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 replies
  1. April
    April says:

    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.

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  2. Elissa Newcomer
    Elissa Newcomer says:

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

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  3. Kelley
    Kelley says:

    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!

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  4. Mirien
    Mirien says:

    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! :)

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  5. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    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.

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  6. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    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. :)

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  7. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    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
    twelveOeight

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  8. Emily Hone
    Emily Hone says:

    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

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  9. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    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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