There’s so many pieces out there that are highly suitable upcycle candidates— I do however feel that Antique Radio Cabinets top that list! Not only do they offer many functionalities in ones home, they can accommodate even the smallest of spaces. I’ve only been fortunate enough to come across two to-date, and with both I scooped them stat!


Before & After

Antique Radio Cabinet Upcycle

I purchased this cabinet from another local Manitoba furniture flipper! Although he had good intentions, he simply needed to downsize his queue, which I can certainly relate to! One can easily get out of hand with furniture stockpiling! Lucky for me, I came across his ad moments after he posted it! I picked it up on a stormy Manitoba winter evening on my attempted way home from the city with a load of groceries. Turned out that I couldn’t make it home after all, as the highways running out of the city were all closed!

selectively salvaged & loved by me


So many upcycle options for these oh-la-la antique radio cabinets! Display Shelf | Linen Cupboard | Mini Bar | Wine Cabinet | Book Case | Magazine Storage | Lavatory Cupboard | Front Foyer Statement! An abundance of possibilities! I personally think this one could be ultra charming in a bathroom for storing extra linens and toiletries! A moderately sized timeless piece, well-suited for even the smallest of spaces. This piece pre-sold to Jane just yesterday— she saw my earlier posts, and directly contacted me to pre-purchase. Thank you dear Jane!

Farmhouse Cabinet

Retro Radio Restoration

Below you’ll find all of the photos I took after completing my furniture flip transformation. On-screen colours are merely a digital representation, and will vary from screen to screen (device to device). Depending on your screen/device, the colour(s) seen here on my website may seem slightly different in person.

My Step-by-Step Transformation

  • Removed original drop-pulls— Which was somewhat difficult given how they had been installed
  • Filled original hardware holes— With Bondo, and got to thinking that I might replace with some alternate drop-pulls
  • Attempted to remove doors— For ease of paint application, the screws however were far too stripped, so I opted to leave installed
  • Lightly sanded down both exterior and interior body— To Remove flaking finish
  • Heavily sanded down top and legs— With thought that I might stain for a two-toned transformation
  • Measured and cut a new shelf and back— The radio had already been removed, and a new shelf and back were needed
  • Vacuumed and washed— In preparation for paint application
  • Applied 2 coats of Homestead House milk paint in the colour Coal Black w/ paint brush application to the exterior, interior, new shelf, and new back— This classic bold and deep colour is a staple in any household
  • Lightly sanded down giving extra attention to edges— For a farmhouse distressed finish; with 220 grit
  • Vacuumed— In preparation for stain and sealant
  • Applied 2 coats of Fusion Stain & Finishing Oil (SFO) in the colour NaturalA wood conditioner, stain and top coat all in one; I absolutely adore how this product finishes over top of milk paint; paint brush application/rag wipe
  • Applied 1 coat of Minwax Gel Stain in the colour Aged Oak to the legs— For a two-toned exposed wood transformation; sponge application/rag wipe
  • Applied 2 coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Clear Satin to the legs— To achieve a highly durable finish; sponge application
  • Drilled new holes and reinstalled original drop-pulls— Thus why you might notice that they’re sitting a bit higher than they were originally 😉

Photos from My Workshop

I do try to take photos while flipping my pieces! I do, I swear I do! I however tend to get very caught up in the moment, and don’t always think to! Here’s a few I managed to capture with this flip!

Come Take a Closer Look!

I’d much rather be painting than creating or watching Instagram reels! I do however try my best to create closer look vids of my available pieces! Please check back for a vid of this piece— if it doesn’t sell swiftly, I’ll most def prepare a close-up vid for your virtual viewing! For my Manitoba followers, perhaps you might fancy slipping out to our farm for the closest look— get in touch!

Closer Look Video Coming Soon

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