Thursday, June 7, 2012

Vintage Ammo Boxes

Hey there all!  I wanted to share with you some photos of a vintage ammo box that hubby found the other day in a storage building he won in a silent auction.   I really liked the stencil on the box, as well as, the wood and the rope handles.  It had a somewhat beachy look to it so I put it in our living room on our white desk turned console table that I built.
The inside said something about cannons so I'm assuming it contained cannon balls at one time.  I really like the shape of the box and it doubles for storage, too.  
It would be perfect for TV remotes, if we had a TV in there.  :)
Plus, I'm loving the wood accents with the white colors I have in the room.  
 Aren't the rope handles pretty cool?
This is another similar box we have that belonged to my dad.  
I love the pale blue color, the chipped paint and the dovetail corners.  I also think it's pretty cool that it has my birth month and day on it, May 20.  I was not born in 1940 though. :)
I also like the metal hardware.  My hubby uses this box to store his smaller found treasures 
which I think is perfect for such a special box.

Have any of you come across these kinds of boxes?  What do you use them for?

31 comments:

  1. Your ammo boxes are great! I wish I had some at my house. I think the one with the birthday (but not the year :) ) is expecially nice.
    Great uses in your home, too.

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  2. Oh wow those are awesome - I love anything vintage! They fit so perfectly in your space as well. Beautiful!

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  3. I too am loving the look of natural wood accents in a mostly white room. How special the blue box must be to you!
    I am a fan of your decorating style. Your home is lovely. Joyce

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  4. I love those! I need to go antiquing!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  5. I too am loving the look of natural wood accents in a mostly white room.How special the blue box must be to you. I am a fan of your decorating style. Your home is lovely. Joyce

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    1. Yes, the blue box is very special. :) Thanks for stopping by Joyce!

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  6. This looks perfect in your wonderful room. My hubbs has some of these, I may have to raid his stash!!

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  7. If you can't find these in flea markets/antique stores, try Army/Navy surplus stores!

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  8. Love them!!! Also love the wire basket undet the table with letters in it!! Your so creative!!! -Jody

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  9. We found two wooden ammo boxes with rope handles exactly like yours a few months ago at a yard sale. For $2.00/ea I couldn't pass them up! One is sitting on on front porch with the lid open full of petunias, marigolds and alyssum...they make perfect planter boxes! Love your blog!

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    1. What a steal!! And I love the idea of using it for a planter box. I bet it looks beautiful!

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  10. I love the look and character of these boxes too! I recently found one, but couldnt come up with a use for it in my own home, so I sold it - but I think the contrast on your white console table looks great! Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I recently bought one of these ammo boxes, but it is a little bit bigger than the one you show on the table, and about twice as long. I plan to attach casters to the bottom, and use it under my son's bed for toys.

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  12. Found a couple yesterday at a garage sale. I loved the look but as much as I tried I just couldn't bring them home with me. I'm trying to not to bring STUFF home anymore. They were beautiful but would be just one more thing I would need to clean. But it looks beautiful in your home.
    Enjoy it.

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  13. Yes! We have an ammo box just like that....and we have used it in so many ways. It's in our teenage son's room right now storing whatever little treasures he likes to put inside. The rope handles are my favorite part. :) Looks great in your room!

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  14. We have a large, square, flat style one that we've used for a variety of things over the years, but mainly as a tool box. When we moved across the country last year it was an emergency box (extra oil, basic tools, etc)

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  15. Amazing!
    Great blog!
    Shall we follow each other?
    Please, come to visit me and decide then.
    Xoxo
    Nina

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  16. That is great! He really finds some awesome things. I was going to say I can't believe you built that white table but then I thought...no, the girl can build anything. :-)

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    xo
    Pat
    P.S. Did you receive my email?

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  17. I have a mortar box just like yours that I found quite by accident while I was at the army surplus store with my husband. I actually painted mine white and distressed it... viola - shabby chic mortar box! ;)

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  18. I have an ammo box that I got while serving in the Army. It still has the original rope handles and hardware exactly like yours, but I had the (Army) carpenter shop add an extra piece to the inside and they stained it for me. I've had it at least 24 years now. My son used it for his hot wheels for many years in his room. I think it's in storage now, hmmm.... might have to go dig it out and do something nifty with it. Your's probably isn't as old as you think because it has a nomenclature on it which started sometime in the 80's I believe. The box that was your dad's is way cool. I love your blog and all the great things that do. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Love your blog and home! I have my grandfather's footlocker from the Navy (WWII). If (God forbid) our house was on fire, it would be the first thing I saved (after my family, of course!). It's neat looking, but it actually means something to me. Being able to touch something I know he touched for years and years is priceless. :)

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  20. I have 2 of the old wooden type. My husband added some slates on the inside & they are now hanging above my stove as spice racks! :)

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  21. Could I please ask where you found (or made) those large letters under the table. If u posted on it could you please direct me to that post. Thank you.

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