Last fall I bought a very used E.J. Kahn-esque pot-metal bank off of eBay. We were looking for a bank for Andre, and growing up, my brothers and I had one of these banks which we used to store porcupine quills in.
The one I bought off eBay was very used, and needed to be repainted. I stripped off the paint, and made due with a limited acrylic palette. The bank came with an impressive and ancient copper padlock (with no key). I fabricated a key for it. The bank was dropped after a few months and needed to have the to of the lock hasp replaced with some wire.
Another project that I wanted to accomplish for Andre was some Americana decor. I found this vintage Sexton eagle on eBay, but it needed to be repainted. I busted out my limited palette, and some gold and silver spray paint, and I think it turned out alright.