Old Oak Gun Cabinet to Gray Pantry

6 Materials
$10
3 Hours
Medium

We had been lugging around my husband’s family heirloom gun cabinet for years. It was yellow oak big and bulky and personally I would not put guns in there to display with that with the glass opening. So I decided to give it a new life as a pantry

Oak cabinet
Needs a new life.
Removed gun ledge
I removed the scalloped ledge that held the guns in place

Some of the wood behind came with it, it didn’t matter because I planned on putting shelves in it

Measured and cut two shelf’s
I got to scraps of wood cut them to fit inside my cabinet

I got two scraps of wood cut them to fit inside my cabinet, I used L brackets and installed both the shelves in there since I knew they were going to be painted I didn’t worry that they were scrapes.

Taped off
I decided to leave the back of the cabinet the light oak

I decided to leave the back of the cabinet the light oak And paint the rest of it gray so I taped off back of cabinet.

I like the wood contrast
After two coats of my homemade gray paint

After two coats of my homemade gray paint I added a coat of clear urethane. Now I just need to do something about the glass. I didn’t to frost them with a stencil to add character.


All gray paint done
Adding glass frost
I first clean the window with alcohol to make sure there was no residue on it

I first clean the window with alcohol to make sure there was no residue on it and will get coverage off frosting spray.

I cut off the corners of my stencil
I cut off the corners of my stencil

I placed the stencil on the door and sprayed the glass frosting over it. Make sure you hold the stencil and place with fingers otherwise it will wanna move on you from the air. You don’t want to tape it in place because it will not get the frosting under that tape.

Frosted glass
Once I completed the frosting in the stencil

Once I completed the frosting in the stencil, I replace the doors and put them back on now I needed to attach the feet.

Attaching feet
Adding feet

I had already painted the feet to match the rest of the cabinet I just needed to create blocks out of 2 x 4 to put in each corner of the hollow bottom to attach the feet to.

Screws into base
The feet simply screwed into the blocks
  • The feet simply screwed into the blocks. Use four screws and screwed them into the base for strength.
Final project
Once completed I fell in love with it.

This seriously was one of my better repurposed projects. I was ready to trash the cabinet but now it’s a little paint a little frosting glass and legs it’s beautiful. So much so my daughter stole it and took it home. I hope you like it this is super easy love your comments.


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  • Cathy Cathy on May 23, 2020

    Did you think about spraying an adhesive to the back of the stencil to hold it in place while spraying the glass? Holds the stencil in place better than just holding it.

  • VB VB on May 29, 2020

    Did you have to strip the cabinet before painting it?

  • Lou Bowman Lou Bowman on May 30, 2020

    Did you have to prime the wood?

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  • Anne Griffin Anne Griffin on May 29, 2020

    It’s beautiful. I might have put more stencils

    down the glass door. And I agree with Cathy about using spray adhesive .

    Great job.!

  • Maureen Maureen on Jun 06, 2020

    Great job 👍 the cabinet looks awesome.

    Thank you for sharing ❤️

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