I found this piece a few weeks back on Facebook Marketplace.
When I reached out to the seller, she said that if I could come pick it up right away that would be best for her. Now that I’m retired from the day job, dropping everything and running out to pick up a piece of furniture is well within the realm of possibility, so I said sure.
Normally I don’t like to leave the house without changing out of my flood water, paint splattered sweat pants, putting on at least a little makeup and doing something with my hair. This might all sound a bit high maintenance, but the thing is, I tend to run into people I know. Having worked for the city I live in for 34 years, I know a few people. Including all of the public works employees, the police officers and most of the EMT’s (I sure hope I never have a heart attack while wearing those sweat pants!).
But the seller was only about 5 minutes away, and we weren’t making any other stops, so I decided it would be fine just this once. As we drove through a school zone on the way to her house, I asked Mr. Q to be sure not to speed because if we got pulled over I would be mortified. I could just imagine the officer going back to City Hall and telling everyone how much I’ve let myself go since retirement!
But we made it to our destination without incident. We went up to the door and rang the bell. As the seller answered, she was just saying goodbye over her shoulder to someone who had come to purchase an elliptical machine from her … and wouldn’t you know it! It was a police officer I had worked with for 25+ years.
Seriously, what are the chances?! How mortifying! See? Let this be a reminder to me, never leave the house without make up!
In the long run, it was worth it though. It’s such a cool piece. The seller wasn’t sure what it was, but I knew right away it was an old radio cabinet. Especially after taking a look inside.
By the way, when I brought the cabinet home it did not have a back. My handyman/neighbor Ken added the beadboard back before I took the photo above. Obviously there were some sort of components originally mounted on the shelves in this cabinet. A look at the label that was inside confirmed my suspicion.
Yep, definitely a radio cabinet.
After adding the beadboard back, Ken cut some pieces of hardboard that I had in my stash to cover up those holes and provide shelves instead.
There were some big grooves running down each interior side of the cabinet and I debated just leaving them, but ultimately decided it would look better if I filled them. So I used some of Dixie Belle’s Mud in white (because I was all out of brown) to do that. As it dried, I noticed that I definitely was getting some bleed through that was turning the white Mud pink. At that point I decided to hedge my bets and add a coat of Dixie Belle’s B.O.S.S. to the entire piece. Better safe than sorry, right?
Next up came paint. As I was applying my first coat of Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy, I was once again reminded of what a nice job the B.O.S.S. does of preparing a dark piece for a light colored paint. I even stopped to take a photo for you guys …
I don’t know if that helps or not, but that’s just the first coat. Look at that coverage!
I gave the piece one full coat of Sawmill Gravy, followed by a 2nd cursory watered down coat to catch any spots that I didn’t get perfect coverage on with the first go around.
Next I painted the inside in Dixie Belle’s Silk paint in Hampton Olive.
I love to use an all-in-one style paint inside cabinets like this. It’s just so much easier to paint two coats of paint and be done, no primer or top coat required. Now, you might be looking at this color and thinking it’s an odd choice to go with the Sawmill Gravy.
Well, here’s why I chose it …
I took that greyish olive green color straight out of the IOD Floral Anthology transfer.
This is a combination of two transfers. The floral stuff is from the IOD transfer, and the wording is from re.design with prima’s Flower Collector transfer in black (it also comes in gold). Don’t they make a great pair?
In both cases I have cut apart the transfers and arranged them to fit my piece. It definitely makes a piece look more custom when you do this. I especially love the look of the flowers flowing down from the arched detail at the top of the doors.
I used part of the Flower Collector transfer on the inside of one of the doors too.
The interior color makes a lot more sense when you see it in conjunction with the floral transfer, right?
I think it was the detail at the base of the cabinet that originally caught my eye when I saw that Facebook Marketplace ad.
Isn’t that pretty? They just don’t make pieces like this anymore.
You really could use this cabinet for anything. Fill it with linens, clothing, toiletries or towels in a bathroom, dishes in a dining room or kitchen, or fill it up with your pottery non-collection like I did.
It would be the perfect addition to a potting shed.
What do you think, did I improve upon the original?
I wish I had a spot for this one, but I don’t. So it is for sale locally. If any of you locals are in need of a unique cabinet, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for details.
Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying their products used in this makeover.