Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Radio Cabinet Revamp

Sometimes you find the good, the bad, and the ugly when you're on the hunt for a cute piece of furniture.  You definitely have to be able to see the inner  beauty.  I love the bones of this vintage radio cabinet, but she had seen better days for sure.  Unfortunately parts of her were too broken to be repaired so I just removed them and went from there!

*pic heavy post!! ;)


 I ended up just removing the top piece and adding a basket for storage.  I also had to remove the veneer from the front as it was peeling and warped and could not be glued down again.


Isn't she goooorgeous?!!  Of course, this is my completely unbiased opinion! ;)

 The color is Covington Blue from BM.  It's the perfect blue/green, soft and subtle.  I glazed it with straight stain (Dark Walnut) and then washed it back a little with mineral spirits so it wasn't quite so dark.  I just slightly dampened an old rag and started rubbing.  At first it looks like it's taking all the stain off--don't be scared.  Just keep working it.  You can always add more or take more off.  I don't really like the streaky look when glazing and using mineral spirits gives you a lot more control when using stain.

 I was inspired by these cute knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.  Now I want to put them on everything!  The only problem is they are not technically a knob and, even though, they would be adorable on a dresser or something that gets high use I'm not sure how practical they would be for that. 

 I firmly believe it's all in the details and this is one of the great ones. :)

 I absolutely love the beading detail on this front panel.  I actually did the first coat in cream and then rubbed through the blue to expose it.  I love how it makes the beading "glow".

 So lovely!!

 I used a sanding block and my paint scraper to distress.

I had my hubby cut a back for the cabinet and then used this fabric to line it.  It's such a sweet little detail.

Featured by:
Robin @ Fluster Buster
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Brooke @ Start at Home
Rita @ Suburbs Mama

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  1. Oh it's beautiful - LOVE how the " knobs " tie in to the distressing, it's just perfect!!!
    And that little touch of paisley is gorgeous!
    What a beautiful makeover :)

  2. OMGoodness Lisa, she is GORGEOUS! I can't begin to tell you have talented you are!! I really really do wish we were neighbors....LOL! You know I'm pinning. Enjoy your evening, Gail

  3. SOOOOO pretty! I want to find a pretty piece to do now :) Those knobs are awesome too. Perfect for the piece, and thanks for giving us the tips on glazing. :)

  4. Wow Lisa, this one is just stunning! It's a very cool cabinet and the color and knobs are just perfect! I really love it!!!

  5. I just love this piece and how you re-purposed it. The color is perfect and those knobs are adorable. I love the paisley print. Lovely!
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  6. What a lovely updating on an old radio cabinet to useful and beautiful storage.

  7. I love this piece. She has beautiful details and you picked a great color!

  8. I've been perusing your site...I'm completely jealous of your furniture makeover prowess. :) New follower!


  9. Hi Lisa,
    O.M.G. Your transformation is beautiful. Love the color, distressing technique, and of course, the "knobs"! I'm painting/transforming a vintage wooden dustpan (I think that is what it was) into a magazine rack, using a similar color to your radio.
    One day, I'll work on larger pieces....
    Altered Artworks

  10. Oh so very GORGEOUS! Wonderful, I love everything about it!

    Faye (MacGIRLver)

  11. oh yeah, TOO fabulous! LOVE the knobs, I just discovered the bins of knobs at HL the other day, can't wait to need some!

  12. Wow! This is soooo gorgeous! Great job. I love everything! The color, the knobs, the details. Fantastic and fabulous! Very inspiring.

  13. Welcome! I'm so happy that you stopped by to party with us. I love what you've done here, the color is inpiring! I hope that you'll be partying with us again.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  14. Wow, fabulous job! The colour is gorgeous too. Jo :) x

  15. It turned out so soft & pretty. I had to do a "double take" at the before & after pictures. The color choice, knobs & fabric work perfectly together. Well done, Dee from My Painted Stuff.

  16. I love everything about this makeover. The color, the knobs, the fabric inside. You are so talented! Thanks for the inspiration. I just happen to have one of these old cabinets in my upper garage :) Blessings to you, Patti

  17. You just really have to have a good eye to realize something will turn out that fabulous
    and I love Hobby Lobby's knobs and really everything in that store

  18. Gosh! I REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS!!!! Oh...it is precious....it would be perfect in my house. Love the knob you chose for it. What a talent you are!

  19. Adorable!!!!

    Shelly with MinettesMaze.blogspot.com

  20. I love what you did with this piece. Great re-purposing.

  21. Yes, gorgeous!! Just popped over from Homemaker on a Dime to see your beautiful cabinet. Absolutely love the color and all the pretty detail!

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

  22. hi Lisa, it's just beautiful. I would love to have a Hobby Lobby here in Australia. The handles are perfect for your cabinet (or the other way around). I have a painted furniture link party tomorrow. would love to see this linked up.
    cheers Fiona

  23. Love the cabinet makeover! Thank you so much for linking up to my linky party. Hope to see more from you next time.

  24. Love it! This turned out beautiful! The color is perfect for this piece!

  25. I love it! Too bad the detailed top piece couldn't be saved, it would have been a neat detail. It's gorgeous the way you did it, though :)


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