Wavy glass and a skeleton key lock, are revered characteristics for an old hand-me-down curio cabinet. After repainting it, odd features popped out, such as the wonky door. Then there’s the skinny handle that doesn’t quite cover the hole carved out for the lock. I don’t mind that it has a few flaws. It’s like smile lines. I wouldn’t have them, if I were not surrounded by happy things that make me laugh.
I had to apply three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in old white to cover the old black paint. When I finished painting and sanding, I decided not to add wax. The flat matt look of the paint is soft, casual and perfect for what I had in mind.
On a side note, I wanted to point out my orchid, which has a new bloom. This is the first time I have sustained an orchid long enough to bud and bloom. With more buds developing, I might add. Thrilled!
The hand-me-down curio cabinet before.
The curio cabinet was moved into the kitchen as the industrial bookshelf was moved out. The brightness added to the space was immediately noticeable. Although, once I had the cabinet in place, it looked too plain. I contemplated stenciling something on the glass, but no I couldn’t do that to the wavy glass. Then I considered stripes going down the side… too busy. Then I thought of the wooden letter on the front door. With a fresh ribbon, I hung it in place looping the ribbon over the top of the door, to a hook hidden on the inside.
The wooden letter is painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in olive.
Next came the booze, glasses, napkins and a few books. One shelf was dedicated to a wooden box holding a prized bottle of MacKinlay’s Scotch whisky, (which is a story in itself for another time).
I wanted to capture a photo of the wavy glass since this is one of my favorite features of the piece. The only way to make it visible in a photo, was to convert it into a black and white. See the shadows the glass makes towards the bottom portion? Sweet!
Ready for cocktails!