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{Gun case turned craft hutch}–before & after

I got this gun case a while back, and gun cases just aren’t my thing…. so I knew right away that it could be modified and repurposed as a cute little craft hutch.  But, it could also be cute in the kitchen, bedroom, anywheres…

Before – case is in 2 pieces (luckily for me)


And while I was totally diggin the birdies – they had to go.  I took the doors off completely (and trashed them as fast as possible) and then took off the upper gun holder. 



I also removed all the felt from the bottom part where the guns would rest – but I left the carved circles in place.


Next, I made 3 simple shelves to put the baskets on.  I just used some pre-cut pine strips, made a cleat for the shelf to sit on, then used a piece of pre-cut pine to trim out the front part of the shelf (shelves themselves were made from MDF).




After I patched all my nail holes, gave it a light sanding, primed, painted and sealed – its ready for packin full of cute crap :)


See why I left the bottom gun rests?  Perfect for holding misc. little things – genius I know…


Both sides of the cabinet worked out perfect.  The one with lots of little shelves is perfect for folded up fabric, and the other is perfect for rolls of wrapping paper.  I get so excited when cute little things like that happen.




Color = SW Drizzle

And it just so happens that right after I got this hutch, Erin from Lavender and Lemondrops, needed furniture for a room for the Utah Parade of Homes.  So I used this piece in a spare bedroom that I staged as a craftroom – but after the Parade of Homes is done – this piece will be available for sale – you can check Sweet Pickins for more info.

And go check out Erins blog – she shows the rest of the house that she staged – it turned out super cute



28 Responses to {Gun case turned craft hutch}–before & after

  1. {We Are The Wade's} August 5, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    I saw this one!! So cute! All the furniture that you did in that house was way too cute!

  2. Krista August 5, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Love this! Where did you get the cute wire baskets?

  3. Heather August 5, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    Wow!! wow!! That is an unbelievable accomplishment! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

  4. Elissa August 5, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    AMAZING!! Seriously, this is awesome! What will you come up with next?! You're amazing. Thanks for sharing this before & after.

  5. Sarah August 5, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    wow, amazing!

  6. Nancy August 5, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Adorable. Love the wire baskets to!

  7. April @ The Painted Cupboard August 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Wow!!!! You did it again…you are simply amazing!! Congrats to you for being apart of the Parade of Homes.
    Do you happen to use Behr's paint and primer in one? If so how do you like it? I don't always like to have the white primer showing through after distressing, so I thought I might give it a try.

  8. Heather August 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Are you kidding me???!!! How are you that smart! I love it so much! Great job!

  9. A Few Pennies August 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Amazing transformation! Love the paint color too. I love it when you show the projects before you turn them into beauties–it helps me "think" of the potential a piece may have when I'm out looking for bargains. Love your inspiration.

  10. moreygirl August 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    you are awesome! Now I have to look for a gun case;) I seriously love checking out your blog for new and clever ideas!

  11. Katie August 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    This is awesome!! I love it! I looks like others are asking too but where did you get those wire baskets?

    I need to for my son's birthday party.

  12. Twice Nice August 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Very cool! You really scored with those wire baskets too.

  13. Kelly August 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    OMG, I wished I lived in UT right now, because I would SO buy that. *drooling everywhere*

    Another gorgeous transformation!

  14. hissyfit33 August 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    LOLOL My husband is VERY AFRAID now! Gorgeous

  15. Lil' Luna August 6, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Love this! SOOO awesome!

  16. Anonymous August 6, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Awesome idea! I am a crafter with a PhD…projects half done! LOL! Wonder if my hubby would miss his gun cabinet…yep probably when he found the guns on the floor! LOL Well done. Giving you a standing "O"

  17. C'est Magnifique August 6, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    O. M. G. That's the most unique and sweetest furniture redo I've ever seen!!! Love it and it does make the perfect craft hutch!


  18. Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} August 7, 2011 at 12:58 am #

    Wow! I'm going to look at gun cases in a whole new light now. Yours is amazing!

  19. Erin @ Lavender and Lemon Drops August 7, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    It looked awesome in the craft room! Thank you for all of your help! It was a blast working with you :)

  20. lauren @ West Furniture Revival August 7, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    wow! You had a tuff job with this one. but worth it beacause it turned out beautiful.. love the color!

  21. Tara August 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    SO AMAZING!!!!! I just love our blog, so much inspiration. Thanks so much!!

  22. Scrap-Happy Mama August 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Absolutely delicious! It is beautiful and so crafty and ingenious!!!

  23. Jill@Barnes Yard August 25, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Super duper fantastic!!

  24. Lisa Reimer September 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    AAAaaamazing! New to this site after seeing you on Nate B! I'll never get anything painted when I can't get off your blog!

  25. Paul March 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I would like this better if you had chosen a refurb project that didn’t cover up the natural grain of the wood.

    It seems to be visible on some of the surfaces, but not all of them.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} March 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      hmm, interesting…

  26. Sue June 13, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Its Amazing! I really love the color and aged look of your paint technique! Its fun and whimsical. Having some fun in your life beats the look of boring and drab wood grain any day! These accent pieces you create are so unique and could bring joy to anyone’s room. It would make me smile each time I walked into the room! I would love to have something like this in my office to organize my things. You have inspired me!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 13, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      your so sweet – thank you!!

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