Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gun Cabinet turned Craft Cabinet

This gun cabinet has graced our home for the last 16 years. It belonged to my husband's father and was a hand-me-down. It's always been tucked away in a corner of a bedroom or in a basement. It was taking up much needed space behind my daughter's bedroom door, so I thought it was time for it to be repurposed (as it didn't even hold guns anymore, just a collecting spot for junk on the top!).

Once the idea popped into my head what to do with it I couldn't wait to get started (and even put a great friend's kitchen cabinet doors on the back burner for another day so I could do it!  Sorry Jeana!!).

We received a couple more inches of snow today (big BOO!) so I needed a serious dose of spring and this cabinet did the trick nicely!  Hope you enjoy her as much as I do!!




Before




 After

I used chalkboard paint (not to be confused with chalk paint--men don't seem to understand the difference-lol) on the glass door.  Ummm...I think my handwriting leaves a little to be desired, but I'm sure YOURS would look absolutely great on there!! ;)

*There are no tulips to be found anywhere in town, so I substituted parsley in my vase!  Take THAT winter!


Here it is without my scrawl and a cute wreath.

Ok--I must admit, I was so excited to do this one.  I finished the inside first (and was loving it!) and then did the yellow on the outside and my enthusiasm waned just a little.  Maybe I'm just not a yellow fan?  It is a beautiful pale, creamy yellow which I do like...I think I am still on the fence.

What do you think?

Maybe I just have the when-will-this-winter-ever-end blues....





I added a few details just to give her some interest.  I found these wood appliques at Hobby Lobby, painted them white, distressed and stained them, and then used the pinner (all by  myself!!) to pin them on.


I like that they add just a little something.


 I used the same knobs as I did on the china hutch just because I <3 the way they look! ;)



Ok---here is my favorite part (besides the cute little knob I will show you in a minute)!


Am LoVInG this!!!


I pulled the back off and used spray adhesive to adhere the fabric.


This is my little bit of spring on the inside of this cabinet!!  I wish I could just crawl in there and pretend it was 72 degrees and sunny and I was lying in the grass somewhere!

Ok-enough day dreaming :(  .....

We gutted the inside and cut 3 new shelves and a piece to cover up the bottom.  Then we just pinned the shelves in place.

 Check out this sweet little
KnOb!

Isn't it adorable?!?!

My thinking is she would be perfect in a bathroom to hold linens, in the kitchen as a small pantry, in a craft room to hold all those glorious treasures, in a little girl's room for toys/clothes, or even in an entry way to hold hats, mittens, etc.

Anywhere you use her she is sure to add a ray of sunshine!!

This cabinet was featured by Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage
Kathy @ Life on Lakeshore Drive
Julie @ The Vintage Barn
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Tammy @ Homespun Happenings
Ann @ Stylish Once Again

Thank you ladies!







   

42 comments:

  1. I love it! Gun cabinets are always on Craigslist. I might just have to snag one up! I love the yellow!

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  2. Oh Lisa- this is AMAZING!!!

    You did a fabulous job oh my golly!

    WELL DONE - I love it pale yellow, love everything, it's awesome!

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  3. Such a cute transformation! (And I'm loving the little green knob.)

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  4. Oi Lisa, eu estou apaixonada por este móvel, as cores o modelo, é simplesmente magnífico, perfeito, ótimo trabalho, você esta de parabéns.

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  5. I like the yellow! The surprise is the inside - so bright and cheerful. It is a very versatile piece which could be used anywhere.

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  6. That is soooo cute! I love it - the paper is awesome and I love that knob! I am totally looking for a gun cabinet now!
    Stacey

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  7. This would be great in my kitchen! Filled with tablecloths, cookbooks etc... I love it and wish every time I get on here that you lived closer to me!

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  8. This is SOOOO smart! I love what you did to the interior.

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  9. Super cute! I love the little green knob, the wood decals you added and the pretty spring fabric! Great Job!!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  10. I love it. What an amazing transformation...Connie

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  11. This is fab! We have a similar cabinet (yuck) collecting dust in our basement. What a great transformation!

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  12. Another amazing make-over! I see gun cabinets all the time and just walk past them...I won't the next time!!

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  13. Great combination of colors and the floral fabric--it turned out beautifully! Great job!

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  14. I have a similar gun cabinet in my garage, taking up space that was a curb find by hubby. We don't have guns either. It's filled with old video tapes we don't watch. I love your makeover. Thank you for the inspiration! Mary

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  15. So last week you 100% rocked the sideboard/buffet and now this week you're ruling the world of converted gun cabinets. So I've gotta pin it.

    Bliss

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  16. Looove this!! I see these things all the time and wonder what in the world I could do...and walla! Thank you so much for the inspiration...it's beautiful! Love the green knob!

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  17. Its so beautiful now! This is really funny but last year I repurposed a gun cabinet almost exactly like yours into a china cabinet. You can see it here if you are interested: http://littlevintagecottage.blogspot.com/2012/06/gun-cabinet-to-china-cabinet.html

    Great minds think alike I guess! :o)

    Tania

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  18. WOW! I found your blog through the Spring Thing Linky Party. Sure glad I did. You were #608 and I always start from the bottom and work my way up. I just love this idea. We have a similar gun cabinet that I bought for my husband when we first married 30 years ago! I'll have to look up Little Vintage Cottage's transformation.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  19. Hi There! I found you through the Primp link party. LOVE what you did with this, especially the inside. What a surprise!!

    Katie
    SomethingToBeFound.com

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  20. Love love love the inside! So perfect! And I do like the yellow (at least as it's showing on my own screen) it looks very fresh.

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  21. I love this idea! It turned out so cute, and I love the yellow.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  22. Wow, what a great idea! It looks amazing! You did a fabulous job! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you share with us. New GFC follower, too! :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  23. Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your awesome cabinet tonight at Pick of the Bunch! Thank you again for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.

    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I really appreciate it! :) Have a good weekend!

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  24. What a cute way to transform this cabinet!

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  25. This is so awesome! I absolutely love what you did with it!!
    -andi

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  26. What a fabulous idea!!! So pretty!! You gave great hand writing! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  27. I'm in love! Really this turned out gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up to Crafty Tuesday.

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  28. Sheer genius! Love what you did with the cabinet. I'm featuring your craft cabinet in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

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  29. I adore this :o)
    Thanks for linking this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  30. What a fabulous makeover! Love it!! Now I want one!!! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  31. what a great idea! How many of us have these fugly cabinets hiding in our house?!!

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  32. Stopping by to let you know I am featuring your cabinet tomorrow! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day! Love it!
    Kim

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  33. What a great idea. Such a cute cabinet now. Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays!

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  34. SO cute! That fabric on the inside is so pretty and does make me want to lie in the grass! Thanks for linking it up at LWSL!

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  35. Congrats with the feature on Homespun Happenings. You did an amazing job transforming this gun cabinet. I love all the little xtra's you added - giving it the x-factor. And I love the soft mellow-yellow color on the outside and the pop of Spring when you open it. I would love to crawl in too...lol.

    Following you now all the way from Africa. Would love you to follow back if you can!

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  36. LOVE IT. I never would have dreamed that it was a gun cabinet before. GREAT TRANSFORMATION.
    Im now following you from PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com. Please, please come visit me.

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment and for following along! :)

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  37. It really rocks! you did a great conversion for the cabinet. You have been using the cabinet for 16 years, how can you keep its longevity? I clearly view the cabinet made by wood and I think it's the reason why it's durable, isn't it?

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