Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MGTB turns into a lovely coffee table

Good morning friends! I told you I would do it!! Remember the craigslist haul I had a few months ago, those super cool Military Gun Transport Boxes? A couple of them also had some Russian writing on the lid of the boxes.  Remember???

And Remember Mr. Jim the builder? I know, I am asking you to use those valuable memory cells on my post today.  He helped me put casters on the bottom and replaced one of the lids and hardware. Then for the next few weeks Mr. Jim supervised my painting of the boxes. He would shake up my paint can, help me pull out my tarp and then watch. It was so stinking cute when he would point out a spot I missed, time and time again. Actually, it was nice to have a secnd pair of eyes pointing out my flaws.  I enjoy hanging out with "old" people. You get to hear some super neat stories and it does pass the time away.

I did get talked out of one at the Apple Butter Festival, put one in my family room and two others are going to hold windows in my studio until the next show.   I also have one saved for Addie's future apartment.  My friend Linda, the muscle behind helping me haul these things back to my house is in the picture below, so not posing! 

How much fun are these??
Now she doesn't mind posing for the "Look how many my friends
Honda Element can hold."  I swear if I would have said I don't care if we put
them on the roof, she would have thrown one or two up there.

Vandy informed me it was Russian printing on the inside lid.

Me at Mr. Jim's, painting, staining, mod podging, rushing!!!

I just loved this box even though it was "lidless" until Mr. Jim made one for me
and added new hardware.  I greenwashed the top, didn't like it and then decided
to wax it with of course, Annie Sloan, Dark Wax.

Set up at the apple Butter Festival.  They held my windows wonderfully.

And the final product - coffee table!

I so enjoyed this project.  I painted four of the boxes out white, but thought I needed to do some distressing on at least one of them.  I LOVE the last box in this post.  Love love love it!  And yep, once again, Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  It is totally awesome!!!  I had full intentions to do some lettering/stenciling on the tops, but ran out of time.  Now that the ABF is over, I have time to think about a stencil for my white coffee table in my family room.  I will for sure do a part two next week. 

So ladies, what do you think??


  1. I think it's fabulous! I would soooo trade one for my pink pedal car! mwahahahahahahahaha!

  2. I was thinking those would be perfect coffee tables. And that trunk-type of coffee table is really expensive to buy, too!


  3. What a find! Good for you!!!

  4. How cute! I love it! I hope you'll link up on my new linky party here, http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-3.html.

  5. That coffee table looks great!

  6. Hi there~ This is so charming! Well done! :) Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! I'm having a giveaway this week- hope to see you at the party! :)