I've always wanted to resurrect an antique ice box. But the price was usually prohibitive. I came across one in my price range this week.
Problem was, it was in my price range because there was no door and the wood peeping through the dirt & paint was in pretty bad shape.
The good news: lovely rust interior and chippy white paint over most of the outer surface. I loved the aged and "experienced" patina.
I wanted to honor those trophies of time and not make the thing look new.
The poor exposed wood on the lid was dry and dingy, so I used an Early American stain on it and any other exposed wood peeping through the paint. Then a couple coats of clear wax -- one of my least favorite activities.
I felt like I kept the goal of retaining her aged & primitive personality. I named her "Gilda".
Selling it at The Rusty Chandelier, north of St Joseph MO.