Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Consider, If You Will

The humble lunchbox.
I like them.
They remind me of my grandpa.
He carried one like this, and there was a thermos that latched into the lid.
I was fascinated with that.
My dad carried one for years, too.
To me they are a symbol of hard work.
Of people who went to work and actually sweated.
Who hasn't seen this picture floating around on Pinterest? 
It took me awhile to figure out why I loved it so much.
It's the lunchbox.
So when I found an old lunchbox at a yard sale for ten cents, I grabbed it. Even though it's incredibly banged up. Which is probably why it was ten cents.
Then I promptly 
(if you can consider 2 years prompt) 
made it girly.
It's a first aid kit.
I don't have one in my car, and I thought this would do nicely.
And, just for fun, 
I painted the inside magenta. 
(I started out with red, but it ended up looking like dried blood. Not really the look you want for a first aid kit. Or anything else, really.)
Now I'm all set. 

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Smallgood said...

I love it. I may have to make one too (out of a newer lunchbox as I'm unlikely to find such an awesome deal at 10 cents).

Sam said...

What a wonderful find and great use for your treasure. (If I could type this in green for envy, I would) LOL.

Jess said...

I too love love that particular shape of lunchbox. My Grampa carried his to the oilfield for years. And I couldn't wait for him to get home, cause there was always a piece of candy in it for me. Sometimes his crew would even buy me a whole bag of cinnamon discs. I was in heaven! Such wonderful memories of something so humble. I now have one that looks just like it and my kids just don't get my fondness for it. :)

Jamie said...

My grandpa had a black one, I wonder what happened to it.

Dagmar said...

We are so much alike..I have a silver one in our truck, and a plaid one in my car.....have had it for makes the best first aid the colors on yours...I put a fresh bottle of water in mine..just I case you need to wash a cut or am just thirsty..great post❤

{northern cottage} said...

lovely post, lovely lunchbox, lovely after!! I have 2 metal ones JUST like that that I use in my craft area and a black one I'm considering using as a planter....hmmmmm

Yours turned out so fresh and fun!

Robyn @ Robyn♥s Nest said...

That's so great you found it at a yard sale for that price. You can't find them for less than 2 digits (banged up or not) in any store. I love the makeover you gave it. Robyn

Red Gate Farm said...

Now THAT should be circulating on pinterest!!!


NanaDiana said...

I love those old lunch boxes. We carried them to school everyday of life when I was in grade school. Of course the girls were flat ones and the boys had the ones like this. There was one little girl that always carried what must have been her Dad's old beat up lunch box and I always felt sorry for her. She didn't have much to eat in her lunchbox either so I would always give her something from mine. xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Living on the Iron Range, where mining is a way of life, lunch boxes are still used every day. I love how you've repurposed yours! Great colors, too!

Art and Sand said...

I love what you did with the lunch box. I have a papier mache lunch box that I decorated, but your metal one is so much cooler!

Bliss said...

I can still even hear the noise my dad's made when he set it on the counter after work, or the noise from the hinges when he opened it up.

And cute re-purpose too.


Stacy said...

This post made me smile because my mom has our family first aid kit in an old Hector Heathcoat lunchbox that was my dad's while he was in school. :-)

~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

Alissa said...

this is the cutest first aid kit! love the pop of magenta inside...just so fresh and fun!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love the make-over on your lunchbox. Awesome colors. My Dad use to carry one of these lunch boxes to work everyday. I wish back then I was into these kinds of things and kept it. What a memory...Thanks for sharing!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

WAY COOL!! What color did you use on it?

A Cottage Muse said...

That is so cute!

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