Replacing a Missing Lid with Wood


Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

The same place and the same day I bought the stinky french chair, I found this cute galvanized drink dispenser.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

 I don’t think he is particularly old because he has the plastic insert but he does have that vintage look with all the galvanized metal.

At some point during his (old or young) life he somehow managed to lose his lid and that is what I’m going to make for him.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

To make a replacement top, you’ll need a piece of scrap wood 2×10 or 2×12   (the wider the better),and another piece of scrap wood 1×10 or 1×12 and an old belt.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

I had a 2×12 scrap which wasn’t quite wide enough for the entire lid so I’ll have to piece it.  Use the container as a template to draw a circle on the  scrap wood and cut out with a jigsaw.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

I used a platter that was the same circumference as the inner circle to mark the 1×12.  Cut out with a jigsaw or scroll saw.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

Sand all the edges well.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

Glue and nail the two pieces together.  I’m using a nail gun but you could easily use a hammer and  finishing nails.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

Finish as desired.  This is a vintage wax, painted on and the excess  rubbed off.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

This is after a second coat of vintage wax. The edges have also been treated with a little bit of black chalk paint blended in.  The black paint mixed in with the wax is the same technique I used for the faux railroad tie mantel.

Replacement lid from a belt and scrap wood

Once the wax is dry your lid is going to need a handle.  The leather belt was another thrift store find.  Screw onto your lid leaving a loop for the handle.

Replacement Lid from Scrap Wood and a Belt

These rusty metal handle end caps were part of an ebay find of old trunk parts.  I used more of those trunk parts on a door coffee table a couple years ago.

Replacement Lid from Scrap Wood and a Belt
Replacement Lid from Scrap Wood and a Belt
Replacement Lid from Scrap Wood and a Belt
Replacement Lid from Scrap Wood and a Belt

You don’t have to have an old galvanized drink dispenser to do this project.  You could use the same technique anywhere you would like a lid where none ever existed, where the lid broke or the lid is missing.

Have a great week.  Stay inspired.

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