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Vintage Shoe Shine Box

Antibes green chalk paint.

Today's project is an old shoe shine box. I decided to go with a fun bright color.

Handmade vintage shoe shine box.

It appears it was constructed by hand.

The shoe shine box was hand crafted. It's old and dusty, but it's going to look fabulous.

Originally it had a stained wood finish, but it was painted black at some point.

The bottom reveals the original wood finish of the shoe shine box. At some point it was painted black.

It was a little dirty. OK it was very dirty, but that was an easy fix.

It picked up a little dirt over the years.


I painted the exterior of the box Antibes Green and the interior Old Ochre.

Vintage shoe shine box painted in Antibes Green.

I think the color compliments the vintage style.

Antibes Green is a great color choice for vintage furniture.

Vintage shoe shine box painted with Chalk Paint.

Chalkboard and shoe shine box.

I distressed the green paint to allow a little of the black paint to show through.

I distressed the Chalk Paint to reveal bits of the old black finish.

One half of the top opens up to reveal storage . . .

Top of shoe shine box opened.

. . . and a spot to rest a shoe for a shoe shine. Maybe shoe shine boxes have gone out of fashion, but this one will work well in a mudroom which can be pulled out as needed to use as a step stool. I think it will also work well to store gardening tools and use as a comfy spot to sit while working in the garden.

Ladies black shoe on top of shoe shine box.

Here's a peek of the shoe shine box in my booth.

This is a quick photo showing the shoe shine box at my furniture booth.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Shoe on top of vintage shoe shine box.


  1. What an interesting piece, Patricia! If this box could talk I'm sure it would have all kinds of interesting stories. It would look great in a farmhouse entry, mudroom, or a foot stool.

    1. Thanks Marie. I agree that it could have a variety of uses!

  2. Hey Patricia ,
    Been a while since I stopped by.
    The Shoe Shine Box turned out great ! Pops with the Green and the inside when opened adds another element of eye candy to your upcycle. Sweet...
    Also looks great in your display of things to sell as well.
    I hope this summer brings good fortune for your shop , would love to see it in person.
    Pit it. To my Creative and Crafty friends.
    Nice share, take care,
    PS ...Please share on Discover Repurposing Here:

    1. Thanks Greg! I pinned it to My Creative and Crafty Friends and sent a request to join your G+ community. Looks like a great group with lots of projects.


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