We were given this old gun cabinet from a friend who was remodeling and didn’t want it anymore. Luckily for us we had a fabulous idea for it. Add some shelves and it becomes a great shelving unit for someone. The cost to us is $0 because we had everything we needed already. If you were to go out and buy the paint, plugs and shelves it could range from $50-100 depending on the quality you purchased.
From Gun Cabinet to Material Cabinet
So we took off the door and all of the hardware and gave it a good sanding. We kept the corrugated wood piece in the middle for a shelf to rest on. On the bottom we took out the piece where the bottom of the gun fits into. Hopefully we can use that project somewhere, somehow.
There was a spot on the top that had some gouges in the wood and needed wood filler before we painted.
This is in the middle of the second coat on the inside. In all it needed three coats.
Here is the paint we used .
The outside needed only two coats of paint. Same brand, just in the color black.
When we painted the door we didn’t worry about masking off the glass because it just comes right off with a razor blade scraper after it’s good and dry.
There were quite a few wooden plugs in this piece to cover up screw holes. To have them stand out we took a Q-tip dipped it in white paint and went over it a couple times.
In total we added three shelves. All of the hardware was spray-painted black and reattached. We also added a new base to the bottom that helped it be more stable. Don’t you love that the key is still with this piece!
As soon as another friend saw this she knew exactly what she wanted to do with it!
It’s perfect to keep a quilters material clean from dust, yet easy to see. (Side-note this material was just put in here to show what she wanted to do with it. She is much more organized than this! )