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!
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?
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!
To start my farmhouse cabinet project I used these supplies:
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish: Yesteryear, Relic, Primitive, and Rustic
A metal arrow decal I found at Michael’s craft store.
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.
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.
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.
I totally adore this piece! It was the perfect find and I love its industrial farmhouse style.
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