Thursday, August 25, 2011

Repurposed Vintage Slaw/Cabbage Cutter and Box

I love a super simple project and this one could not have been any easier!

A few weeks back I was cleaning out the closet in my studio and I came across this vintage slaw/cabbage cutter that I have probably had for a couple of years.  I decided it was time to get it out of the closet and repurpose it as a display piece in my kitchen.
I have repurposed a slaw cutter before.  This past spring I posted a tutorial showing how to make a memo board out of a slaw cutter (tutorial here).
My repurpose idea for this larger cutter was a lot easier.  All I did was lay it on it's side.
The box is now storage for salt and pepper shakers (The shakers were a thrift store find that were originally a faded red.  They got a fresh look with some white spray paint).
The metal cutting surface is a perfect spot to add a few recipes with magnets.
And the upper ledge gives me a little display space for a few small plates.
The ironstone bowl with the dog treats sitting in front of the display.....I found it and a matching smaller bowl this week at a thrift store for $1.00 apiece!
It was late in the day when I got to the thrift store and I was so surprised to find these bowls sitting on the shelf (I guess not everyone is as obsessed with ironstone as I am).

Now that I have my new countertop display in place, I can't believe I let that slaw cutter sit in my closet for two years.  I think I better go check out what other treasures I might have hidden up there!

Since I am on the subject of kitchen displays, I want to show you one last picture of a recent thrift store find.......this wonderful aluminum mid-century canister set.  I found this set (it also includes the flour canister which is not pictured) for $4.50!!  Love it!
I'm linking my vintage kitchen pieces tonight with Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
and
Liz @ Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday

Have a fabulous weekend!

Jane

32 comments:

  1. Love that idea never heard of a slaw cutter before tho so am off to google it.Wow on those canisters too and the ironstone bowls I would have grabbed em too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love what you did with that slaw cutter! The whole display looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Very nice. Love how the slaw cutter blends in with its new 'life'. Makes me want to find one too. Magnets - great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love all of it! The canisters were a great find!
    Laurie :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. The canister and the Chinaware are for the win Jane. I love them all!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love the idea with the cabbage cutter. I have one for sale in my etsy shop and may have to just play around with it. Thanks...

    ReplyDelete
  7. i LOVE YOUR SLAW IDEA...THE BOARD LOOKS GREAT...LOVE THE BOWLS...AND NO NOT EVERYONE ALWAYS WANTS THE SAME THING...:) GREAT FOR YOU...i ALSO LOVE THE SILVER CANISTER SET...NITE...

    ReplyDelete
  8. Jane I found a similar set of canisters at the Goodwill last year. I almost ran out of the store with my prize. The Tea canister was missing, so my set is not complete. But I love them none the less.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Jane,
    Both of these look so very "cool"!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  10. My mom found a cabbage slicer last fall at an antiques fair and nearly cried because it brought back such sweet memories of my great-grandmother. The white looks so nice against the wood and metal.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That's such a great idea for the slaw cutter-- glad the magnets worked there. Love the salt and pepper shakers painted out-- I have similar canisters in my kitchen; I'm missing the sugar :( --I'm always on the look out!

    Take care-
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Jane, you got great deals on the the bowls and canisters and I love how you use the cabbage cutter.
    Have a wonderful weekend :-)!
    Hugs,
    Julia

    ReplyDelete
  13. How simple and yet look what a great look it gives your counter. I love this, Jane! I love the other one you did, too.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Very nice! I have a slaw cutter just like this one hanging on my kitchen wall. I've been looking at it and thinking I'd like to do something different with it, but still be able to use it once/year. this is perfect! Would you be willing to share some of your repurposing ideas on my linky? http://www.woodwifesjournal.com/2011/07/much-herbal-love.html The srticle is actually called Pack Rats Anonymous Blog Hop. Your ideas are great!

    ReplyDelete
  15. The slicer looks like it found the perfect home and I'm lovin' your canister set-too cool:@)

    ReplyDelete
  16. All I can say is "clever, clever gal"!!! It is always eye candy coming to Mamie Jane's! Thanks for the anniversary wishes, too!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm drooling over your canisters. I think I would have feinted if I saw them at the thrift store. Cute idea for the slaw cutter!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Lucky you on the canister set! And I've never seen a slaw cutter before and if I have...then I didn't know what I was looking at. It looks great the way you have it in your kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  19. That is a great canister set, kind of a different font. Your slaw cutter is superb.

    ReplyDelete
  20. You are the "girl with the golden touch"! You can change anything into something wonderful. I always learn so much here on your blog. I had never even heard of a slaw cutter before. And I do love your aluminum canister set!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I have my Mom's aluminum canister set that is similar to yours...I wish she had a slaw cutter!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. It just amazes me how you take something so ordinary and make it extraordinary, Jane!

    ReplyDelete
  23. The minute I spied the box part of the cutter, I just knew you had a super cute display piece on your hands. It looks fantastic on your kitchen counter, Jane! I love the warmth of the wood contrasted with the white ironstone.

    By the way, I'm an ironstone fanatic, as well. And I THINK I have a bowl - packed away in a box somewhere - that matches your two "newly thrifted" finds ;)

    Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  24. I never heard of a slaw cutter. Love the way you have repurposed it. You find the neatest things in your area. The bowls and canisters are fabulous. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  25. Ok so who is the cleverest person in blog world....You! To cute!

    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love that you have not just repurposed one slaw cutter, but two, differently. And this is the first that I have ever heard of a slaw cutter. Your finds are so great! I haven't had good luck like that in a thrift store in a while!
    :)Heidi

    ReplyDelete
  27. You make the coolest stuff...don't know where you get all of those ideas!
    Rene

    ReplyDelete
  28. LOVE it! I just don't know how you think of these things!

    I gave you a big shout out in my blog. Come by and take a look if you get a chance. www.lovelinest.org

    ReplyDelete
  29. love the slaw cutter shelf. I have 2 slaw cutters, but neither has a box like that on it.

    love the canisters!!

    blessings and thanks for inspiring us.

    barbara jean

    ReplyDelete
  30. LOVE it all!! There are lots and lots of slaw cutters around here, but hard to find the ones with the box. I haven't given up though, especially after seeing this display... awesome!! I can find ironstone around here just about every time I go junking/antiquing (once a week). It thrills me that I can get it at good prices. Obviously people aren't into it here, fortunate for me. =] I gotta pin your picture to my Pinterest so when I get my slaw cutter/box, I can use your pic for decorating inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all of your comments!