Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Primitive Homemade ShoeShine Stool

Shoeshine Stools are special. I loved finding this home carpenter made, very well used and somewhat damaged very old shoeshine stool last week at a garage sale. I love the colours and the serious wear.

I often find something that brings back memories. My Dad made this ShoeShine stool when he was in his young teens if my memory is correct, the stool is now at my sister's home. I have happy snapshot memories of Dad polishing shoes. I cropped this photo from my sister's post here. Great family history piece.

Back to the black stool I picked up. In love with the colours. Sunshine makes such great highlights.

This ShoeShine stool is not at all refined. The flap had broken off and splinters were missing. The top was very rough. The underpainting had been green and yellow and the box had been repainted black. I love seeing the accidental cuts on one corner.

The dark green arrow shows where the broken piece of the top began (before it was attached with glue/clamps).

DH glued the top pieces together and changed out a round top screw (which kept the lid from closing flat) for a flat screw. No pictures, not home when that happened.

Diesel was most curious.

The lady I bought it from said the top piece had broken off earlier that day (before I bought it at a garage sale), it fell off the top shelf in the garage apparently.

So what does this great old piece of real junk need? 

Well, it did get a repair.

Not much of a change really, it looked pretty good to me as found.

I may work on it a bit, but that would be another post.

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  1. Great find ... shoeshine boxes have great stories to tell. Looks like yours has really been used. So primitive and rugged. Love it like it is with the shoe rest on top. Also love the little shoeshine stool your Dad made even more.

  2. Wonderful find - looks well worn and used. You can't get that aged look with anything new for sure.

    Happy May Day.


  3. I love my shoeshine boxes, this one has such great patina Joy.The shoe rest on the inside really adds character, what a great find!

  4. Your finds are all keepers. I have seen these shoe shine boxes before, but none exactly like this one.

  5. I came for the dog, lol!! I was thinking "what's my dog doing in that picture" !!

    I have a Rott-Husky mix who has that same face!! :)

  6. I love this! Such a special conversational piece! ;)

  7. this is so neat...i would love to find one, too. Now, for MOI, I would have to bring it up to speed a bit with TLC as in repainting and polishing...I'd leave all the nicks and bruises...just make her a bit prettier...but that's me...I know a lot of you like things just the way you find them and that's cool....

  8. What a great piece of history. The stories that box holds. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

  9. Hello Joy, Your old shoe box is a great find. I would leave it shabby chic. Thanks for the chuckle over the round head screw. That would definitely happen in our home. A math professor/engineer has his head somewhere else most of the time. Not practical in the least. HA!

    Thank you for your comment and joining in Blue Monday today.

  10. Great find!
    So happy to have you sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  11. What a great find. I found one a couple months ago. I haven't dome anything with it yet. You are giving me some incentive.

  12. What a wonderful find and I have a very similar one. Can you imagine the conversations that went on around this piece?

  13. I love it! My dad had something very similar. I remember digging through his wax and brushes. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  14. Oh my gosh, I love this little shoe shine box! Thank you for linking up to the Talk of the Town link party!

  15. My nephew bought one of these old shoeshine boxes at a tag sale.It's fabulous. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  16. I love it just the way it is! Thank you for sharing with Talk of the Town.


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