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!