Restyled antique radio cabinet

Restyled antique radio cabinet

Remember this little one? I started working on her a while ago and she was sold before she was even done, to us! I’m sorry everyone but we’re just too in love with her and for practical reasons, we needed a bar.

I spotted this little one on kijiji over a year ago. What “had me at hello” were her amazing door mouldings. Rare to see this kind of detail on a piece – it made me swoon! The inside still had the original radio shelf (large u-shaped hole near the back) and someone had nailed two planks to the bottom. Even the feet had been altered and cut into squares (weird!). But, I’m a “I’ll deal with later” kinda girl, so we loaded her up and took her home.

Over the years I’ve learned quite a bit on how to repair and modify pieces but this one was a challenge. First I started with the legs. The radio/bar was just a little too tall for my vertically challenged body and since I prefer no cross joint on furniture legs the decision was easy – take off the bottom half. It immediately looked so much better!

 

Then I had to deal with the shelves. Despite my business name, I’m actually quite a perfectionist. Not only did I have to replace the shelves, I also needed the right mouldings to butt up against them. Did you know that if you buy wood at any hardware store they will cut it to your dimensions at no extra cost? This is so amazing when you have big ideas on how to fix things but no time to do it. One small-ish board made two shelves. Wood trim was added to bring it all together. Oh, and anytime I get to use my air-nailer is a good day. Love that thing!

The final repair (exhausted yet?) was to fix the moulding I loved so much. There was a small piece missing on the bottom of the right door. I sanded and cleaned the part that was missing and then used regular wood filler to make my moulding. It was like playing with play-doh or I imagine the more mature would call it sculpting?! Regardless, once wood filler dries, it’s as hard as wood. I sanded it down to the right shape and thickness and it looks exactly the same as the other side. Pretty proud of that achievement.

Once everything was fixed and in place it was time to prime and paint. I knew the minute I saw the ad, that this little one would be painted in one of my all-time favourite colours, Mustard. Not only is it my go-to yellow, it just happens to be milk paint. I won’t go on… you know how I feel about milk paint.

The finishing touches were papering the back in a honeycomb pattern and the tiny bubble-gum knobs. It just all worked together. All that’s left to do is to fill it and You’re all invited! 😉

Vintage mustard dresser with delicate ball knobs

Vintage mustard dresser with delicate ball knobs

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There’s a woman out of Montreal that restyles furniture so beautifully. Her business name is “Orphans with Makeup”. What a great name, right? When I saw this dresser for the first time, I thought this is an orphan in need of little makeup and a lot of loving. I’m a sucker for that kind of furniture. I feel like if I don’t do something they’re doomed. Yes, I’m that crazy!

 

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I sometimes forget to take before shots before I start working on them. This is one of those times. Sorry! I only remembered once I had applied the applique and the drawers were sanded, but you get the picture. She had great bones but was looking a little tired. This one got the royal treatment with an all over makeover.

 

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She was sanded, washed and primed and I also applied Danish Oil on the inside and outside of all her drawers. I then painted her with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Mustard. Can I say how much I love this stuff! It gives such a different look and the pigment is unlike anything else I’ve ever used. It crackled and chipped and distressed in all of the right places. Really fun stuff! After that, I sealed her with General Finishes topcoat. Another favourite.

 

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I’m pretty thrilled with how she turned out. Delicate white ceramic knobs and charming drawer liners just put her over top! Can you see how her top slightly curls up on the front left side. I think it’s the beginning of a smile. What do you think?

 

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