Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Childhood Wagon

The year I was born, my grandaddy made this little wagon for me.

He wasn't a carpenter by trade but he had a talent for building things.  He even built our beach house in Cuba with his own two hands.  I know he's the reason I love decorating with old building related tools.  When I see them it reminds me of something I would have found in his workshop and that makes me smile.

When I went back to Cuba some years ago (before luggage restrictions), I brought back my little wagon with the intention of repainting it for my someday-kids.  The problem was that I didn't have the heart to cover up the original paint.  I believe it's the same colors he used for the beach house. Also, as Sun Kissed Husband pointed out, it had a cool, aged look about it.  I even kept the original rope as long as I could.  That's 39-year-old rope you're looking at.

Finally, something in me caved and I painted the entire wagon white.  I distressed the edges and the wheel knobs (I don't know the official name for these). 

I used the old original rope to make a rosette. 

I made burlap "ribbons" and stamped the year that it was built.


Instead of rope, I used burlap bands for pulls.

On the flip side, I engraved it with metal stamps.  I used DecoArt Paint in turquoise to emphasize the letters.
My thought is for names and years to be added, under "Enjoyed By", as it passes through generations in our family. 

Throughout the year, the boys use the wagon to cart around toys or themselves.  During Christmas, the wagon becomes the Christmas library.

I think my grandaddy would be pleased with the changes.  Don't you?

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michelle said...

Oh Yanet, I know he is so pleased!! That is just adorable and I love how you made it for generations to come and put their names on it!! I love how you took the old rope and used it as a rosette too!! It is absolutely perfect!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks wonderful! i think pop would be so proud. what an awesome and special piece to have in your home.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Oh so special! I love that you salvaged the rope and made into a decoration for the wagon.

Melissa Spitler said...

It turned out great. I am sure it was very hard to take the plunge to change it, no worries your "pop" would be very happy!! Thanks for sharing.

Creative Ambitions said...

Yanet... that is the sweetest!! I love it! So adorable!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What an adorable wagon! I do love the original color but you spiffed it up quite nicely. Love that you used the rope for the flower. So cute. I think Pop would be proud.

Teachinfourth said...

Very fitting, Yanet! Glad you are able to make your dad's creation even better so as to be enjoyed by many others...

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

That is such a cute idea. It looks like an "old fashioned" Christmas!

Shaunna said...

LOVE it!!! Such a sweet and poignant story, and I love that you are saving it and treasuring it for your children! Thanks for linking up to the Christmas SFS! -shaunna :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh gosh... that's the sweetest story ever! What a lovely memento! And I'm loving that library idea! I want one! :)

Donna
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Jenni R. said...

Hi Yanet: Thanks for your comment on my Christmas fun post. We love your little wagon. Just might inspire my husband to make one for my girls! So glad you have this keepsake!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Yanet,

I heart the little wagon! I think your grand-dad would be pleased that your using it and passing it down to family. I was born in 71, too. Love it! I have a dresser/chest thing that was my gma's, moms, and then on to me. It's maple and doesn't go with anything in our house. I finally got up the courage to ask my gma if I could paint it. SHe laughed and said I should definitely paint it, if that meant I'd love it again :)

Great wagon and story! xx

Amy Kinser said...

What a sweet story. I love this gift he built for you and the fact that you appreciate it so much. I would be thrilled to have something like that made by my grandparents.

Nice to meet you.

Miss Sandy said...

What a special family piece with such happy memories attached. Yes, I think he would be pleased. Happy Holidays!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

You did a great job! I love it next to the tree, filled up with Christmas books!!!

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! What a wonderful keepsake. Becca :)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Gorgeous! I love what you've done with it, and how special that all of the precious memories you have of it will be passed on to those you love.

Thanks SO much for stopping by my blog the other day :)

Life in Rehab said...

The fact that you treasure it alone would please him, and the fact that it's still being well loved today.

Holly said...

What a fabulous wagon and a fabulous story - this tickles me pink for sure. I love what you did with it. I have a doll house that I have had since I was 7...I updated it for my niece and it now needs a remodel for my own daughter, but on the back I wrote all of our names and date sit was given. LOVE!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I think he would be pleased

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