Faye from Farm Life Best Life saw the hidden beauty in this discarded piece of furniture and brought it back to life with Fresh Mustard, Bee’s Knees, Vanilla Frosting, Natural Wax,
and Belt Buckle Metallic Cream!

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

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?!” 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:

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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 ~ 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 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 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.

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

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

  • Linen Cabinet
  • Laundry Room Cupboard
  • Kitchen Pantry
  • Bathroom Vanity
  • Essential Oil Cabinet
  • Etc.

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

“Trust me sweetheart” transformation #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #homedecor #chalkpaint #yellow #storage #cabinet #farmhouse #shabbychic #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Makes you wanna take a back road doesn’t it?! Tear down some two-lane country!

Who knows?! Get lost and get right with your soul!

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

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! ❤




Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, Web Designer, and Shabby Farmhouse Chic Furniture/Decor Hobbyist. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving, and constant learning — my farm life best life. I spend my late nights (and every spare moment I can find) restoring and transforming furniture & decor from sad and bleak to shabby and chic! Filling OUR home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections!

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!