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 [easyazon_link identifier=”B002BWOS3K” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover[/easyazon_link] (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on because I want to go ahead and paint over the metal hinges the same color, since they were originally painted in the outdated same hunter green color.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 [easyazon_link identifier=”B00V2JIQFE” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]small black decorative hinges[/easyazon_link], 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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Brighten Up Your Outdoor Living Space


Hopefully all the spring rain has dried up where you live and you are ready to dust off the grill and get outdoors.  If you are like me, we spend most evenings out on our deck in the spring and summer and we host barbeques and parties quite a bit during the warmer season.  We grill almost every night and enjoy the backyard.  So, I really have a bright and cheerful outdoor living space and this year we added a heavy duty metal pergola cover with a canvas shade for added privacy and to keep it cooler in the summer heat. Today I want to share some ideas for bringing color to your outdoor living space to make it party-friendly and inviting.


  1.)  Add some bright paper lanterns for a pop of color overhead and for lighting after dark.

2.) Bring in an unusual piece of furniture and use it in a unique way- like this sewing table converted into a plant stand. And paint all furniture a bright color! Now is the time to find curbside treasures that you can upcycle into something new for your outdoor living space!

3.) Flowers and plants are the easiest way to add color to your deck or patio. Add a flower box or fill up the corners of your area with varying heights and colors of flowers.

4.) Additional seating in the yard with multi colored chairs.  These adirondack chairs come in different colors at most home stores but you can also paint those cheap plastic chairs in different colors if you are on a budget.  Or old metal chairs are super easy to spiff up and paint.

5.) Use bright colors of rugs, pillows, and home decor accessories to decorate your outdoor living space.

6.) If hosting an outdoor party- add some whimsy to your event with yard art, garden sculptures or PINWHEELS are always loved by guests!

7.) Paint your backdoor a bright color.  This will freshen up your space and make your entrance to it inviting.  This can also be done with a connecting garage door or backyard shed door.

8.) Make your own patio furniture.  Use old tires painted a bright color to make a coffee table or large planter on your deck or patio.

9.) Add a water feature to your space. This creates ambience with a soothing sound and also can actually make your space cooler. Remember to keep it clean and keep bug repellent or citronella candles nearby. Water can attract bugs if not maintained.

10.) Finally, DIY your own bird bath.  I love this simple idea of purchasing inexpensive pots painted and turned upside down to create a cheerful bird bath that will surely attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. Try it!

Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today.  Now, get outside and decorate with color for your next event or barbeque!

Feel free to stop by any of our shops if you need some summer PARTY DECORATIONS or PINWHEELS!






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DIY Chalkboard Sign & Tray


I love this idea for a party sign.  Use it at a party standing upright with a HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment and then erase and use around the house all year long!

Here is the step by step tutorial on how to DIY this chalkboard sign and tray-

What You’ll Need:

  • Wood Tray
  • Chalkboard Markers
  • Black Chalkboard Paint
  • Acrylic Paint (any color)
  • Ribbon (any color)

Step 1:

Paint the outside edge and inside edge of the tray with the paint.

I used Aqua!

Let the paint dry completely.

Step 2:

Paint the inside of the tray with black chalkboard paint.

Let it dry completely.

Step 3:

If using as a sign for a party, just add your birthday phrase and stand it upright at your party table.

After the party,  use as a tray and add a postive inspirational quote.

The phrase can be changed on a regular basis. Just erase with a warm damp cloth and write something new and add some doodles too! Short quotes or even a new phrase for every holiday is perfect for the sign or tray!

Here is an easy way to put add professional looking text onto your chalkboard!

Step 4:

Print out the desired text at home on printer paper.

Step 5:

Use the side of the chalk and fill the back of the paper, so it becomes chalk carbon paper.

Step 6:

Place the paper on the tray and trace the letters with a piece of chalk.  Or you can even trace over the letters with a pencil, since you are only making an imprint of the letters. This will give you  more precise lines.

Tape or hold the paper in place so it doesn’t move while writing.

The imprint is a bit messy but it’s easy enough to trace over with the chalk marker.

Step 7:

Next, trace over the chalk imprinted lettering with your chalk marker and let it dry completely.

Chalk markers are so much fun!  Keep in mind, they are wet paint and can take a while to dry.

Step 8:

Let the chalk marker dry for about 30 minutes. Then wipe the dry chalk off the background with a dry cloth and hang in the house with a ribbon or anywhere at your party.

Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today!


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