Yes, I did pick myself up a gun cabinet at the thrift store a few weeks ago.
Because I have seen one redone and I thought it was really cool.
This thing was really, really dirty.
I had to first hammer out the gun shelf and then place thin wood over the bottom where the guns fit.
It's really a well made cabinet. I felt bad about painting over wood, especially when my primer fizzled and splattered all over, ruining the future paint finish.
I gave it some crown moulding, it always makes everything look a little fancier.
Plus, I'm getting pretty good at cutting it.
I also added three shelves, because I want it to be a bookcase to go in the office.
I thought I was going to use my mistint that I found for two dollars, but it was a too dark. I ended up choosing one of Martha's gray colors. There's quite a bit of gray in my home, so I think the cabinet will fit in nicely.
I do need to tell you about these incredible rollers they are selling now. I believe they are called smooth surface rollers. They don't leave bubbles and the edge is foam so it can roll right into those tight spots. Maybe I'm the last to know about these, but I really like them.
Next I distressed and glazed with black. I had to cover my crummy prime job and this seemed to do the trick.
The cabinet came with doors and my first instinct was the get rid of them. Then my mom told me to save them to keep the dust out.
Here it is decorated with a few things.
The glass doors were not very pretty, so I picked up some frost paint at Home Depot and attempted to make square patterns. I wanted to frost the doors because this cabinet is in the office and I have a ton of not so cute books I would like to hide.
I used extra contact paper, because I didn't have any tape with the right width on hand. I first made a grid with dry erase marker so I could align the squares evenly.
Here's the glass all sprayed. This stuff is really tricky. I wasn't very careful and it dripped and left dots, then when I went to pull the paper off, some of the paint pulled up. Luckily it scrapes off really easy with a sharp blade. I did spray on the inside, so little hands aren't tempted to scratch away! :)
I don't know if I really like it that much, but I can always remove them....or the paint.
This cabinet fits nicely in the office. My decorating skills need some improvement.....I'm better at making things than decorating them....:) Do you think I should keep the glass doors?
****My mom gave me her opinion on the finished cabinet. She thinks the square pattern in the frosted glass fights with the square pattern in the wood of the cabinet. I think I agree. If I keep the glass I think I will frost the entire thing. From what I can tell from the comments so far, the opinions are mixed. I do have to say overall- it does look much better than when it started, glass or no glass !