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Make a curiosity cabinet
Turn a bookshelf or old cabinet into an antique curiosity cabinet!

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  • How to make furniture. Curiosity Cabinet Diy - Step 2
    Step 1

    Old cabinet or shelf
    Metallic paint marker
    Ornate plastic mirrors (got mine at the 99c store)
    Sander, Jigsaw & Dremel
    12" x 24" 1/4" thick plywood and 1" screws
    Americana Matte Decoupage
    Book pages
    Americana Decor Maxx Gloss in Patent Leather
    E-6000 Glue
    Americana Glazing Medium and Americana Acrylic color you like
    DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush

  • How to make furniture. Curiosity Cabinet Diy - Step 3
    Step 2

    1. 2. & 3. With your jigsaw, cut out the front panels and carefully remove old handles and glass
    4. Sand the entire piece to remove cracked paint and warping
    5. 6. & 7. Create a pediment pattern for the top, cut in 1/4" plywood, sand and attach to the top with 1" long wood screws
    8. & 9. Remove the mirror from the plastic frames, cut into 4 equal pieces and clean rough edges with a craft knife
    10. Glue them in the corners with E-6000 Glue and tape them in place while they dry
    11. & 12. Mix the Maxx Gloss and paint the entire face and sides of the cabinet (not the inside)

  • Step 3

    Watch the video tutorial

  • How to make furniture. Curiosity Cabinet Diy - Step 4
    Step 4

    13. 14. 15. & 16. Coat the inside with Americana Decoupage, mist the book pages with water and apply to the cabinet walls and sides.
    17. 18. & 19. Using a soft cloth, add the Metallic Luster to the ornate corners and new drawer handles
    20. & 21. Edge the cabinet, drawers and details with a metallic gold paint marker
    22. Add the new drawer handles
    23. & 24. Mix the Americana Glazing Medium with equal amounts of water and about 15% acrylic paint and then glaze over the decoupaged book pages.
    Fill with curiosities!

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Spencer M.
Spencer M.
Edward J.
Edward J.
It will look great in my old room, thanks for those images. I love cabinets Happy

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