Re-purposing an Ammo Box for Kitchen Storage

When we found this ammo box with a broken lid I just knew, that it would be perfect for creating extra storage in our small kitchen. Ammo boxes are an essential part of many vintage re-purposing projects and they’re super versatile and really strong.
If you're like me and you don't have a lot of space, then this just screams with potential, once you look beyond the dust and broken bits 😉 We cleaned her up using a wire brush and some hot soapy water mixed with vinegar. I needed a cupboard with a door, so before we did anything else, we needed to fix that lid. We measured the width of the lid and cut two planks accordingly. The planks were cut about 3 cm shorter than the width so the cupboard door could close. The planks were then screwed and glued across the two lid pieces to form a solid door.
Our next problem was what to use for a door handle. I had misplaced our stash of handles somewhere. Darn I hate it when that happens. I'm a complete scatter brain and the last thing I wanted to do was look for them because I'd probably end up getting side tracked and do something else. Does that happen to you too? Anyways, so we didn't have any handles but we did have a lot of branches, and they work just as well. Just cut the branch than glue and screw.
We added two shelves on the inside and attached the lid aka new door.
I'm pretty happy with how she turned out, branch handle and all.
And we have the extra storage space we were looking for.
Have you recycled an old ammo box? I'd love to hear what you did with it or what you think about our rustic ammo cupboard.
We posted the full tutorial with step by step instructions over on the blog. Come say hi, we'd love to see you there.

Michelle Leslie
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