Military Decor and First Aid Cabinet for the Garage

Military Decor and First Aid Cabinet for the Garage

Ok- so, in the interest of full disclosure, I fully intended this project to be my Product Test Drive post for this month. BUT…things didn’t exactly go as planned. So, I’m putting that product “on ice”…which has a double meaning. Why? Because my plans for this small wall cabinet were to transform it into a first aid cabinet and military decor.

Get it…putting it on ice…first aid…ok, dumb joke!

Even finding this small wall cabinet had its ups and downs. As I was snapping this photo in Goodwill, a woman came up next to me, intent on snatching it away from under my camera.

Small wall cabinet at thrift store for upcycling into military decor and first aid cabinet by Sadie Seasongoods

See that shadow on the right in my photo? Yeah, that’s literally her hand.

Thankfully, it didn’t get ugly. But thrift stores can be brutal if something’s not in your cart. After she walked away, I quickly snapped another photo and hugged it to my chest all the way to the cash register.

Interior of small wall cabinet that will become man cave decor or garage cabinet and military decor by Sadie Seasongoods

ANYWAY, back to my upcycling idea. I decided to transform the small wall cabinet into military decor or man cave decor. And it would double as a first aid cabinet or wall mounted first aid kit that would look perfect in a garage.

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Transforming a Small Wall Cabinet into Military Decor

My original plan was to try DecoArt’s Vintage Effect Wash in a dark green color on the wooden cabinet.

Trying a paint wash on small wood cabinet for upcycling idea for first aid cabinet and military decor by Sadie Seasongoods

I read the instructions and watched a video on YouTube before giving it a go. I removed the hardware from the small wall cabinet, but after I had brushed it on and wiped away the excess, I HATED how it looked.

Paint wash or vintage effect wash on garage cabinet for man cave decor by Sadie Seasongoods

It just…wasn’t the look I was going for…

Door of wall mounted first aid kit with makeover or transformation using paint wash by Sadie Seasongoods

But, here’s the thing- I don’t necessarily blame the product. I think the old, dark wood grain didn’t play nicely with the paint wash. So, I’m considering this Product Test Drive incomplete…and will try it again with a different shade of Vintage Effect Wash on an alternative wooden object next time.

At that point, I found a perfect shade of Army green from Behr Paint and carefully painted every square inch of my small wall cabinet.

Upcycling a small wall cabinet with olive green paint to make the military decor in army green by Sadie Seasongoods

Ahh…SO much better! And much closer to the vision I had in my mind.

Military Decor and First Aid Cabinet for the Garage

Now I could complete the transformation! I gathered my stenciling materials, red and white craft paints, my favorite stencil brushes, and a First Aid stencil.

Using a vinyl stencil for military decor on a first aid cabinet or wall mounted first aid kit by Sadie Seasongoods

I wanted the cross to be red (of course) and the lettering to be white. So, I centered the stencil on my medicine cabinet door, taped it down, and stippled on the paint.

Small wall cabinet that has been repurposed into man cave decor and military decor to hold first aid supplies by Sadie Seasongoods

And just like that, I had transformed the small wall cabinet into military decor and a wall mounted first aid kit that was perfect for a garage. Or to be hung as man cave decor, as well!

Wall mounted first aid kit from a small wall cabinet that came from the thrift store to use as military decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Man Cave Decor / Military Decor and First Aid Cabinet

Finally, I reattached the hinges, door and knob and my little first aid cabinet was done. I mean, isn’t it adorable (in a tough and manly way)?

Military decor and first aid cabinet to hang in garage or as man cave decor from small wall cabinet by Sadie Seasongoods

I absolutely love it- and regular latex paint was definitely the way to go.

It’s perfect to use as man cave decor or military decor in a garage, boy’s room, etc. For our garage, it will hold first aid supplies.

I mean, what better place for a first aid cabinet than the workshop where we do so much sawing and sanding?

Upcycling a small wall cabinet into man cave decor or military decor that is a first aid cabinet for the garage by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for man cave decor, then you might also be interested in this wall mounted bottle opener with cap catcher, as well!

Man cave bar and man cave decor with beer bottle opener that has a bottle cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. The domestically speaking link doesn’t work

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hmm, she must not have set her post to publish at 4:00 ET, which is when we were all supposed to. I’ll update the link when she publishes her post.

  2. mickey anderson says

    I make quilts by hand.. Do you habe any patterns of antique quilts?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I do not, have you ever looked at the blog Flamingo Toes? She makes quilts and I think she provides patterns, too.

  3. Wendy Oyler says

    Love this idea! Always need first aid supplies in the shop!

  4. I’m glad paint #2 was the perfect fit! It turned out so cute!!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!! I was SO disgruntled with the first iteration, LOL. First that lady tried to steal it from me at the thrift, then the paint wash looked like crap…had the paint been a failure, I would have tossed the whole thing! #3strikes

  5. This is an awesome transformation, you are so creative!

  6. Loving that military inspired first aid kit! My hubby is ex-military and has a sugar shack (we live in one of the big maple syrup regions of Ontario, Canada) and this would be PERFECT over at the shack! You have inspired me! Just need to find a cabinet similar to yours…..awesome job!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Beverly! I remind myself from time to time that not every makeover needs to be feminine or neutral, as I really enjoyed the change of pace. 🙂

  7. I KNOW that lady would not have done something so cool as this. I love how the first aid kit turned out Sarah!


    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha, right?! I used my “Serious Sadie” voice to let her know it was mine. And thank you!!

  8. Debra A Wise says

    Such a great idea! Turned out fabulous. Where did you get the first aid stencil at?

  9. What is the name of the green paint from Behr that you went with?


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