{Gun case turned craft hutch}–before & after

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I got this gun case a while back, and gun cases just aren’t my thing…. so I knew right away that it could be modified and repurposed as a cute little craft hutch.  But, it could also be cute in the kitchen, bedroom, anywheres…

Before – case is in 2 pieces (luckily for me)


And while I was totally diggin the birdies – they had to go.  I took the doors off completely (and trashed them as fast as possible) and then took off the upper gun holder. 



I also removed all the felt from the bottom part where the guns would rest – but I left the carved circles in place.


Next, I made 3 simple shelves to put the baskets on.  I just used some pre-cut pine strips, made a cleat for the shelf to sit on, then used a piece of pre-cut pine to trim out the front part of the shelf (shelves themselves were made from MDF).




After I patched all my nail holes, gave it a light sanding, primed, painted and sealed – its ready for packin full of cute crap :)


See why I left the bottom gun rests?  Perfect for holding misc. little things – genius I know…


Both sides of the cabinet worked out perfect.  The one with lots of little shelves is perfect for folded up fabric, and the other is perfect for rolls of wrapping paper.  I get so excited when cute little things like that happen.




Color = SW Drizzle

And it just so happens that right after I got this hutch, Erin from Lavender and Lemondrops, needed furniture for a room for the Utah Parade of Homes.  So I used this piece in a spare bedroom that I staged as a craftroom – but after the Parade of Homes is done – this piece will be available for sale – you can check Sweet Pickins for more info.

And go check out Erins blog – she shows the rest of the house that she staged – it turned out super cute


28 replies
  1. Elissa
    Elissa says:

    AMAZING!! Seriously, this is awesome! What will you come up with next?! You're amazing. Thanks for sharing this before & after.

  2. April @ The Painted Cupboard
    April @ The Painted Cupboard says:

    Wow!!!! You did it again…you are simply amazing!! Congrats to you for being apart of the Parade of Homes.
    Do you happen to use Behr's paint and primer in one? If so how do you like it? I don't always like to have the white primer showing through after distressing, so I thought I might give it a try.

  3. A Few Pennies
    A Few Pennies says:

    Amazing transformation! Love the paint color too. I love it when you show the projects before you turn them into beauties–it helps me "think" of the potential a piece may have when I'm out looking for bargains. Love your inspiration.

  4. moreygirl
    moreygirl says:

    you are awesome! Now I have to look for a gun case;) I seriously love checking out your blog for new and clever ideas!

  5. Katie
    Katie says:

    This is awesome!! I love it! I looks like others are asking too but where did you get those wire baskets?

    I need to for my son's birthday party.

  6. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    OMG, I wished I lived in UT right now, because I would SO buy that. *drooling everywhere*

    Another gorgeous transformation!

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Awesome idea! I am a crafter with a PhD…projects half done! LOL! Wonder if my hubby would miss his gun cabinet…yep probably when he found the guns on the floor! LOL Well done. Giving you a standing "O"

  8. C'est Magnifique
    C'est Magnifique says:

    O. M. G. That's the most unique and sweetest furniture redo I've ever seen!!! Love it and it does make the perfect craft hutch!


  9. Erin @ Lavender and Lemon Drops
    Erin @ Lavender and Lemon Drops says:

    It looked awesome in the craft room! Thank you for all of your help! It was a blast working with you :)

  10. lauren @ West Furniture Revival
    lauren @ West Furniture Revival says:

    wow! You had a tuff job with this one. but worth it beacause it turned out beautiful.. love the color!

  11. Paul
    Paul says:

    I would like this better if you had chosen a refurb project that didn’t cover up the natural grain of the wood.

    It seems to be visible on some of the surfaces, but not all of them.

  12. Sue
    Sue says:

    Its Amazing! I really love the color and aged look of your paint technique! Its fun and whimsical. Having some fun in your life beats the look of boring and drab wood grain any day! These accent pieces you create are so unique and could bring joy to anyone’s room. It would make me smile each time I walked into the room! I would love to have something like this in my office to organize my things. You have inspired me!


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