Curio Makeover Into Craft Storage

Curio Makeover Into A Craft Storage Cabinet

Today I am so excited to share this quick makeover project I worked on last weekend. I picked up this mini curio with a door and drawers at a local thrift store for under $5.00 and transformed it into a fresh and bright craft storage desk organizer.  I also love the idea of using this as a space saver for a smaller party or get-together for displaying your party decorations and tableware.  Check it out-

Let’s get started. You really only need two items for this project – a thrift found wood cabinet and spray paint.  I love the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover (its paint and primer in one can) and I’m partial to high gloss as it really makes your bright colors pop.  Plus this paint bonds to plastic and metal as well.   It is my absolute favorite brand of spray paint for all my projects for my home shop- ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS, and any diy projects for my own home . . . and no, I am not being paid by Rust-Oleum for this blog post – I just love their product!

Let’s get started with the tutorial for the makeover.  First, I removed all the small hardware and screws.

  I love this little wood curio because it has a black metal scroll decorative design on the front door, so I want to keep that as original and add it back on the cabinet, unpainted, once I finish the makeover.  I left the door on because I want to go ahead and paint over the metal hinges the same color, since they were originally painted in the outdated same hunter green color.  Generally, this is not recommended.  I found some nice small black decorative hinges, that I may order and replace, to match the black scroll front.

Next, I washed everything in my kitchen sink, since it was a thrift store find – I wanted to get all the dirt and dust off of it and sanitize it.  I let it dry for about an hour before painting.

Finally, I moved everything into my garage and used a big assembled cardboard box to spray paint the mini curio. Remember to open your garage doors for good ventilation.

I’m not the world’s best spray painter and normally I recruit my husband to help me out with this part of any makeover project but this paint is so wonderful, it’s hard to apply, without it looking perfect.  I sprayed the top of everything first, applying light coats about 6 to 8 inches from the top of the surface working in quick, short horizontal rows of painting.

Then, I flipped everything over and painted each side. I applied several light coats (don’t worry about getting perfect coverage on your first pass of spray painting, since a few light coats are recommended) on each side and let it dry about 20 to 30 minutes, after each coat, before applying a new coat of paint.  Several light coats helps to prevent getting too much paint in globs in any one area and to prevent dripping.

I also didn’t worry about getting complete, perfect coverage on the bottom of the drawers and inside the drawer insert areas, since they would never been seen once the drawers are inserted.  After I painted each side a few times, I allowed it dry over-night in my garage. There were quite a few imperfections in the wood on this little cabinet, so keep in mind lighter brighter colors will show those imperfections more than a darker paint color.  Still I think this contemporary makeover of the mini cabinet is fresh and way more fun in this bright key lime green.

Now, I have a bright and colorful addition to my work studio!

Oh, you know I have enough craft supplies to fill it up!  I love it too because it is small and does not take up too much space on my work desk but it also has deep drawers.

A small curio cabinet like this one would be great anywhere in the home, I could see it in the kitchen for keeping your favorite spices near the oven, in the garage for storing bolts and nails, or even on display on your party table for housing all your serving utensils and sweets at your next celebration.

Feel free to stop by my Etsy shop, THE PARTY FETTI SHOP for all your party decorations.  Everything shown in my photo above is available in my shop from party hats, straws, candy cups, and custom made to order pinwheels available in my other shop – PINWHEEL PRETTIES.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to makeover a small decorative piece for your home or next party!


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Pinwheels At Parties


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Pinwheels are the best  party decorations at any celebration, wedding, birthday party, or corporate promotion event ! They are so versatile as favors, as a table centerpiece display, as cupcake toppers or a cake topper, and even on party hats – so many ways to use them!  Today is a roundup of pinwheels at parties.  Enjoy!


Pinwheels in a vase make a whimsical and stunning statement as a table centerpiece.

pinwheel cake topper

On top of a cake as a decorative cake topper.

Pinwheel Table Centerpiece

Vintage style pinwheels in pretty pastel painted mason jars at a Fairy party. Fun!

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Pinwheels in a rainbow of solid bright colors as a table backdrop or display – so fun and cheerful at this Carebears party!

Pinwheel Party Favors

Twirling pinwheels in candy filled vases are yummy and pretty to look at on the party table.  Plus, they won’t blow over outdoors.

Pinwheels on tiny glass jars

Neon pinwheels on tiny glass jars – fill them up with candy or colorful beads.

How to make pinwheels

And now our very own Ready Set Craft Kits shop is offering fun DIY Pinwheel Kits.  Perfect as an activity with the kids or make some for your next event or party!


And of course, it is not too early to plan for your 4th of July celebration and add some custom made red white and blue pinwheels for an added patriotic decoration at your July 4th barbecue or gathering with friends and family! What a way to say, BOOM!

Stop by any of our shops for your 4th of July decorations or to add some pinwheels to any event!






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Pom Pom Crafts



There is really no step-by-step instructions to make a pom pom garland.  Its so easy, all you need is pom poms, an embroidery needle with a large opening and string or baker’s twine.

Felt Garland DIY

Simply thread your needle and then pierce the middle of each pom pom and pull your needle through the other end of the pom pom. Easy! Deciding which kind of pom poms to use for your garland or any pom pom crafts will probably be the hardest part.  Pom Poms actually can be handmade or store bought in a few different materials.

felt poms

Felt poms are more dense and are a bit more difficult to hand make.

pompom fairy garland

Yarn pom poms are the most common and are the easiest to make by hand.  You can simply use your fingers or purchase a pom pom making tool, which makes it go much faster.


Cotton poms are available to purchase and come in a variety of colors.  We offer the COTTON POM POMS in our READY SET CRAFT KITS shop.


Some cotton pom poms also have added metallic tinsel which really gives them a whimsical pop!

Now for some cool crafts all made with pom poms –

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Make little cupcakes with larger yarn pom poms.  Tread your cupcakes onto twine and make a cupcake garland!


Glue some pom poms, any style, onto a wreath form and make a pom pom wreath.


Add poms to your drawer pulls on a dresser or cabinet.  Why not? Just use a heavy duty glue and glue them on top of some regular pulls.


Brighten up a pillow with some added sewn on pom poms.


Make a whole darn rug out of pom poms.  Ooooohhhh – I can just feel that super softness squishing under my toes!


Make a door hanger.  Add some bells for a door knocker!


Add them to party hats.  FUN!

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And of course more garlands, in all styles and shapes and sizes. These are great for a fiesta or Cinco de Mayo!



Add some bright poms to found sticks or floral wire and display them in a vase as a table centerpiece of pom pom flowers. Perfect in the home or at a party!


Hang your pom pom garlands vertically and make room dividers or curtains with them for some added color in your home.


I am actually kind of obsessed with pom poms and I keep several glass jars of them in my studio. When I’m having a bad day, I just put my hand in the jar and squeeze.  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.  Yeah – I just admitted that!


Pom Poms as cake bunting. Don’t have time to make your own? We offer them in


Now go make something fuzzy and fun!  Thanks for stopping by today for some crafting inspiration.

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