Curio Cabinets / July 18, 2018 / Jeanne Goulet
If you have a collection of smaller books you can stack books and use them as bookends for taller books. I would stack them with the bindings out so you can read their titles; and put taller books upright in graduated heights from tallest to shortest or tallest in the center and tapering off to shortest on each end. Add some of your objects d art among your books like colorful vases pots or figurines; this is especially effective if you have travel books and objects from the region the books depict. Inserting pictures paintings and the like is also a good idea to add color and interest. These inserts will help with elevations of your display for instance a taller vase alongside a shorter sized grouping of books or a short vase on top of a short stack of books next to a taller line up of books.
The wood can always be restored to its original state by stripping and re-staining it. The wood can be sanded down to remove stains chips or nicks and the piece can look as good as new 30 years from now. You can use mineral oils and spirits on your wood to give it life and restore its original glow. The mineral spirits will bring out the color of the wood stain and help to preserve the curio cabinets beauty. When you are selecting the perfect curio keep in mind that this may be a part of your family for generations to come. Keep the style and personality of the piece of furniture unique to your own. The curio cabinets lifetime will not be only spent with you but hopefully other generations as the decades pass.
Some designs are modern while some are ethnic looking and others look elegant and classic. If you want the cabinet to be the main attraction in the room then you should display it in an area where it is easily seen and you should decorate it with tiny little collectibles or large intricately designed pieces to magnify more attention. When you want the cabinet to be the focal point of a room the first thing you should do is to identify what sort of items you will put inside. Examples if you will decorate it with tiny figurines then you dont really need a big cabinet. A tall glass curio cabinet with glass shelves will workout well. If you plan to put bigger pieces on the other hand you have to consider getting a cabinet that is bigger in size.