Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How To Build an "Antique" Wood Box

A while back I posted about how I built a wood box and fell in love with it.  Well ever since I have wanted to build another one and post a how to.  Not too difficult of a project but I love the end result. 

I love anything old and beat up and even though this box isn't old with a little paint and distressing it sure looks like it is.  Plus it's a great way to use up wood scraps since I have a problem throwing them out. 

Here's how I do it. 

I decide the size I want based on whatever wood scraps I have lying around and the space I plan to put it.  This one is 18" wide x 9 3/4" deep x 6 1/2 tall. I used a 1 x 3 and 1 x 8 for the top. 

For the box I used 1 x 6's two cut at 18" and two cut at 8.25" Then secure with wood glue and nails.  I use a nail gun because I have one, but you don't need one.

Make sure its square and attach a piece of 1/4" plywood to bottom with glue and nails.

For the top I attached the 1 x 3 to the box with glue and nails. Then attach the 1 x 8 to the 1 x 3 with hinges.   

I added a latch and hammered some copper nails into the front for some interest.  Then the fun part.  I beat up the box with a hammer and my favorite distressing tool.

It's basically a board with nails sticking out of it.  It leaves little holes that look like worm holes to me. 

Then I painted with an oops paint color I had.  The can says the color is Sherwin Williams Outer Space.  After it dried I sanded...

Then I wiped on a dark stain to age.

I wanted to personalize it so I used some stencils I got from Walmart for around $3.

I also dry brushed with the same white paint.  When that dried I sanded it again.  See the worm holes?

1975 may or may not be the year someone people around here were born....

It's perfect for the built-in cabinets I built.  Great for storing things like the dog's leash and collar since it's by the back door. I plan to make another one in a different style and color for the other cubby when I get around to it. 

So whatcha think? 

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  1. Love it! Can't wait to see your cabinets all dressed up!


  2. Love it - what a great job!

  3. LOVE it! I think it would be perfect for a memory box for storing kid mementos.

  4. That's now on my list of 'to do', lol. Thanks so much for sharing, it's great. I know what you mean about not being able to throw scraps of wood away, lol.

  5. I think you nailed it (lol)!
    I can't believe that was made from new wood, it came out so rustic looking.
    Thanks for the tute, such a simple project with such great results.
    1975? I was old enough to be your sitter by then! ;)

  6. This turned out amazing! Love it. Now to get the hubby to build one :)

  7. Cool! This is a great tutorial at the perfect time! I'm building a new craft room on almost no budget, so I'm always on the lookout for low cost storage ideas. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Have a great week!

  8. There is just somethimg about boxes. Can anyone have too many??? Thanks!

  9. LOVE it! Never enough storage pieces. This one looks pretty vintage!

  10. mimi--love your antique wood box. I was shocked to see that you made it out of new wood... hmmm I have a lot of scraps around here. :)
    love the worm holes.
    1975? I graduated hs in 75. hahaha


  11. It looks great! I love the stencil and the worm holes. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  12. I'm visiting from Brenda's site and have now become a follower. I love, love your box project. I'm always up for something that looks old but that I can saw and put together without having to ask the hubby. Thanks for the fun project.


  13. Hi, dropping over from Cozy Little Cottage. Love this idea. I'm your newest follower. Would love you to drop by my blog too! x Julie

  14. Wow! you can really build! This really does look old! I'm now a follower!

  15. Love your blog, visiting from Cozy Little House. Following you my friend. Diane

  16. Very nice vintage touch to this box, it looks wonderful, and the lettering was just the right touch. Love it!

  17. Perfect...you make it look so easy :) Laurel

  18. totally impressed! You did a great job distressing...it looks so authentic!! Excited to find you! You inspired me!!

  19. I love it. It looks like it just belongs right there. The lettering makes it. Found you through Cozy Little House now following you. Hope you'll come visit me.

  20. Boy does that look so authentically old! And made from scraps, that makes it that much more special.

  21. The box looks great! I particularly like how the latch fits with the style of it. Well done!!!

  22. Great work and thanks for the how to. I love boxes and I have been collecting scrap wood, so I may be all set to put some of your ideas to good use. I stopped by from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm. Hope you'll stop by and visit "my place" some time too!

  23. You are so creative! Always enjoy hopping over and taking a look at what you've done! Love this box and thanks for the tute! Have an awesome week!

  24. that looks amazing! it looks actually old- great job!

  25. I just found your blog and I love it. I love this little box...thanks for the tutorial!

  26. I love your "old" box.. thanks for posting how you did this. I have so many scraps I could make a ton of differnt sizes. Saving this to link back to you when I get them done.

  27. I made a box awhile back and loved it...BUT I LOVE some of the details you have added to your box. I am so making more! This turned out really great!

  28. This is a fabulous box...I love the details and the stencil and I fele I must make one or 20! - sorry if there are duplicate comments from me....not sure what is going on over here :)

  29. Looks antique to me! Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing your technique, Mimi!

  30. That looks really great. In particular I like the look of the copper nails - are they upholstery tacks? If not, could you provide additional information please?

    1. Thanks! They are copper roofing nails. They have a star on them so I use them once in a while. My husband used to be a roofer years ago so we have boxes of nails. I have seen them at the Restores though ;)

  31. Awesomeness! Stumbled on your site through Pintrest, thank you for the inspiration =) Rock On

  32. I simply love vintage and distressed objects too and I have been trying to DIY one myself but I guess I have always been too afraid as I do not know where to start. I think by starting small like a tiny unused storage box is a good starting point for a newbie like me. After I have succeeded, I will then move on with something more major like furniture and other antique objects I can find around. Thanks for sharing your delightful project.

  33. Hi, I really need the information more as you have provided in this valuable blog.


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