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Christmas Sleds

Last year I found an old sled at an antique store and decorated an ice skate to hang from the sled.  I have this in my entryway at home and have no plans to sell it just yet.  This sparked my interest in decorating with sleds.

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This past summer I purchased three vintage wooden and metal sleds from a dealer who was downsizing her inventory ( got them so cheap, I almost couldn’t believe my good fortune).  I found her garage sale advertisement about three weeks after I decided to open our booth at the Port City Co-op in Oswego, so the timing couldn’t have been better.

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As you can see, I had  a good haul that day. I wasn’t sure if I was just going to put them in the booth as is, or try to spruce them up again, but in typical Dottie fashion, I decided to add some modern day decorations to the vintage sleds.

The first thing I had to do was clean them off as they were pretty dirty.  Then I added some chalk paint to the metal parts and sealed them with varnish after the paint dried overnight.

Below is a photo of the first one I decorated.  It sold within 24 hours of putting it in the booth.

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The wood was pretty worn and faded, so I spruced them up with a coat of oak Briwax.  I am in love with Briwax.  It can really spruce up an old piece of furniture without refinishing it.  After the Briwax has dried, you can buff it with a soft cloth to get a smooth finish that is as soft as a baby’s behind.

Below is the second one I put in the booth.  It sold in just a few days.

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I hope you enjoyed my Christmas sleds and hope that you are inspired to create your own unique holiday decoration that can be enjoyed all winter long.  Below are affiliate links for some of the products I used to create these projects.

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