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on because I want to go ahead and paint over the metal hinges the same color, since they were originally painted in the outdated same hunter green color.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!

 

10 Easy & Cheap Party Table Backgrounds

10 DIY EASY & CHEAP TABLE BACKDROPS

Today I am excited to share the easiest party table backdrop you can create- even if you have no crafty skills.  Plus, its CHEAP!  Who does not love cheap and stunning?  If you can open a package of paper plates and roll out some tape- you can do this! Literally, that is all you need- plates and tape.  No need for instructions here, I think you will get the gist of how to put these backgrounds together, simply from the photos. So, here are ten amazingly easy paper plate backgrounds to install at your next party-

Let’s start with super easy!  These two backdrops above only required a few plates.  They kept it simple by arranging them randomly and spreading them out on the wall. I love the simplicity of this party backdrop but also how fast it would be to put up.

Next up are easy rows of square plates – start with your lowest row, just above your table first, and line them up in perfect rows above. Bam! Simple and fast. Use all the same color or mix it up with alternating colors of square plates.

Same concept as with the square plates, but instead, use round plates.  This one above has overlapped each silver plate slightly to give it a more scalloped and 3D appearance. I could so see this in green and blue for a Little Mermaid themed party- doesn’t that remind you of ocean waves and mermaid scales?! It’s whatever your theme is- go with it!

This white plate background really makes a statement and the use of different alternating colors of paper behind it (use small 8″ x 8″ squares of paper) or you could buy a cheap large vinyl polka dot tablecloth and simply cover the large dots with plates to get the same backdrop of multi colors behind your plates. Plus you won’t have to peel tape off your wall- just tape your plates to the tablecloth and toss it when the party is over!

I’ll leave you with some sunshine.  This one took a bit longer as each plate has been fringed around the edges.  Yes, this can be done easily with fringe scissors. . . you can actually buy these fancy scissors at a local craft store.  They are amazing and you can diy so many other creative party decorations with them.  The added paper plate banner on the front of the table really pulls this whole setup together for a cheerful summer party!

So, what are you waiting for- go get some bright paper plates and design your own party table backdrop!

And if you need additional party decorations, stop by any of my Etsy shops below by clicking on the links-

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

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How To Create A Party Backdrop

HOW TO CREATE A PARTY BACKDROP WITH PINWHEELS & PAPER FANS

Today I am going to show you three easy ways to create a party table backdrop using paper or tissue hanging fans or what many like to call “pinwheels”. . . which I will correctly define right now-

These spinning fun designs above are actually PINWHEELS

And these circular paper or tissue designs are actually HANGING FANS

I just had to clear that up. . . whatever you call them is fine but the one question I am asked often is what do you do with them or how do you display paper and tissue fans at a party? Today I am going to offer some instruction and inspire you to create a party table background or a photo backdrop with your hanging fans.

Oh look- here are some pinwheels and hanging fans displayed together!

While there are plenty of DIY tutorials on how to make these hanging fans –

There is not much available instruction on social media explaining how to actually get them on the wall to display.

There are a few different ways to put them up that are super easy.  So grab a cup of coffee- or tea – or wine and let’s get started!

The easiest way to display them is to simply hang them- they are technically called, “hanging fans” so this is the most common way to display them. You can hang them directly from the ceiling or you can use a curtain rod or tension rod to hang them.  Generally just using tacks and pinning them to the wall is easiest way to get them stationary on the wall- if you don’t need them floating out from the wall.   However, if you prefer not to add holes directly to your wall you can use the Command pee-able strips.  If using the Command strips, your fans will probably not be reusable though, as they will most likely be damaged and ripped when you pull them off the wall- so keep that in mind.   I prefer the method shown below of using a freestanding background board.

There are lots of different materials to use- if you are only doing a very small area, a large cardboard or white foam board backing would be okay, as long as you are not adding too many fans like this one below-

When using some type of board backing, weather it be wood, a sheet of drywall, or foam board- it is the easiest way to put your display together because you can actually assemble it on a table or floor.  You can either use sewing pins or flat tacks if using cardboard or foam board but if you are using wood or a heavier material, you’ll need to use a glue gun and hot glue your fans.  See how this larger wood backed fan display was all laid out on the floor and all the fans were hot glued down before putting it up-

And here it is installed-

I definitely recommend a heavy wood or drywall board if you are creating a large display background like this or your are going to layer it with many fans.

However, if your area is small enough, you can also use a large picture frame

You can see the corners of the black picture frame in the set up above.   You can even go to your local thrift store and buy the largest picture or painting, no mater how ugly it is, as long as it is large and framed and just cover it with fabric by wrapping it around the front and stapling the fabric to the back or spray paint the whole thing one color- pick a color that matches your dominate color of fans. If it has glass- you can either paint right over the glass, with a glass paint or remove the glass and replace it with cardboard or foam board- and foam board comes in an array of colors, so you could go with a color that matches your party color scheme.

This is another way to display fans- add them to long wood stick stands or floor poles, shown here in this jewelry company promotional product display, and simply stand your fans up behind or on the back of your party table-

So there you have it- the how to on getting your fans up and displayed at your next party!

If you are not into making your own hanging fans or need me to help you with a party backdrop, feel free to browse all my shops by clicking the links below-

Thanks for stopping by today!