Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Military Chic!

I picked up this military box from Class and Trash the other day. 

This is how it looked when I bought it...

And here it is after I did some scrubbing with vinegar and a brush.

I am so drawn to this industrial/military stuff!  I love that there is probably some amazing story about where this box has traveled.  It's fun to imagine the places it has been. 

So I'm in the process of cleaning it up and would love to hear your thoughts.  I think I'm going to put casters on the bottom and sell it in my space as a coffee table.  I'm toying with the idea of painting or rub n buffing the metal edges to fancy it up a bit.  I'm kind of torn because I don't want to mess with the integrity of the piece but kind of want to glam it up. 

What would the Picker Sisters do!?!?!  I'm sure they read my blog ;)  Maybe they will leave me a comment!  But until then, what do you all think?


  1. This would look great on casters. I can't decide on the rub and buff either though...

  2. I love it. I picked up one of these recently too. Mind didn't have the top with it. I love the idea of casters and I say go for it with the rub n' buff. Great find!

  3. It would be PERFECT as a coffee table. I am not one for re-doing things as I like them in their natural state so I can't give you any ideas there.

  4. very cool! i would keep as is, besides cleaning and adding casters... i love the condition and appeal it has now!

  5. So cool! I say leave as is. It's already vintage and has some super cool character.

  6. I love this piece and your idea to turn it into a table. I like castors or metal legs. For the surface, I suggest using tung oil. My dad swore by the stuff for wood and metal. It won't change the color but it will give a protective finish. It will prevent further rusting and it will be water resistant, which could come in handy for tabletop spills! You could always test it on the bottom of the piece. I found a great article with instructions and advice:
    No matter what you decide, please let us see the finished product! I love your blog!