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A Repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas – Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge

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It’s my favorite time of the month again, the Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge. Each month five friends get together and share different topics from their corner of the world.  In the past we have talked about Halloween, Fall and Summer.  But this month we are doing something totally different.  We are doing a “Thankful for Friends Gift Swap.”  For the swap I have chosen to repurpose an antique cauldron for Christmas. 
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But let’s take it from the beginning. From time to time we bloggers like to do swaps where we send different items to one another and we repurpose them.  However in our case, we could not do this because we all live very far from each other.  

Instead of sending items to each other we opted to take pictures of things in our homes that needed makeovers or repurposing. Below are the items that I submitted. An antique cauldron, an electric roasting pan and a paper punch with missing pieces.
Selection for the gift swap, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
We then had to vote on each other’s submissions and the item with the most votes would be the one that we would have to work on. The consensus was that I should repurpose this cauldron.  It would then be a gift to me from my dear friends of the Int’l Bloggers Club.

As you can see below, this cauldron was nasty.  It was found in my basement, and probably would have stated there forever if it was not for this challenge.  Full of rust and dirt, it was not something I would want to display in my home.  In fact, I found out that it had been used in the past to dye fabric.

Apparently it has been around in our family since before the Revolution of 1821.  So it really is an antique, at least 200 years old. It is a Turkish Copper pot cauldron with cast iron handles. Thanks to the hubs for all this info. 
 
The antique cauldron before, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
The first step was to give it a good cleaning. I poured lots of vinegar on it and scrubbed it with a soapy solution. Lo and behold I found lots of beautiful patina underneath all that black dirt. 
After it was cleaned, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
The patina was nice but I wanted to preserve the old antique look with a bit more color so I added some burnished brass from DecoArt  Metallic Lustre.  You may remember when I used this particular product on my vintage suitcase and on the tin can repurpose. I’ve added Amazon links to these products below, if you’d like to purchase them. 
Burnished brass, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
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​I watered it down a little and lightly dabbled it on. I also added some acrylic bronze color. 
Brushing on the brass, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
And this is how my antique cauldron looked after I was done with the dabbling. It certainly brings out the beauty of the metal. But I was not done. 
Adding more metallic color, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
I found this cake stand…
A cake stand, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
…and placed it inside the cauldron and added a black fabric on top. You can actually add anything at all, I was just looking for something to add height. 
the cake stand placed inside the cauldron with a piece of fabric on top, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
And because Christmas is right around the corner it was only natural that I’d want to make a decor using mini-Christmas trees and a Santa snow globe. 
Adding trees and a snow globe, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
I added some gold strings onto the trees and placed stars at the top.
gold accents, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
I liked the metallic look so much that I added this Christmas tree… 
A gold tree, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
…and a small tealight holder with a pinecone inside. 
tealight with pinecone, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
But I didn’t like the tea light holder so I switched it out for this votive with the pinecone. 
red votive, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
And for some more interest, a candle inside the gold Christmas tree.  Don’t worry I promise not to light it. 
a white candle is placed under the gold tree, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
And this is the Christmas gift given to me by my dear Int’l Blogger Club friends. And I have to stress here that it really was given to me by them because I would have never in a million years dragged that old metal heap out of the basement had they not prompted me to go looking for something.  And I would also not have found out that I have an antique in my possession.  It’s good to have friends like these who push you in the right direction!
Christmas decor, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Gold accents, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Taking my cue from Santa’s snow globe, I also sprayed the trees and ground with Ice Crystal spray.  You can read all about my accidental discovery of  the snow spray that wasn’t here
Santa's snow globe, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Snow on the ground, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Cauldron handle, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Trees with snow, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
How much did all of this cost me?  Only the price of the candle!  Look around  your home and use what you have.  You would be amazed at how many things can be used over and over to create new looks and vignettes. 
Christmas vignette, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
This project was done on a rainy morning outside on the balcony.  The photos are not the best.  But today I took the opportunity to take some more shots in sunny weather so you can actually see the beauty of the antique cauldron and how it shimmers. 
Shimmering cauldron, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Detail of antique cauldron with red votive, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
The shine of the antique cauldron with patina, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
Detail of handle and patina on antique cauldron, A repurposed Antique Cauldron for Christmas theboondocksblog
And so I have a repurposed antique cauldron for Christmas!  This was the best challenge yet.  Not only did I get a great gift from my friends in the Int’l Bloggers Club.  But I also had the opportunity to see this antique cauldron for what it really is – a genuine treasure. I guess from now on I need to have more respect for that basement of mine.  

​Happy Holidays everyone!!
a repurposed antique cauldron for Christmas, theboondocksblog
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Runningonempty

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

I love the cauldron and the mesh Christmas tree.

Mary

Thursday 6th of December 2018

I had to leave the cauldron in Greece when we moved but it is still there somewhere. And I'll always have the photos. :)

Pili

Monday 14th of November 2016

Mary, that cauldron is a gem!! Love the patina it showed after you cleaned it, and the addition of the metallic cream is just perfect!! I will look awesome displaying Christmas stuff but not only for that, I think it is gorgeous to be used all year round. The shades of blue it has will fit any summer and beachy stuff too!

Mary

Friday 30th of December 2016

You know Pili, I can add more blue for the summertime. You are a genius !

Katrin

Monday 14th of November 2016

Mary, I would have used your lovely antique cauldron for the exact same idea! I love little vignettes and the cauldron is perfect for it, and you can use it all year round, which is great! You really gave it some glam with the brushes of brass to it but without taking away it's antique look which I love!

Mary

Friday 30th of December 2016

And to think Katrin that I had it in a corner as a piece of junk. Blogging really does help us to see things in a different light and to appreciate the cast aside thing.

Stacey Keeling

Monday 14th of November 2016

Very cool Ms. Mary. Pinned and shared. :)

Debrashoppeno5

Monday 14th of November 2016

The cauldron is beautiful and I am sure you will use it year round. The Christmas decorations in it are very lovely and a nice kick off for the holidays.

Mary

Friday 30th of December 2016

The cauldron was truly a find. I had never paid attention to it till Michelle came up with this challenge. I guess when you are forced to come up with something that is when you see the beauty in the junk.

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