Repurposed Tea Holder — Upcycled Transformation

We LOVE to up-cycle and repurpose!

We help out in a small non-profit bookstore and we serve coffee, hot chocolate, and tea.

The bookstore is in a very small room so we have to be very creative and organized with our space.

In the bookstore, we needed a way to display tea bags and we had discussed making a holder.

Well, to be honest, I wasn’t feeling the whole build it from scratch thing.

So, I set off to the thrift store to see if I could find something that we could repurpose and up-cycle to display our tea.

Happy to say, I found a small curio cabinet at the very first store.

It was the perfect shape and size, but it had dated etched glass on the side and glass door on the front.

Overall, it was an easy project.

Tools and Supply List:

  • Curio Cabinet
  • Flat Head Screwdriver (to pry apart backing):
  • Needle nose pliers (to remove any staples or nails):
  • Small Phillips Screwdriver (to remove hinges):
  • Loctite GO2 glue:
  • 12″ sheet of sheet metal:
  • Scissors
  • Rust-Oleum Transformations Decorative Glaze (Java Brown)


I cut apart one of the doors I removed and created a little stopper for the tea bags by attaching it to the front. I attached the piece with finishing nails and glue. Unfortunately, this process was an afterthought so I didn’t video it. Sorry.

We would love to hear what you think.

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