Farmhouse Cabinet Chalky Finish

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions on curbside finds, painting, and distressing are my own.

I am so excited to share my little farmhouse cabinet with you all. I have been searching for a small farmhouse cabinet to fill a little nook in our dinette area. The space is only about 10″ deep and 26″ wide. I did not want the piece to stick out too far because it right next to a major traffic zone in the house. So, while dropping off a few items at Goodwill, I found this radio cabinet. A lonely curbside toss away. It was an easy throw in the van and drive away type of pick me up. Come on, all you dumpster divers know what I am talking about!

Are you a dumpster diver? This little cabinet was found curbside. The radio cabinet was in pretty rough shape but with some sprucing up with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, I now have a little cabinet for my dining nook. Check out the before & after at


I love how this piece transformed into a little cabinet with some industrial flair!

It was so easy to transform with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint. I used the colors Yesteryear and Relic, as well as a few other colors for a distressed & layered effect.

Now, I know you are dying to see the before right? But, first I wanted to share that my dad came for a visit the day after I brought this piece home. He started talking about how he had a similar radio growing up. He remembered sitting next to it for his entertainment. It really touched me that I could bring something into my home from the past that brought back such good memories for him.

I love pieces with a story and character, don’t you?

antique stromberg and carlson radio from the 1930's

This radio was a 1930’s Stromberg & Carlson. It had original wood knobs and streamlined details. But, it had dust and grim and musty smells like you wouldn’t believe. Nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix because…ya know….it was free! And when a furniture painter sees “free” that totally trumps dust and grim and musty smells. You bet!

decoart chalky finish paint

To start my farmhouse cabinet project I used these supplies:

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish: Yesteryear, Relic, Primitive, and Rustic

DecoArt Andy Skinner Alphabet Spaghetti Mixed Media Stencil

DecoArt Wax


A metal arrow decal I found at Michael’s craft store.

DecoArt furniture piece before and after with Americana chalky finish paint


1. I removed the fabric panel from the front first and cleaned up the piece by removing all the metal parts inside. This left an empty hollow shell. I knew I wanted to create a display shelf on the inner bottom, so a piece of wood was cut to fit and stained.

2. I then painted pieces of plywood in Relic and started to stencil in Yesteryear. Distressing with a sanding block once paint was dry.

transforming a vintage radio cabinet into a farmhouse shelf with industrial flair using decoart chalky finish paint

3. The radio cabinet was then given a base coat of Relic.

4. I wanted to have a layered look once the piece was distressed, so I randomly applied the colors Primitive and Rustic to the details of the front.

5. The entire piece was then painted in Yesteryear.

farmhouse industrial cabinet transformed with decoart chalky finish paint

6. The wooden knobs and arrow embellishment was painted in Relic and applied with E6000.

7. The cabinet was sealed with wax.

8. We added hinges to the back plywood piece to act as a door so that decorative pieces could be removed.

vintage radio cabinet rescued with decoart chalky finish paint


decoart chalky finish farmhouse cabinet


Are you a dumpster diver? This little cabinet was found curbside. The radio cabinet was in pretty rough shape but with some sprucing up with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, I now have a little cabinet for my dining nook. Check out the before & after at

Check out this amazing before and after furniture transformation! This cast away vintage radio cabinet was given a makeover with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint. It now is a stylish farmhouse industrial piece. Visit for the full tutorial. #chalkyfinish #secondchances

I totally adore this piece! It was the perfect find and I love its industrial farmhouse style.

Farmhouse chalky finish cabinet painted with DecoArt Chalky Finish Yesteryear and Relic

Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

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  1. Nice save! Love the colors you chose and the stencil too. Thanks so much for sharing at VIP.

  2. Wow! That was such a dramatic transformation! I think my favorite part is the stencil… it turned out so pretty! It was totally worth tackling that dust and grime… especially for a free price tag! Thanks for stopping by the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
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  3. Wow Michelle! How you ever thought to make use of that old radio is beyond me! It looks great and how fun that your dad remembers having a radio like that. I love pieces from history too. Thanks for sharing your creations and for linking up at Talented Tuesday.
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  4. Hello Michelle! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by tomorrow to see your feature and link up!
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