upcycled radio cabinet.

Remember the gutted, legless radio cabinet that I snagged at the White Bear Lake Trash to Treasure Day?

the freebies

It’s sitting on top of the sewing table at the back.  Here is a close up.

radio cabinet before

It is not made out of a pretty wood.  And the carved details look like they were added later to me.  The finish has an odd appearance.  All of which make it a great candidate for paint.

I just happened to have a few legs lying around, so I asked Ken to attach them for me.  I only had two of the prettier legs, so those went on the front, and two plain tapered legs were cut down to go on the back.

radio cabinet legs

The legs looked really out of place at first, but I knew that painting them would tie everything together.

I decided to dig out one of my old favorites for this piece, Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg.

radio cabinet close up

You just can’t go wrong with the Duck Egg.  I painted two coats, distressed with sand paper, and then added MMS furniture wax.

I added the last bit of my favorite vintage wallpaper to the shelves inside.

radio cabinet inside

I opted to leave the cabinet backless.  That way one could potentially pull it away from the wall to put larger items inside for display, such as folded up quilts, or a stack of larger books or magazines.  I think this piece would work great as a nightstand, or maybe in a foyer as a place to drop the mail and your keys.

Radio cabinet painted in Annie Sloan Duck Egg

Not bad for a freebie, right?  And I am passing on the savings and selling this piece for a mere $55.  Ooops, sorry you missed it, this one is sold.

10 thoughts on “upcycled radio cabinet.

  1. Agree…this is great! AS Duck Egg is a really great color that I just love. But, how fun that you tied this piece together with odd legs…just really spectacular!


  2. How fun! I love how there are two perfect framed spots to highlight something you love. Even in your before shot with the statue behind it! Good stuff!!


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