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  1. I have a small vintage sleds that I want to save but want to now use it as a door decoration. So poly I’d the best to seal it? I don’t plan on parting with it.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, definitely. It will bring out the pretty patina of the old wood also. Enjoy!

  2. Donna Fadoir says:

    Do you sand the runners or leave them looking rusted and old?

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I sand them a little to give them that brushed metal look.

  3. If I wanted to add a decal to the sled–a family initial or something–should I do that before or after the poly? Thanks!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      You could probably do it at either time, Patti, but I’d do it before so the poly seals it in. Sounds awesome!

  4. Cyndi Farley says:

    I have my little sled from childhood. When I was about 3-4 yrs old, my mom would pull me through the snow along the curb in the street by the light of street lamps. I can’t believe it lasted through 4 more siblings and my 3 children. It’s still in fairly good condition. I love it!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I’m so glad you still have it, Cyndi! Vintage is even better when you have the memories to go along:)

  5. Hi there,
    we bought an old farm in northern Alberta and there are many treasures. The one I’m hoping to get your help on is the remnants of an old wood sled or cutter? I’m not sure how to put it back together correctly. I cant find the image online of what it should look like.If I send u pictures , would you be willing to help me figure it out?

  6. Wonderful tips and your sleds look great! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  7. Love those and it was fun hearing their stories and how you did the makeover. Thanks for sharing at our link party!

  8. Oh my goodness, I am so jealous of your sled collection, Lora! They are hard to come by here because they are snapped up fast or cost an arm and a leg. Thank you for sharing how to repair them with us at the Talk Of The Town Party. Pinned to share 🙂

    1. All the more reason you need to make a trip down to MN and go junking with me in the spring, Marie;) I actually just saw a sled for sale online somewhere for $400! We used to sell them at the store for about $45! Maybe I should start selling them online…

  9. really nice. i am a little in love with vintage sleds myself. you and mr. do good work together.

    1. Thanks, Sharon! We do make a good team, though I don’t know if he’s always happy about it;)

    1. Thanks, Linda! It’s nice that I can keep them rather than selling all the good stuff;)

  10. Shelly Torola says:

    Love that you can always see the potential in the “discard” pile! Amazing what a little elbow grease (& sandpaper+poly) can do. Makes me a bit sad to think of the VERY loved sled I left behind at a sale last spring. Next time!?

    1. Yep, there’s hardly anything beyond saving, Shelly! Which can be a gift …or a curse;) If I can’t put it back together, it’s always fun to take it apart & use the pieces! I’m sure you’ll have another chance at a sled once spring comes!

  11. I bought one last summer at Goodwill. And now it graces the entryway. I was going to put it in my booth, but not this year.

    1. Glad you kept it! I love the idea of a sled decorating the entry of a house in Florida! Too funny;)

      1. Alex S C Nelissen says:

        Do you know of any shops that would/could restore it for me? its over 60 years old the one that I have!

        1. Lora Bloomquist says:

          I would ask around at some local antique stores, Alex. Or ask a local handyman if he could revive it for you.