Yard Sale Radio Cabinet Makeover


Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver, and the other is gold.

I love new makeovers, but I also love revisiting some favorite makeovers from the past.  After all the work and memories that went into them, they always hold a special place in my heart even when they’ve found a new home.  Today I’m reposting an oldie but a goodie from last spring, and my Furniture Fixer Upper friends are sharing some new/old makeovers too.

One day I was driving along and 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 definitely caught my eye.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

**Hey guys!  It’s Furniture Fixer Upper day, so don’t forget to visit my blogging friends’ creative makeovers at the end of this post.  Some are brand new projects and some are older favorites.

Someone had already removed the back panel and everything inside.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

There was a crack running down the middle of the top.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

There was a high gloss coating all over it and the veneer was buckling on the sides.  It was going to be a lot of work!

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

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First, I smoothed down the top of the radio cabinet with my orbital sander and filled the crack with wood filler.

Guy in the Garage cut a brand new shelf for the middle and two thin pieces to fill the gaps next to the bottom shelf.  The pieces were glued with wood glue and also nailed directly in from the outside (the nail heads would be hidden anyway).

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

The outside of the cabinet was painted in Raw Silk by Fusion Mineral Paint and the inside was a leftover blue paint sample.  Fusion Mineral Paint is self-leveling and self-curing, so I didn’t need a topcoat over it. (Love that!)

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.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

I ripped off the buckling veneer and also put beadboard on each side of the cabinet, gluing with my favorite industrial strength adhesive E6000 and then weighing it down and waiting about 24 hours before removing.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

For a few more photos and details, you can visit the original post of this makeover Here.

And here’s the yard sale rescue all finished and beautiful now:

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

Repurposed radio cabinet makeover to bookcase…

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

I love that it’s neutral and can work in so many different rooms, yet it has that unexpected pop of blue inside.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

Would you have used beadboard or something else for the back and sides of this cabinet?  Would you have done something completely different with this antique radio cabinet makeover?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

This piece sold quickly at the Three Little Birds Market earlier this year.  Then I got lucky and found another radio cabinet to redo (Art Deco this time!) – you can see that project Here.

Repurposed antique radio cabinet makeover to bookcase - by Girl in the Garage

Next, visit my creative Furniture Fixer Upper buddies to see what they’ve been up to…

Furniture Fixer Uppers

Below are the Before photos – click the blog names under the photos to see the After and the full tutorial.

Furniture Fixer Uppers - December 2017
1. Prodigal Pieces
2. Just the Woods
3. The Interior Frugalista
4. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
5. Petticoat Junktion

Talk soon, my lovelies!

Jen


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13 Comments on Yard Sale Radio Cabinet Makeover

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    December 28, 2017 at 4:38 am (4 months ago)

    I just love radio cabinets and their versatility. This one is beautiful now, Jen.

    Reply
  2. Kandice
    December 28, 2017 at 5:21 am (4 months ago)

    You weren’t kidding, this needed a lot of work. But you made it gorgeous. Love it!!

    Reply
  3. Jane Doe
    December 28, 2017 at 6:09 am (4 months ago)

    Oh Gosh, I’m pretty sure this is my favorite… although I love them all. Your creativity astounds me every time! Happy New Year!

    Reply
  4. Mark E Tisdale
    December 28, 2017 at 7:41 am (4 months ago)

    Gorgeous work transforming that old radio cabinet and you gave me a few ideas for an old family piece of furniture that’s seen better days but is special to my mom.

    Thanks!

    Reply
  5. gwen
    December 28, 2017 at 9:59 am (4 months ago)

    love this! I’d definitely use headboard and I love the pop of blue too! I’m gonna check out your Art Deco one too. I have a radio cabinet that I definitely need to redo and get rid of!!

    Reply
  6. Marie
    December 28, 2017 at 10:56 am (4 months ago)

    Wow, you did a beautiful job reloving this radio cabinet, Jen. Love the pop of blue on the new beadboard – so pretty!

    Reply
  7. Deb Morehead
    December 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm (4 months ago)

    I think it turned out beautiful !!!!!!

    Reply
  8. Marilyn Jade
    December 28, 2017 at 3:14 pm (4 months ago)

    I have the exact same cabinet except mine is church with a glass door same details and legs to shields inside love it the way it is

    Reply
  9. DiB
    December 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm (4 months ago)

    un BE lievable

    Reply
  10. Debra Wise
    December 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm (4 months ago)

    Gorgeous! Love it. You did an amazing job on it!

    Reply
  11. MaryJean
    December 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm (4 months ago)

    All I can say is wow! This looks great!

    Reply
  12. Lynda J Reed
    December 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm (4 months ago)

    Looks fabulous!! Love to see what others may think are throw away, come back to life. Great job!

    Reply

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