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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cute Curio Project

Hello Ladies!
It's a cold rainy day here in the Pacific Northwest!  So it's a good day to cozy up inside by the fire, and work on a bunch of fun projects!
Today I'd like to share with you a cute curio makeover.  Of course I was a bad blogger yet again, and neglected to take "before" shots!  Let's just say that this cabinet didn't start out life looking very pretty!
But this is what she looks like now, after several coats of Heirloom White (what else?!), and some decoupaging.
 I found her a few weeks ago at the thrift shop, just begging for a transformation!  The poor thing was a really ugly wood tone, and had a horrible, super shiny varnish on!  Ick!  After lots of sanding, followed by priming and painting, she was feeling oh so much better!  I distressed a bit around the edges to give her even more character.  I knew as soon as I spotted her, some vintage sheet music had to become part of her makeover.  Luckily, the entire back portion was easily removed, so I was able to decoupage it with some vintage sheet music from my collection.
 I'm taking her to my booth tomorrow, but today we had fun doing a little photo session with some of my favorite treasures!
 The Eiffel Tower makes me smile each time I see it, as it's a wonderful reminder of a trip to Paris!  The little cream porcelain dish behind it is from a girlfriend, and the cute vintage hobnail pitcher was also a gift.  The little boy you see on the right is actually a pin that my sister gave me years ago.  I really love it.  It's covered in vintage buttons.  To the left of the little boy is a mini tart tin from Germany, another thrift shop find (hmm, I see a pattern here.....).  I've been transforming some today into magnets, but thought for now it would look cute perched on the shelf!!
 These sweet little birdies were found at another thrift shop.  Can you believe that I spray painted them, too?
Yep, I just couldn't resist!
 I think she is so much happier now with her new look!  And I am, too!


Debbiedoos said...

She sure is a cutie Pie. Love the sheet music too.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a cute transformation! There must be a shortage of Heirloom White paint!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh she's a beauty, Donna!!! AND I love that Eiffel Tower too! lol

Musings from Kim K. said...

The sheet music adds the perfect touch. I hope she finds a good home!

Myric said...

I absolutely love what you did! I was planning to do the same with my white shelves and put blue toile background,but I never thought of this!! Awesome!


Debbie said...

I love her all gussied up and pretty, Donna.
How do you part with such great pieces???
I love the previous post about your wonderful tags, too.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I have a real good idea what it looked like before. You have made it beautiful.

ShabbyESP said...

Hello Donna,
Love the cabinet makeover!!!
All your things looks so cute in it, won't it be hard to part with it?
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment.
I am from Traverse City and my grandmothers house is in Cedar, have you ever heard of them?
Enjoy your day!!!

NanaDiana said...

Really a cute cabinet now that you have gussied her up! And I love that it is really a memory keeper of sorts! Hope you are having a good week- xo Diana

Leo said...

Came out great. Love the vintage music sheets. Very pretty!!

john said...

Looking good girl ! good luck at your booth tomorrow and have a fab weekend !
Gail x