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Another Army Box Up-cycled to Side Table with Milk Paint

I’ve up-cycled another vintage army box in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint colour, Typewriter – a lovely charcoal black for this cute industrial end table on castors!Army Box - Typewriter 23

Flash Back:

Remember this vintage army box that I transformed into a side table last year? (Read about it by clicking on the picture)

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My First Army Box Side Table

Army Box #2:

Here’s how my second one started …

I had sanded back the rough chipping original army green paint, then coated with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Typewriter. I only used one coat as the coverage was pretty good and I was going for a sanded, industrial feel for the finish.Army Box - Typewriter 1Milk Paint even paints on metal quite well. I did’t use any of the bonding agent that you would normally use with milk paint if you wanted to prevent any chipping, as I was happy for some chipping to happen, but as with the randomness of using an all natural paint product, chipping never happened anyway.
Army Box - Typewriter 2Below you can see the one coat of MMSMP Typewriter has started to turn more of a grey colour as it dries. But remember porous paints such as milk paint or chalk paint, need to have a wax or oil to finish off. This is when the nice colour comes back again.Army Box Milk Paint - Typewriter 3I had some number stencils that I had hand cut for another project, so I re-used these.Army Box - Typewriter 4Here’s the stencil painted on in a light grey colour.Army Box - Typewriter 6The army boxes are made from ply, so the worn weathered look of the cracks in the sides lend well to the industrial chic theme.Army Box - Typewriter 9To add more shabby to the chic, I gave an all over light sand with my nifty Sandi Hands glove (I stock these in my product section), sanding along the edges to show a bit of wearing and ageing. Army Box - Typewriter 10I also sanded the numbers, which added to the rustic appeal.Army Box - Typewriter 11 Army Box - Typewriter 13

The Magic of Hemp Oil:

Then I wiped over the whole box using MMSMP’s Hemp Oil (also available HERE on my product tab). Here’s an example of half and half – left half oiled, right half not oiled yet:Army Box - Typewriter 14I added some small industrial looking castors to the base – the smallest I could get to fit on these timber braces along the bottom.Army Box - Typewriter 16Insides are all painted too, and this one came with a shelf that you can adjust to two different heights.Army Box - Typewriter 17And voila:

All finished, and for the first time, I get to use our lovely newly renovated outdoor area as a backdrop to showcase my restored pieces!Army Box - Typewriter 21Army Box - Typewriter 24The whole front actually comes completely off, so it can also be used as a bookshelf for the bedside or a lounge room side table shelf.Army Box - Typewriter 25 Army Box - Typewriter 26 Army Box - Typewriter 28I love the castors which make it so easy to move around from space to space.Army Box - Typewriter 29 Army Box - Typewriter 30 Army Box - Typewriter 31 Army Box - Typewriter 32 Army Box - Typewriter 33 Army Box - Typewriter 34It’s been so hot in Brisbane the last couple of weeks and when I was taking these shots at almost 6pm in the evening, the ice in my glass was melting at such a rapid rate, you’d have thought it was midday or something.Army Box - Typewriter 36 Army Box - Typewriter 37And here’s my little modeling helper, who had just been trying on makeup with her big sister!Army Box - Typewriter 38

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2 Comments

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    Annie Murphy
    January 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    would hemp oil be a better choice to seal vinyl chairs I’ve painted with Websters Chalk Paint Powder? Cheers, Annie Murphy

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      admin
      February 2, 2015 at 7:28 am

      I’m not sure what would be the best option, Annie. You could try the hemp oil or furniture wax (a soft kind, like MMSMP). Otherwise there is a tough coat sealer for more hardy wearing surfaces. I haven’t done any painting on vinyl yet, so not sure how it would go. You can definitely use the hemp oil over Websters Chalk Paint though, so worth giving it a go.

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