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Christmas Sleds

Decorating with Vintage Sleds for the Holidays -

Update 11/29/17:  I’ve included three more decorated sleds at the bottom of this post.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Update 11/29/17:

I was fortunate to find some more sleds this past summer at good prices.  They continue to be good sellers for me.  The sled below sold within 24 hours.  I was lucky enough to find the skate already decorated at a church rummage sale.  I initially was going to age the skate to make it look older, but I liked the contrast of the bright white skate with the wood of the sled that was enhanced by a new product in my arsenal called Howard Feed-N-Wax (contains affiliate link).


The sled below sold in about 10 days after being featured in the front window of our Co-op.  I had to paint the metal black and red to spruce it up a bit.  I sealed it with Dixie Belle Gator Hide to make it water resistant.  I used Feed-N-Wax on the wood.


The sled below is probably my favorite of this season.  The sled is such a beautiful bleached color, very similar to driftwood.  I was almost afraid to wax it because I didn’t want the color to darken too much, but the Feed-N-Wax did it’s job.  I painted the rails white and sealed with Gator Hide.  I had to scrub the chrome with steel wool to get the rust off, but it cleaned up beautifully, don’t you think?  The white and silver snowflake, topped with the silver bow is just the icing on the cake.  As of this writing, this sled is still available for sale in our booth at the Port City Co-op in Oswego, NY.


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