Picture of Industrial Armoire
note scratches.jpg
I wanted a storage unit near my front door in an industrial style similar to "Restoration Hardware" but couldn't wrap my head around spending $4000.  So this is what I came up with for $75 and a little elbow grease.  It started with a craigslist find with "some cat scratches" for $15, a little stain, some metal strapping and random connectors from the decking section of my local big box store. Obviously, you won't be able to replicate it exactly but hopefully the technicques I used might inspire your own creation!

Step 1: Supplies

Driftwood stain from Rustoleum
Ebony Stain from Cabot
60 grit and 120 grit sandpaper
Lightweight metal connectors from the decking department
framing tabs
various washers, acorn nuts, screws,
Dark gray metallic paint for "aging" the metal connectors, framing tabs, washers etc.
tight mesh fencing similar to chicken wire
3 inch number stencils or stickers

Orbital or palm sander
power screwdriver
T-shirt rags, foam brushes and/or Q-tips :)
wire cutters
clazman2 years ago
This is grrrrrrrrreat! Love the retro look with the attributes of steampunk.

My mom did something like this years ago converting console TV's into curio cabinets.

The "chicken wire" you used is actually wire mesh. This looks like 1/8". It also comes in 1/4" and 1/2".
gena2867 (author)  clazman2 years ago
Thanks, I had that wire mesh stored in my shed for so long, I couldn't remember what it was called. I love the slick modern look of the futuristic fifties but I like the industrial/steampunk to add a little grit, too. Post a pic of what your mom has done if you get a chance.
armstk1802 years ago
Mostly it's like militarily boxes :)
Nice idea

Take care .... Mohammad
gena2867 (author)  armstk1802 years ago
I haven't seen military boxes but I would guess they are similar style. Thanks for your comment!
I use a wooden case that was used to hold two Howitzer shells as a Gig box for my DJ rig. pretty much raw wood, built for purpose.. nylon rope hand holds.. a simple chest..

also.. I think that cat was angry at that chest.
gena2867 (author)  Beergnome2 years ago
Cool! Do you DJ heavy metal? Get it? Howitzer shells=heavy metal. OK that was a really lame play on words. :) I didn't ask to see what kind of cat made these scratches since I was afraid they would bring out a jungle cat!
I've been known to break out some old school industrial electronic late night at my halloween shows :D
I forgot to mention that the build and re-purpose looks great!
Have ever been military service ?! if you was there you could see lot of heavy box for weapons or other important parts

Take care .... Mohammad
RedBinary2 years ago
corcutt2 years ago
Awesome! I love how you used odds and ends from different departments to get this look. Thanks for sharing.
flyingpuppy2 years ago
LOVE that you put this armoire on wheels!
qewt2 years ago
valkgurl2 years ago

Very cool!
wc4442 years ago
Cat scratches? From what? A tiger?...Awesome looking cabinet, by the way. I'm planning on making a new bed frame/headboard for my son and I think he'd really like something done in that style.
gena2867 (author)  wc4442 years ago
Post a pic of the bed when you finish, I would love to see it!
DeadIron2 years ago
Nice job!! This looks very nice!
gena2867 (author)  DeadIron2 years ago
Rombie2 years ago
Really liked the style and now I'm planning my own for my man cave. I voted for you :)
gena2867 (author)  Rombie2 years ago
Thanks! I think something in this style will look great in a mancave. Post a pic when you get it finished, 'cause I love to see what other people come up with.
dangerine2 years ago
omg, you should enter this into designsponge's before/after thread. http://www.designsponge.com/category/before-and-after

would love to see something industrial and toothy like your creation featured there!
The Rambler2 years ago
That is very cool.
gena2867 (author)  The Rambler2 years ago