Gun Crate Turned Coffee Table

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I have been on the hunt for an authentic gun crate for some time now.  I want to work some DIY magic on it and turn it into a rustic {and also awesome} coffee table / storage chest.  I love my stores like Homegoods and World Market, but if there is ever an opportunity to have something authentic as a piece in my home, I'm all for it.  And this is no exception.  Sure, I could go out and buy a pre-distressed, industrial-style trunk to use as a coffee table, but how cool would having something with so much character be instead??

After seeing the size and details of a Mosin Nagant crate {a Russian rifle} at our local sporting goods store, I couldn't stop thinking about it.  The store wanted $150 for it, which I was not about to pay.
I dragged Matt all around Austin to different military surplus stores, and stalked Ebay and Etsy until I finally realized that they are a little more rare than I had originally thought.  Fast forward a couple of months, and said sporting goods store is wanting to make space in their store and needs to sell the crate.  Time to strike.  Matt ended up surprising me one night when he came home with the crate hanging out the back of my Jetta - and he scored it for a mere $70!  I definitely was not expecting that!

I thought I'd share some "before" shots of the crate with you all {please do your best to not look at all that other crap in our garage} - although, I'm not sure how different the "after" shots are going to be just yet.  I don't want to remove all of the paint and markings, but I do want to sand it down a bit, maybe clean up that hardware and fix the inside to be a nice holding place for some extra blankets or throw pillows.  There isn't much of a need to make it "rustic" looking - as you can see, it already has that going on {there's even a very real screw sticking out of it that needs to be removed}!

I'm looking forward to working on this crate + creating a unique piece for our family room with it.  Keep an eye out for an upcoming post {not sure when, but upcoming} showing the finished product in our space!

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