Okay, now I want to show you a new treasure that I got at an antique mall a few weekends ago. The tag said "old fire bucket- $15." I had no idea what a fire bucket was, but I loved it's red chippy patina and the letter "B" on it.
Sorry about the slightly blurry image of the pail. I got a good focus on the wood, though!
I did some research online about fire buckets. If you have more information to share, please do! What I gathered is that fire buckets were actually used for putting out fires. Earlier buckets were made of leather, often rounded at the bottom (so that they could be hung for quick retrieval.) Later years, they were used as a safety precaution in kitchens. The galvanized pails were painted red with the word "FIRE" on the side, filled with sand, and were nearby for tossing onto oil fires. I do not know why this one has a "B" on it? Perhaps it was added later or was a family name?
Here are a few links to other fire buckets I found online~
For now, my fire bucket will hold scraps of wood for my fireplace and future sign projects (I'm getting low on wood!)
I even think I could put a plant inside, use it as a Christmas tree holder....the possibilities are endless!
I have a lot more goodies to share with you this week! I've been discovering soooooo many fabulous new blogs (to me) this past week! Thank you all for your inspiration, and thanks for stopping by our little blog here! It makes our day!!