Small Curio Cabinet

I recently found this small curio cabinet at a garage sale.  It was in pretty rough shape, about 28" wide and 17" high, but it was only $5.  Of course,  I bought it!
The wood has a deep grain and splinters easily.  I'm guessing it's made of ash, since it has some weight for its size.
The hardware also was not in great shape and since the wood was so dry,  I was hesitant to remove it.  I tried polishing it and the hinges shined-up nicely, but the latch did not.  I decided to spray paint it with antique gold paint instead.  
After cleaning, filling, repairing, and sanding the entire cabinet, it got two coats of black chalk paint.  Since the wood grain was shining through, I decided to distress the edges and embrace the rustic look. 
Two coats of polycrylic sealed the paint and then it was time to work on the back.  
A 'pop' of color was in order for this little gem, so I decided to decoupage some colorful napkins on the back.  Before I got started, I painted the wood white and drew pencil lines for all of the shelves.  I wanted to know where to place the seams so they wouldn't show.
Once the lines were drawn, I got to work with napkins and Mod Podge.  For my decoupage technique and tips, click HERE. Here's a peek at the back:
When the decoupage was done, the back was reattached to the cabinet and it was done.
Here's a close-up of the distressing:
See that grain in the wood?
Here are the latches:
One more of the background:
I'm pretty happy with my $5 cabinet.  I'm not sure if it should sit on a table/dresser or hang on the wall.  Any thoughts?
What great garage sale finds have you found lately?  I've got a few more that will be showing up in future posts, so be sure to come back for those makeovers!

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Comments

  1. wow! Great choice of pattern against the dark paint. Looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Audra. I really wanted it to 'pop'. So glad you stopped by.

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  2. The after looks amazing! Love the brass hardware! laura
    PS Sharing on next weekend's The Weekend Edit over at Everydayedits dot co

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  3. Ann, what a great find and an even better transformation. The perfect example of Rescue, Restore, and redecorate. My favorite part may be the gold hinges. Thanks so much for sharing at Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It was humble, but I love a challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  4. Wow, that turned out amazing! I would have bought that too!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you, Tania. It was such a bargain, I couldn't resist!

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  5. Ann an amazing project. Love the inside it turned out beautifully. Love the color against the black. Such a fantastic find

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I've had those napkins for a while and was excited to finally use them on a project. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  6. What a cute cabinet! You restored it beautifully! I love the background!

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    1. Thank you, Candice. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  7. So I'm thinking it will look beautiful no matter where you keep it. What a great makeover...and $5.00? What a deal!!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I've found some great deals this garage sale season. I'm going to hate seeing the season come to an end!

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  8. I love it when someone can turn a piece of ugliness into a thing a beauty; great job. As a pink roses fan, I just loved your results!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. It definitely came a long way!

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  9. What a difference! I LOVE the decoupaged napkin you used too.

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    1. Thank you, Marie. I just love when a piece can be transformed. I'm so glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  10. The decoupage adds so much to the cabinet. Very nice. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! --Jennifer

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  11. WOW!!! What a wonderful transformation!! This is a perfect example of what can be done with pieces that some people will just throw out!!! Beautiful!! Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. It always amazes me to see what a little paint and TLC can do for something.

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  12. Stunning transformation!
    Have a great weekend,
    Kippi

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  13. What a great find for $5--lovely upcycle! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  14. Love how your cabinet turned out, Ann! I'd hang it but it looks like if it were flipped over, maybe it was the top of a buffet at one time??? Love the floral paper on the back... So pretty! Happy to feature your post at this week's Share Your Style #219, thank you. <3

    Keep cool,
    Barb :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Barb. It's a bit of a 'mystery piece'!
      Heading over to your party now!

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