Vintage Meat Safe

I was at my shop one day and discovered this amazing vintage meat safe. It really was a mess and the shelves were missing as well as the bottom had rotted and  been replaced with press wood.

In all reality I would normally passed it by but I had always wanted one and this was the first chance I have had to find one. So away it went home with me.

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The safe had been used a great deal at one time or another. What attracted me to it was the wonderful front door, it’s frosted glass and rusty handle were a lovely chippy treat. I went about cleaning it up with degreaser and some elbow grease.

I knew that with a new coat of paint it would look like the chippy beauty I wanted.

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I am always on the look out for more storage for my little nest and the meat safe turned out perfect to stack the covered boxes that I have filled with craft supplies. I used vintage wall paper on the bottom and the back to give it a cleaner look.

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A top the meat safe gave me another area to use for a lovely vignette and a place to show off my new hat boxes made by Jeanne d’ arc Living. I purchased them from CP who has a wonderful Etsy Shop Neat Old Stuff. I always buy my JDAL magazine from her monthly. It is like Christmas when a package comes from CP for it is always wrapped with vintage wallpaper and a surprise is always tucked inside.

I send a special thanks to CP for all of the extra’s that she sends her customers!

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Thank you for stopping by! Don’t Forget to link up at Share Your Cup Thursday!

xx Jo

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28 thoughts on “Vintage Meat Safe

  1. Hi Jo, I LOVE this (and I love your blog) It’s amazing what you magically with hard work, talent and inspiration create. I am very curious what is a meat safe? I thought maybe meat someone used brine or put something on it? I have never heard of it. Your transformation of this piece is a work of art–Just LOVELY! Thanks, Cindy


    • Thank you Cynthia for your comment. A meat safe was used mostly in Europe, my Great Grandmother used them before she and her family migrated to Utah from Denmark. They could be used to hang there meat to dry or ice was added in a tray below to keep it cool for a short time. This kept food away from bugs, and small animals, as well close to the kitchen. Thank you for visiting! I invite you to follow my email so you will not miss a post! xx Jo


  2. I’ve never heard of a meat safe! But, I see why you like them so much!! Yours turned out wonderfully vintage-looking and useful!!


  3. Love this! I had never heard of a meat safe, my grandmother and all her older friends all had a pie safe and used it to put leftovers in!


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