Furniture Makeover Before and After |Radio Cabinet

The last time we looked at this antique cabinet thrift store makeover, it had been prepped, sanded, painted, and sealed. Now it’s time to see the furniture makeover before and after!

Who doesn't love a gorgeous transformation? This antique furniture makeover will win your heart! Using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and a little bit of elbow grease, we transformed an antique radio cabinet into a gorgeous and useful piece of furniture. #furnituremakeover #furniturerestoration #paintedfurniture

before and after furniture makeover

Don’t we all love a good furniture makeover before and after?? And when the before and after is on such a unique piece like this radio cabinet, well that makes it all that much better. ☺️

We just don’t have furniture like this in our homes anymore! So when I saw it in our local vintage resell shop for only $40, I couldn’t pass it by!

a useful piece of furniture

Back in the day, each home had a radio that connected them to the outside world. That’s so hard for us to imagine now in the online world we live in today.

Families would gather around in the living room or maybe in the dining room to hear the latest news reports. In some ways, this old cabinet was their entertainment center.

hiding electronics

We like to hide our electronic devices like TVs, and laptops nowadays. Back in the day, people wanted to put their radios away during the time they weren’t using them.

This radio cabinet was a great way to hide the radio. They could lift the door on this old furniture piece when they wanted to listen to the latest news. Then they could close the door and still be able to hear the sound coming through the open design area on the front of the door.

original hardware vs new hardware

The original hardware on this furniture makeover was so pretty. I try to use the original hardware on most of our restorations. To me, it adds to the character and beauty of the piece.

All this hardware needed was a bit of wire brushing and some Rub-n-Buff in Antique Gold! This is such an easy way to restore old hardware.

unique details

Another unique feature of this piece is the fold-down section. I wonder if it was used for food service? Did the family sit around the radio and listen while they had snack foods like we do when we are watching TV?

Probably not. I think we consume more food nowadays than they did in the 30s and 40s. 😉

So what did they use the fold-down section for? Maybe they used it as a writing desk. Furniture has often been made with a dual purpose in mind. This depression-era radio cabinet would have made a sweet little desk space!

Regardless of what it was used for, I love the fold-down section of this piece, don’t you?

chippy white paint

The white paint chipped perfectly on this antique cabinet since we used the beeswax method we talked about in the last post. Milk paint is easy to use if you want a chippy white paint finish.

This vintage radio cabinet has taken on a whole new look! This is one of my favorite furniture pieces! What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

wood grain love!

And what do you think about the two-tone finish? Seriously, this is one of my favorite ways to restore furniture. I love to paint. We all know that by now!

But I also love the look of wood grain too! This is a great way to give a fresh look to the entire piece without the whole thing being painted.

And take a look at that gorgeous wood grain!! Miss Mustard Seed ‘s Hemp Oil just made the beauty of it come out!

more furniture makeover ideas

dresser makeover idea

If you are looking for a way to show wood grain and still have a painted old dresser, this before and after furniture makeover is a great idea.

The best option, in my opinion, is to paint the frame and then have a wood grain finish on the dresser drawer fronts. The top of the dresser could also show the wood grain. This method uses very little paint.

side table makeover idea

The same furniture painting technique could be used on side tables in a living room. Give the base and the legs a couple of coats of paint and finish the top with a dark stain. This is a great idea for an end table and a coffee table in a living or family room.

dining tables with wood tops

If you are a bit nervous to paint the top of your heirloom dining table, no worries! A fresh coat of paint on the apron and the legs and leaving the top with its original finish will be one of your favorite furniture transformations without going overboard!

Your mom will be happy you didn’t paint the piece that has been passed down for generations and you will be happy to have an easy furniture makeover completed with just a little TLC and a little bit of time!

Let me also mention that using milk paint is a great way to preserve the vintage feel that old furniture has while still giving outdated furniture a new lease on life.

update a vintage hutch

We don’t often use hutches, sideboards, or china cabinets in our modern look for home decor anymore. Mostly because we have built-in kitchen cabinets and built-ins in our dining rooms.

But prior to the 1980s, most people had a piece of furniture that would store their dishes, and sometimes it was used as a pantry. We have found these pieces on several occasions and they are so much fun to makeover!

Using this idea with wood grain and painted areas on the piece, the vintage hutch could have the exterior painted and the interior shelving area in the original wood. Or vice versa! Either way, it would be a lovely DIY furniture makeover!

one final word

If you happen to be lucky enough to find an old piece of furniture at a garage sale, a flea market, or maybe on the side of the road and the piece has good bones, I encourage you to tackle it as your next furniture project. So many pieces are tossed aside yet they are in reasonably good shape. Those pieces need a little elbow grease and someone who cares 🙂

Who knows, your next piece could be one of your favorite makeovers!

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  1. Cheryl Atkinson says:

    I bet it was used for a bar. Playing the radio and dancing and drinking.🙃. I love how you created the 2 tone. So pretty

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Hahaha!! I bet they had a good time around the radio cabinet on a Saturday night!😊

  2. Hi Cindy- I love items from the 1920s and 1930s. This radio cabinet is adorable. Thank you for sharing its story and for giving it a new life. ❤️ Pinned!

    1. That era is one of my faves too Anna! Great minds! 🙂 Thanks for pinning!

  3. Cindy, I love old radio cabinets. This one is very charming with lots of vintage character. I love how your made it over and it looks beautiful in your home. I save original hardware whenever possible. You gave the hardware a fresh new look and it stays with the character of the piece.

    1. We think alike Tammy! I love old hardware and try to save it if possible 🙂