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Vintage Curio Cabinet Makeover

Y’all it’s so exciting to begin each month with some of the best bloggers out there. The second Tuesday of each month is Trash to Treasure time where we share our latest creative adventures with you. You’ll see their projects in a bit. However, check out what I have for you today. I’m in the mood for a vintage curio cabinet makeover! {{happy dance}}

Vintage Curio Cabinet and Mirror Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My apologies to those who love this ridiculously silly faux finish they repeatedly did to furniture of this Mid Century Modern era. Actually, this is made of solid wood, but the manufacturers felt the need for a faux look. Unfortunately, to me, it looks like it has insect poo all over it…just sayin’.

Closeup of Faux Finish in Vintag Curio Cabinet | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The temptation is too great to not have super fun with this, right? I’m in the mood for a color makeover!

DIY TIME

First, I remove the glass in the front, the glass shelf, and the mirror from the back. All but one won’t be going back on. Then, you probably can’t see it, but this cabinet is dirty and needs a thorough cleaning. To do that, I use a vinegar/water ratio of 1:2. This make the surface prepped for paint and rids it of any residue. No blucky chemicals needed.

Next, it’s time for some color fun. I’m after some colors that are not my norm on here, but I love any and all colors. For whatever reason, fuchsia is  my vision for this piece. A blast of color that will tell a story. As a matter of fact, this is a brand I buy from a local mom & pop hardware store. The color is Gypsy Pink by The Real Milk Paint Co. Isn’t that color fun? It not only reminds me of my 80’s childhood, but also demonstrates there are so many wonderful colors in God’s creation.

The Real Milk Paint in Gypsy Pink | prodigalpieces.com

To use the paint, you just put equal parts water and powder in the canister and shake to mix. Easy-peasy! This paint is a medium that allows your artistic side to come out. Additionally, make it chunky or smooth, just let it tell a story.

Fuschia Milk Paint for Vintage Curio Cabinet | prodigalpieces.com

MORE PAINT

After that, I dig into my stash and pull out a set of colors to blend into even more fun. Ever tried to mix your own paint? It’s truly an adventure.

Mixing Custom Paint Colors for Vintage Curio Cabinet Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Red and Blue Paint Mix for Custom Color | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s a peek at the first coats on the vintage curio cabinet. woot!

Teal Interior of Mid Century Curio Cabinet | prodigalpieces.com

Meanwhile the paint cures and I work on cutting a new backing. It’s a balmy 12° high in our part of the world this time of year, so I limit my building during the winter.

Circular Saw Cutting Cabinet Back | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once the luan is cut, I add a wallpaper I’ve used in furniture makeovers before – this antique radio and this entertainment center.

Floral Wallpaper Backing for Vintage Curio Cabinet | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, before I call it quits, I add more layers of color and then finish with waxes for a protective finish.

Adding Fuschia Accents on Curio Cabinet Base | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Are you ready to see this vintage curio cabinet now? Meet my new hottie pink friend. Ta-da!

DIY Fuschia Curio Cabinet Set with Mirror by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #homedecor

Hot Pink Fuschia Vintage Curio Cabinet with Hydrangea Bouquet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #pink #furniture #midcentury

That color really spices up this boring, dated cabinet. I wasn’t so much against the glass in the doors, but I wanted to make this have less of a stuffy vibe and a little more fun. Yes, I altered the mirror because I staged this in my boys’ bedroom which is a scary sight…trust me. As a matter of fact, the mirror is in excellent condition.

Open Chicken Wire in Vintage Curio Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #furniture

However, since the mirrored back was damaged, the new backing adds a fun twist, plus makes for a great backdrop. Likewise, notice I kept the glass shelf. That way, the light from above can shine down through.

Open Vintage Curio Cabinet with Boho Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pink #furniture

Vintage Brass Curio Cabinet Knob | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture

Also, even better is that I had the perfect knob in my stash to finish off this knob-less piece. To tell the truth, if you’re not a stash kinda guy/gal, you should be because it pays off all.the.time.

Fuschia Vintage Curio Cabinet Set Wall Mirror by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #boho

Fuschia Curio Cabinet Makeover with Milk Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #diy #pink

With that, I hope this inspires you to have fun with your home story. Take that boring piece and make it come alive. If you’d like to make this vintage curio cabinet part of your home, you can find it and more available in my online shop.

  • Hot Pink Fuschia Vintage Curio Cabinet with Mirror available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #vintage #furniture
    Vintage Curio Cabinet with Mirror ~ $195

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Additionally, share and pin this makeover to inspire others too. There’s an adventure waiting for you!

A dated and dull vintage curio cabinet meets fuschia for a bold splash of color. Check it out by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #vintage

Then, up next, I’ll be taking this hilarious find and giving it my own style. Stay tuned!

Vintage Ceramic Butter Churn with Geese | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    How fun!! Such well done whimsy!!! Wow… 12 degrees?!?🥶
    Here in NC we’ve been going through all 4 seasons in a day!!!😳
    Have a GREAT week!! 😊

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! Yes, freezing my flabby fanny off and trying to stay positive. At least I don’t live further north! 😀 Thanks so much, Rebecca.

    • Larissa says

      bwahahaha! You’re welcome. 😀 Thanks for the love, Denise.

  2. Christy James says

    Ha ha insect poo? Those faux finishes were the worst! You gave this piece a whole new life and what fun colors, but I really love that wallpaper! Stay warm up there! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      “my eyes, my eyes!” a direct quote from Phoebe and that’s what happens when I see these finishes! haha! Thanks so much, girl. Fun to break up the winter blahs.

  3. Rebecca Payne says

    Gorgeous! I love the colors. Fabulous job.

    • Larissa says

      You are so sweet to say so, Rebecca. I had a blast! 😀

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t wait to dress it up. woot! Thanks so much, Nancy.

  4. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa!! Love the bright colors! You can’t help but smile when you look at it. I receive the Wagner craft kit. Thank you!

    • Larissa says

      YAY on both accounts! Thank you for the love and have fun with your kit, Cheryl. 😀

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I bad to break up the doldrums of the gray winter days.

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