Antique Radio Cabinet

By Rehab 2 Fab Designs, LLC, Tyler and Vicente Martinez, Business Owners - Designers in Gillsville, GA.

This antique radio cabinet had seen better days but I couldn’t pass it up because I loved the style and the history behind it. The veneer top was not salvageable so it was left to soak with wet towels overnight so that it could be easily removed the next day. The body of the cabinet also had some peeling veneer. Loose pieces were removed but instead of removing all of the veneer, I thought I’d embrace the natural texture the missing pieces created and add to it. I used plaster of paris and Dixie Belle Sea Spray to make a paste that was spread over the piece with a putty knife creating more texture. Once dry, the body was painted using Behr’s Tsunami and Valspar Blueberry Pie (both mixed with calcium carbonate to create a chalk style paint) in a faux style finish. Top was stained in Varathane Wood Stain in Kona. New shelving and a new back were added. So much character in a small piece! 

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesThe Show Must Go On

Color Recipe

  • Behr Tsunami
  • Valspar Blueberry Pie

Products Used

  • Behr Paint in Tsunami
  • Valspar Paint in Blueberry Pie
  • Varathane Wood Stain in Kona
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Dixie Belle Sea Spray
  • Minwax Polycrylic Matte

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