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Curio Cabinet Makeover DIY and Holiday Sneak Peek

Curio Cabinet Makeover DIY and Holiday Sneak Peek

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So I have been super busy this weekend making over this curio cabinet, decorating my home for the holidays and building barn doors for my kitchen pantry all while growing another human being inside of me and chasing after a 2 year old. Cannot wait to share with you my barn door DIY tutorial, but until then I would like to share with you how I made over my curio cabinet. And because I happened to finish the curio cabinet while also prepping for the holidays… you get a little sneak peek of my Holiday dining room decor.

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My mother gave me this antique curio cabinet years ago. She used to be a shabby chic fantatic, but she decided to branch out to more modern decor. And, as always, I adopted this poor little piece of orphan furniture . Here is how it looked before I got my hands on it.



There was nothing wrong with it, but it did not really go with the vibes of my decor. It just wasn’t my style. So. I thought if I painted it grey, it would give it more of a contemporary look.


It still wasn’t working for me. Then, I got some inspiration from a photo I found on Pinterest. The piece was a transitional hutch painted blue with mirrored doors.

Materials Used

    • General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue

  • Sherwin Williams “Riverway” – diluted with water for “whitewash” effect applied on top of Milk Paint layer
  • Rust-Oleum “Mirror Effect” Spray Paint- for glass piece
  • 1 piece of lattice- to create wood work over glass piece/mirror
  • Miter Box- to make proper cuts for lattice
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter’s Tape- to tape off glass when spray painting

So, first I painted the curio cabinet in “Persian Blue” from General Finishes
milk paint line. To give it more depth and character, I then decided to paint it in Sheriwn Williams “Riverway” using the whitewash technique. I diluted the “riverway” with some water and applied one coat of the mixture.

I had a  mis-hap while trying to shove newspaper behind the detail work covering the front of the glass…a portion of the wood detail broke and I said to hell with it! I started ripping the rest of it off and went about my business. It was kind of gratifying, and I never liked it anyhow.

To get the mirrored effect, I had the brilliant idea of using “mirror effect” spray paint from Rust-Oleum shown below.

materials curio-1

I thought the paint would actually allow for a finish identical to that of real mirror. I was sadly mistaken. Once it dried, I realized it was not a literal solution but, as it is labeled, a mirrored type of “effect”…. more of an abstract concept, to my disappointment.

Curio Cabinet-1

See what I mean? It doesn’t bother me too horribly, but one day I will replace it with a custom cut of mirror. Until then, I will look at it from only the best angle and pretend it is a mirror.

For the wood detail over the glass/mirror type surface, I glued some thin would pieces I got from Home Depot. My sweet husband made the cuts for me with his saw. Power tools freak me out! Of course, before I placed it on the cabinet, I painted it with the blue combo I refered to (“Persian Blue” Milk Paint from General Finishes and Sherwin Williams “Riverway” applied in a whitewash technique. )

And voila! You now have a coastal-contemporary curio cabinet.

Curio Cabinet-2

And here is a sneak peek of my dining room being prepped for the holidays.

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To see the full holiday tour, you will have to come back . Now get out there and design some good vibes!!

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My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...


Sunday 29th of November 2015

It looks fresh and cozy. Great job!

Designing Vibes

Sunday 29th of November 2015

Thank you so much, Aimee!


Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Visiting from Just a Girl and Her Blog! I love this makeover - it's really beautiful!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Thank you so much, Chelsea!


Tuesday 24th of November 2015

I love your drapes - can you tell me where you got them or where to purchase the fabric?

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Thank you so much! I got them at Homegoods a few months back.

Brenda/ Gi-Gi Allen

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Erica your cabinet is amazing! I am inspired by all of your work. Good luck with the little ones, and have a Blessed and Happy Holiday's! I look forward to your next post,

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Thank you so much, Brenda. That means so much to me. So glad you found my site. Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!

Mary-the boondocks blog

Thursday 19th of November 2015

Erika I think it looks great! Such a big improvement from before. You have brought it into the 21st century.

Designing Vibes

Thursday 19th of November 2015

Thank you so much, Mary. I am sure antique loyalists would want to kill me if they saw this. haha!