Cheese Grater Vase & Antiquing Method

Searching for a vintage cheese grater is a thing of the past.

Cheese grater filled with flowers

Antique graters are hard to find and creating these gorgeous and very functional vases was next to impossible without having to use the blinding new metal of today's cheese graters.

You can see a post I did with an original antique cheese grater here.

Now try this and compare the two... you will be amazed!
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I painted on a coat of Sophisticated Finishes in Patina Green that I had in my workshop... I thought I'd give it a try even though they recommend a 2 step process.

It actually speeds up the oxidation process...

Cheese grater with a bottle of sophisticated finishes

You can see it starting to work right away.

And here it is after only about 5 minutes.

Aged looking cheese grater

When the cheese grater was finished oxidizing I attached it to a very old and crackled wood board.

I added a little metal bling that was from a piece of furniture covered with metal hardwarefound on the side of the road.

Cheese grater on wood filled with flowers

The bottom handle works great as a towel bar too!

The aged patina is beautiful!

I added a wooden bottom to the inside of the grater so a jar can be set inside and the grater can be used to hold fresh flowers as well as faux or dried flowers.

Aged looking metal cheese grater

I'm going to give the Sophisticated Finishes a try on all my shiny metal... it really creates a beautiful patina!

Metal cheese grater filled with flowers

If you love it please give it a pin!

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  1. this combo is adorable. thanks for the great tip on aging metal.

  2. Very cute!!! :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Susan, I love how you antiqued this grater to give it a vintage look. I've never done that so I'll have to give it a try. Thanks so much for linking up with our Something To Talk About Link Party and I hope you join us again tomorrow morning. have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  4. What a great repurpose idea, Susan. Love it and pinned to share! I'm definitely going to try the Sophisticated Finishes in the Green Patina. I love their products and the patina they give and have used the iron and bronze on numerous projects. Thanks for the great tip!

  5. How did you attach the grater to the wood?

    1. Hi, The grater is easily attached to the wood by screwing a couple of screws through the inside of the grater, through a hole and into the wood. :)

  6. What did you use to close off the bottom so you can put spoons in it?

  7. Hi Debbie! I stuck a block of wood inside the grater and really just wedged it so it would stay. :)


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