Oak Curio Transformation


A client of mine had this old dated oak curio cabinet for years, it was a piece she had bought with her husband when they had first gotten married, so it held a lot of sentimental value to her.  She had wanted to keep it, but didn’t know where else to use it in her home.  I had suggested that she re purpose it for maybe linens or towels, or maybe use it in the dining room to hold dishes, glasses, etc.  She loved the idea of putting it in the dining room for her extra platters, baskets, etc.

We decided that an off white with a glaze over it would be a perfect finish for the room that it would be going in.  We wanted to keep it light and bright.



This is just after sanding it down. I took off all the doors and hardware since I wasn’t going to be painting them.  I used my Ryobi  palm sander and some sanding sponges.




After a couple of coats of Polished Pearl in flat matte finish by Behr



Here is a detail of the carving and the distressing I did before I applied the final glaze.






I didn’t go crazy here, just the edges and the high spots.










And here is the final result! I brushed on Valspar’s Mocha glaze after I distressed the entire piece, and then quickly wiped off the excess with a rag. I kept some of the excess in the cracks and crevices.  I finished with Minwax clear wipe on poly to finish.


Needless to say, she was thrilled and so was I. The piece now looks timeless and could work in any room of the home!

Tell me what you think!


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