My Farmer and I were out checking cows on pasture one gorgeous Friday evening this past Summer — our #farmlife version of “date-night”. Nothing beats takin’ a back road ~ gettin’ lost and gettin’ right with our souls ~ unwinding and unravelling! It’s our #farmlifebestlife <3

While checkin’ cows, unwinding and unravelling, hubs Bry said to me — “Hey… wanna go check out that abandoned building I was telling you about?” Me — “Ummmmm YAAAAAAAA!” 😍

… so we make our way to this old building, and I’m drooling before we’ve even entered it!  One never knows what one might find in an old abandoned #farmyard building… amidst a lot of junk! And there he was — an old grimy, dirty, ugly gun cabinet… and my eyes lit up like saucers! 😮

And I said to Bry — “OMG I have to HAVE this! We have to load it up!”… and Bry said “What in the world do you want with this old thing?!” — and all I said was TRUST me sweetheart — now back up the truck!”

Now here’s the thing — I get really excited when I bring a piece home — and I get even more excited when I start working on it.  So excited that I forget to take before pics!  Gah… I need to stop that… cuz man I wish I could show you what this bad boy looked like when we brought him home!  Once I got into the early stages of my transformation, I realized that I ONCE AGAIN forgot to take a before pic… but I snagged this one to give you some sort of a sense.  This pic was taken after I took down the old back panel that was rotten, removed the racks that once held hunting rifles, and removed most of the hardware:

before After taking that pic, I got back to work:

  • Removed remaining hardware (including locks that were on one of the doors and the bottom drawer)
  • Filled former lock areas with wood filler
  • Sanded wood filler once dry, and gave remainder of piece a light sand
  • Had my Farmer cut 2 new shelves, and trim new beadboard panel to required size
  • Cleaned piece thoroughly
  • Mixed my own custom colour of Country Chic Paint’s ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colours ‘Bee’s Knees’ (2/3) and ‘Fresh Mustard’ (1/3), and applied 3 coats to the body and exterior side of the doors ~ to achieve the bright sunny yellow I knew this piece had to have
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint’s ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Vanilla Frosting’ to the interior side of the doors, new shelves and beadboard panel
  • Lightly distressed areas with sanding block ~ for the rustic #farmhouse look I desired for this piece
  • Applied 1 coat of Country Chic Paint’s ‘Natural Wax’ to the entire piece  ~ for a buttery smooth and protective finish
  • Touched-up the original hinges with Country Chic Paint’s ‘Metallic Cream‘ in the colour ‘Belt Buckle’
  • Installed 2 new shelves, installed new beadboard backing, reapplied hinges, and installed new hardware where the locks once were

And here you have it — a once very ugly old gun cabinet, now the most charming multi-purpose cabinet, and it’s for YOU!  YOU decide how you’d like to use it in your home.

I’ve photographed it as an Ensuite Cabinet… however the possibilities are endless:

  • Linen Cabinet
  • Laundry Room Cupboard
  • Kitchen Pantry
  • Bathroom Vanity
  • Essential Oil Cabinet
  • Media Cupboard
  • Book Case
  • China Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
  • Baby Nursery Cabinet
  • Sewing Room Cupboard
  • Etc.!

Makes you wanna take a backroad doesn’t it?! Tear down some two-lane country! Who knows?!  Get lost and get right with your soul! <3

Makes ME wanna tell my sweetheart — I TOLD YOU SO! <3

I hope you visit again! My #farmlifebestlife awaits more simple living, generous loving and constant learning — graced with an abundance of country chic character and sweet imperfections, both for me and for YOU! ❤


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