Heavy metal lock box

Linda B
by Linda B
Need ideas for a heavy metal lock box with a broken lock. It's 13' x 8" x 5". Light grey color with black handle. I would hate to throw it away. It would cost to much to get a new lock.
Need ideas for a heavy metal lock box with a broken lock. It's 13' x 8" x 5". Light grey color with black handle. Hate to throw it away. Would cost to much to get a new lock.
  20 answers
  • Rose Marie Rose Marie on Jul 01, 2015
    I have the same box & thought the same thing.. what can I do with this little momma.. come on folks help us out here : )
    • Linda B Linda B on Jul 01, 2015
      @Rose Marie I found this with my mother's things after she passed away. I didn't have a key for it so I had to take it to a lock smith to open it. A new key would cost $20 and I don't think it's worth it. I could probably buy a new box. It is a nice box though.
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 01, 2015
    You can buy a replacement lock at Home Depot or lowes.It would be a great place to store jewelry or pictures.
  • Orchidmg Orchidmg on Jul 01, 2015
    You could turn it into a plant pot. Punch a few small holed into the bottom with a hammer and nail. Option to paint/decoration the outside. Put in some rocks on the bottom then soil. And add greenery or flowers. And keep it on your patio. Or indoor, but then put a plate or something under it for the drain holes.
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Jul 02, 2015
    use it outdoors as a tool box for hand shovels, etc.
  • Cheryl Markus Reynolds Cheryl Markus Reynolds on Jul 02, 2015
    You can turn it into a First Aid box. Get some red vinyl letters or a stencil and red paint. Put the words FIRST AID on it. Fill it with supplies and keep it in the bathroom, you car or anywhere you might need one. If it's too heavy for that, make it look like a mini vintage suitcase and use it for a door stop. Paint it or just add 2 thin black leather straps on each side of the handle. Add a few "travel decals" printed from your computer.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Jul 02, 2015
    This would be great in a guest room on a little table. Put a mirror with decorative $ store frame and put in lid. Put dividers in bottom for guest to put personal stuff. You can get these dividers that clip together and are different sizes or mactac the bottom with sea shell print or something to brighten it up or decoupage the whole thing to match decor.
  • Pat Kelley Wittorf Pat Kelley Wittorf on Jul 02, 2015
    Line it with velvet or even felt and use it for jewelry. You could even glue cork to the lid to stick earrings or glue a mirror in the lid.
  • Rose Marie Rose Marie on Jul 02, 2015
    I think the first aid box it a great one--and the guest room toiletries & exrtas -love it . Thanks so much. How about u Linda --got some inspiration for ya now? : : )
    • Linda B Linda B on Jul 02, 2015
      @Rose Marie I think my biggest concern is - it's VERY heavy.
  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Jul 04, 2015
    You could cut a hole in your closet floor and sink it in the hole and cover with carpet and still use it as a safe box, just attach a stick on velcro strap to keep it closed.
  • Cyndie S Cyndie S on Jul 05, 2015
    Looks like the lock is there, maybe you only need a key? I have one just like that but its pink metal, very heavy, no key. Haven't gotten to locksmith yet to replace missing key so I use a bobby pin! Btw, have replaced similar locks for cheap at locksmith shop. I don't need another safe box, but can't throw this away and have no idea what else to do with it either! It's soooo heavy.
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    • Cyndie S Cyndie S on Jul 05, 2015
      What a shame! And $20 wasted!! So now it's a heavy duty paperweight...so sorry for your disappointment.
  • Nikkea Masters Nikkea Masters on Jul 06, 2015
    Spray paint it in a color matching your bedroom design. Drill the necessary holes to hang it on the wall near the bed and then attach it there with the top hanging downward so it opens and closes bottom to top. Then, store your TV changer, etc., in it. You could leave it with the industrial look or glue some old jewelry pieces on, or add a dollar store mirror on the outside.
  • Nikkea Masters Nikkea Masters on Jul 06, 2015
    Another idea is to spray paint it and hang it on the wall in the kitchen by the basement door, garage door or backdoor. Glue an old screwdriver that has been shined up to the front and store some of those little hand tools we always seem to need close at hand.
  • Nikkea Masters Nikkea Masters on Jul 06, 2015
    Make a charger station out of it. You can still spray paint it or leave it as is. But, you'll need an/some holes in the back to thread the cords through.
  • Cam Nordstrom Cam Nordstrom on Jul 07, 2015
    Can you give a better photo of the lock, both inside and outside the lid?
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 07, 2015
    bring it to Home Depot or lowes they can sell you a replacement lock for less than ten dollars.it would be the perfect place to keep your medications safe when you have little visitors to your house.ie,grandchildren.
    • Linda B Linda B on Jul 07, 2015
      @Funnygirl Sounds like a good idea. I will need to go out of town for those stores, but I can. Thanks.
  • Carol Carol on Jul 08, 2015
    try Rockler hardware catalogue for a replacement lock or eBay. Hang it in a closet or cabinet or in the floor or under the bed for a safe place to store important papers, insurance policy, birth and marriage certificates, deeds, car Titles etc. Make it easy to grab along with your picture albums or a thumb drive loaded with favorite photos that can be placed in the box with the important papers.
  • WeasleyIsOurKing WeasleyIsOurKing on Jul 10, 2015
    Break off the lid and handle, paint it, (maybe add a shelf), and use it as a shadow box. You could also hot glue shells, pearls, and mod podge sand on to it for a beach look.
  • Rashid Rashid on Mar 12, 2021

    Well, in 2020, you might be able to use it to store keys, to prevent them from being scanned by car thieves while inside the house, and being duplicated. How to test to see if it works... i dunno. You might see if a cell phone works in there, or a wireless router or hotspot... if it doesn't emit a signal, then you might be good? I want to try it for that and am looking for how to convert the box into something that doesn't look like a safe. Probably I will have a sibling paint it all crafty like, or something.

    Sorry for opening an old thread btw, but google image search brought me here down the old garden path. :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 19, 2021


    If you can still secure it but not lock it, use as a box without a key lock, Anything from storing Keys, Fuses, Matches, Candles, Batteries etc.