The Curio Cabinet Makeover Details


I promised y'all the makeover details of the antique curio cabinet several weeks ago. After being very busy with other projects I finally had time to write this post.

This is the finished look.

This is how the cabinet looked in the antique mall.

I normally work on my projects in the house so I put down a protective cloth. We removed the back boards and took out the shelves and I got to work.

The back boards were covered in this green silk which had faded over the years.

I painted two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Greek Blue. This was my first time using this color. I wanted the ironstone to pop against a bold color. 

The blue was a bit bold for me so I decided to paint the exterior in French Linen in Annie Sloan chalk paint and leave the interior blue.

I sanded some of the French Linen to show the blue underneath.

I wasn't sure what fabric I wanted to cover the back boards with and decided to use a grain sack.

When Mr. Savvy a.k.a. my handyman got home from work one day I asked him to attach the fabric since he is better at things like that than I am.

I love how the grain sack background turned out.

I painted the decorative piece and then rubbed Rub'n Buff in Antique Gold over it and sanded some of that off.

The doors and drawers were painted with ASCP in Graphite.

I left the original wooden knobs as they were. It was fun finding that those are pegged. We had never seen knobs attached that way before.

The legs were painted in Graphite and then French Linen over it. Then I sanded the legs a bit. You might be able to tell in this shot that the sides of the drawers have a slight curve. This piece had some really good workmanship.

The whole cabinet was waxed with clear wax and buffed.

You can see the original reveal post with more photos here.


  1. It looks fantastic, and so much more appropriate for your decor than the original color.
    I'm glad you kept the original knobs!

  2. It looks SO good, I love the drawers and doors in the graphite! I have never seen pegged knobs either! Beautiful piece.

  3. I love it! Love the layers of color...and the ironstone stands out beautifully on the blue...of course the grain sacks are amazing!!

  4. Love your cabinet. Love your ironstone. Sheila

  5. The makeover of the cabinet was truly amazing!...I love how you kept the inside blue and then toned down the color with the French Linen on the exterior!...yes, like Mr. Savvy stated, the best piece of junk you ever bought!

  6. Love what you did with this vitrine. Just curious why you didn't paint the inside of the two doors? Ironstone tureens are fabulous and what I collect also.

    1. That wood was in mint condition and it won't be seen anyway.

  7. This looks fabulous. I love the colors. The rub n buff really brings out the detail.

  8. I love your choice of paint colors Kim and the addition of the grain sacks! Beautiful. ♥

  9. What an awesome cabinet to display your ironstone! You have some great pieces! I'm having ironstone envy!😍 Do you actually use any of your ironstone? I use mine, but haven't used my tureen.

    1. I have some large serving bowls I use and I like to use the pitchers as vases for flowers.

  10. So pretty Kim. You did a wonderful job reloving this cabinet. Your ironstone looks so great in this piece. Have a good start to the new week.

  11. Wow Kim! I love it even better after seeing all these details! I love all the different layers of paint. The grain sack backing is perfect. Your ironstone collection looks great in this cabinet. What a great piece!

  12. It turned out great Kim. Love the color combination.