Since deciding to spend Saturday sitting beside my bff’s pool drinking special Fresca’s (that’s Fresca with vodka, don’t knock it til you try it, it is very refreshing), I’ve been feeling guilty because I don’t have any fabulous new content for the blog. I have several projects underway in the Carriage House, but none are quite finished. I didn’t want to bore you with another gardening post (although I do have one coming soon). So I came up with a brilliant plan! I’ll begin a new ‘column’ on the blog sharing some of my furniture rehabs from the pre-blog days.
I’m starting with this darling radio cabinet that became a wine cabinet.
Unfortunately, prior to the blog I often neglected to take before pics. But this was your basic gutted radio cabinet. It was empty inside and was open in the back. Originally there would have been a huge radio inside (‘cuz back in the day, they were huge. Remember when we thought boomboxes were portable, ha!)? I think there may have been a turntable inside as well because the top opened.
I bribed Ken into helping me with this one, probably with wine. He built the shelves which were modeled after the wine storage in my pantry (which he also built). He was able to tuck them into place with the top off. Once that was done, he attached the top permanently using dowels and glue.
I tested this out and one could store over two dozen bottles of wine in here. Not bad.
I used one of my fave stencils on the front.
Back in the day, I mainly painted with homemade chalk paint. Basically flat or satin latex mixed with Plaster of Paris and a little water. I had great success with it, and I still use it some times. It won’t give you the chippyness of milk paint, but it is budget friendly and you have endless choices for color.
I love the detail at the bottom of this cabinet. It needed to be glued up a bit when I got it.
So the next time you see a beat up radio cabinet at a garage sale (or heaven forbid, at the curb), think outside the box and turn it into wine storage!