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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 dandelionpatina.com


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 dandelionpatina.com

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 dandelionpatina.com 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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Rustic Log Bird Nest Ornament


I love rustic style this season! And, of course, miniature anything. Sweet little bird nests have been on my brain lately. I thought how cute would it be to create a few for our Christmas tree. So, I am so excited to share this DIY challenge with you! A super cute rustic log bird nest ornament.

rustic log bird nest ornament


The birds in our backyard have been pretty busy the last few months harvesting seeds from the flowers, bird feeders, and shrubs. It is very similar to how I am feeling about the holidays-gathering ideas, creating projects, and making lists. It is a very busy time. With colder temperatures I am feeling the need to nest with comfy blankets, flannel sheets, and winter PJ’s.


So after jotting down a few ideas for this project, I came up with these sweet little ornaments. And since I love upcycling, I came across the perfect pieces for this challenge.

Can you guess what they were?

DIY wood slice challenge for November


Found wood slice napkin holders

petite birds in nest found at Michael’s craft store

bakers twine

gold metallic paint

caribbean blue acrylic paint

feather charms


This has got to be one of the simplest ornaments you can make.

First, drill two holes at the top of the wood slice napkin holder.

Then thread the bakers twine through adding a few feather charms and tie at the top.

rustic log bird nest ornament


I wanted to change the color of the birds. So, with a very small paint brush I used the gold metallic paint to cover the orange.

Once dry, I lightly applied the blue paint over the top. The nest then very easily slid into the wood slice opening.


rustic log bird nest ornament

So what do you think of my DIY rustic log bird nest ornament?

Should we start singing the 12 days of Christmas?

Partridge in a pear tree or better yet..two turtle doves.

Happy crafting!

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Creep & Crawl Halloween Mantel

creep and crawl halloween mantel


Spiders don’t stand a chance in our house. The rolled up magazine always wins. SMACK. Gone.


I don’t like spiders. They make my skin crawl. But, just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I wasn’t inspired by one. This particular spider was the inspiration for our creep & crawl Halloween mantel.

creep and crawl halloween mantel

This guy took a trip home with us in our corn stalks last year. He greeted me at the front door one afternoon. Blah. I can remember seeing big spiders like this growing up. They would make their webs in the tall weeds in the ditch by the road. I believe they were called corn spiders-black and yellow. Their web had a Z-pattern down the middle. I am sure this is a form of a corn spider.


Check out those legs-stripes with hair like texture. Creepy.

creep & crawl halloween mantel


The legs of the spider inspired me to use an old sucker branch from an apple tree. We found it at the apple orchard this fall. I painted them with DecoArt Shimmering Silver and black paint. You can also check out the shimmer and shine pumpkins the kiddos did.


creep & crawl halloween mantel


Mercury glass, old tonic bottles, crows, plastic spiders-oh my! I grouped small vignettes symmetrically on the mantel.

creep and crawl halloween mantel

Baby boo pumpkins and vintage flashcards in frames lean up against an old piece of wood.

creep and crawl halloween mantel


creep and crawl halloween mantel


A table vignette with old books, vintage ink bottles, silver, and black boa.

creep and crawl halloween mantel


A vintage camera sits on a cake stand under a glass cloche. Look out for that spider crawling on top!

creep and crawl halloween mantel

Scrabble tiles placed in a vintage silver tray spell out Boo and EEK.

creep and crawl halloween mantel


And who says that a black crow cannot have beautiful plumage.

creep and crawl halloween party


creep and crawl halloween mantel


creep and crawl halloween mantel


creep and crawl halloween mantel


Decorating for Halloween wouldn’t be complete without paper straws. They resemble the legs of the spider as well.


creep and crawl halloween mantel


The straws fit perfectly within the fluted legs of the table.


creep and crawl halloween mantel


Spindles from a broken table look perfect within the distressed black crate.

creep and crawl halloween mantel

White pillowcases are placed on feather inserts. Spiders creep and crawl on Dollar Tree scarves tied on for an inexpensive seasonal change.

creep and crawl halloween mantel


You can never add too much creep to the crawl in this Halloween mantel.


Hey, one more thing…………….LOOK. BEHIND. YOU.


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