Furniture Renovation

Dumpster Gun Cabinet to Dining Room Hutch Makeover

Trash to treasure hutch
Transformed and Finished Cabinet

Transformation from dumpster gun cabinet to dining room hutch complete

I found this cabinet literally in a dumpster.

During a torrential rain storm.   The kind we only have around here about twice a year.  People back East might still consider it a drizzle, but it was one beast of a storm for Utah.  I was actually getting really wet and so was it.

Initially this vintage TV sitting on the curb caught my eye.

Curbside TV

I quickly remodeled it into this storage cabinet for all the piano books piling up.

TV Hutch final

But being the snoopy curious person that I am, I also sneaked a peak in the dumpster close by.  To my amazement there among the trash lay the broken, scratched, and beleaguered remains of an old gun cabinet.

Dumpster Gun Cabinet

For once something looks better in the picture that real life, so just believe me, in reality it was much worse.  Go figure!

The owners happily helped the crazy lady who knocked on their door load her minivan with the two items they considered junk.

Like I said, I quickly started on the vintage TV.  Mostly because I had to take it apart to get it out of my car.  In the mean time the gun cabinet scooted around the shop (the space my minivan should have in the garage).

Finally I started to work on the old gun cabinet.  First thing to do was remove the old gun rack and add new shelves from scrap wood left over from making my queen sized bed frame.  Then new beadboard replaced the broken masonite at the back of the cabinet.

I wanted to experiment with an old worn look.  (Dumpster projects are the best to experiment on since they can’t get any worse.)  I wanted it to look old, worn, faded, and covered in years of paint, slowly pealing away.  The best way I know how to get this look is to just start painting.

First I primed and painted it a pleasant gray-blue

Gray-blue cabinet

Then I added turquoise to the edges and sides and patches of lime green to the interior.

Turquoise and green

I almost did a red layer next but didn’t want to go too crazy.

Finally the creamy white spread on, covering up all my other paint patches, restoring sanity for about a day.

Creamy white former gun cabinet

This is where the safe side of me said STOP BEFORE YOU RUIN IT.

Obviously I didn’t listen to that little voice and instead loaded the sander with medium grit paper and went to town.  And I didn’t stop for a long time!

Sanded cabinet

A final coat of dark walnut stain to bring out all the imperfections and tone down the white along with some chicken wire stapled into the door opening finished it off.

Cabinet closeup

So the question is, was it worth it?  Did I ruin it by distressing it so much, or did I meet my goal?  For now I’m happy with it adding color and texture to the dining room.

And I’m not painting it again for a very long time.


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