Sunday, March 31, 2013

Radio Revamp

Easter blessings to everyone!  I pray each of you have had a wonderful weekend, filled with fun, family, and time to celebrate the gift of new life.

Speaking of new life, on a recent junking trip I found this old radio.  It was cheap.  Like dirt.

It still had the old radio inside.  I texted some pictures to my husband to see if he could tackle surgery on it.  He said "buy it."

So I hauled it home and he got busy taking the guts out.

It was rough.  Perfect for another attempt at MMS milk paint.
So I whipped up a batch of Kitchen Scale.

My new friend Lynette at the Silver Nest told me her secret to mixing milk paint.  So I thought I'd try it.  I definitely got better results this time.  The secret?
1.  Measure out the powder and stir in half of the hot water.  
2.  Stir until you have a thick paste.  
3.  Gradually add in remaining water until it is the consistency you want.

So with my paint mixed up, I gave the cabinet two coats of milk paint.

And slowly but surely she began to chip.

After scraping off the chips, it took on a very authentic vintage look.
 Of course, I needed to address the dreary insides.

So I painted the inside with two coats of ASCP Coco.

Two coats of clear wax and she was ready to go to the shop.

I'm just loving the chipped top!

She's ready to find a home!

Hard to believe she came from such humble beginnings!

If I can do this with an old cabinet and a can of paint, image what God can do when we give our lives to Him!

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Julie said...

Hi Cyndi - love your blog. I just got my first package of MMS paint yesterday. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the tips. I hope mine turns out as well as the pieces in your last 2 posts. J

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Wow it turned out so beautiful, I would swear it was just aged naturally, it is such a cool job and now such a wonderful usable piece..

NanaDiana said...

Cyndi- Great redo. It turned out really chippy!!;>) xo Diana

Lynette said...

Cyndi - I LOVE this piece! I'm so glad the tip helped! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
~Lynette~ The Silver Nest

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh pretty! You had great vision on this one!

Unknown said...

This is awesome. Love the colors and the chippiness! So glad you shared at {wow me} wednesday!

Loretta Castorini said...

That really is gorgeous! I love the cabinet! I just bought a similar gramophone cabinet which I want to turn into a liquor cabinet. Maybe I'll finally try milk paint too. I love the depth it gave your piece.

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

That is so awesome! I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday morning at 8am CST. I allow up to 3 links each week!

Miss Charming said...

Such a great find! (And I love the blue color your chose, too.)

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Great post! I love that cabinet. I hope you were able to do something with the front piece that had to come off. It looked cool too. Nice color choices and the result was fabulous. Loved your closing words. So true!
Liz @ Quirky Vistas

Kathy Penney said...

Stopping by from House of Hepworths. Amazing transformation and clever upcycle! If you get a chance, I'd love it if you could share this awesome redo at All Things Pretty

Doreen said...

Hi Cyndi
I'm visiting from Denise on a Whim. Absolutely beautiful vintage radio transformation. I've pinned it, and I only pin projects I REALLY love! Also, now following you and look forward to catching up on your projects. Would like to invite you over to my blog, Altered Artworks. Please say hello!

Kammy's Korner said...

That's spectacular. LOVE what you did with it!!!!

Kammy's Korner said...

That's spectacular. LOVE what you did with it!!!!

Ann said...

Wat an amazing transformation. Its so inspiring to find the beauty in something so sad looking. Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays!

Unknown said...

Great work!
I would love it if you shared this in my Furniture/House Hacks Linky Party:

Candy said...

I love, love, love this piece. Don't these old radio cabinets have sooo much character?? GREAT MAKEOVER.
I don't think Im a follower yet, so going up to become one now. Please come visit me.

Kathy Penney said...

Thank you for linking up your awesome creation at All Things Pretty! It will be one of our features this Thursday. I hope you'll come back and grab a featured button. I've pinned the project to our party board!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So pretty~ I love how it turned out! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!