For the first time in decades I actually have all new appliances in the kitchen. Yes, all at one time.
A new stove and range hood to mention 2 new items.
Normally I would make a folder to hold the instruction manuals, receipts and brochures for each appliance, file it in my “house things” box which is stored at the top of the attic steps.
I’m pretty sure the box on top of the pile stored in the attic has instruction manuals. Maybe. I hope so.
This time I decided to utilize an old metal file box I had inherited from my mother.
I’ve been saving this old box and now I know why.
This green metal box is probably 50 years old and still had the original stickers on it. Consequently, they were stuck on with a vengeance.
Metal file box and new appliance information (in the foreground) — a perfect match.
Even sandpaper did not remove every gummy bit. After sanding to remove rust and dirt I wiped the whole box down with mineral spirits which easily cut through the remaining sticky residue.
Even soaking and sanding did not fully remove the old label.
After the mineral spirits had dried I sprayed a light coat of metal primer (self-etching, if it matters) which I had on hand from other projects.
Spray metal primer helps paint to adhere to the box. Notice the clasp is taped to prevent paint from getting on the lock.
Then I got out my go-to spray paint, Charcoal Metallic, which I have been hoarding.
I accidentally sprayed an undercoat of hammered bronze which actually gave it a more enameled look.
I sprayed about 3 light coats over the entire exterior of the box with the clasp and interior edge taped so they would not be painted.
After — Like new and it matches the kitchen n’est-ce pas?
A regular size file folder fits in the newly-painted box and will be stored in the pantry for convenient retrieval if I have a question about how any of the new appliances operate. (And, yes I DO have some questions.)
I have a convenient niche in the pantry to store this necessary information.
Check another project off the list.
Are you having fair weather? Is it encouraging/helping you to check items off your to-do list?