Parisian Inspired Re-Purposed Vintage Ammo Box


DIY re-purposed Re-Purposed & Up-cycled up-cycled vintage

I tend to be the kind of person who has 100 ideas at once and can envision taking something and giving it new life.  The problem is, being a wife, Mom, homeschooling parent, and running two businesses; my projects tend to sit.  This project was one of those that sat and sat and sat... (*jeopardy music playing*). I purchased the ammunition box off a local swap site and knew it would be a really fun project.  Originally it was used as a toolbox for a local stone mason.  The inside was once white and full of dirt and the outside was black and scuffed up.
  1. My first step was to spray paint the box with a new coat of black.
    Box, Touched up with Black Paint Box, Touched up with Black Paint
  2. Next I decided to paint the inside with a turquoise.  (this was after much debate in my mind on whether or not to decoupage an old map) Box: Inside Painted
  3. So the box then sat sad and alone in the basement for a couple of months...  I decided I was going to paint it antique white and add caster wheels.  The next step was to purchase the wheels (pic later in the blog post).  Once I had the wheels I measured the bottom of the box and drilled holes to line up with where the hardware would go for each caster.  A trip to the hardware store was in order to make sure I had the right nuts, washers and bolts that fit the casters.
  4. Next, I decided the box needed some stencils and a PARIS vibe hit me.  I designed these vinyl stencils (available for custom order/purchase through Anvil Market - info@anvilmarket.com formerly Grace Designs & The Front Porch Gift Shop):
    PARIS Stencil by Grace Designs EAU DE LAVANDE Stencil by Grace Designs
    EAU DE LAVANDE Stencil by Grace Designs No 3 Stencil by Grace Designs
  5. I applied the vinyl stencils on the box:
    Black Box, EAU DE LAVANDE Stencil Black Box, PARIS Stencil
  6. Once the stencils were applied (top, front, back and both sides), I painted several coats of antique white.  Once the painting was complete I peeled up the vinyl stencils.  I sanded the box with a fine sanding paper and distressed the edges.The neat thing about this vintage ammunition box is that there are original markings on the sides.  It was hard to tell when the box was black, but the white paint gave the old markings some definition.  If you look closely you can make out some of the letters of the original markings.
    Box, Painted over Stencils Box, Painted over Stencils
    Box after Stenciling Box after Stenciling Box after Stenciling
  7. The next step was to add a chain I scrapped (from an old toy box going to the trash):
    Chain Hardware Applying the Chain
  8. Lastly, I added the caster wheels:
    Caster Wheels Hardware
    Bottom of Box - No Casters Bottom of Box - With Casters
  This Parisian inspired vintage ammunition box was sold at Junk Jubilee Jingles 2016.
Re-purposed Vintage Ammunition Box Re-purposed Vintage Ammunition Box
Re-purposed Vintage Ammunition Box Re-purposed Vintage Ammunition Box

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This article was written by Liz Gaunt, co-owner of Anvil Market.

Grace Designs & The Front Porch Gift Shop merged with Anvil Market in 2017.


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