamping, and letting it dry.  Then repeating the process over and over until I had it all put together.

The whole piece was filthy as it had been sitting outside for quite some time.  I vaccummed all the dirt and leaves then washed the entire thing down with warm soapy water.  The inside looked like it had stored motor oil and such.  There was thick black goop in several spots.  I scraped it off with a razor blade and cleaned the inside with soft scrub and a scrubby pad. I wanted the be able to put things inside and not worry so I gave the inside a coat of oil base primer to seal everything.  Then I gave it a coat of flat paint.  I still plan on applying Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze to the inside to tone down the white.  I don't want it to look like fresh paint.  As for the outside.  I am not touching it.  It has so much character.

After a coat of oil base primer.

One more look at the finished piece!!!



  1. What a beautiful piece and what a great deal. I haven't been able to find one for under $500.00. You are one lucky lady

  2. What a beautiful piece and you did a great job putting it back together. Don't you love beating the 'dealers' to the sales? Awesome paint and price too.

  3. Wow!!! That's an incredible score! It's amazing the deals you can find if you're willing to look past the blemishes, and put some elbow grease into it! Such a head-turner now!

  4. What a lucky find - its beautiful!

  5. Great buy-- we look for pieces like this all of the time, but never have your luck -- especially at that price. Sally