I Brake For Yard Sales. That should be a bumper sticker, don’t you think?
Last summer I was driving along, minding my own business, and I saw one of those yard sales that practically makes you slam on your brakes and make a beeline over to see all the goodies. It was all antique furniture and junkin’ treasures, and it all needed TLC. Some of it was even a little too dirty and rustic for me. But this antique radio cabinet was one piece that caught my eye!
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Someone had removed the insides and the back panel.
The whole thing was super glazed and the top was… weird.
And the veneer was buckling on the sides. We definitely had our work cut out for us.
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Mr. GITG started cutting some wood to fill the side gaps on the bottom shelf and in the meantime I was impatient and started painting the inside. (An old light blue paint sample from Lowe’s.)
He also cut a brand new shelf – it doesn’t go all the way to the front because I wanted some extra space there and I didn’t want the shelf to interrupt the pretty open view from the front side. The pieces were glued with wood glue and also nailed directly in from the outside (the nail heads would be hidden anyway).
The outside of the cabinet was painted in Raw Silk by Fusion Mineral Paint (the new-to-me paint I’ve been trying and liking lately).
I nailed a beadboard panel on the back, just like you’d attach a back panel when assembling one of those inexpensive bookshelves from Target or Walmart – just make sure to measure carefully.
I ripped off the buckling veneer and also put beadboard on each side of the cabinet, gluing with E6000 and then weighing it down and waiting about 24 hours before removing.
**Here’s how to weigh down super glue until it dries…. haha.
And here is the antique radio cabinet all finished:
Repurposed radio cabinet to bookcase…
I love that it’s neutral and can work in so many different rooms, yet it has that unexpected pop of blue inside.
What do you think? Would you have used beadboard or something else for the back and sides of this cabinet? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.
This will be available in my space at the Three Little Birds Market next month… and I’m still working on several more pieces too. The next two weeks will be very busy for me!
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Below are the Before photos – click the blog names under the photos to see the After and the full tutorial.
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