Aluminum Lunch Boxes

If you haven’t seen in other posts of mine in the past, my dad passed away almost 5 years ago.  I learned A LOT from him.  I looked up to him without ever letting him know how much I really did.  He taught me so much about being a good person and how important a GREAT work ethic is.  I still feel he died too soon, I wasn’t done learning from him.

Because he had such a big impact on my life, I tend to buy things or hold onto things that just remind me of him.  My dad was an auto mechanic for many years.  And nearly every single day, he packed his own lunch and brought it to work with him.  He used the same lunch box since I can remember.  I still have that lunch box.  Needless to say, lunchboxes make me think of my dad.  I came across these neat old aluminum lunch boxes and I had to have them!

The black one with the stickers is just too funny to me.  So all I did was clean it up.  But I thought I would ‘refinish’ one.  Here’s what I did.

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I cleaned it up with a rag and some degreaser.


I thought I’d try the Kilz spray as well as something different, Rust-Oleum Appliance Epoxy.  In the past I’ve experienced over time of use of something that I’ve just spray painted with regular spray paint, can chip off.  With the Appliance Epoxy, I figured it’s supposed to be a little more durable, water resistant, and also no need to put a protectant over it (polyurethane etc).


This was the first coat with the Kilz spray.  WOW, does this stuff cover nice the first time around.  No need for a second coat.


I sprayed 2 coats of the Appliance Epoxy, added some words and done.  I also added some felt to the bottom so the paint nor the metal scratched the shelf.


Now get out there and find those cute Aluminum Lunch Boxes!



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