This project has taken me way longer than I would have ever dreamed. I hear others in blog land talk of doing projects in a weekend….what is up with that. Maybe some day I can be more efficient.
I bought this gun cabinet from a lady on Craigslist. Her dog tried to bite me but it was so worth it.
Are ya just itchin to see it? Ok I will stop teasing. Her she is in all her faded glory.
She is a little rough around the edges. I am sure she had seen better days.
I took her apart to make the sanding and spray painting a little easier. Time for sanding…..
I sanded the whole thing down and filled in deep scratches and chips with wood filler……I kinda missed some picture taking opportunities here. I added crown molding to the top. After sanding I primed everything and then decided to add two slots for baskets.
I remembered to take the most random pictures. This is the basket box that I was building.
Just a little peep
The drawer pull and knob were both ORB and did not show well so I gave them a spattering of silver and now they pop and match the chicken wire!
Oh…I know….GET ON WITH IT!
I junked the pressed stuff that was on the back and replaced it with bead board. I painted it white and then glazed it. There was no glass for the door so I stapled and stapled and stapled….oh sorry….chicken wire. Did I mention that it took a billion staples for the chicken wire and that I can attest to the fact that it will eat your knuckles off.
Just a couple more angles cause I just cant stop!!!
This one helps you see the glazed bead board goodness!
Ain’t she a beauty? Just as I envisioned her to be!!
Would you have done something different for a furniture re-do? Let me have it.
Isn’t that basket shelf a great idea?
What do you think? How did she do?
>Oh Snap! I am so stoked to be featured on your blog! Yours is one of my faves!!! Inspiring each other is what this thing is all about!! You should see the grin on my face. It is a little shameful. LOL
>It's beautiful! I don't think she should have done anything differently.
>When I saw the before, I could see potential but had not idea where she was going with that. The chicken wire is great! The whole thing looks wonderful. It's an awesome makeover.
>This is so beautiful. I just love everything that you have done. This piece turned out perfect!
>I love it……….it fits into narrow places unlike the big klunky hutches.
>That gun cabinet makeover is amazing!! I can't believe how great it turned out. Wow!!! I am so inspired when I see projects like this. People make it look so easy! Hope you are having a great weekend. Love & blessings from NC!
>So inspiration! What a good idea to make a spot for the baskets. Fantastic!
>Fabulous job !! Love it!
>LOVE this!! Great work indeed! Coming over to follow and loving your blog!
>Love it, totally amazing makeover. I especially love the basket holder section oh and the crown moulding at the top. You cant even tell it was the same piece, very special!
I'm having a giveaway over at my blog do pop over for a peek sometime :0)
>Gorgeous! Your vision for the finished piece was prefect!
>Wow! What a transformation! And although it sounds like the chicken wire was a pain, it was totally worth it 'cause it looks great! I love that you added the crown molding to the top, too. I wouldn't have done anything differently!
>WOW!!!!! I love it!! My husband has a gun safe just like this. It's at his parents house. I wanted to leave it there, didn't have any idea what to do with the big, ugly and bulky gun safe. NOW I DO!!!!! Thanks for the awesome idea.
>This is awesome! It's so pretty and I know working with the chicken wire is an exercise in pain! I just finished a project with hardware cloth and I will think twice before I do that again. Your cabinet turned out beautiful – good job!! JenT
>I love this idea…it turned out great!
>Wow. Now I wish I had something to use to make that!
>The chicken wire is such a good idea!
OMG!!!!! I love it color and all, esp the chicken wire because I have kids and don’t want to much Glass around my home THANKS Great Idea
Wow that turned out awesome! I was at an auction this past weekend and they could not
give a gun cabinet away. Now I wish I would have nabbed it.
Joy @ Books and Life
Thanks for the comment, Joy!
Love, love, love this! I have an old gun cabinet that I’d like to try this! What kind of paint did you use? Did you sand or primer before painting?
Thanks for your kind words! This is a really old post from a guest, so I can’t give you specifics (though you may be able to click over to the original blog post, linked toward the top, and ask there).
Here’s a couple of articles that might be helpful, though:
Pros, Cons, and Tips for 5 Types of Furniture Paint
How to Refinish Wood Furniture (Without a Lot of Sanding!)