I love finding inexpensive items at thrift stores that I can transform into coastal decor. This wall curio cabinet went from blah to bright with paint!
This is a great way to display sea shells, sea glass, and drift wood pieces. Starting with a thrift store find keeps it a budget friendly project.
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Welcome to the monthly Thrift Store Challenge! I’m happy to again join the monthly challenge! Each month participants are challenged to:
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to
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Most of my sea shells are in baskets which is a good way to use them for decor, but it’s not such a good way to see individual shells. I sorted through some of my shells and found small ones that would fit nicely inside of this curio cabinet.
Coastal Wall Curio Cabinet
This wall curio cabinet is one that I bought a couple of years ago at my local Goodwill. I has been in my storage closet for a while waiting on a makeover. To be honest, when I bought it I didn’t think about how small the items would need to be to fit inside of it and once I got it home I realized that I didn’t have a clue how I was going to use it. That’s why it’s been tucked away so long.
The first thing I needed to do was to clean the cabinet. The wood wasn’t too bad, but the glass was pretty filthy. I used Dawn dishwashing liquid and a lint free cloth to clean the glass and the wood.
After cleaning it, I taped off the hardware. I would have preferred to have removed them, but they didn’t have screws.
I covered the glass with card stock to avoid getting paint on it. The card stock is taped down with painter’s tape. Before spray painting the cabinet, I gave it a base coat by hand.
After the base coat was dry, it was time for the first coat of spray paint. I love this shade of paint. It has a nice coastal look to it. I’ve had good success using Rust-Oleum Chalked Serenity Blue. (affiliate)
I gave it a second coat of paint and allowed that to dry overnight. The interior of the cabinet was a little tricky to paint, but I found that starting with the cabinet open and laying flat worked well. Once that coat was dry, I stood it up and touched up any missed spots.
When using spray paint, it can be hard to avoid getting paint in spaces you don’t want it. I sprayed some paint on card board and then used a brush to paint the interior door trim.
I also used a small craft paint brush to touch up around the door pulls after I had removed the painter’s tape.
After all of the paint was dry, I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Topcoat (affiliate) in matte to give it a protective finish.
Once the curio cabinet had its pretty new look, I sorted through my sea shells to find ones that would fit into each nook. I did lots of rearranging before deciding on the final layout. To keep them in place, I used small dots of hot glue.
I used a combination of collected shells and bags of shells that can be purchased at craft stores or online. A few drift wood pieces and sea glass are added in as well.
Once I had it all together, I decided that I wanted to give it a bit of a weathered look. I used medium grit sand paper around the outside edges, just enough to allow a little of the brown underneath to show through. I also added a starfish to the top using hot glue.
This is a perfect addition to our coastal guest bedroom. Considering that I bought the curio cabinet for only $2.99 and that I had the paint and shells on hand, this is definitely a budget friendly decor piece.
Don’t overlook those thrift store pieces that you aren’t sure what to do with. If it’s priced right and it got your attention, in time, inspiration will come for how you can use it.
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Sea Shells In Thrifted Wall Curio Cabinet
Supply List for Wall Curio Cabinet Makeover
- Thrift Store Find Wall Curio Cabinet
- Card Stock
- Painter’s Tape
- Spray Paint
- Small Paint Brush
- Protective Finish Spray
- Sea Glass
- Drift Wood
- Sand Paper
- Hot Glue
Many of the decor items in our beach styled guest bedroom have been thrift store find makeovers. If you love coastal decor on a budget, have a look!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!