Vintage Army Box Transformed into Industrial Side Table

I was given a few of these old vintage army boxes that my sister & brother-in-law were getting rid of. They sat in my workshop for a long time trying to decide what to do with them. So here’s what I came up with for this one. I’d always liked the style of industrial furniture and this vintage army box gave me the opportunity to create a piece of my own industrial furniture, here’s how I did it.

photo 1I had some MMSMP in Kitchen Scale left over from a workshop we held on the weekend, so I started painting the box inside and out, mixed up some more, and gave it two coats. I then added castors to the base to make it movable, and adding to the industrial feel.Army Box crate 1I knew I wanted some kind of graphic to go on this piece, and was thinking something Australian. Couldn’t find something I liked, so I cut my own stencils after printing out our Aussie capital city names in a stencil font.Army Box crate 2I love this little wax/stencil brush from Websters. Such a great size for waxing small areas or stencilling.Army Box crate 5 Army Box crate 4Brisbane – my home town! I was born here and lived in SE Queensland most of my life, apart from a small stint living in the USA before and after I was married.Army Box crate 3Here’s what it looked like after the stencilling, but it was looking a bit crisp and new, so I sanded to distress very lightly …Army Box crate 6And then I began to create an aged patina by using some Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture wax and Antiquing Wax to finish off the look.Army Box crate 8And here’s a good bit of chippy aged paint (below). The colour differences you’ll see in the photos is the different lighting I’ve taken the pictures in. Some daylight, some at night. I have found this colour especially, is really difficult to get an accurate picture of.

Army Box crate 2 10Army Box crate 2 2 Army Box crate 2 6 Army Box crate 2 7 Army Box crate 2 8 Army Box crate 2 9Army Box crate 2 11And here’s the inside. The front comes down and can be taken right off to be used as shelves.
Army Box crate 2 12 Army Box crate 2 13 Army Box crate 2 14 Army Box crate 2 15 Army Box crate 2 16Army Box crate 2 17I have two more of these army boxes to make over – I’d love to hear your suggestions for the other boxes in the comments below.

Also, if you noticed the little Vintage Can label in my pictures, I have a collection of four (4) labels that I am giving away in our GIVEAWAY competition (click the link below). There are a few ways you can enter including subscribing to our blog via the right hand side of our website. All the best!
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  • Reply
    Peg Mitchell
    September 16, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Awesome as usual!

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      September 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Thank you so much Peggy.

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    September 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Great makeover Sharon! Aren’t you a clever cookie making your own stencils…and so neat too!

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      September 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Hayley. Took a while but very therapeutic.

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    September 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Mini bar!!

    • Reply
      September 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

      There’s an idea.

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    Jane Gillespie
    September 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

    As a candle maker I think would look fabulous on a tin or an old preserving jar transformed into beautiful scented soy candles 🙂

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      September 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Yes, the labels would look beautiful on candles, Jane!

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    September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Oh Sharon…I LLLLLOOOOVVVVVEEEE this!!! What a fabulous up style! Very well done. I’ve come to expect no less from your amazing work.

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      September 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Aw, thanks Sada. Looking forward to doing the other 2 I have here.

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    Dandi D
    September 20, 2014 at 5:18 am

    I’m not sure how I would use them yet, but it would be something for my new kitchen.

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    September 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Where is the link to access the labels?

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    Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    September 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I came across you via Aussie Bloggers – love your work and blog! These look fabulous, great job on upcycling them 🙂

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      September 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment Ashlea and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    September 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Oh! It would be perfect for my new home, full of travel memories and vintage findings. Your makeover is also great, I would just keep it a bit more “old-looking” (both the paint and the letters), but that’s my personal taste… 🙂 I’m trying to find such a box for… like ages? I was searching for one in all the vintage shops we have here (I don’t know if you have the same small, messed up stores where you can get lost for hours and hours like this, but I really love them). I found some on E-Bay, but those were really, really expensive… Where to search now? 🙁

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    Beetle Creative
    October 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Amazing transformation! Love the result, so original!

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