Upcycled Curio Cabinet Makeover


Winter is a tough season, isn’t it?  With the freezing temps and tons of snow we get in Indiana, I don’t do as many furniture makeovers.  So I try to get creative in other ways – like with projects small enough to do in my house where I can stay nice and warm.  🙂

This piece was just the right size for an indoor makeover to start getting me back into the groove.  What really grabbed my attention on this little curio cabinet was the curves on the doors and the skirt underneath.  Plus, the condition was perfect (although a little dated) and the $35 price was definitely appealing.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

** Guys today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day with some of my creative blogging friends – see their furniture makeovers at the end of this post.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I use and recommend.

Here was the plan for this curio cabinet makeover:

  1. Remove and ditch the light
  2. Remove and replace the mirrored back panel
  3. Remove and replace the glass sides and shelf
  4. Add visual interest to the doors
  5. Add height
  6. Paint

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

After flipping the cabinet over, it was obvious that the legs couldn’t just go in the four corners because the front didn’t have a 90-degree angle.

How to add legs to furniture:

My husband, aka Guy in the Garage, stacked and glued some scrap wood in place to match the height of the skirt.  He then screwed two triangle brackets into the back corners (from Home Depot) and two square brackets in the front (from Lowe’s).

The brackets cost almost $10 for all four and the legs we chose were about $20 for all four (from Lowe’s).  You can definitely choose chunkier or taller legs and the price will increase quickly.  I liked some other legs but they were $12 a piece which was out of my budget since I’m planning to sell this cabinet makeover.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

I had wood pieces cut for the back panel, sides, and the shelf.  Hammering the back panel on was easy with little finishing nails.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

A lot of options for the doors went through my mind but ultimately I chose this aluminum sheet in the Cloverleaf pattern from MD Building Products (learn more Here).  I have been wanting to try this product out since meeting the reps at the Haven Conference last summer (for DIY and decor bloggers) and finally had a reason now.  Woot!

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

I traced the glass from the doors onto the aluminum with a Sharpie and it cut easily with tin snips.  (The metal edges are pretty sharp though, so be careful!)  Again, you can read more about this product and see all the other patterns and sizes available Here.

All the new pieces fit thankfully, and next up was painting everything in Old Ochre Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (separately) and then reassembling it all back together.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

And here’s the new and improved curio cabinet makeover…….

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

I did forget to mention that I sanded by hand and distressed it to make all those pretty lines and curves more noticeable.  I made quite the mess in my kitchen.  😉

The old hardware was also replaced with a new, vintage-looking pull that was on clearance.  The color was spot on, I didn’t even have to paint it.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

A few more photos (that I took in 25 degrees yesterday, haha)…

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

.DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

The side panels fit just right where the glass used to be.  I prefer the closed look myself.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

And here’s a look inside.   The glass is still there on the doors, helping to hold the metal in place.  The metal panels are actually removable if someone just wanted plain glass on the front.

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

Here’s one last before and after for this petite curio cabinet makeover that got about a foot taller:

DIY curio cabinet makeover with Chalk Paint. How to add legs to furniture. By Girl in the Garage

As always, please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by!  Let me know what you think, if you’ve done something similar, or what you might’ve done differently.

I’d also love if you’d Pin or share this post with others.  It’s easy to do from the very top or bottom of the post.

Thank you!   Jen

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Now it’s time to see what my friends have been up to for this month’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day!

Furniture Fixer Uppers - Feb. 2018

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After photos and to learn how they did it.

Furniture Fixer Uppers - Feb. 2018
1. Just the Woods
2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
3. Prodigal Pieces
4. Petticoat Junktion

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  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    February 22, 2018 at 4:37 am (9 months ago)

    It’s a whole new piece, Jen, and you literally took it to a whole new level. I love it!

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  2. Debra Wise
    February 22, 2018 at 9:01 am (9 months ago)

    Gorgeous! Love it much better than the original. Great vision for this piece!

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  3. gwen
    February 22, 2018 at 9:43 am (9 months ago)

    love the added legs, they really give it a new purpose. the wire mess leaves it open, yet more closed and the added wood on the sides just seems to make it more functional! great job!

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  4. kandice
    February 22, 2018 at 11:24 am (9 months ago)

    this came out fantastic! and it seems to be a month of whites for us (except kathy 🙂 ) . and i giggled about the mess you made in the kitchen hehe. I need to try those decorative tin sheets!
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  5. Jan Cole
    February 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm (9 months ago)

    Cool Beans!!! Loved this make-over! Great creative idea! You ROCK Jen!

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    • Jen
      February 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm (9 months ago)

      Haha! Thank you Jan! 🙂

      Reply
  6. ROSE LEFEBVRE
    February 22, 2018 at 1:01 pm (9 months ago)

    Another really great makeover!! You really hit it out of the park.
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    • Jen
      February 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Rose!

      Reply
  7. Rose
    February 22, 2018 at 3:11 pm (9 months ago)

    Love the change, but I would have the legs shorter like halfway from what it is.

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  8. Vickie
    February 22, 2018 at 6:09 pm (9 months ago)

    Love your ideas Jen, it turned out beautifully!

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:39 am (9 months ago)

      Thank you so much Vickie!

      Reply
  9. charlene hansen
    February 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm (9 months ago)

    This has to be one of your top 5 in my book! Love the staggered legs (closer in front than in back) which adds some interest. The height makes it so much more accessible. Congrats!

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:40 am (9 months ago)

      Wow, thanks so much for the compliment Charlene! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Laura
    February 22, 2018 at 9:08 pm (9 months ago)

    Very cute!

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:39 am (9 months ago)

      Thank you Laura! 🙂

      Reply
  11. Sharla Harvey
    February 22, 2018 at 9:42 pm (9 months ago)

    Stupendous makeover! I love this one more than any I’ve seen!

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:38 am (9 months ago)

      Thank you so much Sharla!

      Reply
  12. Bonnie Hipps
    February 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm (9 months ago)

    Beautiful piece, what a great vision. Could you please tell me how you did the shelf, thanks!

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:33 am (9 months ago)

      Hi Bonnie- There was a glass shelf originally, held in place by little pegs in holes. I had a piece of wood cut at the hardware store the same dimensions as the glass shelf, sanded it really well, and then painted it. It sits on the same little pegs as the glass shelf did.

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      • Bonnie Hipps
        February 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm (9 months ago)

        Thank you

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  13. Kathleen Walsh
    February 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm (9 months ago)

    i love what you did to that little cabinet adding the legs did it for me ! Just beautiful. Was It any special Color ?

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:38 am (9 months ago)

      Thank you! The color is Old Ochre by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

      Reply
  14. Holly
    February 25, 2018 at 11:16 am (9 months ago)

    **Sigh** I just love this cabinet now – makes me swoon just looking at it 🙂

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    • Jen
      February 26, 2018 at 9:32 am (9 months ago)

      Awww thanks so much Holly!

      Reply
  15. Sue Addison
    March 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm (8 months ago)

    Very nice makeover on this piece. I never would of thought of adding legs.

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  16. Marie
    March 10, 2018 at 11:24 am (8 months ago)

    Oh my goodness, Jen, this makeover is absolutely beautiful! Such a good call adding tall legs and replacing the glass with the decorative metal. I’m sure this stunner sold quickly. Pinned

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  17. Kathy
    March 30, 2018 at 2:45 am (8 months ago)

    This makeover is stunning! I’m new at this and was wondering, what is the trick when you paint the shelves (front white and top blue) to keep the line between the two colors perfectly straight? I’m getting unevenness and not sure what I’m doing wrong. Thanks again for all your b4 and afters. They are all awesome!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks, Kathy! I think you’re referring to the radio cabinet makeover where the shelf was blue and the edge was white like you mentioned. First I painted the top and bottom of the shelf blue, and then after that I painted the thin edge white with a little roller brush and not much paint – just several thin layers so it doesn’t get messy or drip onto the blue. You could also use yellow FrogTape over the blue when you’re painting the white if you want to be extra careful. Hope that helps!

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