Today I’m sharing a little display cabinet and it’s journey from drab to fab.
I found this adorable pine display cabinet in a resale store that I frequent. It was a bargain at $5.00, and I couldn’t pass it up! The little display case was solid wood and I thought it had potential to be a great piece and then of course, it sat in the garage for a few weeks.
From Drab to Fab!
This is a simple project to do. I know you’ve seen pieces like this and wondered about them or maybe you have something sitting in your garage just needing an update.
Here’s all the steps to update your piece!
- Pry the back off – take care not to damage it too much
- Remove the cobwebs!!
- Fill the nail holes with wood filler and let it dry.
- Sand the entire piece with medium sandpaper, it should only take about 5 minutes or so on this small piece.
- Apply 2-3 coats of paint – I used my DIY chalk paint, but any paint would work fine.
- Sand to distress if you want that look, don’t be afraid, if you sand too much just paint on another coat.
- Seal with wax or a polyurethane if you like. I use Annie Sloan clear wax. I love how smooth the finish comes out.
- Cover the back with spray glue and fabric or just paint!
- Reattach the back, I used the same nails! Is that lazy or frugal?
- Find a perfect location and load it up with pretties!
Blue Ridge Pottery Collection
These berry bowls are just a few out of my collection of Blue Ridge Pottery. Many years ago I would collect every piece I could find. Since then, I’ve downsized to about 50 pieces, all berry bowls. There are hundreds of different patterns and all are hand painted.
The berry bowls are my favorite and the first thing I ever collected. I love the colors and the hunt for a different pattern is always fun, plus they are really affordable.
The pattern in the top right was the Ricardo’s pattern in the black and white ‘I Love Lucy’ episodes! Just in case you were interested!!
I’m hoping to have a place to display some of my Blue Ridge Pottery in our new house!
Burlap was my choice for the backing for this little jewel. I like the way it accents the distressed areas and the texture is enough pattern without overpowering the items it will display. It did take a heavy layer of spray glue so the textured burlap would stick. There were several other backings I considered including wallpaper and even stenciling a fun pattern in each of the little squares, but I think this was the right decision.
The display cabinet could be hung on a wall but I think it would be nice on the counter in the bathroom with containers for all the essentials. Where would you use a piece like this?
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Until next time!