Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Curio Cabinet Upcycle

I wish I had a picture of this curio cabinet before I started taking it apart. Yikes, it was rough. But for $2, how could I say no? I had no idea what I was going to do with it until I started making my January Decorations and needed something to add a little depth. That's when the lightbulb went off--that beat up curio would make a perfect niche for my reindeer!

Here's what you need:

Wood filler, spackle or paintable caulk
Craft wood trim
Wood glue
Valspar Primer
Rustoleum Black Satin Spray Paint


Remove doors, shelves and hardware from the curio cabinet.

Fill shelf notches and holes with wood filler, spackle or caulk. I used spackle for this project (that was all I had on hand) and it worked fine. Sand until surface is smooth and wipe down.

Measure and cut wood trim with a hobby mitre saw and attach it to the curio using wood glue. You can find trim in the wood crafts section at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.

Apply a coat of primer and let it dry according to the instructions (I let mine dry overnight).

When primer dries, apply several thin layers of spray paint, letting each coat dry completely before applying the next one. Stop applying when the curio is covered completely and evenly. When the paint is dry, it's ready to display!

What do you think?

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.


  1. It really looks like you spent a lot of money on that display! So pulled together and professional. :)

  2. What a great idea and tutorial. Love the blog and am following you as well!

  3. So lovely!!! Love reindeers! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Have a fabulous week!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    1. Of course I'll visit you Ana! Thanks for stopping by:)

  4. How clever! It turned out wonderful - it looks store-bought. I love your blog!

    I host a link party every Thursday - I'd love you have you join and share this.

    Thank you for the great post!


  5. Great job! It looks brand new. :-) I found you through the LLR linky party. If you have time, I would love for you to check out my blog. (www.justdoityall.com)

  6. Love it all, silver and black one of the best combos out there


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