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{Gun Cabinet turned Shelving} – before & after

If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that i found this cute little gun cabinet @ goodwill a couple weeks ago.  I actually saw it then decided against it because im trying not to buy any more projects, but then i couldnt stop thinking about it all night.  It had good potential and it was cheap :)

Luckily, when i went back the next morning it was still there… lovely fake etched glass and all :)

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

I knew i wanted to add a couple shelves and add something to the back.  I ended up just going through my scrap bin and using what i had.  I also wanted to add crown molding, get rid of the lower cabinet, update the base molding, and get rid of the glass (i had plans to replace the glass with chicken wire, but i sold it before it was done and she wanted the glass).

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

I cut my reclaimed wood down to size for the back to make a “plank” look.  Then i added two simple sheves, crown and base molding.

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

After the building was done, i taped off the back to protect it from paint.  I filled in all the nail holes and then gave everything a light sand.   To paint this piece, i used Sherwin Williams pre-cat lacquer in white in a dull rubbed finish.  I havent worked much with lacquer besides over the past few weeks – and i really like the stuff!  It takes the right project, i wouldnt do it on everything, but it gives a really nice finish that you just dont get with latex.

I ended up selling the cabinet before it was finished and she wanted the glass rather than chicken wire that i was planning.  Luckily the glass that it came with only had a fake etching on it and i was able to get the oh so awesome deer off with a little lacquer thinner.

And the after…

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation

Whatcha think?  Got an old gun cab that could use a facelift?!  There are so many possibilities!!

Too see another gun cabinet transformation go here!!  I took an old large gun cabinet and turned it into a craft hutch!

Sweet Pickins gun cabinet transformation


29 Responses to {Gun Cabinet turned Shelving} – before & after

  1. WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL June 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    LOVE IT! the cabinet turned out gorgeous, great thinking!

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

      thank you – i love the way it turned out too!! :)

  2. Suzanne June 13, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    This turned out wonderful. Love the reclaimed wood in the back and the color you chose. Just lovely!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links open till Friday.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 13, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      the woods my favorite part – thank you!!

  3. Lynda June 13, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    That is an amazing transformation. It is beautiful now. You sure havent talent and vision!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 13, 2013 at 8:12 am #


  4. April June 13, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    I love this idea! Was the gun cabinet made of real wood? I assume so but a lot of them are made out of that cheap laminate wood so just curious.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 13, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      yup, this one was solid oak

  5. Jenny June 13, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    Wow! I have seen these gun cabinets many times in thrift stores, but could never have imagined such a transformation! Awesome!

  6. Julie @ follow your heart woodworking June 13, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Looks wonderful… and already sold, you can’t beat that!

  7. Sarah June 13, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    That is amazing!!! Awesome job!!!

  8. Stacey June 13, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Now that’s a gun cabinet I’d like to have. :)

  9. Asiyah June 13, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Totally crushing on this! I would turn one into a bookcase.

  10. Elissa Newcomer June 13, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Love love love this!! Love the wood at the back, chicken wire would have been cute too, but love how unique the piece is!

  11. Kristina Cohn June 13, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Love this and ALL of your work. You’re work is amazing!!!

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

      ahhh – thanks :)

  12. Kelley June 13, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I.Love.It! So awesome – I want to go to Goodwill RIGHT NOW in hopes they will have one! The reclaimed wood just makes the whole piece. I’ve never been lucky enough to come across any but I will keep my eyes out now for some!

  13. Donna - Swish June 13, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I love it! I had no idea what could be done with it. Lovely!!!!

  14. Stacey June 13, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    This Is so awesome! Lurv the planks.

  15. Jean June 13, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    The reclaimed wood is a fabulous idea. It’s one of those ideas that you think “why didn’t I think of that?” Nicely done!

  16. Sue Pagels June 13, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I always see those ugly cabinets ~ what a great job you did! I wish I was that talented :)

  17. Mirien June 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    I love it! The reclaimed wood looks amazing. Nice job! And just so you know, I am eagerly awaiting your post on glazing. I have a project (dresser) ready for the glazing step but I’ve been waiting to hear about your new technique! :)

  18. Becca June 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I never would have seen the potential in this one! Excellent makeover!!

  19. Shannon June 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    That is really cool! I have no idea where you come up with these great ideas but I like em! My son has been asking me to find him a gun cabinet WITH the deer lol.

  20. Heidi June 16, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Sausha, this is AWESOME! If you ever find another one, buy it, do the same thing to it, and it will be MINE!! I’m serious. Just text me and say “I found a gun cabinet” and I will pay you in advance. SO CUTE. I need one for my front room. Oh, and the wood plank back…. Seriously, I’m in love. :)

  21. Mindi June 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I love this SO much! Amazing!

  22. Tanya June 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Sausha you AMAZE me with your talent, I am not even sure how to describe how lovely this before and after is, thank you so much for inspiring me!

    xo, Tanya

  23. Emily Hone July 1, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    OKay. it is necessary for me to find one of these! But first I need to buy a truck so I can get all the furniture I want to bring home!! I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE this!

    Emily @ House and Hone

  24. Dawn July 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Think you so much for the idea! I have the exact same cabinet I bought at a flee market for $2.00! I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. You did a fantastic job!

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