Welcome, beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing how I brightened up this cute glass cabinet I found at the thrift store for $10:
I wanted a bright white look for this piece, so I started with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton chalk mineral paint:
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I taped off the glass with FrogTape since I was unable to remove it. I removed the tape as soon as I applied the second coat, while the paint was still wet.
Distress & Seal
When the paint was dry, I sanded liberally to get a really distressed look for this piece and sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin using their sponge to apply it.
Add fabric to the back
To add fabric to the back, I made a pattern with paper first:
I used my cutting mat and rotary cutter set for the straight edges and my fabric scissors for the curvy part at the top.
I attached the fabric the same way I attach it to the insides of drawers or the front of drawer panels, using matte Mod Podge as a glue, applying it with a chip brush. I did not apply the Mod Podge over the top.
And that was that!
This fabric started out as a set of curtain panels I found at Homegoods a while back, my favorite source for pretty decor fabric!
I love that it has a pattern, but it’s still neutral.
This would be perfect for displaying the smallest of treasures!
What would you use it for?
Crossing off projects from lists never gets old!!
If you missed any of these makeovers in this photo, you can see them at the links below:
Grandma’s Footboard Repurposed
Drawer Front Repurposed
Stinky Dresser Makeover
Cottage-Inspired Drop Leaf Side Table
I’ll be back next week with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing a new purpose for this cabinet door:
UPDATE: See how I repurposed this cabinet door HERE now!
I’ll leave y’all with this sweet moment I caught on camera of my oldest, Jack and little miss Lyla:
She is doing well aside from some eye issues for which she is on antibiotics. She has a follow-up tomorrow, so hoping for good news. She is the sweetest ever!
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Mary Kaiser says
That is so beautiful now. I am so glad you did this piece in white, and I love the fabric you used on the back, its beautiful! You will never hear me complain about the beautiful white you use, it always gets my heart pumping fast. I just placed an order on your Etsy shop I have never used any of this paint line. I have been wanting to order it for a long time but haven’t gotten to it till now. I can’t wait to get the order!!! Thanks for the inspiration once again, it is beautiful!
Thank you, Mary! I love that you love all the white! Me too!! Thank you for your order too…you’ll love this paint! XOXO
LOVE this cabinet!!!! Very Frenchie!!! Made a ho-hum into Wowser!!!
Love that Jack!!! I see he has a way with the ladies!!! Cute kitty!!! Love tabbies!!!
Thank you, Addie!! Jack is SO sweet with that baby girl!! XOXO
Love it, Christy! I’ve been looking for a piece like this myself. You always display your projects so well when they are completed. Love the fabric! Thx for sharing.
Thanks so much, Michelle! Staging for photos is a lot of fun! XOXO
Christina in SW FL says
Beautiful little cabinet Christy! I think it would look great in the bath with little accessories in it. Not unlike what you created. Or the kitchen for pretty spice jars.
I love the photo of Jack and Lyla. May Lyla have a wonderful vet visit. Only good news. 🙂
Thanks, Christina! Oh yes…absolutely! Jack is so sweet with Lyla…I think she may have some permanent damage to one of her eyes, but she seems like a happy healthy kitty otherwise. Thanks for the well-wishes! XOXO
Janice Holt says
What a beautiful little cabinet. Love the fabric on the back and you distressed it just the amount to look great. Never disappointed. Sweet pic of your son and kitty.
Thanks, Janice! I’ll admit I may have been looking for somewhere to hang this in my own home ha ha. Lyla seems to be doing well! XOXO
Beautiful cabinet makeover. I would use it for my vintage perfume bottle collection. I have a small cabinet in my stash to make over and you have inspired me to start it. So glad your fur baby is doing well. Such a sweet picture!
Thank you, Kellie! That is the perfect purpose for this cabinet! Lyla is so sweet and Jack just loves her to pieces! XOXO
Christy, what a lovely piece; absolutely beautiful. I have a wall-clock in a case that looks a lot like your glass cabinet. The poor thing has resided underneath one of our beds for a number of years. I would like to do what you did and give this pretty cabinet a new lease on life. I will have to remove the clock which should be fairly easy but how do I add shelves? Any ideas? Can it be done? Any help you can offer would be greatly and most appreciated.I love ❤️ your blog and find it most inspiring.
Thank you SO much, Shirley! I LOVE that you are inspired by what I share!! You can most certainly add shelves. You’ll need to cut the wood for it or you can measure and have the guys at Home Depot cut it in the sizes you need. Then you can add them by using a nailgun from the outside, or by using a few small nails and a hammer. Turn the clock on its side, insert the shelves where you want them and hammer in from the side. Does that make sense? Hope so! Good luck! XOXO
Gorgeous cabinet. Sweet pet photo.
Thank you so much, Phyllis! XOXO
Thanks for keeping us up to date on the kitty.
You’re welcome, Sandra! She came to us with one of her eyes pretty much crusted shut. It looks so much better now, but she may have some permanent damage in that eye. Other than that, she acts like a perfectly healthy happy kitty, so hoping for good news tomorrow! XOXO
Lori Troxclair says
Thank you for teaching me how to change my home for the better !! I’ve painted furniture, lamp bases & I’m absolutely thrilled !! Lori from Thibodaux, La
I LOVE that SO much!!!! Seriously, Lori, that is the best compliment ever…thank you!! It is amazing what a little paint and imagination can do! Keep it up! XOXO
Laura Minor says
Another beautiful piece. You are so creative.
Couldn’t get the link to Dixie Belle sponge to come up. How do I find this sponge?
Thank you, Laura! So sorry the link wasn’t working. Here is a direct link to the sponge and I updated them in the post as well: https://www.etsy.com/listing/693460480/dixie-belle-sponge-applicator. XOXO
LISA BROWN says
What a precious pic of Jack & Lyla…praying all goes well with her 🙂
Thank you so much, Lisa! XO
Cheryl Atkinson says
That is the sweetest picture of your son and the kitty. She is gorgeous. I have a cabinet similar to this that i’m not using at all right now. I would love to find some fabric like this and give it a makeover. What makes you decide to use Cotton or Fluff?
Thank you Christy!
Thank you, Cheryl! She is the sweetest and Jack just loves her. What a good question! Sometimes it is the fabric that I plan to use as in this case. I liked the Cotton better with this fabric than the Fluff. Cotton is a true bright white and requires one more coat than the Fluff since the Fluff does have a little bit of pigment in it. So if it is a larger piece, I might go with the Fluff. XOXO
Wow! This is so beautiful! I love the curvy top and fabric backing. As I’m writing this I’m looking at a flatware box that is siting on the table waiting to be lined with fabric. This gives me some inspiration!
Thank you, Micah! Sometimes we need a little encouragement to get things done! XOXO
Denise - salvagedinspirations.com says
Totally gorgeous Christy…love it! XOXO
Aww thank you, beautiful friend! XOXO
Another WOW,but Jack & kitty ❤️❤️. Hope for good news from Vet.
Thanks, Margie! Aren’t they just so sweet?? Thank you for the well-wishes…fingers crossed this time! XOXO
Ange Mills says
That was such a sweet photo of your baby and your fur baby ❤️❤️❤️
Aww thanks, Ange! Jack just loves her to pieces! XOXO
Love it. I might put tea cups in there. Or holiday collectibles. Change it out for the season. Or all my candles!
Thanks, Roberta! Those are great ideas, especially changing it out for the holidays! XOXO
I love that fabric! This is such a pretty makeover, Christy. Come on, how adorable is that photo of Jack and Lyla! Glad to hear she is doing well.
Thank you, Marie! HomeGoods curtain aisle for the win ha ha! Aren’t they so sweet? She seems like a happy healthy kitty aside from one of her eyes. She came to us with an eye issue and she’s been on eye ointment. Hoping she checks out ok aside from that! XOXO
Debbie in TX says
Thanks to your magic, this little cabinet is now a stunning piece. Adding the fabric to the back made all the difference, and it is simply beautiful. I would put some photos or small beachy items to display on the shelves, those are just my faves.
What perfect timing on the photo of Jack and Lyla — so precious!!
Thanks, Debbie! I love the idea of filling it with precious photos and beachy things. That is probably what I would do too! I’m so glad I captured that sweet moment! XOXO
Olivia M. Medina says
This is a great makeover. I love the fabric. I’m going to have to start looking at curtains for inspiration.
That is such a sweet pic of your son and the kitty.
Love your ideas!
Thank you so much, Olivia! The curtain aisle is my favorite fabric resource for home decor. I love that picture too…Jack adores her! XOXO
So pretty. I love it.
Thank you, Lizzy! XOXO
Kathy Bowles says
This is so stinking cute! I am totally jealous of how you get things at such good prices at your thrift stores. This would never be $10 here in TX the DFW area!
Thank you, Kathy! We have a ton of thrift stores in our area, but some are definitely better than others! There are some that are so pricey, I won’t even go to them! XOXO
Beautiful little cabinet, Christy! But I am a fan of all your furniture make overs!😊. The pic of little Lyla & sweet son Jack is definitely frame worthy❣️ I’m keeping ypu in my thoughts & prayers that she continues to heal. She is just so pretty!
Aww thank you so much, Patty! Jack is so sweet on Lyla! She had a positive vet visit today. Looks like her left eye had some trauma to it before we got her, but she can finally open it all the way and it looks like it is trying to heal! Thanks for the prayers! XOXO
Lorri Rauscher says
First of all Love the way finished this treasure. I have one somewhat like yours.I have not refinished it because it goes with my furniture.I have my small Royal Doultons in it. They look so cute in there. I also love your pic of yr son and Lyla..That pic is a keeper😍Arent kittens the cutest❤
Thank you, Lorri! That is a great use for a little cabinet like this! YES! Kittens sure are the cutest, but even better when you capture them being so cute with one of your babies! 😀 XOXO
Robyn Wright says
I LOVE IT!!
I’m so glad you like it, Robyn! Thanks!! XOXO
Kathy A says
Fabulous job! It inspires me to get going on a desk drawer than I want to redo to go over the toilet in the bathroom and display some figurines in. If I was clever, I would have gotten a cupboard with a door–to keep the dust out! I, too, love using fabric items for non-intended uses–I have “wallpapered” a dollhouse with calico prints and used a trimmed down shower curtain for a tablecloth. Used another one to make gorgeous gift bags!
Thank you, Kathy! It sounds like you are very resourceful…that is a great trait to have! I hope you got started on that drawer! XOXO
Cecilia from Georgia says
This is such a treasure! Love the fabric you used for the background. I would love to have this to display my mother’s little ceramic shoe collection. XOXO
Thank you, Cecilia! Aww this would be perfect for something special like that. XOXO
Rose Lefebvre says
I love this piece. I have something like it that I may be brave and renovate it!
Thank you, Rose! Be brave!! XOXO
JAMALA WALLACE says
You just keep rocking these makeovers!!! I love this one!!
Thank you so much, Jamala!! XOXO
I always love all of your make-overs Christy. They speak to my heart!!
I appreciate you linking up at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. Pinning to our party board.
Thanks so much, Kerryanne! XOXO