Reclaimed Linen Cupboard

Wren Smart
by Wren Smart
2 Materials
$30
3 Days
Medium
Life in a 1928 farmhouse can be a challenge. At around 1,200 square feet, storage is at a minimum. I’m always on the lookout for creative storage solutions at a budget price. When I spotted this old gun cabinet that a friend was offering on Facebook Classifieds, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.
I had second thoughts when this poor ugly thing was dropped off. It was much rougher than I originally thought. But it had such a great quirky shape I just had to try to salvage it.


The inside was lined with a green felt that had drawn moisture and had a musty smell, and the hasp to lock it with had to go.
I started by removing all the green felt. It was stuck pretty good in a few places, but I was able to use a putty knife and a pair of needle nose pliers to get it all off. I removed the gun supports and the hasp and my husband filled the holes and sanded it smooth. After washing the entire thing down with a light solution of TSP, my husband added a couple of plywood shelves and a little 3" base to give it some height and whimsy. I gave the entire thing a couple of nice coats of alabaster paint in a satin finish.
I knew that I didn’t want clear glass in the door but I also didn’t want to pay a ton to have a mirror cut for it. A trip to Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon and I was able to get a can of Looking Glass spray paint for about $5. It’s definitely a job that you want to do in the yard with plenty of ventilation, but one can sprayed in several light layers gave my glass a beautiful, almost mercury glass like finish. I just love how it turned out.
A light distress on the edges and a touch of lace on the shelves were the finishing touch that turned this vintage gun cabinet into the cutest little linen cupboard ever.
Suggested materials:
  • Looking Glass Spray Paint   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Alabaster Latex Satin Finish Paint   (Home Depot)
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