My first step was to spray paint the box with a new coat of black.
- 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)
- 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.
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 - email@example.com formerly Grace Designs & The Front Porch Gift Shop):
I applied the vinyl stencils on the box:
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.
The next step was to add a chain I scrapped (from an old toy box going to the trash):
Lastly, I added the caster wheels:
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.