How can I make over this curio cabinet?


I bought an iron & glass curio cabinet from Ikea 10+ yrs ago & the doors fall off very easy. I want to update. Remove glass sides, shelf top, bottom & back & add wood for a more "farmhouse" look. Got any inexpensive ideas? I also need doors.

q tired of glass in curio cabinet
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  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 01, 2020

    Hi Angela, I know you could chalk paint it a lighter and cheerier color, and that would change it up really nicely. Keep the glass shelving but put a peel and stick finish on it in a color or pattern you prefer. You could leave it doorless, or you could try to build some wooden doors for it, but I think it would look great without them.

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    • Deb K Deb K on Feb 02, 2020

      Maybe some wood doors for it hen to close it up

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 01, 2020

    Take the doors off. Buy a piece of barnwood paneling and cut that to fit over the glass shelving. Leaving some of the glass on the sides will allow light to naturally enter in sides. Spray paint the metal a country blue or green depending on your decor and what works with what you have. That would give it a country look. Run as many electrical cords as possible behind this unit. Command hangers make excellent cord holders.

    • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2020

      I was also thinking of replacing the glass on sides, top, bottom & shelves with shiplap. Leaving back open for light somehow. But the glass makes it so heavy.

      Leaving iron black. Like lanterns. I need doors to protect what’s inside. Thank you for the help!

  • It looks like the frame is metal; you might have a tricky time adding doors unless you have tools to machine the metal. Maybe consider a country style worn crate to slide into it.

    • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2020

      This is what I was thinking of doing. Sliding it into a wooden, something. Leaving the back open for light. I definitely need doors to protect what’s inside.

      Thank you!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 01, 2020

    To construct custom fit wooden doors for this unit, you are going to need a table saw. Do you have one already?

    • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2020

      No I don’t. Just circular saw & hand saw. Thank you.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 01, 2020

    I would spray paint the metal in a light, bright color. Consider leaving the doors off. Any replacement doors that are attached in the same way are going to be a problem like the original ones. Bins or baskets that slide in would give you a more country feel.

    • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2020

      Thank you for your help! I will definitely be using bins & baskets!

  • 516maria 516maria on Feb 01, 2020

    Maybe leave top open and put an expansion rod with a curtain of your choosing, on lower part ,,, , burlap is very trendy now

    • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2020

      Thank you...I use burlap through out my home! Love it!

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 02, 2020

    I found that by painting the inside of the shelves a nice glossy white (the sides and back) that it naturally made the area somewhat lighter. It also made cleanup easier. If you got a motion sensing light that would be a nice touch. That way when the doors were opened it would automatically come on.

    • Angela Angela on Feb 02, 2020

      Oh great paint & light ideas! I love them! Thank you!