Repurposed Radio Cabinet in Provence


Hey there, friend!  Summer break is in full swing in Indiana and I’ve been trying to balance my work time with keeping the boys entertained enough so I don’t have to hear “Mooooom, I’m booored” a hundred times every day, haha.

Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday with my blogging friends, which means there are four bonus makeovers at the end of this post.  This old repurposed radio cabinet looks pretty good from the front…

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

But open the door and it was missing some very important parts!  😉 

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

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Here’s how we fixed up this repurposed radio cabinet:

Originally the door stayed closed just by rubbing against the bottom of the door frame – not good!  I added a little wood block inside and attached a new magnetic closure (see below), and then sanded the door frame enough to stop the rubbing.

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

There were short little ledges inside already around the middle and bottom, and Guy in the Garage cut shelves to fit perfectly on top.  Tip: It is much easier to paint the inside of the cabinet during this step before the back is attached.

Mr. GITG also sanded the top smooth with our electric sander to quickly get rid of scratches and blemishes.

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

He cut a new back which I painted and nailed into place.

On the front of the door there was a little piece of decorative trim missing – thankfully it was simple to make a couple cuts and glue it on with my favorite super glue.

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

Finally, the outside was painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence, lightly sanded and distressed with sandpaper, and then sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

The inside was painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey (except for the back).

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

Provence used to be one of my favorite Chalk Paint colors, but I haven’t used it for far too long.  The turquoise blue is so pretty!

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

The details look so good with the distressed brown wood peeking from under the blue.

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

Below is where we added the new little piece of wood.  Shhhhhh… Would you have noticed if I hadn’t told you?

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

Here’s a reminder of how far this repurposed radio cabinet came:

Thrifted repurposed radio cabinet makeover to storage cabinet with shelves. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage.

I hope you love it as much as I do, and that it inspires you with your own projects.  I almost gasped when I saw it a yard sale for $20!  It didn’t even bother me that the back and insides were missing.  All the pretty parts were still there.   🙂

I’d so appreciate it if you’d leave me a comment and/or share this post to inspire others!   xo Jen

* Now it’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday – Woot Woot *

Trash to Treasure TuesdayBelow are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After and learn how they did it:

Trash to Treasure Makeovers1. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
2. Prodigal Pieces
3. Artsy Chicks Rule
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  1. Larissa Haynes
    June 12, 2018 at 5:47 am (4 months ago)

    You know I love old radio cabinets! Love the blue on this one and all the little fixes you made to make it shine again, Jen. Beautiful!

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  2. Karen Owens
    June 12, 2018 at 7:28 am (4 months ago)

    Gorgeous . Love the piece. I painted several pieces for my dtr in Provence.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 13, 2018 at 10:52 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you, Karen! I think Provence will never go out of style, it’s such a lovely turquoise.

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  3. karine
    June 12, 2018 at 8:21 am (4 months ago)

    Beautiful, the furniture has a nice shape and the color adds life. a nice change!!

    precioso , el mueble tiene una linda forma y el color le agrego vida. un lindo cambio

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  4. lizq
    June 12, 2018 at 8:32 am (4 months ago)

    So pretty! Very nice job!

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  5. Christy
    June 12, 2018 at 8:46 am (4 months ago)

    Wow you luck out with the gorgeous radio cabinets! What a find and it is just beautiful now. I too used to love Provence…glad to see it here! XOXO

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 13, 2018 at 10:50 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Christy! I have found some nice ones, and it helps that somebody else already gutted them, haha! xo

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  6. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    June 12, 2018 at 10:42 am (4 months ago)

    What a great repurpose Jen! Beautiful and that is one of my favorite colors!! xo

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Nancy! I need to try more colors, I’ll always love blues though 😉

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  7. Laura Forehand
    June 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm (4 months ago)

    Great Job! I have a similar piece, that I have stumped on what color to do it in…..got my inspiration now! 🙂

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  8. Ann Bilyeu
    June 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm (4 months ago)

    Jen, I love your work and so glad to see a project in another color besides white! I’m curious to know why you only use white. They all look fantastic, so this is NOT a criticism by any means as I am a novice and use your work as inspiration. I currently have an old library desk or teacher’s desk I want to recreate, a wonderful tall table that I’m turning into a kitchen island, and many treasures in my basement that no one in the family wants, so upcycled they will be!

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    • Lizzy Leff
      June 12, 2018 at 10:34 pm (4 months ago)

      I pretty-much only use white, too. My favorite is Annie Sloan’s Pure White.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 12, 2018 at 11:08 pm (4 months ago)

      Haha! I don’t take it as criticism. 🙂 I love the clean look of white/light furniture. Annie Sloan’s Old Ochre, Pure White, and Old White are a few that I use often. Technically they are different shades of white and off-white. Plus I sell most of my pieces, and those paint colors tend to sell better for me. I do like to mix things up sometimes though! I actually have another post I wrote a while back about why I use white a lot: https://girlinthegarage.net/2016/10/henredon-dresser-paint-everything-white 😉

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  9. Nancie Clement
    June 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm (4 months ago)

    Gorgeous color choice. Looks 👍

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 13, 2018 at 10:47 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Nancie! I was glad I went back to Provence. Such a lovely blue.

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  10. Frances
    June 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm (4 months ago)

    Soo pretty! Love the blue. Great find.

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  11. Karen
    June 12, 2018 at 5:03 pm (4 months ago)

    Beautifully repurposed, need to start hitting the flea mkts and tag sales!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Karen! We’re lucky to be in yard sale season here – I actually have quite the stash already and it’s only June! Haha

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  12. MaryJean
    June 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm (4 months ago)

    Jen, it looks great! I like the idea of using it for extra linens and towels maybe in a guest room. I have a large oak TV cabinet that I will be repurposing into a kitchen island and posting on my blog when I get it done. Hope you will stop by!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      June 12, 2018 at 11:09 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, MaryJean! That sounds like a very cool project! 🙂

      Reply
  13. Lizzy Leff
    June 12, 2018 at 10:32 pm (4 months ago)

    Very pretty. Love the color.

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  14. Jamala
    June 13, 2018 at 9:43 am (4 months ago)

    Glad you found this treasure piece and restored it to a beautiful show piece

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  15. ROSE LEFEBVRE
    June 13, 2018 at 2:54 pm (4 months ago)

    I would love that cabinet! Perfect for entry! It will be snatched up quickly!

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  16. Paula
    June 19, 2018 at 5:59 am (4 months ago)

    Beautiful makeover!

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  17. Debbie Hills
    June 27, 2018 at 5:28 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi Jen! I have never replied to Trash to Treasure before but your radio cabinet inspired me to do so today! What a beautiful job! I would only have seen a piece of junk if I’d run across a cabinet with no back and a broken piece of molding. You are very creative, and I love the color you chose! Beautiful!

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  18. Jeannie Wallace
    July 12, 2018 at 6:18 am (3 months ago)

    This piece is awesome. I have very little furniture in my home since I need to ride around in an electric wheelchair (lost both legs above the knee recently) but I’m hoping to find some gems like this so the furniture I can have are pieces that make me proud because I gave them their new life. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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