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The Story of the Sled

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Every once in a while, I get it in my head that I want to refinish something.  I have refurbished a few old dressers, which actually turned out pretty good for the amateur that I am.

I like old things.  I like the stories that they hold, even if that story is left entirely to my own imagination.  I also like the work that goes into the refinishing process.  The elbow grease and seeing something beautiful emerge from something worn.  A month or so ago, I spotted this old sled in my in-law’s garage.

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This sled belonged to the girl’s great grandfather.  Maybe it was also used by his children when they were young.  I like to think this sled was well loved.  The cracked wooden braces which had been messily glued together certainly suggest it had an active life.

I have never attempted to refinish rusted metal before, so it took a little research on the front end to figure out the best way to sand and prime the metal.

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Once that was done, I added a little spray paint, stain and some new hardware and you could already see something pretty starting to emerge.

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I then bought some craft letters from Hobby Lobby, used some scrapbook paper and Modge Podge to make the letters festive for the holidays and glued them onto the sled.

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It still needs a new piece of rope and I will probably decorate it with some evergreen when it comes time to put it out on the front porch, but I am happy with the finished product.

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I can’t wait to see this sled in front of the house this holiday season.  It is going to be a nice addition to our decor and I know it will remind me (and hopefully other family members) about family and childhood winter fun, past and present.

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About sarah

I am a married, working mother of two beautiful girls. I do not claim to be an expert at anything, but I am honest and try to keep a realistic and healthy perspective on life. I recently made a pact with myself to try to live as much in the moment as I can. I enjoy photography, cooking and seeing my children enjoy life. My life is hardly perfect, but I am pretty blessed.

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